Stephen Payne

Partner
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP (Washington, DC)

STEPHEN PAYNE is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. His practice focuses on FDA and health care compliance, enforcement, and litigation for pharmaceutical and medical device clients. Mr. Payne has significant FDA and health care regulatory and compliance counseling experience in the areas of good manufacturing practice regulations, product recalls, product promotion, product diversion and counterfeiting, and fraud and abuse. He has handled criminal and civil investigations conducted by the FDA Office of Criminal Investigations and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, civil False Claims Act qui tam suits, investigations and litigation conducted by state Attorneys General, and other inquiries and litigation relating to health care fraud and abuse and the enforcement of FDA regulations. He has also led internal investigations and compliance audits concerning good manufacturing practice regulations, drug sampling and pricing, and promotional practices, including potential off-label promotion and anti-kickback issues. Mr. Payne has received the highest rating of “Leading” by the Practical Law Company in the Cross-border Life Sciences Handbook in the category “Life Sciences: government enforcement and investigations,” and was named a “Life Sciences Star” in the inaugural edition of LMG Life Sciences 2012 in the category “Non-IP Litigation and Enforcement.” Before joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Payne was a partner at Sidley Austin LLP. Prior to private practice, he served as Senior Trial Counsel for the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps at Fort Benning, Georgia and as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Middle District of Georgia. While serving in that capacity, he was lead counsel in dozens of investigations and prosecutions, including successful civilian and military jury trials. Mr. Payne received the American Bar Association award for finishing first in his class at the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) School, and the City of New York Bar Association award for being named best advocate at the JAG School’s 10th Criminal Law Advocacy Course. Mr. Payne is a 1996 graduate of Yale Law School, where he was a prize finalist in the Thomas Swann Barristers’ Union Mock Trial Competition and a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics. He received his undergraduate degree in 1993 from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, where he finished first in his class. Mr. Payne is a member of the Bars of the District of Columbia and the State of New York.