Charles L. Kreindler: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Charles L. Kreindler


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Practice Areas

  • Government Contracts
  • Investigations and International Trade
  • False Claims Act
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
  • Healthcare
  • White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations
University State University of New York at Albany, B.A., 1982
Law SchoolBoston University School of Law, J.D., 1985
Admitted1985, California; 1985, United States District Court, Central District of California; 1989, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Charles Kreindler is a partner in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group and the White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Co-Team Leader. He is based in the firm's Los Angeles office.

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Mr. Kreindler is an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer with specialties in white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants.

Mr. Kreindler was a Federal Prosecutor in Los Angeles from 1989-1997. In that role, Mr. Kreindler investigated and prosecuted a variety of criminal offenses including health care fraud, defense procurement fraud, tax evasion, bank fraud, money laundering, international theft, murder, and counterfeiting. He coordinated and supervised both the Southern California Defense Procurement Task Force and the Southern California Health Care Fraud Task Force. Both of these task forces included agents from a variety of agencies including the FBI, Postal Inspection Service, Health and Human Services, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, as well as the State of California. In addition to his prosecutorial responsibilities, Mr. Kreindler was promoted to Assistant Division Chief in 1994 and was directly responsible for supervising approximately 60 Assistant United States Attorneys. As a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Kreindler has successfully represented numerous individuals and entities in connection with a wide range of federal and state investigations and prosecutions.

In civil litigation, Mr. Kreindler has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in both state and federal court. For example, as plaintiff's counsel, Mr. Kreindler recently won a jury verdict of $6, 724, 000 in a breach of contract action against one of the largest banks in the country. In a personal injury case, he won a jury verdict in excess of $1, 000, 000. Mr. Kreindler was also able to reach a settlement of over $50 million on behalf of a company against its former director and CEO, and successfully completed a complex commercial arbitration on behalf of a biotech firm where he won an award of over $10, 000, 000. As civil defense counsel, Mr. Kreindler recently received a defense verdict on a fraud and breach of contract claim, as well as a defense verdict on claims of trade secret violations. Mr. Kreindler has also successfully defended numerous individuals and companies in complaints brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as well as state and federal False Claims Act litigation.

Mr. Kreindler has received numerous awards and honors for his legal achievements, including the Inspector General's Integrity Award from the US Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Justice's Special Achievement Award on two occasions. Other honors and commendations have come from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Postal Service, the United States Air Force, Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service.


•Leading Lawyer, Chambers USA, 2015
•Southern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2009-2015
•Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers, 2011-2015

Publications & News


Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Blog Posts
• You Again?: Application of the First-to-File Bar Where Subsequent Actions Are Brought By the Same Relator, February 25, 2015
• How Are Your Physicians Compensated? Stark Law + False Claims Act = Halifax Paying $85 Million, May 20, 2014
• Could You Be The Beneficiary Of The Inadvertent Submission Of A False Claim?, January 18, 2011
• The Fourth Amendment Trumps Unbridled Government Searches Of Electronic Data (And What Companies Should Know To Protect Their Interests), March 19, 2010

Healthcare Law Blog Posts
• Cloudy Skies Ahead for Providers? CMS' Release of Medicare Billing Data Combined with Physician Payment Sunshine Act Data May Boost Fraud Litigation, June 5, 2014
• Potential Risks of Healthcare Joint Ventures Between Insurance Companies and Hospitals, May 21, 2014

White Collar Defense Blog Posts
• Got Pot? The Feds Try to Make Mortgagee Banks Liable Under the Crack House Statute, January 19, 2012

Media Mentions

•Q&A With Sheppard Mullin's Chuck Kreindler

Law360, April 22, 2013
•Sheppard Mullin Signs Six from Mayer Brown

The Recorder, January 5, 2009


•National False Claims Act and Qui Tam Trial Institute

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Ritz Carlton Denver, CO, June 3, 2015


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You Again?: Application of the First-to-File Bar Where Subsequent Actions Are Brought By the Same Relator
Charles L. Kreindler,Barbara E. Taylor, March 18, 2015
The Federal False Claims Act (“FCA”), 31 U.S.C. § 3729, et seq., has unique procedural aspects that come into play when a private whistleblower (the “relator”) seeks to sue on behalf of the Government. One of these, the so-called “first-to-file” bar, applies...

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Charles L. Kreindler

Forty-Third Floor, 333 South Hope Street
Los AngelesCA 90071-1448


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