John Voorhees: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

John Voorhees

Denver,  CO  U.S.A.

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Environmental
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Federal Regulatory and Administrative Law
  • Medical Device & Health Care Litigation
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Energy & Natural Resources
Contact InfoTelephone: 303.685.7465
Fax: 303.572.6540
University Emerson College, B.A., 1973
Law SchoolThe Catholic University of America, J.D., 1976
Admitted1976, District of Columbia; 1992, Colorado; U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts; U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island

Professional & Community Involvement

•Co-Chair, Mental Health Task Force, Colorado Lawyers Committee, 2006-2009
•Chair, Board of Directors, Leave No Trace, 1999-2005
•Adjunct Professor, University of Colorado Law School, 1999
•Adjunct Professor, University College of the University of Denver, 1993-1999
•Adjunct Professor, University of Denver Law School, 1995-1998

BornBryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, 1951

John Voorhees focuses his practice on litigation and compliance counseling, particularly on environmental, health care, fraud and white collar matters. John has defended Superfund, Clean Water Act cases and a wide variety of other civil and criminal cases. He has also represented hospitals and a disease management company in disputes with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and is experienced litigating hospitals' Medicare reimbursement claims against CMS, as well as, fraud, waste and abuse claims. John spent 11 years as a federal prosecutor in the Organized Crime & Racketeering Section of the U.S. Department of Justice before entering private practice in 1988.

Areas of Concentration

•Complex civil and criminal litigation
•Medicare and Medicaid
•Internal investigations
•Defense strategy development and implementation
•Renewable energy

Awards & Recognition

•Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms Edition, Law Firm of the Year, Environmental Law, 2016
•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Health Care, 2015
•Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Litigation - Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense - Toxic Tort, 2014-2015
•Recipient, Outstanding Service award, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, 2004
•Chamber Champion, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, 1997-1998
•Recipient, Pro Bono Attorney and Law Firm of the Year, awards, Rhode Island Rape Crisis Center, November 2, 1991
•Two-Time Recipient, Attorney General's Special Commendation for Outstanding Performance, U.S. Department of Justice, 1983 and 1987
•First Place, Sutherland Cup Moot Court Competition, Catholic University Law School Competition, 1974
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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Associated News & Events

Press Releases

11.03.15 Greenberg Traurig Named 'Law Firm of the Year' for Environmental Law
06.15.15 9 Greenberg Traurig Environmental Practice Attorneys Recognized in 2015 Edition of The Legal 500 United States Guide
06.08.15 100-Plus Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2015 Guide to Outstanding Lawyers
01.20.15 Greenberg Traurig Team Focuses on Federal Regulatory and Administrative Law
11.14.14 Greenberg Traurig's Environmental Practice Receives Top Tier Rankings in U.S. News - Best Lawyers 2015 'Best Law Firms' List
07.15.14 Greenberg Traurig Ranked in 2014 Legal 500 United States Guide
06.05.13 Seasoned Litigator John Voorhees Joins Greenberg Traurig's Denver Office


•Law Clerk, Hon. John W. Kern, III, Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 1976-1977

Reported CasesSignificant Representations: Cases; United States of America v. Charles E. Roemer and Carlos Marcello, 703 F.2d 805 (5th Cir. 1983). Six month jury trial resulting in the conviction of Carlos Marcello, the head of the organized crime family in New Orleans and member of the Commission or ruling body of the nationwide Mafia.; Public Corruption Rhode Island. Special Counsel in the investigation of public corruption involving the senior management of the Providence Police Department, various officials in the Mayor's office, and the Rhode Island Attorney General's office.; United States of America v. E.F. Hutton & Company, Inc., D.R.I. (1987). Successful prosecution of stock brokerage company for money laundering and tax offenses.; Blackstone Valley Electric Co. v. Stone & Webster, Inc., 867 F.Supp. 73 (D. Mass. 1994). From 1993 until 2006, represented the Blackstone Valley Electric Company and the Narragansett Electric Company in litigation with Stone & Webster, Inc. and affiliated companies in determining the responsibility for environmental liability at 14 environmental waste sites caused by the operation of multiple manufactured gas plants and electric generating facilities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.; In re LifeMasters Supported Selfcare, Inc., Case No. 8:09-bk-19722-ES (C.D. CA) (2011). Represented disease management company in bankruptcy proceedings in the United States Bankruptcy Court in the Central District of California involving a dispute with CMS in Oklahoma and Florida.; Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Blackstone Valley Electric Co., 67 F.3d 981 (1st Cir.1995). Represented NGRID and multiple subsidiaries in litigation in Massachusetts and Rhode Island involving the by-products of historic manufactured gas plant operations from 1850-1954.; Other Significant Representations; Represented financial institution in litigation with the State of Rhode Island for aiding and abetting environmental civil violations by lending to a developer who violated the Clean Water Act.; Represented Calloway Vineyards in trademark litigation involving America's Cup wine.; Represented Women and Infants Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island involving the kidnapping and subsequent recovery of a newborn baby from the maternity ward.; Represented Double Diamond Pale Ale in dealer termination litigation.; Represented The National Hockey League in civil litigation.; Represented citizens in NEPA litigation against the United States Air Force successfully halting the construction of Ground Wave Emergency Network Towers in coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island.; Represented developers accused of defrauding Bank of New England in the development of a hotel, conference center, and golf course on Cape Cod.; Represented multiple electric utilities in Clean Water Act litigation in Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Massachusetts involving the cleanup of manufactured gas plant sites.; Represented 29 non-profit hospitals in Medicare reimbursement litigation against the CMS.; Represented hospitals in multiple investigations of alleged Medicare and Medicaid fraud.; Represented developers of shopping centers in contract litigation.; Represented business entities, a University, and transportation companies in multiple criminal investigations involving violations of the Clean Water Act, RCRA, CERCLA, the Clean Air Act and other state and federal regulations and criminal statutes.; Represented individuals in federal criminal proceedings involving bank fraud, telemarketing, securities, and tax fraud.; Represented the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction in standing up of his office and the initial investigations of contractor fraud, waste and abuse in Iraq.; Assisted the People's Republic of China in using multiple legal and environmental regulatory processes to reduce algae growth pollution in Lake Tai, a drinking water source for 35 million people in China.; Represented the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in multiple matters involving the Appalachian Trail management.; Represented the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in various matters.; Represented a non-profit in efforts to repatriate the Parthenon Sculptures from the British Museum to the New Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece.; Books; Co-Author, Corporate Director's Ethics and Compliance Handbook, National Association of Corporate Directors, 2003; Co-Author, International Environmental Risk Management: ISO 14000 and the Systems Approach, CRC/Lewis Press, 1997; Co-Author and Team Leader, Corporate Compliance Principles, National Center for Preventive Law, 1997; Articles & Publications; Author of over 20 articles on environmental compliance, environmental management systems, Superfund, risk management and compliance with federal regulations.; Lectures; Presented at over 50 environmental law conferences in Europe, Asia and the United States, including: Future of Protection Heritage Management for Archaeological Heritage in Times of Economic Crisis, Athens, Greece, May 23-25, 2012; SATCON Renewable Energy Conference, Athens, Greece, January 27, 2010; The Sixty-First Conference on World Affairs, Israel Palestine Conflict Navigating the Fault Lines, Plenary Session, April 6, 2009 (moderator); The Sixtieth Conference on World Affairs, Rachel Maddow, Molly Ivins Freedom Fighting Memorial, Plenary Session, April 11, 2008 (moderator); The Fifty-Ninth Conference on World Affairs, the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., American Interests and Iraq's Future, Plenary Session, April 13, 2007 (moderator)

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John Voorhees

1200 17th Street, Suite 2400
DenverCO 80202


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