Jillian Petrella Associate
In 2016, Ms. Petrella joined the Workers’ Compensation practice group, representing people who were injured on the job in the District of Columbia. Ms. Petrella helps injured workers fight insurance companies and their employers for the full rights owed to them under the D.C. Workers’ Compensation statute.
She understands that it can be scary for people to find themselves suddenly unable to work because of an injury. She deals with the insurance companies who don’t always want to provide the complete medical care and benefits owed to injured workers, so that her clients can focus on getting better.
Prior to representing injured workers in their D.C. workers’ compensation claims, Ms. Petrella represented whistleblowers in Ashcraft & Gerel’s Qui Tam practice group since 2013. She represents whistleblowers by bringing and litigating cases under the federal False Claims Act, various state false claims acts, and the SEC whistleblower provisions. Ms. Petrella has helped build a robust FCA practice at Ashcraft & Gerel and she has represented whistleblowers, or “relators,” in a wide array of FCA cases, including healthcare fraud, Stark Law violations, Anti-Kickback Statute violations, GSA defective pricing fraud, Trade Agreements Act violations, Department of Defense contractor fraud, and other cases involving specific statutory violations which entail payment of taxpayer money.
During Law School Ms. Petrella was on Tulane’s Philip C. Jessup International Law Appellate Moot Court Competition team. In her final year of law school she won the James A. Wysocki Award, given annually to the two law students who achieved the highest grade, one in the fall and one in the spring, in the Tulane Trial Advocacy class, based on mock trial skills. Ms. Petrella was also a student-attorney in the Tulane Law Domestic Violence Clinic, where she represented families trying to leave abusive partners.
Ms. Petrella has worked on a number of FCA cases across the country, particularly litigating FCA cases the U.S. government declined to intervene in. A list of those cases include U.S. ex rel Bukh v. Guldmann, Inc. (pending in the Middle District of Florida); U.S. ex rel Barker v. Columbus Regional Healthcare System (successfully settled in the Middle District of Georgia); U.S. ex rel Kerr v. APS Healthcare (pending in the District of Nevada); U.S. ex rel Saldivar v. Fresenius Medical Care (appeal pending before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals).
Outside the Courtroom
Ms. Petrella enjoys visiting D.C.’s museums and restaurants. When she can, she heads outside the metro-area to tackle the many beautiful hiking trails of the mid-Atlantic.