Paul E. Pelletier

Paul E. Pelletier


Washington, DC
Phone: 202.220.1218    Fax: 202.220.1665

Paul E. Pelletier is a partner in the White Collar Litigation and Investigations Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Washington office. 

Mr. Pelletier represents public and private companies, executives and high-profile individuals from various industries in state and federal investigations, including health care, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and financial services. He has experience in matters alleging international bribery, accounting fraud, the submission of false claims, and the provision of remuneration to induce referrals. He also counsels and guides corporations on their anti-corruption compliance programs and advises businesses that have experienced data breaches on their various reporting obligations.  He counsels and defends executives and federal law enforcement agents in congressional hearings and matters before the IG.

Prior to joining Pepper, Mr. Pelletier was a partner in the Washington office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. Before entering private practice, he spent 27 years with the Department of Justice in various capacities. Mr. Pelletier served as acting chief and principal deputy chief for the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section, where his primary responsibilities included oversight of the Section’s corporate fraud enforcement, health care fraud enforcement and implementation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He also previously served as chief of the Economic Crime Section of the U.S. Attorney's office in the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Pelletier was instrumental in developing and implementing the Fraud Section's health care fraud enforcement program, including placing strike force enforcement teams across the country to combat regional health care fraud schemes. He served as lead counsel in more than 20 white collar jury trials targeting money laundering, sophisticated financial, corporate, and securities fraud, and health care fraud. Mr. Pelletier began his career in the Tax Division.

Mr. Pelletier has been twice recognized by the Attorney General with the DOJ's highest honor for his work on fraud prevention and for the prosecution and dismantling of a Colombian-based cartel, resulting in the seizure and subsequent forfeiture of approximately $200 million in cash.

Mr. Pelletier is a frequent speaker and commentator on corporate fraud, financial fraud, health care fraud enforcement and DOJ’s anti-corruption efforts.


  • J.D., cum laude, New England School of Law, 1982, managing editor, New England Law Review; president, International Law Society
  • B.S., Economics, Providence College, 1978

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts


  • Hon. Howard Kirshbaum: Supreme Court of Colorado, CO
  • Hon. Steven Andrews, Chief Judge: Oakland County Circuit Court, MI

Practice Areas