Vince Farhat is a partner in Holland & Knight's Los Angeles office and is a member of the West Coast Litigation Group, Compliance Services Team, and Healthcare & Life Sciences Team. Mr. Farhat has extensive jury trial experience and focuses his practice on representing companies in criminal and civil investigations and prosecutions by government enforcement agencies, as well as healthcare enforcement matters and complex federal litigation. He also advises companies in connection with complex and sensitive internal investigations.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Farhat served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Major Frauds Section of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California. In that position, he investigated and prosecuted white-collar crimes, including healthcare fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud and money laundering. While in the Major Frauds Section, Mr. Farhat served as the criminal healthcare fraud coordinator for the U.S. Attorney's Office and oversaw the investigative activities of the U.S. Department of Justice Medicare Fraud Strike Force for the Central District. He regularly worked with civil fraud attorneys and other prosecuting agencies in parallel fraud investigations. Mr. Farhat's criminal trial experience includes cases involving healthcare fraud, bankruptcy fraud, money laundering, and criminal forfeiture, as well as various issues on behalf of tribal clients.
Before becoming a criminal prosecutor, Mr. Farhat was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office where he represented the United States in commercial litigation and other civil cases. From 1998 to 1999, Mr. Farhat served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edward Rafeedie, U.S. district court judge for the Central District of California.
Mr. Farhat works as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School where he teaches white collar and healthcare law. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked as a commercial real estate broker and property manager.