Mia Yugo

ATTORNEY

Mia Yugo is a Litigation Attorney representing whistleblowers and businesses in civil and criminal litigation. Mia’s practice focuses on complex litigation involving financial crimes, fraud, Qui Tam actions brought under the False Claims Act (FCA), subpoena defense (civil & criminal), whistleblower claims, government & criminal investigations, retaliatory discharge / wrongful termination, breach of contract, and defamation defense.

Mia litigates cases across the country involving grant fraud (tied to academic, science, and research grants), healthcare fraud, COVID/PPP Loan fraud, medical device fraud, and procurement fraud. Mia also has unique experience in property litigation and various other administrative and regulatory disputes with state and federal agencies. Mia has achieved numerous dismissals on dispositive motions, and successfully litigated complex cases in state and federal court.

Mia enjoys travelling and learning other languages. Mia was Champion of the highly competitive National Basketball Negotiation Competition hosted by the Fordham Sports Law Forum in New York, NY, and was subsequently selected to represent Team USA in the World Negotiation Competition in Switzerland in 2016. An avid litigator, Mia was also Champion of her 2L/3L Moot Court Competition and subsequently First Runner Up in Oral Argument at the National Tax Moot Court Competition hosted by the Florida Bar Tax Section.

Mia now frequently serves as a judge for moot court competitions. In her spare time, Mia is a negotiations coach for teams competing in ABA Negotiation Competitions. Mia’s competition teams have advanced to ABA Nationals in Chicago two years in a row, in both 2020 and 2019. In 2019, the team that Mia coached tied for 5th place in the nation out of 193 teams that competed.

Mia is licensed in Virginia and New York, and admitted in the Southern District of New York (S.D.N.Y.), the Western and Eastern Districts of Virginia (W.D. Va. & E.D. Va.), as well as the Fourth Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

(912) 221-4441

mia@fed-lit.com

11 Franklin Road SW, Suite 200
Roanoke. VA 24011

PO Box 8877
Roanoke. VA 24014

Practice Areas

Fraud

  • Civil & Criminal
  • VCPA

Whistleblower Claims / Qui Tam / False Claims Act

  • Grant Fraud
  • Research Fraud (Colleges & Universities)
  • Healthcare Fraud (Medicare/Medicaid)
  • COVID Fraud
  • Procurement Fraud

Administrative Law & Regulatory Disputes

  • State & Federal Agencies

Subpoena Defense (Civil & Criminal)

  • Motions to Quash
  • Protective Orders
  • Short & Long-Term Advising & Strategy

Appellate Law

  • Fourth Circuit
  • D.C. Court of Appeals
  • Writ of Certiorari to the United States Supreme Court

Employment Law

  • Retaliatory Discharge
  • Wrongful Termination

Property Litigation

  • Eminent Domain
  • Regulatory Takings
  • Constitutional Issues

Defamation Defense

Breach of Contract

  • Contract disputes
  • Fiduciary Duties
Representative Matters

PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE FUTURE SUCCESS. EACH CASE IS HIGHLY FACT-SPECIFIC AND RESULTS WILL VARY.

Subpoena Defense (civil and criminal).

  • successfully negotiated voluntary withdrawal of federal criminal subpoena; represented client in negotiations with USAO (E.D. Va. Richmond)
  • successfully negotiated voluntary withdrawal of federal civil subpoena duces tecum on “technical defect” grounds; represented client in negotiations with USAO and administrative agency (D.C.)
  • successfully quashed foreign subpoena duces tecum on “technical defect” grounds; drafted all pleadings and delivered oral argument on behalf of corporate client subpoenaed as third-party record-keeper for out-of-state transaction (Charlottesville Circuit Court)
  • successfully defeated subpoena duces tecum; obtaining temporary due deference deferral and continuance on comity grounds (pleadings & oral argument)
  • successfully obtained withdrawal of Motion to Compel production in foreign state on jurisdictional grounds

Defamation Defense (Federal & State); case wins.

  • successfully drafted supplemental briefing in support of individual defendant’s 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss all defamation counts arising out of Flint, Michigan, water poisoning matter; federal court ultimately dismissed entire defamation Complaint that sought $3 million in damages.
  • successfully defended state defamation suit; drafted all motions (demurrers, pleas in bar, motion craving oyer, answer, and affirmative defenses) and brief in support of motions; obtained dismissal with prejudice (with Order granting demurrer and plea in bar, on the merits) of a $200,000 defamation suit in Roanoke Circuit Court

Other White Collar Dispositive Motions; case wins.

  • successfully defended healthcare provider by drafting federal court pleadings on a motion to dismiss a federal FCA/qui tam action for failure to plead fraud with particularity under Rule 9(b)
  • successfully drafted motion to dismiss a federal suit involving Eighth Amendment challenges
  • successfully negotiated with foreign embassy on behalf of white-collar client to obtain reinstatement of health benefits for client in foreign country
  • successfully drafted bond appeal for defendant in federal district court for highly publicized fraud case involving university research and National Science Foundation (NSF) grant fraud;

Other Complex Litigation (Civil & Criminal); case wins.

  • successfully represented corporate client and its two individual officers by winning all four (4) demurrers against charges of actual fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of various bylaws; drafted all pleadings and delivered oral argument in Circuit Court
  • successfully defended criminal client (at trial) in state court on charges resulting from serious boating accident on Smith Mountain Lake that caused passenger to lose fingers and thumb; obtained dismissal of all charges on a Motion to Strike the evidence after cross-examination; obtained Not Guilty verdict
  • successfully defended client in state court on criminal charges resulting from two-car accident and significant injuries; successfully tried case against Commonwealth’s Attorney and won on defense Motion to Strike; obtained dismissal of all charges
  • successfully represented plaintiff in obtaining judgment in negligence action and successfully represented another client in insurance settlement
  • successfully obtained dismissal with prejudice of $1.35 million wrongful death action; drafted all pleadings and dispositive motion; delivered oral argument in Circuit Court
  • successfully defended client on criminal charges of animal cruelty

Other Mediation / Negotiation

  • successfully represented client in mediation to settle entry of default for Fortune 500 client; wrote federal Motion to Set Aside Entry of Default and drafted Mediation Statement; successfully argued legal issues during mediation, obtaining favorable confidential settlement for client.
  • successfully negotiated confidential settlement of fraud suit arising under the Virginia Consumer Protection Act (“VCPA”).
Awards
  • Champion, National Basketball Negotiation Competition, Fordham Sports Law Forum (New York, NY)
  • Team USA, World Negotiation Competition (Lucerne, Switzerland)
  • National Tax Moot Court Competition, First Runner Up (Oral Argument), Florida Bar Tax Section (Clearwater, FL)
  • Champion (Oral Argument) & Best Brief Award, 2L/3L Moot Court Competition
  • Finalist, ABA East Coast Regional Negotiation Competition
  • Winner, NBA Raptors Journalism Competition (Toronto, ON)
  • Winner, Human Rights and Race Relations Essay Competition (Toronto, ON)
Publications
  • Article, Can Statistical Sampling Be Used to Prove Liability Under the FCA or Does Each Provision of the Statute Require Individual Proofs? Co-authored, 41 Am. J. Trial Advoc. 335 (2018)
  • Article, Settlement Restrictions on False Claims Act (FCA) Qui Tam Actions: A Strict Application of Law or a Waste of Judicial Resources? Co-authored, The Liberty Lawyer (2017)
CLE Ethics & Qui Tam/Fraud Presentations
  • CLE Presentation, “Ethics: Don’t Be That Lawyer!”, 1-hour presentation on Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct (September 2019)
  • CLE Seminar Presentation on “Little Known but Helpful Laws in Virginia” with The Hon. Cynthia D. Kinser, Former Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court (June 2018)
  • Qui Tam/Whistleblowing Presentation, presented on False Claims Act (FCA) at Annual Firm Employment Seminar with John R. Thomas, Esq. (May 2018)
  • Upcoming Ethics CLE for Roanoke Bar Association (RBA), October 2, 2020
White Collar & Mediation Training
  • ABA International White Collar Crime Institute, London, UK (2019)
  • NYSBA Advanced Mediation training course (Part II), Fordham University, New York, NY (2018)