John Kennedy, Esq. is an accomplished attorney with nearly three decades of experience in investigating and litigating fraud cases. He spent 25 years as a prosecutor with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, where he directed the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor’s civil and criminal enforcement efforts for more than 10 years. Mr. Kennedy prosecuted some of the office’s most significant matters, securing state prison sentences for – among others – doctors who accepted cash kickbacks for patient referrals, and an insurance producer who stole nearly $2 million from his clients.
Between 2000 and 2005, Mr. Kennedy served as Deputy Director and then Director of the Office of Government Integrity, where he helped forge a new approach to promoting integrity in government by combining the Attorney General’s civil and criminal authority in a single office. OGI was New Jersey’s first statewide inspector general’s office, and it promoted integrity and accountability in executive branch agencies through rigorous and impartial investigations.
Mr. Kennedy is also an accomplished appellate advocate, having argued three cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court and dozens before the Appellate Division. He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Saint Peter’s College.
Richard E. Vuernick, Esq. has more than 20 years of experience investigating civil and criminal fraud matters. He has spent the last two decades directing investigations, litigating cases from inception to trial, and managing organizations – successfully integrating insurance, medical, scientific, financial and tax concepts into favorable case outcomes. As a founding partner of Kennedy Vuernick, Mr. Vuernick is committed to recovering damages for the victims of fraud schemes; litigating matters related to the False Claims Act to assist government entities in recovering the proceeds of fraud; and conducting internal investigations of potential wrongdoing and fraud vulnerabilities for public and private clients.
Mr. Vuernick began his career as a Deputy Attorney General for the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor at the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety.
A graduate of Vassar College, Mr. Vuernick earned his J.D. from the Western New England College School of Law. He is also a frequent presenter at insurance fraud conferences, including the New Jersey Special Investigators Association annual conference.
Gabrielle H. Pohlman, Esq., is an associate at Kennedy Vuernick, focusing on insurance fraud matters, with a concentration in the area of personal injury protection fraud. Ms. Pohlman has more than 15 years of legal experience and is proficient in the analysis and application of insurance law and regulations, medical records and data.
Ms. Pohlman is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and she earned her J.D. from the Tulane University School of Law, where she served as the Senior Articles Editor for the Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property.
In his role as an associate at Kennedy Vuernick, Kevin McGowan, Esq., specializes in litigating healthcare fraud matters.
Prior to joining Kennedy Vuernick, Mr. McGowan served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Division of Law, where he represented the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance in civil litigation of insurance fraud cases and served as General Counsel to the New Jersey Real Estate Commission.
Mr. McGowan earned his J.D. from the Seton Hall University School of Law and has a master’s degree from City University of New York and a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University.