Nathan A. Huff Associate

A former federal prosecutor with nearly fifteen years of litigation experience, Mr. Huff concentrates his practice on federal and business litigation and white collar defense. He applies the insight of a prosecutor in leading internal investigations and preventing and responding to government enforcement actions.

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A former federal prosecutor with nearly fifteen years of litigation experience, Mr. Huff concentrates his practice on federal and business litigation and white collar defense. He applies the insight of a prosecutor in leading internal investigations and preventing and responding to government enforcement actions.

Additionally, as a member of Phelps Dunbar’s agribusiness team, Mr. Huff serves as outside general counsel to agribusinesses ranging from start-ups to large farming operations and agricultural associations. He counsels growers on regulatory compliance, labor disputes, and business immigration.

Mr. Huff is a Lieutenant Colonel and Judge Advocate (JAG) in the U.S. Army Reserve. In that role, the Department of Defense has repeatedly called upon him to investigate and prosecute its most high-profile criminal cases. Prior to joining Phelps Dunbar, Mr. Huff served as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Experience

  • Defended campaign official in federal campaign finance investigation resulting in the U.S. Department of Justice dropping the investigation without seeking indictment.
  • Defended defense contractor executive implicated in federal grand jury investigation of suspected government contracting violations.
  • Represented large defense contractor in responding to whistleblower complaint alleging more than $200 million in federal False Claims Act violations.
  • Represented state government entity in complex federal court litigation to enjoin the unlawful expansion of the State’s Medicaid program.
  • Successfully appealed to the Court of Appeals of North Carolina a trial court’s denial of a motion to dismiss, resulting in professional client’s complete dismissal from the subject case.
  • Represented accounting firms in responding to federal grand jury subpoenas and related requests from the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Defended clinical testing laboratory against lawsuits alleging misdiagnosis of cancer arising from Pap smear screening.
  • Defended contract research organizations and clinical testing laboratories from lawsuits alleging negligent venipuncture resulting in complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).
  • Advise agribusinesses on labor and employment law, litigation prevention, and business immigration, including compliance with the H-2A and H-2B visa programs.
  • Served as outside general counsel to industrial hemp start-up and advise company leadership on complex regulatory compliance issues confronting North Carolina industrial hemp producers.
  • Represents large agribusiness clients in securing H-2A visas for farm laborers and in responding to and preventing delays in related consular processing.
  • Defended large corporate client in federal court employment suit alleging wage and hour violations, fraud and breach of contract.
  • Defends professionals such as lawyers, accountants and adjusters from professional malpractice lawsuits.
  • Defended corporate clients in federal court toxic tort litigation involving pulmonary diseases allegedly caused by asbestos and other pulmonary irritants.
  • Defended corporate client in commercial dispute involving allegations of unfair and deceptive trade practices and breach of contract.
  • Conducted fraud investigation, including an examination under oath, on behalf of international insurance syndicate resulting in insured consenting to rescission of policy.
  • Represented the United States as a federal prosecutor in the Eastern District of North Carolina. Managed complex multi-agency state and federal investigations. Conducted federal grand jury investigations and first-chaired felony trials in United States District Court.
  • Led the Department of Defense’s investigation and prosecution of the military personnel implicated in the United States Secret Service prostitution scandal.
  • Represented the United States in the third prosecution of U.S. v. Timothy Hennis, a triple-homicide death penalty case.

Insights

Publications
News

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, White Collar Committee
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Military & Veterans Affairs Committee
  • Tenth Judicial District Bar, Wake County, North Carolina

Recognition

  • Joint Service Commendation Medal, U.S. Army (2013)
  • Meritorious Service Medal, U.S. Army (2014, 2010)
  • Army Commendation Medal (2008, 2008, 2007)
  • Parachutist Badge (2005)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers - Rising Stars 

Industries

Education

  • The Catholic University of America School of Law
  • Wake Forest University

Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • Georgia
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Defended campaign official in federal campaign finance investigation resulting in the U.S. Department of Justice dropping the investigation without seeking indictment.
  • Defended defense contractor executive implicated in federal grand jury investigation of suspected government contracting violations.
  • Represented large defense contractor in responding to whistleblower complaint alleging more than $200 million in federal False Claims Act violations.
  • Represented state government entity in complex federal court litigation to enjoin the unlawful expansion of the State’s Medicaid program.
  • Successfully appealed to the Court of Appeals of North Carolina a trial court’s denial of a motion to dismiss, resulting in professional client’s complete dismissal from the subject case.
  • Represented accounting firms in responding to federal grand jury subpoenas and related requests from the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Defended clinical testing laboratory against lawsuits alleging misdiagnosis of cancer arising from Pap smear screening.
  • Defended contract research organizations and clinical testing laboratories from lawsuits alleging negligent venipuncture resulting in complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).
  • Advise agribusinesses on labor and employment law, litigation prevention, and business immigration, including compliance with the H-2A and H-2B visa programs.
  • Served as outside general counsel to industrial hemp start-up and advise company leadership on complex regulatory compliance issues confronting North Carolina industrial hemp producers.
  • Represents large agribusiness clients in securing H-2A visas for farm laborers and in responding to and preventing delays in related consular processing.
  • Defended large corporate client in federal court employment suit alleging wage and hour violations, fraud and breach of contract.
  • Defends professionals such as lawyers, accountants and adjusters from professional malpractice lawsuits.
  • Defended corporate clients in federal court toxic tort litigation involving pulmonary diseases allegedly caused by asbestos and other pulmonary irritants.
  • Defended corporate client in commercial dispute involving allegations of unfair and deceptive trade practices and breach of contract.
  • Conducted fraud investigation, including an examination under oath, on behalf of international insurance syndicate resulting in insured consenting to rescission of policy.
  • Represented the United States as a federal prosecutor in the Eastern District of North Carolina. Managed complex multi-agency state and federal investigations. Conducted federal grand jury investigations and first-chaired felony trials in United States District Court.
  • Led the Department of Defense’s investigation and prosecution of the military personnel implicated in the United States Secret Service prostitution scandal.
  • Represented the United States in the third prosecution of U.S. v. Timothy Hennis, a triple-homicide death penalty case.
Publications
News
  • American Bar Association, White Collar Committee
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Military & Veterans Affairs Committee
  • Tenth Judicial District Bar, Wake County, North Carolina
  • Joint Service Commendation Medal, U.S. Army (2013)
  • Meritorious Service Medal, U.S. Army (2014, 2010)
  • Army Commendation Medal (2008, 2008, 2007)
  • Parachutist Badge (2005)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers - Rising Stars