Jan 16, 2024

Flannery | Georgalis Adds Two Partners in Expanding Detroit Office

Detroit, Michigan (January 16, 2024) Flannery | Georgalis is pleased to announce the addition of Jihan Williams and Alison Furtaw as Co-Managing Partners of the Firm’s growing Detroit office. Both Jihan and Alison are former Assistant United States Attorneys in the Eastern District of Michigan.

“The addition of Jihan and Alison continues our targeted growth strategy of building an impressive team of former prosecutors and special agents and talented litigators,” said Chris Georgalis, Co-Founder. “They instantly strengthen the Firm in one of our target growth markets.”

“We are really excited to have Jihan and Alison join the Firm’s nationally recognized healthcare fraud and enforcement defense practice,” added Paul Flannery, Co-Founder. “Their broad experience, particularly as federal prosecutors in the Healthcare Fraud Unit and working closely with the DOJ’s Medicare Fraud Strike Force will be extremely valuable to our clients in Detroit and across the country.

As an AUSA in Detroit, Jihan most recently served as the Deputy Chief of the Health Care Fraud Unit. Jihan led and managed investigations of civil and criminal healthcare fraud violations, including the unlawful diversion of prescription medication by licensed medical professionals as well as the purchase, importation, and administration of counterfeit and unapproved drugs by physicians and pharmacists.  Her experience also included investigating and prosecuting multi-defendant drug and money laundering conspiracies, complex financial crimes, and violent crimes.  Before her government service, Jihan practiced commercial litigation with a highly regarded, mid-size Detroit-based law firm and focused on automotive and healthcare litigation.

During her tenure as an AUSA, Alison tried federal cases in Flint and Detroit, first in computer crimes and later in the Healthcare Fraud Unit.  She has significant experience investigating and prosecuting federal criminal violations. Most recently she prosecuted a Shelby Township doctor who was found guilty on all charges of a 20-count indictment related to his involvement in a $6.3 million illegal prescription opioid conspiracy.  Before her federal service, Alison served as an assistant attorney general for 12 years. She was embedded with the Michigan State Police Cyber Crime unit where she prosecuted complicated computer crimes. Alison was also part of the Attorney General’s Clergy Abuse Task Force and prosecuted sensitive matters involving clergy across the state. In her role as an Assistant Attorney General, she handled many cases including public corruption, embezzlement, and other financial crimes.

Flannery | Georgalis, based in Cleveland, Ohio, focuses on sensitive matters and complex investigations, disputes, and litigation. Founded in 2017 by two former federal prosecutors, the firm has additional offices in Columbus, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, and Detroit. Our Team of former federal and state prosecutors and former federal special agents routinely help individual and corporate clients with complex criminal and civil matters in state and federal courts and before state and federal agencies and regulators. We also work with our clients on asset protection and wealth security by providing a full range of trust and estate planning and administration and trust and estate litigation services.