Amandeep S. Sidhu
Partner,McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Amandeep S. Sidhu is a partner in the Washington, DC office of McDermott Will & Emery. As a highly skilled and respected litigator, Aman focuses his practice on complex commercial disputes with an emphasis on regulated industries, including health care-related investigations and litigation. He represents hospitals and health care companies in investigations and defense of qui tam whistleblower litigation involving federal False Claims Act (FCA), Stark Laws and Anti-Kickback Statute in federal district courts throughout the United States.
Aman played a major role in defending Halifax Health in what was then the largest FCA case against a US hospital in history. After more than five years of intense effort, Aman’s team reached a deal that resolved the United States’ FCA allegations representing more than $1 billion in alleged damages against the client. He also led his team’s effort in a summary judgment win that completely resolved the non-intervened FCA allegations representing over $450 million in alleged damages.
Aman currently represents George Washington University Hospital (GWUH) in their efforts to establish a kidney and pancreas transplant program. After initially being denied regulatory approval, Aman and his team won an unprecedented reversal that allowed the program to begin operations in 2015. Following a recent appellate decision that remanded the case for further consideration, Aman led his team’s successful efforts to maintain the program and ensure that GWUH can continue to save lives in our Nation’s capital.
Aman is also a long-time member of McDermott’s Pro Bono & Community Service Committee, as well as its Racial and Ethnic Diversity & Inclusion Committee. As a co-founder of the Sikh Coalition—the largest Sikh advocacy organization in the United States, created in the aftermath of 9/11—Aman brought the organization on as a pro bono client in 2007. His tireless pro bono work has achieved groundbreaking successes for Sikh soldiers and helped break barriers that had forced Sikh soldiers to choose between their faith and service to their country (despite their long and proud prior record of service in the US military throughout the past century, in the 1980s the Department of Defense enacted policies that forbade Sikhs from serving with their religiously-mandated articles of faith, notably full beards and turbans). Working with the Sikh Coalition and a diverse team of McDermott litigators and lobbyists, Aman served as lead counsel in an eight-year campaign to assist Sikh Americans to obtain religious accommodations from the US Army permitting them to serve while maintaining their articles of faith.
In 2016, Aman’s team at McDermott joined with co-counsel at the Sikh Coalition and Becket Law to file two federal lawsuits that led to religious accommodations for four additional clients. Earlier this year, the US Army amended its policy to finally open its doors to Sikhs and other religious minorities to serve without having to compromise their religious practices. To date, 18 McDermott clients have received religious accommodations allowing them to serve. A few weeks ago, the National Law Journal selected Aman and his McDermott team for their 2017 Pro Bono Hot List in recognition of their work on this historic effort.
Aman is also supporting McDermott’s effort to respond to the crisis caused by President Trump’s executive order regarding immigration and travel from several Muslim-majority countries, including filing an amicus brief in the State of Hawaii v. Trump case on behalf of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).