James R. Billings-Kang

Member

James focuses his practice on litigation in the health care industry. In particular, he represents health systems, hospitals, and drug and device companies in litigation against private insurers, the federal government and state programs, and defending health care clients in high-stakes federal and state agency investigations and litigation, including actions involving False Claims Act, qui tam, Anti-Kickback, Stark Law, and Sunshine Act claims.

In addition to his health care practice, James maintains an extensive practice in other complex litigation matters. With nearly two decades of trial and appellate experience, he represents clients with issues related to products liability, real estate, contract disputes, franchise, trade secrets and non-competes, securities, consumer finance, statutory rights, torts, and digital ledger technology.

James earned his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Hampden-Sydney College. He then earned his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. While in law school, James was on the Lile Mile Court Board, Extramural Moot Court, Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law, Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal, Asian Pacific-Asian Law Students Association, and a member of Phi Alpha Delta. He was a legal intern for the Hon. R. Terrence Ney, where he conducted research for a variety of civil, criminal and domestic-relations matters.

Experience

News

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch

August 22, 2022

210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 24 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

13 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named 2022 D.C. Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

July 12, 2022

Super Lawyers has named 13 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2022 Washington D.C. Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Cozen O’Connor Continues Expansion of Health Care Practice Hiring Litigator James Billings-Kang

November 08, 2021

James will advise the firm’s health care clients in connection with litigation matters arising from provider-payor disputes, False Claims Act matters, private equity transactions, and merger activity, in addition to other complex commercial litigation issues.

Publications

En Banc Fourth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of False Claims Act Lawsuit and Vacates Panel Opinion [Health Law Informer Blog]

October 14, 2022

We previously reported that the Fourth Circuit, via a 2-1 decision in United States ex rel. Sheldon v. Allergan Sales, LLC, 24 F.4th 340 (4th Cir. 2022), affirmed the dismissal of a False Claims Act (“FCA”) qui tam lawsuit against Forest Laboratories, LLC (“Forest”). The plaintiff alleged that...

Federal District Court Partially Guts Regulations Affecting the No Surprises Act Arbitration Process [Health Law Informer Blog]

March 30, 2022

On February 23, 2022, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas gutted portions of the interim final rule affecting the independent dispute resolution (“IDR”) process of the No Surprises Act (the “Act”). Tex. Med. Ass’n v. U.S. Dep’t of Health & Human Servs., No....

Fourth Circuit Adopts Safeco Scienter Standard to Prove False Claims Act Violation in Legal Falsity Cases [Health Law Informer Blog]

March 09, 2022

A few weeks ago, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit answered a critical inquiry in the False Claims Act (“FCA”) context: does a defendant violate the FCA when its reading of the regulation is objectively reasonable and there is no government guidance discouraging or rejecting that...

When Your Financial Institution Holds Cryptocurrency in Trust [rma Journal]

April 01, 2019

James Billings-Kang co-authored an article about what actions to take when cryptocurrency is in your trust.

A Security is a Security: How Initial Coin Offerings May Trigger Securities Enforcement and Penalties [Wall Street Lawyer]

January 15, 2019

James Billings-Kang authored an article on the government's response to regulate emerging technologies such as cryptocurrency.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2008
  • Hampden-Sydney College, B.A., summa cum laude, 2005

Awards & Honors

Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Washington, D.C. Consumer Law, 2013

Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Washington, D.C., Litigation, 2014-2022

Pro Bono Service Honor Roll - Virginia Access to Justice Commission, 2020-2021

Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch: Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2023

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Maryland
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court -- Maryland
  • U.S. District Court -- District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court -- Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court -- Colorado

Hon. R. Terrence Ney, Fairfax County Circuit Court, Fairfax, VA

  • American Bar Association
  • D.C. Bar Association
  • Maryland Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • D.C. Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Fairfax County
  • The Asian and Asian Pacific American Alumni Network, University of Virginia, Board of Directors
  • Mentors, Inc.
  • Asian American LEAD