Rebecca D. GillilandAssociate | Fraud
Rebecca joined Beasley Allen Law Firm as a clerk in November 2010 and as an attorney in October 2012. She is currently working in the firm's Consumer Fraud Section on cases related to Average Wholesale Pricing (AWP) / Medicaid Fraud litigation, which sought to recover millions of dollars lost by state Medicaid agencies as a result of fraudulent price reporting by the nation's largest drug manufacturers. Since the beginning of the AWP and McKesson litigations, Beasley Allen has recovered more than a billion dollars for the states it represents and has made a tremendous positive impact on state agencies throughout the country.
Most recently, Rebecca has been involved in litigation in multiple states that seeks to recover money on behalf of the states that paid for pharmaceutical products and devices as a result of fraudulent and deceptive acts against the states. Rebecca also is currently involved in several class actions, including claims against Angie’s List, ACE American Insurance Company, and Aramark, and has handled bad faith insurance and ERISA cases.
Additionally, Rebecca is currently handling cases involving Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) antitrust multidistrict litigation (MDL). The BCBS antitrust MDL, currently pending in the Northern District of Alabama, is a broad-sweeping group of claims against the insurance giant that is divided into two tracks, one for subscribers and one for providers. Beasley Allen is working on the provider track. The BCBS organization is comprised of separate companies that cover different geographical regions of the country. The lawsuit claims those individual companies agreed amongst themselves to stay out of other geographic regions. For example, BCBS of Alabama and BCBS of Mississippi agreed not to compete with each other for providers (hospitals and physicians) or subscribers (individual and group policyholders). Normally, competition in a certain area drives costs down, with each company trying to be the lowest available. Absent competition, the companies were able to set prices for both reimbursement and premiums at any price they chose. This litigation seeks to hold the BCBS entities accountable for their anticompetitive agreements.
Rebecca has previously worked in the firm’s Mass Torts Section, where she focused on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) litigation. Hormone Replacement Therapy, including drugs such as Premarin, Prempro and Provera, was prescribed to treat the symptoms of menopause until 2002, when a comprehensive women’s health study was halted as a result of increasing incidents of breast cancer. The drugs also were promoted for off-label uses, including prevention of cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
Rebecca is a member of the Alabama State Bar, Alabama State Bar’s Young Lawyer’s Section, Montgomery County Bar Association, Montgomery County Bar Association - Women's Section, the American Association for Justice, the Hugh Maddox Chapter of the American Inns of Court and the Middle District of Alabama Pro Se Assistance Program. She has been accepted as an American MENSA member.
In December 2015, Rebecca was a speaker for CLE Alabama on the topic "Is Your Client a Whistleblower? What You Should be Asking." She has also spoken several times at Faulkner University's Thomas Goode Jones School of Law on various topics.
Rebecca graduated from the University of West Florida in December 2007 with a B.A. in criminal justice. She attended Faulkner University's Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, earning her J.D. in May 2012, graduating magna cum laude.
During law school, she was on the Dean’s List each semester, earned six best paper awards and was on the editorial board for the Law Review. She won several advocacy awards, including best advocate in the preliminary rounds at National Moot Court Competition, the American College of Trial Lawyer’s Award for Excellence, best petitioner brief at Mercer Moot Court Competition and second place best advocate at Mercer Moot Court Competition. She was also a national quarter-finalist for the New York rounds of the National Moot Court Competition and was August A. Rendigs National Products Liability Moot Court champion.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Rebecca was a Marine. She learned celestial navigation and flew on C-130s.
Rebecca also is a violinist and violist, and plays viola in the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.
She is married to Keith Gilliland, and they make their home in Wetumpka, Alabama. They have four children, Scott, Will, Lilly and Kaden. They attend First Baptist Church in downtown Montgomery, Alabama.
- Alabama (2012)
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama (2013)
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama (2013)
- U.S. Supreme Court (2016)
- Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (2016)
- Third Circuit Court of Appeals (2017)
- Alabama State Bar
- Alabama State Bar Young Lawyers Section
- Montgomery County Bar Association
- Montgomery County Bar Association - Women's Section
- American Bar Association
- American Association for Justice
- Hugh Maddox chapter, American Inns of Court
- Middle District of Alabama Pro Se Assistance Program
- American MENSA
- Faulkner University's Thomas Goode Jones School of Law (J.D. 2012)
- University of West Florida (B.A. 2007)
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