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McEvoy, Elizabeth

Elizabeth J. McEvoy


Elizabeth is an experienced litigator who focuses her practice on healthcare litigation and government investigations/white-collar criminal defense. She is the Chair of the firm’s Research Misconduct & Integrity Practice Group, where she draws on her healthcare and white-collar defense background in representing individuals and institutions in a variety of research integrity and compliance matters, including research fraud/misconduct, sexual harassment/hostile work environment, conflicts of interest, foreign influence on US-based research, and violations of the False Claims Act. She is among the most experienced litigators who has advised and defended allegations of scientific research misconduct (falsification/fabrication of data), and brings a multi-disciplinary perspective to advise federal grant recipients on alleged misuse of federal funds and related non-compliance with NIH, NSF, ORI, and DOJ terms and conditions.

Elizabeth has extensive experience representing entities and individuals in the healthcare and other highly-regulated industries in a variety of complex business and commercial disputes. She has successfully resolved numerous civil lawsuits and legal demands brought against hospitals, ACOs and other providers, such as employment discrimination under M.G.L. ch. 151B, contested medical credentialing decisions, attempts to halt the opening of new medical facilities, and violations of the Massachusetts Wage Act. She has delivered excellent results for corporations and individuals in a variety of other commercial disputes, including corporate buy-outs, corporate governance disputes, and breaches of contract.

Elizabeth has also successfully represented individuals and organizations under scrutiny from state and federal law enforcement involving the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark Law, HIPAA, Mail and Wire Fraud. She has handled highly-publicized internal reviews and investigations.


Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Counsel (2021-Present)
  • Barrett & Singal, P.C.
    • Partner, Litigation (2019-2020)
    • Co-Chair, Research Misconduct Department
    • Senior Associate (2018-2019)
    • Associate (2013-2018)
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
    • Law Clerk, Honorable Margot Botsford
  • Massachusetts Appeals Court
    • Law Clerk, Honorable Francis R. Fecteau

Honors & Awards

  • Women's Bar Association, Emerging Women Leaders in the Law (2021)
  • Super Lawyers, Massachusetts, Rising Stars (2016-2021)
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Up & Coming Honoree (2018)

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation (WIMLF)
    • Board Member (2020-Present)
  • Victim's Rights Law Center
    • Shining Star Gala, Event Planning Committee

Professional Affiliations

  • Boston Bar Association
    • Women's Leadership Initiative, Class of 2020-2021
    • Public Interest Leadership Program, (2015-2016)
    • Health Law Steering Committee
  • Women's Bar Association
    • Women in the Courtroom Committee (2018-present)
    • New Lawyers' Committee, Co-Chair (2016-present)
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Law Clerk's Society
    • Board Member, Former Treasurer

Bar Memberships

  • Massachusetts
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Speaking Engagements

News & Insight


Scrutiny on Foreign Influence Continues with Institutions in the “Hot Seat”

September 20, 2021

The Government’s increased scrutiny on potential foreign influence on U.S. based research remains in full force. While the federal government continues to prosecute individual scientists alleged to have received – and not disclosed – foreign support …


Navigating the Complex: A Conversation with Elizabeth J. McEvoy

March 17, 2021

Elizabeth McEvoy assists businesses and individuals in navigating complex, and often highly-regulated legal matters, both criminal and civil. Her experience includes negotiating pre-litigation resolutions, complex commercial litigation, and representing in…


As Boston Sees White Collar 'Boom,' Hinckley Allen Bulks Up

February 16, 2021

High-profile cases in Boston are growing and Hinckley Allen is expanding the white collar practice to meet client need. Partners Michelle Peirce, Bruce Singal and Laura Angelini sat with Law360 to discuss.


Importance of Foreign Conflict of Interest Policies and Disclosure Requirements: What We Can Learn From the 2019-2020 GAO Report

January 22, 2021

It is a new year and we have a new administration. However, one enforcement trend that remains in full force is the increased scrutiny of potential foreign influence on U.S.-based research, including concerning transparency regarding potential foreign conf…


In the rush to address COVID-19 institutions face increased risk of data manipulation and research fraud

May 29, 2020

With the rush to understand the novel coronavirus, and grapple with its widespread effects on public health, the pressure to deliver the “right” results continues to grow and new research studies seem to be published daily delivering new conclusions ab…


Impact of COVID-19 on Reporting Foreign Components

April 30, 2020

In addressing the ever-growing list of obstacles posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, academic research centers with grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) must not lose sight of their continuing obligation to accurately report sources of foreign s…


Pitfalls for Principal Investigators: Seven Ways to Avoid Misconduct Allegations

November 11, 2019

With the recent outpouring of research and academic misconduct allegations raising a dark cloud over scientific scholarship, Principal Investigators, or PIs, should be on high alert to ensure their labs – and their grant funding – are not tainted by po…


Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Considers Breach of Contract Award For Researcher

September 13, 2019

Institutions and researchers alike will be watching the outcome of a case pending before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court addressing whether a longtime cancer researcher can recover the full cost of rebuilding and operating her research lab (estima…


No ‘Summer Slump’: ORI Appoints 3 New Directors During Summer 2019

August 22, 2019

While many businesses slow down during the summer months, the Office of Research Integrity has been hard at work identifying a new wave of scientists to lead the agency.In June 2019, ORI announced that Wanda K. Jones, Ph.D., had been named permanent Deputy…


Federal Agencies Dub Sexual Harassment “as serious as research misconduct”

August 20, 2019

For institutions closely following the progression of the evolving enforcement of Title IX in the academic and university setting and, most recently, the close scrutiny paid to “misconduct” cases across the scientific and non-scientific spectrums, NIH…


Have you been “Bullied into Bad Science?” How to support Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and eliminate the publish or perish mentality from our labs.

May 17, 2019

A group of postdocs at University of Cambridge are taking the lead in combatting academic bullying of young researchers in the world of publishing. This campaign – driven by self-branded “Early Career Researchers (ECRs)” – condemns current publishi…


The Case for Revising the Definition of Research Misconduct

April 11, 2019

Twenty years after the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) adopted “falsification, fabrication, or plagiarism” as the black-letter definition of research misconduct, at least one member of the scientific community is challenging what it means to commit …


Initial assessments: a tool for institutions looking to “get tough” on misconduct

April 2, 2019

You are a research compliance officer and you receive an anonymous complaint: A member of your faculty has allegedly fabricated data featured prominently in a recent publication that is sponsored by a National Institutes of Health grant held by your instit…


What is self-plagiarism? (and why it is not research misconduct)

December 6, 2018

You may have heard the term “self-plagiarism” – or the related terms of “text recycling,” “redundancy,” “reuse,” or “overlapping text” – thrown around recently as a form of alleged research misconduct. In fact, a new wave of miscond…

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Firm News

34 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized as 2021 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 12, 2021

Hinckley Allen is pleased to announce that Super Lawyers has selected 34 Hinckley Allen attorneys as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to re…

Firm News

Elizabeth McEvoy Recognized with Emerging Women Leaders in Law Award

July 9, 2021

Hinckley Allen is proud to announce that Elizabeth McEvoy has been named a recipient of the Emerging Women Leaders in Law Award by the Women’s Bar Association. The award honors women attorneys who have demonstrated professional excellence or had a signif…

Firm News

Hinckley Allen Expands Litigation Group with Eight Lateral Hires from Barrett & Singal

January 5, 2021

Hinckley Allen today announced that eight trial lawyers from Barrett & Singal have joined the Firm, including Co-Chairs of Barrett & Singal’s Litigation group, Co-Chairs of its Research Misconduct group, and its General Counsel. All eight new hir…

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Case Study

Landmark Win in Scientific Misconduct Case

Faced with Office of Research Integrity (ORI) allegations of scientific misconduct and the resulting debarment order issued by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a prominent research scientist turned to …


Past Event

WEBINAR: Recent Trends in Scientific Research Misconduct Investigations—Institutional, Government, and Defense Perspectives

March 1, 2021

On behalf of the Boston Bar Association, Research Misconduct & Integrity Chair Elizabeth J. McEvoy will be speaking alongside an esteemed panel to discuss research misconduct investigations."Scientific research misconduct is a serious ethical and legal…

Representative Matters

  • Persuaded large academic medical center to close inquiry into potential research misconduct by a senior PI and tenured faculty member
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment in multi-count lawsuit brought by recently terminated physician alleging age discrimination under M.G.L. ch. 151B and related claims arising out of adverse medical credentialing decision by hospital medical staff.
  • Successfully defeated a preliminary injunction and move to dismiss legal claims brought by competing healthcare system to halt the opening of new cardiac catheterization laboratory in a Massachusetts hospital.
  • Represented prominent heart surgeon at premiere Boston hospital in responding to federal grand jury subpoena relating to alleged kickbacks with large medical device company.
  • Second-chaired eleven-day jury trial in Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts defending former investment advisor accused of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and substantive mail and wire fraud offenses.
  • Dismissal of all claims brought against professional liability company in a comprehensive arbitration arising from a partnership dispute.