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Attorney Richard Hollawell has been featured in dozens of  major news outlets including The New York Times, The Associated Press, 20/20, and Nightline.  He continues to an expert in the field of opioid over-prescription.  Learn more about his crusade against the opioid epedemic here.

“Buchalter, along with Patty Nixon, a former employee of Insys, the maker of SUBSYS, and Richard Hollawell, a small town attorney on a crusade against the company, have found a common cause in attempting to hold Insys responsible for what they say is its role in the opioid crisis.”


Richard J. Hollawell has been featured in multiple national news outlets, and his personal injury and opioid over-prescription cases have earned him recognition as an expert in his field.  Below are just a few publications featuring our work and dedication to finding justice for victims.

F.D.A. Did Not Intervene to Curb Risky Fentanyl Prescriptions

“A fast-acting class of fentanyl drugs approved only for cancer patients with high opioid tolerance has been prescribed frequently to patients with back pain and migraines…”

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Founder of Opioid Maker Sentenced to 5½ Years in Prison

“John N. Kapoor, a former billionaire who founded opioid maker Insys Therapeutics Inc., was sentenced to 5½ years in prison for his role in a racketeering conspiracy to illegally boost sales of his company’s prescription fentanyl drug…”

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Family files wrongful death lawsuit against Hermitage medical center

When Janel Miller’s family or friends needed help, they turned to her. Miller’s sister, Jamie Pietrantonio, called Janel the glue that held the family together.

But Miller’s compassion for others couldn’t keep her from the iron grip of opioid addiction. Pietrantonio blames overprescribed pain-killers for her sister’s addiction and death, prompting a lawsuit by her family against the Pain, Spine, Aesthetic and Wellness Center (or the Pain Center) in Hermitage.

Also named in the wrongful death suit are a former Pain Center doctor, Ashraf Razzak, who died in August 2019; and nurse Christina L. Cole, who no longer works at the center.

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Ex-Boca school counselor who pushed fentanyl spray for Insys is heading to prison

“Alec Burlakoff — the one-time Boca Raton high school counselor who masterminded a bribery scheme to get doctors to prescribe a potent fentanyl spray — was sentenced to 26 months in prison on Thursday in a Boston courtroom, benefiting from flipping against the owner of the company…”

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Best Stories Of The Decade: “An Opioid Spray Showered Billionaire John Kapoor In Riches. Now He’s Feeling The Pain”

“John Kapoor built a $2.1 billion fortune from the opioid fentanyl, which was hailed by markets and some doctors as a wonder drug. That’s before Matt Herper and Michela Tindera exposed how Kapoor pushed the legal and ethical limits to get the drug into the systems of people who didn’t need it. Three years later, he was convicted of racketeering….”

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Opioid lawsuits could bring big payouts, but will NJ victims see any money?

“Brandon Blackman and Salvatore Marchese never met, came from different backgrounds and had little in common, and yet they shared a chilling and familiar end: Both were prescribed legal opioids in 2010, both became addicted, and both were later found dead after overdosing on heroin…”

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Top Executives of Insys, an Opioid Company, Are Found Guilty of Racketeering

“A federal jury on Thursday found the top executives of Insys Therapeutics, a company that sold a fentanyl-based painkiller, guilty of racketeering charges in a rare criminal prosecution that blamed corporate officials for contributing to the nation’s opioid epidemic….”

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Families hoping for justice from prescription bribes trial

“Drug company executives weren’t satisfied with sales for their powerful painkiller, so they devised a plan, prosecutors say: Offer cash to doctors in exchange for prescriptions…”

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‘Game-changer’ – CEO of fentanyl company found guilty of RICO

“No longer will pharmaceutical companies fear paying only a cost-of-doing business fine for illegally pushing their opioid medications onto an unsuspecting public. Now the executives may face serious prison time after Thursday’s racketeering verdict against John Kapoor, the founder of a company who bribed doctors to amp up their prescribing of a potent fentanyl spray.”

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Former CEO said he was made the ‘fall guy’ for opioid maker Insys’

“In the summer of 2015, Michael Babich noticed a marked change in his relationship with John Kapoor, the man who had mentored him and made him CEO of his opioid manufacturing company…”

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Billionaire Charged With Bribing Doctors to Prescribe Opioids

“The billionaire owner of Insys Therapeutics was arrested Thursday and charged with leading a nationwide conspiracy to use bribes and fraud to…”

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Report: Drug company faked cancer patients to sell drug

“When Insys Therapeutics got approval to sell an ultra-powerful opioid for cancer patients with acute pain in 2012, it soon discovered a problem: finding enough cancer patients to use the drug…”

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Woman Says Spouse’s Death Was Caused By Over-Prescription Of Opioid Medication

“A Delaware County woman has initiated litigation against a trio of entities consisting of a former doctor, pharmacist and pharmacy, contending their reckless negligence of prescribing large amounts…”

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Powerful opioid that killed NJ woman likely distributed by Rochester Drug Cooperative

“RDC’s distribution of Subsys was “a link in the criminal, fraudulent scheme that led to the death of Sarah Fuller,” attorneys argue in court papers….”

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Cherry Hill mom: Daughter’s opioid death was caused by ‘corporate greed’

“U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.) took aim during a hearing Tuesday at marketing practices by the pharmaceutical industry generally and the behavior of one company in particular: Insys Therapeutics Inc…”

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The Hard Sell: Crime and Punishment at an Opioid Startup

Richard Hollawell’s landmark case against Insys was recently featured in the best-selling book The Hard Sell: Crime and Punishment at an Opioid Startup.  The book covers the inside story of a band of entrepreneurial upstarts who made millions selling painkillers—until their scheme unraveled, putting them at the center of a landmark criminal trial.

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Our relentless work with victims of opioid over-prescription has been gaining increased importance as the US struggles with the continuing opioid epidemic.  Finding justice for victims means digging deeper into the marketing practices of these providers which has led to national attention.  

Opioid vs Opiate – How Are They Different or the Same?

Opioid vs Opiate – How Are They Different or the Same?

GET A FREE CONSULTATION FOR YOUR PERSONAL INJURY CASEPractice AreasOpioids and opiates - they sound very similar, and are often used interchangeably by people when speaking about them. Many people may not even realize that there is a difference between an opioid and...

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Coronavirus Pandemic Intensifies Opioid Crisis

Coronavirus Pandemic Intensifies Opioid Crisis

GET A FREE CONSULTATIONPractice AreasFor the past two years there was good news in regards to America’s opioid crisis - overdose deaths were finally going down. But just when advocates were celebrating these statistics, the coronavirus pandemic struck, and those...

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$1.65 Million Settlement

A $4,500,000 jury trial verdict (Settled for $1.65 million while jury was in deliberation) for the family of a client who died as a direct result of a doctor overprescribing highly addictive painkillers in increasing doses.

$1.14 Million Settlement

A $1,140,000 total settlement from a doctor who had been overprescribing prescription painkillers and the dispensing pharmacy that led to the patient becoming addicted and subsequently dying from the prescription drugs.

$1.08 Million Settlement

A $1,075,000 settlement for a dram shop case against a bar/restaurant for over-serving a patron who ultimately got behind the wheel of a car intoxicated, seriously injuring our two clients who were passengers in the vehicle when the driver lost control of his car and crashed.

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