I represent professionals and businesses in high-stakes litigation, advise and assist with healthcare fraud & abuse (Anti-kickback, Stark law, and qui tam litigation) issues, compliance and governance, white collar defense, and conduct internal investigations. Having been a long-time federal prosecutor before entering private practice, I relate effectively with government officials and judges. If a case must be tried, I am comfortable from years of trying cases (100+), teaching trial skills to lawyers and students, and having handled many appeals. In the past 25 years, I have been involved in dozens of federal cases that have involved banking; business and financial fraud; commodities and securities fraud; environmental issues; healthcare fraud; immigration fraud; money laundering; mortgage fraud; RICO, tax; and trade law violations.
I am blessed to have been selected for many professional leadership positions. Currently, I co-chair and serve on the Planning Committee for the ABA's National Institute on Internal Investigations and Forum for In House Counsel. I have also served on the Planning Committee for the ABA's National Securities Fraud Institute. I write and speak about antitrust, corporate compliance and governance, ethics, internal investigations, pharmaceutical law, securities law, and white collar defense issues. I am an Adjunct Law Professor (having taught Civil & Criminal Trial Advocacy, Food & Drug Law, and Antitrust & Health Law); have advanced degrees in Tax and Health Law; and, have been Board Certified in Criminal Law since the 1980s (by the TBLS and NBTA).
I have been interviewed by many national media sources, including the AP; CBC, CNBC; Dallas Morning News; 48 Hours; Fox Financial, Health Channel; Houston Chronicle; National Law Journal; New York Law Journal; New York Times; Texas Lawyer; and USA Today.
I developed and am Editor-in-Chief of a pharmaceutical law treatise published by BNA in 2007 (in annual supplementation); have authored many book chapters and articles; and from time-to-time blog about securities law issues.
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State Bar of Texas (1982); Hawaii Bar Association (1988)(inactive status); U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1991); U.S. Supreme Court (2001)
University of Houston College of Law
Degree: LL.M. (Health Law)
Years Attended: 1998 - 2000
University of Houston College of Law
Degree: LL.M. (Taxation)
Years Attended: 1994 - 1996
South Texas College of Law
Years Attended: 1979 - 1982
University of Texas at Arlington
Areas of Study: English
Years Attended: 1976 - 1979
Professional Associations & Memberships
American Bar Association; American Bar Foundation; DRI; Houston Bar Association; Houston Bar Foundation; State Bar of Texas
Honors and Awards
Fellow, American Bar Foundation; Vice-Chair, ABA Section of Health Law; Past Chair, White Collar Crimes Committee, ABA Section of Business Law; U.S. Attorney General's Director's Award; Adjunct Professor (Health Care and Antitrust; Civil and Criminal Trial Advocacy; and Food and Drug Law) University of Houston Law Center. Faculty Instructor, Southern Regional Program; NITA Deposition Program, National Institute for Trial Advocacy; Texas SuperLawyers (2007-2012) (SuperLawyers); Houston's Top Lawyers (2008-2010) (H Texas Magazine); AV/Preeminent (5.0) rated by Martindale Hubbell
Areas of Practice
- Administrative Law
- Antitrust & Trade Regulation
- Appellate Practice
- Business Torts
- Criminal Law
- Environmental Law
- International Law & Trade
- Securities Law
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