Laura Cordovais an accomplished trial lawyer who represents individual and corporate clients in criminal enforcement actions and related complex civil litigation. Laura’s practice includes conducting internal investigations and counseling clients facing government investigations. Laura regularly represents clients in matters involving health care fraud, securities fraud, the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and procurement fraud.
Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Laura served as Assistant Chief in the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where she led the Corporate Healthcare Fraud Strike Force charged with investigating and prosecuting large, multi-jurisdictional fraud schemes throughout the U.S. While at DOJ, Laura investigated and tried numerous complex cases involving mail and wire fraud, money laundering, false statements, government program fraud, and health care fraud, including violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute and HIPAA.
She has a BS from Texas A&M University and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and an MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is admitted to practice in District of Columbia and New York.
Rex Burgdorfer | VP | Juniper Advisory
Rex has over a decade of investment banking and strategic financial advisory services experience. He has advised all forms of nonprofit hospital systems on merger and acquisition transactions, including community 501(c)3’s, religious-sponsored, and local government hospital clients. Rex was previously with Morgan Stanley and holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Robert Gerber | SVP & GC | Summa Health
Robert Gerberry is Senior Vice President & General Counsel at Summa Health and its Corporate Secretary. Since joining Summa in 2002, Mr. Gerberry has provided counsel on all aspects of health care law with a focus on strategic and transactional projects, including mergers and acquisitions, affiliations, joint ventures, and physician alignment initiatives. Prior to joining Summa, Mr. Gerberry practiced with the law firms of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP and McDonald, Hopkins LLP in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and his J.D. from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Mr. Gerberry also serves as Adjunct Faculty at the Case Western Reserve School of Law teaching Hospital and Physician Organizations Law and Health Care Transactions.
Mr. Gerberry serves as Vice Chair of the AHLA’s In-House Counsel Practice Group and participated in the Physician Organizations Practice Group Leadership Development Program. Mr. Gerberry is the past President of the Society of Ohio Health Care Attorneys and is a member of its Board of Directors. He has also served on the Cleveland Bar Health Care Committee and on the Planning Committee for the AMGA Council of Attorneys. Mr. Gerberry is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Medical Group Association Council of Attorneys, and the Society of Ohio Health Care Attorneys.
Mr. Gerberry has spoken at AHLA, AMGA, Premier and other national meetings on topics including physician alignment and compensation models, health system transformation, physician-hospital joint ventures, and accountable care development. Mr. Gerberry has also been named a Rising Star in Health Care Law by Ohio Superlawyers was named a 2014 Crain’s In-House Counsel of the Year finalist.
D. Scott Jones | Chief Compliance Officer | Augusta Health (VA)
Scott was one of the first healthcare compliance officers nationally Board Certified in the United States by the Health Care Certification Board, in 2000. He attended the first university-based introductory and advanced compliance training programs, at the Harvard University of Public Health. He has served as a chief compliance, risk, and privacy officer for health systems, hospitals, large medical practice groups, and other healthcare organizations across the country, as Vice President of compliance and risk for several multi-state corporations.
Scott believes that healthcare compliance, quality of care, and clinical excellence go hand in hand. He has presented over 100 programs to national compliance institutes, as faculty speaker and program track co-chair. He is the author of 12 published books and over 50 peer reviewed articles on a wide range of compliance topics.
Scott is Chief Compliance Officer and Privacy Officer for Augusta Health, an independent, HealthGrades Top 50 acute care Hospital, and Augusta Medical Group, a large multispecialty practice group. He serves as Compliance Official for Augusta Care Partners ACO, and lives and works in Augusta County, Virginia.
Sven Collins | Partner Squire Patton | Boggs
Sven Collins focuses his practice on Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement litigation, as well as on litigation and risk-management guidance in areas of employment and labor, trade secrets, unfair competition and other commercial disputes.
Sven litigates and tries cases before courts, arbitrators and government agencies and regularly represents hospitals and healthcare providers in innovative reimbursement appeals seeking additional payment under Medicare.
He also counsels and represents employers in disputes in a variety of employment and labor-related areas, including employment discrimination, non-compete agreements, unfair competition, trade secrets, wage and hour matters, employee benefits, employment contracts and reductions-in-force.
Sven’s litigation and trial experience also includes representing broker-dealers before FINRA, and clients in real estate, construction, breach of contract and other commercial disputes.
He regularly speaks at legal, trade association and firm-sponsored seminars on healthcare reimbursement related and employment matters and presents in-house training programs for clients on these issues.
Sven received a BA from Trinity University and a JD from University of Colorado School of Law. He clerked for the Hon. Walker Miller, U.S. District Court of the District of Colorado and is admitted to practice in the state of Colorado.
Thomas (Tom) Beimers | Partner Hogan | Lovells
Healthcare and life sciences industry clients with challenging regulatory compliance problems, especially False Claims Act (FCA) investigations, turn to Tom Beimers. Tom's service with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG), combined with extensive private practice litigation and investigations experience, helps clients navigate all phases of complex regulatory matters. Sometimes FCA cases settle, and when they do Tom's experience with the HHS OIG Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA) process, including negotiating and monitoring CIAs, ensures that clients negotiate and address implementation issues from a position of strength.
Tom enjoys advising healthcare and life sciences clients on regulatory compliance and healthcare fraud and abuse matters. He regularly provides strategic analysis regarding business arrangements and proposed transactions, including customer contracts, discount and rebate arrangements, business courtesies, consulting agreements, marketing programs, aggregate spend reporting, and charitable programs. Tom's experience with OIG and as an advisor to multiple life sciences and healthcare companies allows him to benchmark against industry standard practices and agency perspectives. This broad vantage point helps ensure that clients are simultaneously able to meet legal requirements and engage in competitive business arrangements.
Tom had a distinguished career in government before joining his previous international law firm. He served as senior counsel for HHS OIG, where he helped resolve major FCA cases involving off-label marketing, drug pricing, Anti-Kickback Statute violations, and Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement, and served as a monitor for manufacturers operating under CIAs. He was also a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, serving as a prosecutor for the Department of Justice's Medicare Fraud Strike Force in Detroit, Michigan. In that role, he oversaw all phases of investigations into violations of criminal healthcare fraud laws, including jury trials.
Tom is a frequent national speaker and author on topics related to healthcare fraud and abuse, white collar criminal defense, and compliance matters. He has a BA from Macalester College and a JD from the University of Minnesota, and is admitted to practice in Minnesota and DC.
Matthew Sorrentino | SVP & CLO | Lehigh Valley Health Network (PA)
Ross Sallade | Shareholder | Polsinelli
Ross Sallade provides value to clients by tackling the complex legal regulatory, operational, reimbursement and enrollment matters that others might be reluctant to handle. Ross does so by drawing upon specialized knowledge for each matter which enables him to quickly evaluate urgent issues and provide practical recommendations. He also leverages a unique skill set that enables him to identify and work with the right federal and state regulators to pinpoint the heart of the issue and make recommendations to reach appropriate resolution. His previous experience strengthens his ability to provide counsel rooted in an understanding of not only the law, but also how legal issues or regulatory changes can impact clients’ business goals.
Ross works with clients to help them navigate through the myriad of state and federal health care regulatory challenges facing them. He regularly counsels clients to aid in structuring their business transactions and relationships in compliance with federal and state regulations, including change of ownership requirements, as well as federal anti-kickback statute and federal physician self-referral (or “Stark”) laws.
Ross advises clients regularly on a variety of matters, including: Medicare and Medicaid (and other federal and state payor programs) enrollment, State licensure, Medicare and Medicaid compliance, Provider and supplier reimbursement in both the Medicare and Medicaid programs, Healthcare operational matters, Diligence support in connection with M&A and Finance transactions, Professional service and management service agreements, including “controlled professional corporations” and Fraud and Abuse.
Ross’s practice focuses on a variety of healthcare provider and supplier types, including, but not
limited to: Hospitals, including provider based departments, Hospice and home health agencies, DME suppliers, IDTFs, Imaging providers and Ambulatory Surgery Centers.
Ross Sallade applies his in-depth industry knowledge to highlight potential risk exposure and propose alternative resolutions that address clients’ core concerns, as well as a business-focused approach for each transaction to meet the clients’ expectations.
Ross holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, a Master of Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia Campus, and a B.S. from Hampden-Sydney College.
Nicholas “Nick” C. Conte, Esquire | Executive Vice President and General Counsel | Carilion Clinic
Prior to joining Carilion in March 2016, Mr. Conte served as chairman of Woods Rogers PLC, Western Virginia’s largest law firm headquartered in Roanoke with regional offices in Richmond, Charlottesville and Danville. In addition to his practice of corporate law, Mr. Conte has extensive experience advising boards of directors and executive teams on a broad range of matters and has served as outside general counsel and corporate secretary for several companies. His expertise ranges from managing complex transactions including mergers and acquisitions to risk management and contracting best practices. Mr. Conte has served on the boards for both the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and the Carilion Clinic Foundation. He is active in many community organizations, including the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council, United Way of Roanoke Valley and the Taubman Museum of Art. Mr. Conte and his wife, Alison, live in Roanoke with their two children, Laura and Nicholas.
Kenya Woodruff | Partner | Katten Muchin Rosenman
Kenya Woodruff is a partner in the firm's Health Care practice. Her practice is dedicated to health care regulatory counsel and the design and execution of related merger, acquisition and joint venture strategic partnerships. Kenya focuses on the creation and maintenance of compliant health care operations and structures for physicians, hospitals, home health and hospice providers, accountable care organizations and clinically integrated networks. Her practice also includes advice on compliance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act), Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statutes and other applicable fraud and abuse laws.
Kenya served as deputy general counsel at the Dallas County Hospital District d/b/a Parkland Health & Hospital System where she was the lawyer primarily responsible for government investigations and provided legal support and consult for the hospital's daily operations. Her experience also includes being the vice president of compliance and associate general counsel for a national radiology services company.
Lisa Rivera | Member | Bass, Berry & Sims
Lisa S. Rivera is a Member in the Nashville office of Bass, Berry & Sims. As a former federal prosecutor, Lisa focuses her practice on advising healthcare providers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, medical device companies and other clients on matters related to civil and criminal healthcare fraud and abuse, as well as government investigations and enforcement. She has significant experience handling matters arising under the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark law, and various other federal and state healthcare statutes and regulations. Lisa previously served for 13 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, with 10 years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee, where she was Civil and Criminal Healthcare Fraud Coordinator and responsible for coordination of all criminal and civil healthcare fraud investigations.
W. Kenneth Davis, Jr. | Partner | Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
W. Kenneth Davis, Jr., helps his health care industry clients design, structure and grow their businesses. Ken represents physicians, hospitals, ancillary service companies and other health care and e-health providers and businesses in transactional and regulatory matters.
Ken counsels clients as they form new businesses, joint ventures, management and other service relationships, networks and other relationships aimed at integrating and improving the efficacy of the health care process. His work involves a myriad of matters including initial structuring and business model development, analysis of regulatory and reimbursement issues, private equity, debt-based and lease-hold financing, and mergers and acquisitions. He also regularly provides health care compliance counsel for clients. He is “highly regarded for his physician and managed care work” according to Chambers USA.
Ken advises clients on many changing health care regulations, including the Affordable Care Act, the Stark Act, Health Insurance Protability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute and many state laws and tax regulations. He counsels clients on financial matters such as reimbursement issues and private equity, debt-based and lease-hold financing.
Prior to joining Katten, Ken served as vice president and general counsel for Princeps Inc., a Nashville, Tennessee-based physician practice management company focused on diagnostic radiology services. The company was the result of a merger between Healthcare Resource Management Inc. and Princeps Medical Practice Management Inc., which Ken co-founded and for which he served in dual capacities as chief operating officer and general counsel.
Ken holds an AB Degree from the University of Chicago and a JD from DePaul University College of Law; he is licensed to practice in Illinois.
Justin is SVP & Chief Litigation Counsel for Community Health Systems, one of the nation’s leading operators of general acute care hospitals, with 111 hospitals in 20 states. In that role, he oversees all litigation, government investigations, managed care, reimbursement, government relations and information technology matters for the Company and its affiliated hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and physician practices. Prior to joining CHS in 2009 as Litigation Counsel, Justin was a litigator and lobbyist with Bass, Berry and Sims in Nashville, Tennessee.
Justin has spoken on numerous occasions on topics including legal department management, cybersecurity risk, class action defense, managed care contracting, alternative dispute resolution, and pro bono initiatives. Justin is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and serves on the AHLA ADR Task Force. He is a member of the Medicaid and Managed Care Committee of the Federation of American Hospitals and is a Fellow of the Nashville Healthcare Council. He has received numerous awards from the Tennessee Supreme Court and the Nashville Bar Association for his work associated with pro bono advocacy and the Nashville Legal Aid Society. He is a former Chairman of the Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance and a former Adjunct Professor of Business Law at both Aquinas College and King University. He currently serves on the Tennessee Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness and is the Board Chairman for Open Table Nashville, a non-profit organization serving Nashville’s unhoused community.
Justin received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Carson-Newman College (TN), where he was captain of the varsity football team. He received his law degree from Washington University School of Law (Order of the Coif), where he was a William Webster Fellow.