GC & Secretary
Vanderbilt University Medical Center (TN)
Michael J. Regier is General Counsel and Secretary for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Regier assumed this role on April 30, 2016, and is responsible for all legal and regulatory matters, risk management, insurance and compliance for the Medical Center, which has approximately $3.5 billion in annual revenue and 22,000 employees (including more than 2,000 employed physicians).
Before joining VUMC, he had served as general counsel for three different large health care organizations since 1995 (Seton Healthcare Family, Austin, TX; VHA Inc. (now Vizient), Irving, TX; and Atlantic Health System, Morristown, NJ). Before beginning in-house practice, he had been in private law practice in Chicago, Illinois for 10 years.
He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with highest distinction from the University of Kansas, and his Juris Doctor degree from The University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a Dillard Fellow.
He has served on the adjunct faculty of the University of Texas Law School, is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association Health Law Section, and has been a frequent speaker on both national and regional programs on health care law.
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.
Squire Patton Boggs
Stephen Nash is the Co-Leader of the Global Healthcare Practice Group of Squire Patton Boggs, an international law firm with more than 1,400 lawyers practicing through 48 offices across 22 countries.
Steve has represented healthcare organizations for more than 30 years. His clients include academic medical centers, hospitals and health systems, health information exchanges, medical groups and other physician organizations, health plans and other managed care organizations, long term care and inpatient rehabilitation organizations, ancillary health service providers, healthcare investors, and the federal and state agencies of sovereign powers (“Foreign Agencies”).
Over the past few years, Steve has had the privilege of counselling various Foreign Agencies on such diverse matters as the restructuring of the ownership and operation of a national healthcare system, the design of primary healthcare systems, privacy and security issues, the implementation of an inaugural national health insurance program, and privacy, security and health information exchange programs. He regularly works with members of the firm’s Global Infrastructure Practice Group, based in London and New York, concerning the use of public private partnerships both to expand and to privatize national healthcare infrastructures.
National VP, Contracting & Payor Relations
Ascension Health (TX)
Steven is currently National Vice President, Contracting & Payor Relations for Ascension Health. In this position he has responsibility for all of Ascension’s facility and physician managed care activities across the country. This includes more than 140 hospitals and 6,500 physicians. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Ascension Medical Group and CommunityCare Health Plan of Oklahoma.
Steven previously served as the National Vice President of Partnerships for Oscar Health Insurance, a venture backed technology focused insurance company that formed from the ACA and Vice President of Business Development and Operations for Aetna’s Accountable Care Solutions division. In this position he developed and managed the accountable care relationships with some of the country’s largest and most advanced population health focused provider organizations.
Steven was also a consultant for EY Healthcare Advisory Services focusing on payor/provider relationships and worked for 15 years at a couple of large academic health systems, primarily in the area of managed care and population health.
Prior to beginning his career in healthcare Steven worked in the tennis industry and as a product manager for Atari.
Steven received his undergraduate degree in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
VP & GC
St. Joseph’s Healthcare System (NJ)
Todd Brower, Esq., is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in Paterson, New Jersey. Prior to coming to St. Joseph’s, Mr. Brower was a Partner at McCarter & English, LLP, in Newark, N.J., where he provided his extensive legal health expertise to hospitals, physicians, physician groups, home health care providers and other health care organizations with an emphasis on governance, regulatory and corporate compliance, acquisitions, affiliations, joint venturing, licensing and reimbursement.
Mr. Brower recently served on the New Jersey Hospital Association’s Council on Hospital Governance and as the Chairman of The Foundation for East Orange General Hospital. He has been an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall Law School and is the Former Chairman of Essex Valley Healthcare, Inc., East Orange General Hospital, as well as a Member of the Board of Trustees of Essex Valley Visiting Nurse Association, Inc.
Honored by his peers as among “The Best Lawyers in America” in Health Care Law since 2011, he was also recognized as the “Best Lawyers” 2014-2015, Health Care Law “Lawyer of the Year” for Newark. Mr. Brower was also named a “New Jersey Super Lawyer” in 2013-2015.
Mr. Brower earned his Juris Doctor (JD) from the Saint Louis University School of Law where he served as Health Law Editor of the Saint Louis University Law Journal, and received his Bachelor degree from Emory University.
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Torrey McClary's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and complex transactions in the health care industry. She has managed several major hospital acquisition transactions, including completion of the first-ever acquisition of a private hospital by a state health care system in the State of New York. She has represented academic medical centers, hospitals and public and non-profit health systems in a broad range of corporate and transactional matters. She recently represented Vanderbilt University as lead outside counsel in the restructuring and spin-off of its academic medical center into an independent entity.
Torrey has tremendous depth of experience in creating new health systems and structuring hospital acquisitions, joint ventures and spin-offs. She played a leading role in some of the most prominent and high-profile health system transactions in the United States in recent years. She has structured health care transactions using a variety of transaction models, including asset purchases, membership substitutions, joint operating arrangements and long term leases. Torrey is engaged currently in advising health system clients in several states on mergers, joint ventures and other significant transactions.
W. Kenneth Davis, Jr.
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.
Daria's practice ranges from transactional matters to general counsel services. She has extensive experience with the merger and acquisition of hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, assisted living facilities, home health and hospice programs, group practices, substance use disorder facilities, and other provider entities. She guides clients through the regulatory aspects of capital projects and other strategic initiatives. Active in health care reform matters, Daria is currently working with clients on ACO formation, clinical integration and affiliation, and similar arrangements. In addition, Daria provides experienced counsel in areas of contracting, patient care/risk management matters, privacy and security of patient information (HIPAA), and addressing adverse events, including crisis management.
After beginning her legal career at Mintz Levin, she served as Vice President of Legal Services at Lahey Clinic, Burlington, Massachusetts. While at Lahey, she provided comprehensive general counsel services, advising physician leaders and management on all aspects of the Lahey delivery system, which includes a tertiary care teaching hospital, licensed primary care and specialty clinics, and a community group practice network.
A Mintz Levin Pro Bono Award recipient, Daria brings years of domestic violence advocacy to educate providers on domestic violence’s impact on the workplace and patient care. She is a participant in Mintz Levin’s pro bono Domestic Violence Project and was director of the project from 1993 to 1999. She is a local and national speaker on domestic violence-related issues, particularly regarding domestic violence in the workplace and in the health care setting. She has been a guest lecturer on this topic at Boston College School of Nursing, the Harvard
School of Public Health, and Stonehill College, and at grand rounds at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Daria holds a BA from Salem State College, a MA from Villanova University and a JD from New England Law. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and is a member of the AHLA, the ABA and the Boston Bar Association.
Patrick Clark is a shareholder in the Firm and concentrates his practice on advice and litigation in all areas of employment law. Although Patrick has particular expertise in representing healthcare industry clients, his representative clients also include insurance, paper/building products and publishing companies. Patrick’s representation of clients encompasses litigation in state and federal courts across the country. Patrick is viewed as one of the Firm’s “go to” lawyers for cases anticipated to be tried. To date, his active trial practice has included trying cases to verdict in Alabama, California, Florida, New Mexico,Oklahoma and Georgia – all states in which he holds bar memberships.
Patrick’s recent successes for clients include the following: obtaining defense verdict for client in state court jury trial on former sales executive's claims of breach of implied employment contract and bad faith, obtaining defense verdict for client in state court jury trial involving claims for breach of employment contract and public policy wrongful termination, obtaining complete vindication and favorable award, including an award of money damages, for healthcare client in multi-day arbitration proceeding brought by neurosurgeon formerly employed by client who commenced proceedings seeking to recover multiple forms of damages and to have client's non-compete agreement declared void under public policy, obtaining judgment as a matter of law in client’s favor at the close of all the evidence in multi-day jury trial in which the plaintiff had alleged claims for invasion of privacy and constructive discharge, which judgment was affirmed on appeal Securing nuisance value settlement for client at the close of the plaintiff’s case on the third day of federal jury trial.
Before beginning the practice of management-side employment law in 1997, Patrick spent five years representing labor unions and employees in disputes with management and tried cases to verdict on their behalf. He is admitted to practice in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico and Oklahoma. He holds a BA and JD from the University of Alabama
Ropes & Gray
Deborah Kantar Gardner is a Boston-based partner in Ropes & Gray’s health care practice. Ms. Gardner’s practice focuses on Medicare and Medicaid payment, compliance and enforcement matters, including administrative and judicial litigation in connection with Medicare and Medicaid payment matters. Deborah’s clients include hospitals and health systems, health plans/managed care organizations, clinical diagnostic laboratories, dialysis and pharmaceutical companies, physician and therapy practices, and durable medical equipment suppliers.
Deborah defends health care entities in connection with federal and state civil False Claims Act investigations and qui tams. She represents clients in connection with Administrative Law Judge appeals of Recovery Audit Contractor, Zone Program Integrity Contractor and Medicaid Integrity Contractor audits as well as with respect to Provider Reimbursement Review Board appeals.
Deborah counsels clients on compliance with federal health care program authorities, including Medicare and Medicaid, and federal fraud and abuse laws. She represents clients in connection with Medicare enrollment and survey and certification matters, including terminations. She also advises clients on Medicare billing, coding and payment matters.
She has an AB from Harvard College and a JD from University of Pennsylvania Law School. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts.
SVP, GC & Business Development
Coordinated Health (PA)
James Rayome is Coordinated Health's Senior Vice President of General Counsel and Business Development. In his role, Jim has oversight responsibility for legal affairs of the management and clinical integration as well as the development side of the company's business while also working alongside the General Counsel of the delivery side of the business.
Jim brings over 25 years of diverse healthcare experience in legal, regulatory, operations, transactional and corporate compliance. He has extensive experience with publicly traded and privately held for-profit hospital companies as well as non-profit community hospitals and academic medical centers. He has worked as Chief Divisional Counsel for one of the country's leading publicly traded hospital companies and most recently served as General Counsel Hospital Operations for a $3 Billion for-profit privately held healthcare company.
Jim began his career in Washington DC with a K Street law firm and then served as in-house counsel for academic medical centers in both Washington, D.C. and New York. Afterward, he was Vice President of Legal Services and Business Practices for a non-profit Indiana hospital system. In total, Jim has experience in 15 states with over 50 acute care hospitals.
He obtained a JD from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and a BA from the University of Buffalo.
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Healthcare transactional work, especially in the post-Affordable Care Act era, is complex and constantly evolving, requiring work across many disciplines and offices. Ranee Adipat works closely with teams of both in-house and external counsel to complete healthcare transactions for her clients — universities, academic medical centers and health systems.
While she focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare industry, Ranee has experience working on a variety of corporate matters including asset purchases, member substitutions, spin offs, corporate governance, and public and private debt and equity offerings.
Previously, Ranee worked at an international law firm in New York City where she concentrated on capital markets. Before law school, and again as a legal extern following graduation, Ranee worked in the Children's Rights division of Human Rights Watch. She holds a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, an M.P.A. in Health Policy and Management from NYU's Wagner School of Public Service and a B.A. from Rice University where she studied medical anthropology.
Enterprise Software Sales Consultant, Law Department Management
Legal Tracker – a Thomson Reuters Business
Drew Petty has been with Legal Tracker (formerly Serengeti) for 10 years. He started as an Implementation Manager, and as the company evolved his role grew in scope and responsibility. Drew implemented and supported hundreds of clients, becoming a trusted advisor for law department management and source of best practices for his clients.
Shortly after Thomson Reuters acquired Serengeti in 2010 Drew moved into the sales department. Drew started by specializing in the Fortune 1000/Enterprise and international markets. His role has evolved over the past few years to be a Team Lead of Sales Specialists to the current role of Sales Consultant for Texas and New Mexico.
Prior to joining Serengeti, Drew was in private practice, specializing in litigation, real estate, and bankruptcy. Drew graduated with honors from Seattle University School of Law and attended the University of Washington for undergrad, where he earned a BA in Political Science and a BS in Forest Resources - Forest Management.
Drew lives in Issaquah, a suburb of Seattle, with his wife and two kids, who keep him very busy. When not chasing children Drew likes to golf, hike, and watch movies and bad TV.
SVP, GC & Corporate Secretary
UF Health Shands
James Roberts joined Shands in 2008 as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. He oversees legal services and medical staff services, closely collaborates with corporate compliance and privacy for the Shands family of hospitals and outpatient programs, and is regularly engaged in the strategic positioning of the organization.
From 2002 to 2008, Roberts was senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. There, he oversaw legal affairs, trustee affairs, compliance, and professional liability and risk management
His over 30-year legal career spans health care general and deputy general counsel positions with the hospitals of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center System and of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Health System. Roberts has also held investment banking positions as managing director with PNC Capital Markets and PNC Venture Bank, where he specialized in strategic consulting and mergers and acquisition transactions for venture-backed start-up and health care companies. He has also held numerous legal positions with publically traded Fortune 500 real estate, insurance brokerage and finance and banking companies.
Roberts was a Phi Kappa Phi graduate of the University of Maryland, where he earned a bachelor's degree in molecular biology and a juris doctor degree. Roberts is a frequent speaker on health care and risk management topics at regional and national health care symposiums and the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.
Roberts also serves as adjunct professor for the health care law course at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.
Jennifer Evans brings legal, legislative and operational experience to health care matters. Her legal practice is focused on fraud and abuse, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues, and regulatory compliance. She represents a variety of client types including large and small hospital systems, children's hospitals, multi-state specialty service providers (e.g. dentistry, dialysis, diagnostic testing, pharmacy), durable medical equipment suppliers, health care manufacturers, physician practice managers, laboratories, health care management franchisors and specialty services extensions of physician practices.
Jennifer served as deputy director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and
Financing, the single state agency responsible for administering Medicaid and the Child Health Plan Plus programs. At HCPF, she served as office director for administration and operations with responsibility for audit, procurement, program integrity, coordination of benefits, privacy, provider enrollment, claims payment, operations, and information technology, including health information technology.
In addition to her role at the HCPF, Jennifer served on the National Governors' Association Center for Best Practices working group on Health Information Technology and Exchange, and has experience representing nonprofit and for profit health care organizations before Congress and CMS. She also is a former legislative assistant for health care and legislative director in the U.S. Senate, and was a working group member of the Clinton White House Task Force on Health Care Reform.
She is a member of the AHLA and its Program Committee, Institute on Medicare and Medicaid Reimbursement Civic Involvement, Denver Public Schools Foundation, Board member and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Health Care Committee, Co-Chair.
Drinker Biddle & Reath
Linda S. Moroney provides tax and corporate advice to non-profit health care institutions and other tax-exempt organization. She handles a wide range of issues, including formation and exemption, health care system restructurings, affiliations and mergers, charitable foundations, joint operating agreements, joint ventures, reporting and compliance issues, corporate governance and general tax issues for health care and non-profit transactions.
Linda has significant experience providing tax and corporate advice to clients. Her experience
includes: Representing clients in connection with formation and exemption issues, handling health care system restructurings, affiliations, and mergers, advising clients on creating charitable foundations ancillary to the sale of assets of nonprofit hospitals, negotiating and drafting joint operating agreements and faculty practice plans, converting taxable medical groups to tax-exempt subsidiaries of exempt health care systems, advising tax-exempt hospitals and other nonprofit organizations on reporting and compliance issues, assisting tax-exempt hospitals in complying with new requirements regarding financial assistance policies and billing and collection practices and advising clients on physician compensation and practice acquisitions, intermediate sanctions, corporate governance, conflict of interest policies, management contracts, and general tax counsel for health care and nonprofit transactions.
Linda has a BA from Buena Vista College and a JD from University of Iowa College of Law. She is admitted to practice in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. Linda is a certified public accountant.
Regional Sales Manager
Legal Tracker – a Thomson Reuters Business
Samuel Toward is Regional Sales Manager for Thomson Reuters Legal Tracker (formerly Serengeti Tracker). Sam has been with Thomson Reuters since 2008, where he has been providing consultative advice to corporate legal departments in the topics of research, public records, e-billing, workflows, and analytics. For the last 3 years, Sam was involved in Product Management for Legal Tracker, gathering market information, feature requests, designing, and ultimately developing solutions for Legal Tracker in the Analytics, Dashboard, AFA, Budget, and Timekeeper Rate Review areas. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Sam was a practicing attorney focused on e-discovery and estate planning. Sam holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental sciences from the University of Minnesota and earned his JD from the newly renamed Mitchell Hamline School of Law.
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.
President & CEO
Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock
David Jarrard has earned a national reputation in helping healthcare providers marshal and use their public and political strengths to win their goals. Under his guidance, our firm has become the leading strategic communications and engagement consultancy dedicated to work that spans our client’s most challenging communications issues: organizational restructuring; mergers, sales and acquisitions; labor challenges; crisis communications; and political campaigns.
Jarrard is the principal author of “Healthcare Mergers, Acquisitions, and Partnerships: An Insider’s Guide to Communication,” written in partnership with Geisinger Health System (published by HealthLeaders Media). He is a regular speaker at national and state healthcare industry conferences and is on the teaching faculty of the American Hospital Association’s professional group for hospital strategic planners and communicators. He is also on the editorial advisory board for Healthcare Insight Magazine; on the board of professional advisors of the College of Media and Entertainment at Middle Tennessee State University; and an advisor to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.
For more than 20 years, Jarrard has led strategic communications campaigns for hospitals and healthcare companies throughout the United States. Prior to being a founding partner of our firm, he was CEO of the political consulting firm The Ingram Group and headed Jarrard Ingram Public Relations. He was also a communications executive in a national media company and began his career as a newspaper reporter for The Tennessean.
VP & AGC
Baylor Scott & White Health (TX)
Grant Teegarden is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas, Texas. In this role he provides legal support for the health system’s physician practice entity, its physician contracting activities, three community hospitals, its charitable foundations, its fitness facilities and its managed care functions.
Prior to coming to Baylor Scott & White Health, Grant was in private practice with Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP in Dallas, Texas where he regularly represented health systems and physician groups in employment and litigation matters.
Grant received his Juris Doctor degree from Texas Tech University and his undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University. Grant is a member of the State Bar of Texas Health Law Section, the American Health Lawyers Association, and is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Dallas Bar Association’s Health Law Section. In 2016, Grant was selected as a Finalist for Outstanding Associate General Counsel by D CEO Magazine and the Association of Corporate Counsel.
EVP, GC & Secretary
Ardent Health Services (TN)
Steve Petrovich currently serves as Ardent Health Services’ Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. He has been with the Company since its formation in 2001 and was General Counsel to Ardent’s predecessor company, Behavioral Healthcare Corporation, since 2000. Prior to joining the company, he clerked for the Honorable Harold L. Murphy, federal district judge for the Northern District of Georgia, Rome Division. After completing his clerkship, he was in private practice where he conducted a general litigation practice handling anti-trust, employment and healthcare regulatory matters before becoming Chief Litigation Counsel for Charter Behavioral Health Systems.
Steve graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law where he was Associate Notes Editor of the Georgia Law Review and received his undergraduate degree from DePauw University.
Sean has been Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Labor and Employment Law since 2006 and has been recognized by Texas Monthly magazine repeatedly since 2007 as a "Rising Star." He regularly counsels and trains business owners, managers, and HR professionals regarding compliance with state and federal employment laws and numerous workplace issues, including harassment prevention and internal investigations, family and medical leave, military leave and reinstatement rights, and overtime pay. Sean frequently assists clients in preparing employment policies and handbooks, and he has considerable experience in drafting non-competition agreements and evaluating their enforceability.
While he serves clients across numerous industries, Sean has considerable experience providing employment-related advice to hospitals and national healthcare providers and representing hospitals and healthcare providers in employment litigation and arbitration.
Sean defends employers against single and multi-plaintiff lawsuits involving claims of harassment and discrimination on the basis of sex, age, race, national origin, disability, and religion, workers’ compensation retaliation, and common law claims for wrongful discharge, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault, and negligent hiring, retention, and supervision. He has broad experience litigating disputes arising from covenants not to compete, non-solicitation agreements, and covenants prohibiting the disclosure of trade secrets and confidential information. In addition to his first-chair litigation and arbitration experience, Sean assists employers in responding to employee complaints filed with state and federal agencies, including the Texas Workforce Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Department of Labor.
Sean received his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in Political Science and Business from Baylor
University and was chosen as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School, where he was inducted into the Order of Barristers and the Harvey M. Richey Moot Court Society.
Brian is a former federal prosecutor with a practice focus on white collar criminal defense and a special emphasis in health care fraud matters. During his service as a federal prosecutor, he received special commendation from the Department of Health and Human Services by receiving the Inspector General's Integrity Award for his work prosecuting Health Care Fraud matters. In 2008, he was named as the District's Health Care Fraud Coordinator and started the District's first Health Care Fraud Task Force.
Brian currently serves as both the Office Managing Partner for the firm's Atlanta office and chair of the White Collar Defense and Government Investigations group. He focuses his practice as a white collar criminal defense attorney handling health care fraud cases and other federal economic criminal matters. His practice also includes business litigation and government and internal corporate investigations.
Due to his extensive experience litigating civil and criminal health care matters, he is uniquely situated to represent physicians, physician practice groups and other health care providers in almost any type of proceeding.
Brian has a BA from Boston College and a JD from Georgia State University College of Law. He is admitted to practice in Georgia.
Crowell & Moring
Laura Cordova is 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.
Partner & National Practice Leader
Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock
Magi Curtis is a seasoned public affairs advisor bringing a depth of healthcare expertise to our team. As founder of our government relations practice area, Magi specializes in building government relations programs for our clients from the ground up, assessing and re-engineering a client’s current efforts, or developing and implementing strategic plans for specific issue campaigns. Ultimately, she works with clients to develop and execute plans that enable them to achieve their strategic business goals.
Magi also guides clients through a multitude of efforts outside the government relations arena, including significant issue campaigns, strategic partnerships, positioning (or repositioning) efforts, government investigations and crisis events. Prior to joining the firm, Curtis spent years with the National Association of Children’s Hospitals (now the Children’s Hospital Association). Under her guidance, member hospitals built and grew their advocacy capacity to reach legislative goals. In addition, Magi lobbied in Washington, D.C., on behalf of healthcare and tax clients at Navigant Consulting. She also served for U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine, first on the campaign trail during his successful 2000 re-election campaign and later as legislative staff in D.C., focused on healthcare and children’s issues. Before working for DeWine, Magi began her career in the government relations office at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Magi authored the first-of-its-kind nationwide benchmarking report “The Rise of Hospital Government Relations,” which analyzes data from health systems on how they structure and invest in their government relations programs, utilize contract lobbyists, determine goals, measure success and more. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University.
Crowell & Moring
Troy Barsky is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm's Health Care Group, where he focuses on health care fraud and abuse, and Medicare and Medicaid law and policy. Troy counsels all types of health care entities, including hospitals, group practices, and health plans on the physician self-referral law (Stark Law) and the Anti-Kickback Statute, innovative healthcare delivery models, such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), and Medicare & Medicaid payment and coverage policy. He also defends clients seeking resolution of government health care program overpayment issues or fraud and abuse matters through self-disclosures and negotiated settlements with the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Health & Human Services Office of the Inspector General and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Troy has extensive healthcare government experience, serving at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) for 11 years, from 2002-2013. Prior to joining the firm, Troy was the Director of the Division of Technical Payment Policy at CMS from 2009 to 2013 where he was responsible for Stark law policy and other Medicare payment issues. He implemented important sections of the Affordable Care Act, including the creation, development, and operation of the CMS Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (SRDP). Troy was also a key team member in the development of the Medicare Shared Savings Program and Medicare ACOs including the issuance of fraud and abuse waivers associated with this program. Additionally, he advised the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) in the development and testing of new demonstrations and models. Troy also wrote and issued Stark advisory opinions; developed Medicare technical payment policy in areas such as the timely filing of Medicare claims, and assignment and reassignment; and reviewed waiver requests by hospitals to move from their designated Organ Procurement Organization (OPO).
Prior to joining CMS, Troy served in the HHS Office of the General Counsel, CMS Division, Program Integrity Group from 2002-2009. In that role, he focused on Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse. Specifically, Troy was the program integrity senior litigation attorney, where he focused on pharmaceutical and medical device False Claims Act matters. Additionally, Troy gained high-level experience regarding the collection of Medicare overpayments. Troy represented CMS in administrative matters before the HHS Departmental Appeals Board regarding Medicaid taxes and donations and intergovernmental transfers. He also extensively advised CMS on Medicare & Medicaid payment policy.
Troy graduated with a BS from Cornell University and a JD from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; he is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, New York and Maryland.