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LEGAL EXPERIENCE

June 2009 to Present

As managing Attorney of the firm, Robert provides advice and counsel to clients regarding a broad range of health care and non-health care compliance and legal issues.

He represents clients in Federal and state court litigation concerning civil fraud, criminal fraud and complex commercial litigation matters.

Robert also represents clients before Federal and state administrative agencies and bodies concerning licensure and other administrative health care regulatory matters along with conducting internal investigations and due diligence inquiries.

 

Of Counsel
Broad and Cassel, Attorneys at Law
July 2007 to May 2009

  • Provide advice and counsel to clients regarding a broad range of health care and non-health care compliance and legal issues.
  • Represent clients in Federal and state court litigation concerning civil fraud, criminal fraud and complex commercial litigation matters.
  • Represent clients before Federal and state administrative agencies and bodies concerning licensure and other administrative health care regulatory matters.
  • Conduct internal investigations and due diligence inquiries.

 

Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida
August 1994 to July 2007

  • Investigated and prosecuted complex white collar cases, including health care fraud, government program fraud, securities fraud and bank fraud.
  • Served as Criminal Health Care Fraud Coordinator coordinating the intake, evaluation and prosecutions of Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance fraud investigations and prosecutions.
  • From December 2004 to April 2007 assigned to the Civil Division as an Affirmative Civil Enforcement attorney. Investigated and litigated False Claims Act cases, fraud injunction actions, FDA contraband seizure and condemnation actions, and IRS summons enforcement and writs actions. Defended the government in Federal Tort Claims Act actions, Title VII cases, and Bivens cases.
  • Designated mentor for new Assistant United States Attorneys.

 

AWARDS

  • Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Drug Law Enforcement, Drug Enforcement Administration, April 1996;
  • Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney - Director, Executive Office of United States Attorneys, October 1998;
  • Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Drug Law Enforcement, Drug Enforcement Administration, November 2000;
  • Tim Evans Award for Outstanding Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Florida, January 2001;
  • Sustained Prosecutorial Excellence, Federal Bureau of Investigation, April 2001;
  • Certificate of Recognition for Prosecutorial Efforts, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, June 2001;
  • HHS Inspector General’s Integrity Award, December 2001;
  • Certificate of Recognition for Sustained Prosecutorial Efforts, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, March 2004;
  • HHS Inspector General Prosecutorial Excellence Recognition, November 2004;
  • Certificate of Recognition for Sustained Prosecutorial Efforts, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, July 2007.

 

Affirmative Civil Enforcement Coordinator
Executive Office for United States Attorneys
Assistant United States Attorney on Detail
June 2006 to April 2007

  • Program manager for the Executive Office for United States Attorneys’ Affirmative Civil Enforcement Program.
  • Advised senior Department of Justice officials and the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on matters affecting the Department’s Affirmative Civil Enforcement, Environment Enforcement and Health Care Fraud Enforcement Programs.
  • Represented the Executive Office for United States Attorneys at senior staff level inter-agency meetings with the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Food and Drug Administration.
  • Reviewed and commented on proposed legislation and congressional testimony.
  • Designed and conducted training for Department of Justice attorneys and law enforcement officers on program related matters.
  • Prepared budget requests for the Affirmative Civil Enforcement Program.

 

Health Care Fraud Coordinator
Executive Office for United States Attorneys
Assistant United States Attorney on Detail
July 2001 to July 2002

  • Program manager for the Executive Office for United States Attorneys’ Health Care Fraud Enforcement Program.
  • Advised senior Department of Justice officials and the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on matters affecting the Department’s Health Care Fraud Enforcement Program.
  • Represented the Executive Office for United States Attorneys at senior staff level inter-agency meetings with the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Food and Drug Administration.
  • Reviewed and commented on proposed legislation and congressional testimony.
  • Designed and conducted training for Department of Justice attorneys and law enforcement officers on health care fraud investigation and prosecution.

 

Trial Attorney
Tax Division, Criminal Enforcement Section
United States Department of Justice
April 1992 to August 1994

  • Evaluated criminal tax cases for authorization for prosecution. Provided legal advice to Unites States Attorney's Offices, investigated and prosecuted criminal tax cases.

 

EDUCATION

The Florida State University College of Law
Tallahassee, Florida
J.D. - December 1991 (High Honors)
Law Review Member

University of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida
B.A. in Legal Studies (Minor in Business Administration)
May 1989 (Highest Honors)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Adjunct Professor – Health Law and Policy
College of Health Services Administration
Florida International University
2008 to 2009

Board Member
Executive Committee, Health Law Section
The Florida Bar
2010 to Present

Committee Member
Enforcement Committee
Fraud and Abuse Practice Group
American Health Lawyers Association
2009 to Present

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS

  • Presentation on Fraud, Quality of Care, and Program Integrity: The Impact of Health Care Reform in Fraud Enforcement and Compliance – American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, ABQAURP’s Annual Health Care Quality and Patient Safety Conference, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, October 23, 2010.
  • Panel Speaker – Compliance Issues Under the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act for Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Organizations. Health Care Compliance Association Compliance Institute, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 27, 2009.
  • Panel Speaker – Establishing Best Practices for Effective Fraud Prevention and Investigation. Corporate Fraud Audit and Investigations, Marcus Evans Conferences, Miami, Florida, December 8, 2008.
  • Panel Speaker – Trial Demonstration Panel – United States v. Bernard Graves, et al. - Health Care Fraud 2008, American Bar Association, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 15, 2008.
  • Panel Speaker – Handling a Healthcare Fraud Investigation/ External and Internal Investigations – Health Care Compliance Association, Compliance Institute. New Orleans, LA, April 14, 2008.
  • Panel Speaker - False Claims Litigation in Florida – Lorman Education Services. Miami, Florida, October 31, 2007.
  • Panel Speaker - Healthcare Fraud and Abuse: A Prosecutor’s Perspective - National Summit on Quality/Performance Management & Compliance in Healthcare. Comprehensive Health Solutions, Inc., Orlando, Florida, January 21, 2007.
  • Panel Speaker - The Range of Government Investigations - Government Investigations Conference, IQPC, Arlington, Virginia, October 25, 2006.
  • Panel Speaker - Frequently Asked Legal Questions. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Health Care Fraud Managers Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, August 9, 2006.
  • Panel Speaker - Law Enforcement Perspectives Panel - Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances, Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of Health and Human Services Public Meeting, Arlington, Virginia, July 12, 2006.
  • Panel Speaker - Foundations of White Collar Practice and Handling A Health Care Fraud Case. Health Care Fraud 2006 American Bar Association, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 17-19, 2006.
  • Panel Speaker - Negotiating False Claims Act Settlements. Health Care Fraud 2006 American Bar Association, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 17-19, 2006.
  • Panel Speaker - Preservation of Assets in Health Care Fraud Cases. Health Care Fraud Coordinator’s Conference, Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina, February 2, 2006.
  • Panel Speaker - Medicare Fraud Update. Florida Medical Compliance Summit, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, November 3, 2005.
  • Presentation - Who’s Who in Health Care Fraud Enforcement. Basic Health Care Fraud For New Assistant United States Attorneys Seminar, Department of Justice National Advocacy Center,Columbia, South Carolina, August 24, 2005.
  • Presentation - Criminal Diversion Investigations. Internet Pharmacy and Controlled Substance Pharmaceutical Diversion Prosecution Seminar, Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina, July 6, 2005.
  • Presentation - Health Care Fraud - What Health Care Providers Need to Know. Southern Association of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology Conference, Tampa, Florida, April 22, 2005.
  • Panel Speaker - Investigation of Diversion Cases - A Panel Discussion, Prosecuting Illegal Distribution and Dispensing of Pharmaceutical Controlled Substances. DEA and DOJ joint training, Washington, D.C., January 25, 2005.
  • Presentation - Private Payers SIU Operations and Law Enforcement Cooperation in HCF Enforcement. Decision Health Private Payer Summit, Las Vegas, Nevada, January 21, 2005.
  • Presentation on Federal Civil and Criminal Enforcement Actions and Mechanisms, Medicare Fraud and Abuse: Avoiding Government Sanctions. Florida Radiological Society Annual Conference, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, July 11, 2004.
  • Presentation on Federal Civil and Criminal Health Care Fraud Statutes and Enforcement Presentation on Medical Records Privacy and Ethics. Financial Investigations Seminar Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Orlando, Florida, June 15-16, 2004.
  • Presentation on Prosecutor’s Perspective on Electronic Evidence and Courtroom Presentation. Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Case Organization and Presentation Training Program, Brunswick, Georgia, May 17, 2004.
  • Presentation - Who’s Who in Health Care Fraud Enforcement. Presentation - Overview of Criminal Statutes and Charging Decisions. Panelist - Health Care Fraud Hypothetical. Basic Health Care Fraud For New Assistant United States Attorneys Seminar Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina, April 28-30, 2004.
  • Presentation on Federal Civil and Criminal Health Care Fraud Statutes and Enforcement. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, New Agent Training, Clearwater, Florida, March 23, 2004.
  • Presentation on Prosecutor’s Perspective on Electronic Evidence and Courtroom Presentation. Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Case Organization and Presentation Training Program, Brunswick, Georgia, March 22, 2004.
  • Presentation on Federal Civil and Criminal Health Care Fraud Statutes and Enforcement. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, New Agent Training, Clearwater, Florida, March 10, 2004.
  • Presentation on Emerging Issues in Pharmaceutical Fraud. American Health Lawyers Association, Physician Issues Conference, Hollywood, Florida, February 17, 2004.
  • Presentation on Federal Civil and Criminal, Health Care Fraud Statutes and Enforcement, Presentation on Medical Records Privacy and Ethics. Financial Investigations Seminar, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Brunswick, Georgia, February 3-4, 2004.
  • Presentation - How the Government and Private Payers Work Together. Compliance Officer Summit, Medicare Complaint Alert, Las Vegas, Nevada, January 15, 2004.
  • Presentation - How the Government Decides What And Who to Prosecute. Florida Medical Compliance Summit, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, October 27, 2003.
  • Presentation - Electronic Courtroom Presentation. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Health Care Fraud Managers Conference, San Diego, California, August 7, 2003.
  • Panel Speaker - Anti-kickback and Stark Law Enforcement, Panelist - Medicare Fraud and Abuse Issues. Addressing Medical Issues National Conference Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Society, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 9-10, 2003.
  • Workshop Facilitator - Affirmative Responses to Government Investigations, Grand Jury Investigations, and Search Warrants, Workshop Facilitator - Commercial Insurance Fraud. Health Care Fraud 2003 American Bar Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, May 15-16, 2003.
  • Guest Lecturer on Federal Health Care Fraud Enforcement. St. Thomas University, Graduate Management Fraud Seminar, Miami, Florida, January 10, 2003.
  • Presentation - Health Care Fraud - What Health Care Providers Need to Know. Florida Medical Compliance Summit, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, October 25, 2002.
  • Presentation on Federal Civil and Criminal Health Care Fraud Statutes and Enforcement. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, New Agent Training, Clearwater, Florida, August 6, 2002.
  • Presentation on Federal Civil and Criminal Health Care Fraud Statutes and Enforcement. Financial Investigations Seminar, National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina, July 19-20, 2002.
  • Panelist and Presenter on Prescription Drug Diversion Investigations. Special Topics in Health Care Fraud Seminar, Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina, July 17, 2002.
  • Presentation on Federal Civil and Criminal Health Care Fraud Statutes and Enforcement. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General New Agent Training, Clearwater, Florida, July 16, 2002.
  • Panel Speaker on Enforcement Agenda 2002. Health Care Fraud 2002, American Bar Association, San Francisco, California, May 16, 2002.
  • Presentation - Health Care Fraud - What Health Care Providers Need to Know. Southern Association of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, May 3, 2002.
  • Panel Speaker on the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and Health Care Fraud. Food and Drug Law Institute Annual Education Conference, Washington, D.C., April 16, 2002.
  • Presented Update on Federal Health Care Fraud Enforcement Actions. National Medicaid Fraud Control Units Directors Conference, Washington, D.C., March 19, 2002.
  • Presentation on Federal Civil and Criminal Health Care Fraud Statutes and Enforcement. Financial Investigations Seminar, Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina, February 5-6, 2002.
  • Presentation on Federal Civil and Criminal Health Care Fraud Statutes and Enforcement. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General New Agent Training, Clearwater, Florida, January 29, 2002.
  • Presentation on Federal Civil and Criminal Health Care Fraud Statutes and Enforcement. Financial Investigations Seminar, Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina, January 8 -9, 2002.
  • Course Development Working Group and Faculty Member. Health Care Fraud Symposium, Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina, December 4-5, 2001.
  • Presentation on Federal and State Health Care Fraud Enforcement Efforts and Tools. HIPDB Workshop - A Tool For Law Enforcement, Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, Maryland, October 19, 2001.
  • Presentation on Federal Civil and Criminal Health Care Fraud Statutes and Enforcement. Financial Investigations Seminar, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Boston, Massachusetts, October 16 -17, 2001.
  • Presentation on Federal Civil and Criminal Health Care Fraud Statutes and Enforcement. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General New Agent Training, Clearwater, Florida, August 2001.
  • Guest Lecturer on Federal Health Care Fraud Enforcement. St. Thomas University, Graduate Management Fraud Seminar, Miami, Florida, January 2001.
  • Presentation on Federal Criminal Statutory Overview. Health Care Fraud 2000 South Florida Health Care Fraud Training and Support Center, Miramar, Florida, November 2000.
  • Presentation on Criminal/Civil/Administrative Parallel Proceedings. Health Care Fraud Seminar, Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina, August 2000.
  • Workshop Facilitator - Grand Jury Investigations and Search Warrants. Health Care Fraud 1999, American Bar Association, Miami Beach, Florida, May 1999.

 PUBLICATIONS AND PAPERS

  • Overview of Federal Health Care Enforcement. ABA Healthcare Fraud 2006 conference manual. May 2006
  • Prescription Drug Gray and Black Marketeering and Related Frauds July 2002
  • Federal Criminal Statutory Overview For Agents and Auditors
  • November 2000, August 2001, January 2002, July 2002, March 2004 and August 2005.

 

 

*The law firms listed below have all agreed to offer their specific firm’s legal expertise in a co-counsel arrangement to The National Healthcare Law Firm on a case by case basis. However, this arrangement does not necessarily extend between these independent and diverse law firms beyond such case by case arrangement.

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