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I am honored to accept referrals and confidential inquiries from private practitioners, corporate counsel, professionals, or executives who need advice, trial counsel, someone to lead an internal investigation, or to assist them with other corporate governance matters. I work closely with other counsel to ensure that clients are getting appropriate advice.


A little more about me and my beliefs


I'm also an author, leader, and a part-time academic. While I stay quite busy with my professional obligations, there is far more to life than being an attorney--which can be an all-consuming profession. I value time with my family and consider myself to be, more importantly, a loving husband, father, and a Christian. And, from having worked since my teens, I appreciate the importance of hard work and in taking pride in what I do.


So much is at stake when people hire a lawyer that nothing less than giving it your best is sufficient. That does not mean, however, that an attorney must be a jerk to be effective. Instead, being an effective advocate means caring about your client, being professional and courteous other lawyers, and with court personnel, and government officials. 


I put myself through law school while working full time. Later in my career, when I reached a very advanced position at a young age within the federal government as a prosecutor, I felt I needed to put my skills and experience to their best use--which led me into private practice. Before doing so, however, I returned to law school and obtained an advanced degree (an LL.M. in Tax Law) while working full time.


I was recruited into a blue chip firm in Houston, and a friend convinced me to get another LL.M. (Health Law) to further hone my knowledge and skills in this arcane area of practice. After obtaining this third law degree, I have maintained my ties with academia by teaching as much as my time permits.


At bottom, I am a blessed individual. I have many good friends and colleagues, a wonderful family, and believe that I have been blessed with the God-given talent and strength to serve others effectively. I still have the passion and desire to excel and to leverage my skills to the best of my abilities.


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Practice areas


  1. White Collar Crime: 40%
  2. Health Care: 30%
  3. Tax Fraud: 10%
  4. Business: 10%
  5. Antitrust: 10%



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Contact info

Duane Morris LLP

1330 Post Oak Boulevard
Suite 800
Houston, TX, 77056-3166


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198207/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Houston's Top Lawyers for 2010 (White collar defense)H Texas Magazine2010
Texas Super Lawyer (Health Law)Texas Super Lawyers2010
Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth Manager(SM) (Houston Region)FIVE STAR2009
Texas Super Lawyers 2009 (white collar defense)Super Lawyers2009
Houston's Top Lawyers for 2009 (white collar defense)H Texas Magazine2009
Houston's Top Lawyers for 2008 (white collar defense)H Texas Magazine2008
Texas Super Lawyers 2008 (white collar defense)Super Lawyers2008
Texas Super Lawyers 2007 (white collar defense)Super Lawyers2007
NITA FacultyNational Institute of Trial Advocacy2006
Plaque of AppreciationInternal Revenue Service1997
Attorney General's Director's AwardU.S. Department of Justice1994
Certificate of AppreciationU.S. Customs 1990
Certificate of AppreciationFederal Bureau of Investigation1990
Certificate of AppreciationDrug Enforcement Administration1990
Texas Attorney General’s Certificate of AppreciationAttorney General, State of Texas1990
Board Certified, Criminal Trial AdvocateNational Board of Trial Advocacy1989
Certificate of AppreciationU.S. Department of Commerce1989
Board Certified, Criminal Law SpecialistTexas Board of Legal Specialization1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHamel Bowers & Clark LLP2000 - Present
PartnerGardere Wynne Sewell & Riggs LLP1998 - 2000
U.S. AttorneyU.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas1987 - 1997
District AttorneyGalveston County District Attorney's Office1982 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationPlanning Committee, Nat'l Inst. on Internal Corp. Investigations2008 - Present
Defense Research InstituteFinancial Subcommittee Chair; Public Relations Contact2008 - Present
ABA Section of Health LawGoverning Council2007 - Present
The Business Lawyer (Publication of the ABA Section of Business Law)Member, Editorial Board2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember, Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight2007 - Present
State Bar College (Texas)Member2006 - Present
American Bar AssociationPlanning Committee, National Securities Fraud Institute2005 - Present
CCH Health Care Compliance LetterMember, Editorial Advisory Board2005 - Present
University of Houston Law Center, Criminal Justice InstituteMember, Advisory Board2005 - Present
American Bar FoundationFellow2005 - Present
Business Crimes BullletinMember, Editorial Board2004 - Present
Houston Bar FoundationLife Fellow1998 - Present
Houston Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1982 - Present
American Health Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
ABA Sections on: Antitrust; Business Law; Criminal Justice; and Health LawMemberN/A
ABA Section of Criminal JusticeCochair, South Texas Region of the White Collar Crimes Committee2007 - 2008
ABA Section of Business LawChair, White Collar Crimes Committee2005 - 2008
ABA Health Law SectionChair, Publications Committee2005 - 2008
LJN's Bioethics NewsletterEditor-in-Chief2004 - 2004
The Health Lawyer (Publication of the ABA Section of Health Law)Member, Editorial Board2002 - 2005
Health Care Fraud & Abuse NewsletterEditor-in-Chief1998 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
United States v. Reliant Energy, et al. (N.D. Cal.) (2007)Deferred Prosecution Agreement
United States v. Ho, et al. (S.D. Tex)See below
Texas Ass’n for Home Health Care et al. v. United States (N.D. TX)Preliminary Injunction Denied
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Publication nameTitleDate
Business Crimes BulletinHealth Care Fraud Redux2008
The Practical Lawyer (ALI-ABA)Evaluating and Minimizing the FCPA Risks when Conducting Business in Emerging Markets2008
CCH Health Care Compliance LetterDrug Compounding Activities: Another Risk Area for Compliance2008
Houston Business JournalBribes, Creative Accounting Don't Cut It In International Business2008
Business Crimes BulletinComplying with The FCPA in Emerging Markets after SOX2007
CCH (Commerce Clearing House) Health Care Compliance LetterEvaluating and Minimizing the Research Misconduct Risks2007
PHARMACEUTICAL LAW: REGULATION OF RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND MARKETING (Treatise published jointly by BNA and ABA Section of Health Law)Editor-in-Chief2007
PHARMACEUTICAL LAW: REGULATION OF RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND MARKETING (BNA/ABA Section of Health Law, Publishers)Antitrust and Intellectual Law Issues for Pharmaceutical Companies (Chapter)2007
PHARMACEUTICAL LAW: REGULATION OF RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND MARKETING (BNA/ABA Section of Health Law, Publishers)Securities Law Issues and Disclosure Considerations for Pharmaceutical Companies (Chapter)2007
ABA The Health LawyerPatient Euthanasia After Hurricane Katrina -- The Government's Role2006
Business Crimes BulletinStock Option Trading-Where Were the Lawyers and Auditors?2006
CCH (Commerce Clearing House ) Health Care Compliance LetterA Step Forward in Recognition of Compliance Efforts: The SEC’s January 2006 Statement Concerning Financial Penalties2006
2006 HEALTH LAW and COMPLIANCE UPDATE (Aspen Publishers)The Growing Importance of Securities Regulation for Publicly Traded Entities in the Post Sarbanes-Oxley Marketplace2006
MANAGED CARE LITIGATION (BNA/ABA Health Law Section (2005)Antitrust and Managed Care (Chapter)2005
2005 HEALTH LAW and COMPLIANCE UPDATE (Aspen Publishers)Current Issues in Healthcare and Antitrust (Chapter)2005
ABA The Health LawyerCorporate Cooperation in the Face of Investigations2005
Business Crimes BulletinStatements During Negotiations as Evidence in a Criminal Trial2005
CCH Health Care Compliance LetterThe New Advisory Role of Federal Sentencing Guidelines after Booker-FanFan2005
Business Crimes BulletinDaubert Motions in Business Crimes Cases2005
2005 HEALTH LAW and COMPLIANCE UPDATE (Aspen Publishers)Compliance and Governance Issues and Trends after Sarbanes-Oxley (Chapter)2005
International Journal of Disclosure and GovernanceHamstrung or Properly Calibrated: Federalism and the Appropriate Role of Government in the Post-Sarbanes-Oxley World2004
Business Crimes BulletinProsecuting Energy Trading Fraud Under the CEA2004
2004 HEALTH LAW and COMPLIANCE UPDATE (Aspen Publishers)Current Issues in Pharmaceutical Marketing (Chapter)2004
Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Law BulletinSteering a Course Between Antitrust and Patent Laws: Generic Drugs and Patent Fraud2003
2003 HEALTH LAW and COMPLIANCE UPDATE (Aspen Publishers)Legal Issues in Clinical Trials (Chapter)2003
ABA The Health LawyerWhether the False Claims Act is a Proper Legal Tool for the Government to use for Improving the Quality of Care in Long-Term Care Facilities2002
UnknownProffer Agreements may be a Viable Strategy for Negotiating with Government2002
Medical Malpractice Law & StrategyScience Panels and Improving how Courts Address Expert Evidence: Seeing Both Sides 2002
UnknownConducting Internal Investigations: Why Using In-House Counsel may be Unwise2002
BNA's Medical Research Law & PolicyClinical Research and the False Claims Act: The Next Wave of Enforcement Emphasis?2002
UnknownFraud and Abuse Issues in Private Clinical Pharmaceutical Research2000
UnknownResearch Misconduct: Difficult to Prove2000
UnknownProblems with Compliance Programs: Living on the Horns of a Dilemma2000
Criminal Justice Nothing to Hyde? The Flood of Wrongful Recovery Suits has not Materialized1999
Corporate CounsellorA Prosecutor's Postmortem: How Two Companies Fared as Criminal Targets 1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Houston Law CenterHealth LawLL.M - Master of Laws (Health Law)2000
University of Houston Law CenterTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws (Tax)1996
South Texas College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
University of Texas System, ArlingtonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
White Collar Practice for the Business Lawyer and In-House Counsel ConferenceSubprime Markets and Theories of Liability2008
White Collar Practice for the Business Lawyer and In-House Counsel ConferenceSpeaker, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Evaluating and Minimizing the FCPA Risks When Conducting Business in Emerging Markets2008
West Legal Works WebcastBattling Health Care Fraud: Criminal and Civil Perspectives2008
Webinar: Federal Sentencing Update After Kimbrough vs. The US (ALI-ABA; State Bar of Texas)Federal Sentencing Guidelines Update After Kimbrough vs. The US2008
BNA LegalEDge: Pharmaceutical Payments and Generic Competition: Recent FTC Litigation and What Can be Done to Avoid Liability?Hatch-Waxman Act Developments2008
BNA LegalEDge: Pharmaceutical Patent Laws: A Prescription for Success in Challenging TimesPharma Post-election: Predictions for the Future2008
ABA Annual Meeting 2008Ugh!, The Investigation Reveals Misconduct: Advice, Ethical Considerations, Revelations and Pearls of Wisdom to Corporate Counsel on Next Steps (and Missteps!)2008
ABA Annual Meeting 2008Regulatory and Criminal Investigations of the Subprime Mortgage Meltdown2008
Teleconference (ABA Section of Health Law and ABA Center for CLE)Statutory and Regulatory Controls for Drug Development and Marketing2007
Teleconference (ABA Section of Health Law and ABA Center for CLE)Relators After Rockwell: What the Supreme Court's Latest Qui Tam Decision Means for Your Clients2007
Securities Law Issues & Disclosure: Considerations for Pharma Companies (Teleconference)Securities Law Issues & Disclosure: Considerations for Pharma Companies (Teleconference)2007
ABA Second National Institute on Securities Fraud (Washington, DC)Perspective and Proportion--Keeping Civil and Regulatory Matters out of Criminal Court2007
ABA First National Institute on Computing and the Law (San Francisco, California)Trade Secrets and Confidential Business Information2007
ABA Annual Meeting 2007 (San Francisco, California)Foreign Corrupt Practice Act Issues in Emerging Markets: How to Evaluate and Minimize the Risks2007
Virginia Bar Association's Second Annual Virginia Health Care Practitioners' Roundtable (Richmond, Virginia)Current Update & Critical Developments in Anti-Fraud & Abuse/Stark & Physician Ventures2006
Teleconference (ABA Section of Business Law and ABA Center for CLE)The Attorney-Client Privilege: How to Protect the Privilege, Avoid Waiver and Pros and Cons of Deliberate Waiver2006
An FDLI Audioconference On: Electronic Healthcare Initiatives: ePrescribing & eDrug Labels Come to a Computer Near You!ePrescribing & eDrug Labels2006
ABA Section of Business Law, Spring Meeting 2006 (Tampa, Florida)Managing Parallel Proceedings in Securities Investigations2006
ABA First National Institute on Securities Fraud (Washington, DC)Internal Investigations2006
Teleconference (ABA Section of Health Law and ABA Center for CLE)The Importance of the Supreme Court’s Landmark Decision in the Booker and FanFan Cases2005
Teleconference (ABA Section of Health Law and ABA Center for CLE)Corporate Compliance Programs: Here’s A Plan, Privilege and Work Product, and Words to Save Them2005
National Business Institute’s “Advanced Real Estate Law in Texas” Seminar (Houston, Texas)Environmental Issues in Real Estate Transactions2005
CLE International's Internal Investigations Seminar (Houston, Texas)Internal Investigations (Seminar Chair)2005
ACI's 3rd Annual Corporate Counsel's Guide to Conducting and Managing Internal & External Investigations (New York, NY)The Erosion of Attorney-Client Privilege: Is there Anything Left to Protect?2005
ABA Health Law Section's Sixth Annual Conference on Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law (Lake Buena Vista, Florida)Handling Complex Litigation Involving the Healthcare Industry2005
ABA Annual Meeting (Chicago, Illinois )Regulatory Inquiries: Is There an Alternative to Cooperation?2005
ABA & AHLA's Antitrust in Healthcare Seminar (Washington, DC)Managing Complex Litigation2005
The 22nd Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime (Cambridge, England)Placing Bankers on the Front Line2004
Institute for Paralegal Education’s “Complying with the New HIPAA Standards: What Texas Paralegals Need to Know” SeminarHIPAA for Litigators2004
Houston Paralegal Association’s “Advanced Litigation Update” (Houston, Texas)The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act2004
Front Line The 22nd Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime (Cambridge, England)Liability of Accountants: The Aftermath of Enron2004
ACI's The Corporate Counsel's Guide to Internal and External Investigations (New York, NY)Protecting the Company During Securities Investigations2004
ABA Section of Business Law, Spring Meeting 2004 (Seattle, Washington)A 12-Step Program for Effective Corporate Compliance and Corporate Governance in the Post-Sarbanes-Oxley World2004
ABA Health Law Section's Fifth Annual Conference on Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law (La Jolla, California)Trends in the Use of the False Claims Act Against the Healthcare Industry - Innovative Theories or Overreaching?2004
14th Annual National Institute on Health Care Fraud 2004 (New Orleans, Louisiana)Federal Sentencing Guidelines and Criminal and Civil Damages2004
September 17, 2003 Luncheon Speaker-Meeting of the San Antonio Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (San Antonio, Texas)The Sarbanes-Oxley Act2003
Institute for Paralegal Education’s “Complying with the New HIPAA Standards: What Texas Paralegals Need to Know” SeminarHIPAA for Litigators2003
Institute for Law & Technology's 41st Annual Program on Intellectual Property Law (Plano, Texas)Implications of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act for Internal Investigations, Corporate Compliance, and Covenants not to Compete2003
ABA Section of Business Law's Spring Meeting 2003 (Los Angeles, California)Sarbanes-Oxley: The First Eight Months2003
ABA Annual Meeting 2003 (San Francisco, California)Criminal Securities Enforcement in the New Era: Simple Designs to Use for Living Well in Today's Environment2003
13th Annual National Institute on Health Care Fraud 2003 (Las Vegas, Nevada)Fundamentals of White Collar Crime and Practice2003
Southwest Competitive Telecommunications Association's Meeting-The Criminalization of Telecommunications MisrepresentationsSouthwest Competitive Telecommunications Association’s Fall Seminar: Managing the Regulatory and Financial Aspects of a Telecommunications Business2002
Lorman Education Services’ “Covenants Not to Compete” Seminar (Dallas, Texas)Internal Investigations and the Oxley-Sarbanes Act2002
ABA's 12th Annual National Institute on Health Care Fraud 2002 (San Francisco, California)Fundamentals of White Collar Crime and Practice2002
ABA Annual Meeting 2002 (Washington, DC)Keeping the Government Outside the Boardroom2002
International Summit on Cyber Crimes (Washington, DC)Understanding the Characteristics of Global Crime2001
ABA Annual Meeting 2001 (Chicago, Illinois)Criminal Enforcement Steps into the Boardroom (An ABA Presidential Showcase Program)2001
Lorman Education Services’ “Texas Health Law Update” Seminar (Houston, Texas)Fraud & Abuse Laws1999
Annual Conference (State Bar of Texas), Practical Computing Course (Fort Worth, Texas)Using the Internet in Health Law Practice1999
ABA's 9th Annual National Institute on Health Care Fraud 1999 (Miami, Florida)Grand Jury Investigations1999
ABA Annual Meeting 1999 (Atlanta, Georgia )Crime and the Business Lawyer: The Loss of Innocence - How to Avoid Indictment in Kansas City and Elsewhere1999
Straight Talk About Fraud and Abuse (Houston, Texas)Health Care Fraud and Abuse1998
Annual Meeting,Texas Society of Internal Medicine & Texas Academy Chapter of American College of Physicians (San Antonio, Texas)Swimming in Stark-infested Waters while Focusing on Practicing Good Medicine1998
ABA Annual Meeting 1998 (Toronto, Canada)Crime and Medicine: Today and Tomorrow1998
Luncheon Speaker, Houston Chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners (Houston, Texas)Health Care Fraud and Qui Tam issues1997
Federal Sentencing Law (State Bar of Texas / U.S. Sentencing Commission) (Corpus Christi, Texas)Federal Sentencing Law: A Guide to the Guidelines1997
ABA Annual Meeting 1997 (San Francisco, California)Crime and Medicine: What Health Care Providers Never Learned in School, and What You Need to Teach Them1997
Annual Meeting, National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association (San Antonio, Texas)Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Law Enforcement but Were Afraid to Ask1996
Annual Meeting, National Association of Attorney Generals (Austin, Texas)DOJ's Bankruptcy Fraud Initiative, Parallel Procedures and Forfeiture Issues1996