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Darrin Lee Dest

Health care Attorney at Austin, TX

5.0   21 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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About Darrin

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Darrin is a Partner at Lype, Dest & Smith, PLLC. Darrin practices primarily in the areas of administrative and health care law, with a focus on the representation of professionals in front of their licensing boards and credentialing bodies. Darrin formerly worked for the Texas Medical Board and currently defends licensees in front of the Texas Medical Board, Texas Board of Nursing, Texas State Board of Dental Examiners, Texas Behavioral Health Council and others state agencies. These services include license defense, obtaining initial licensure, license renewal and many other aspects of administrative law. Darrin also defends physicians and nurse in hospital peer review proceedings and credentialing matters.  

Darrin grew up in San Antonio, TX. He attended Texas A&M for undergraduate, where he earned a BA in English with a Rhetorical focus and a Minor in Russian. Darrin attended law school at Florida State University College of Law, where he graduated cum laude. His law school education included a focus on administrative law and he participated in externships at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida’s Division of Administrative Hearings.  He also worked as a law clerk with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Darrin moved back to Texas after graduating from law school in 2008 and settled in the State’s capital of Austin, where he has worked on both the agency side and the defense side of administrative practice.

Darrin brings a level-headed approach to each client’s individual situation, develops a comprehensive plan, and aims to keep his clients informed and engaged in their defense.

Location

Lype, Dest & Smith
7600 Chevy Chase Dr
Suite 300
Austin, TX, 78752

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Reviews

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Posted by Jenna | February 1, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Compassionate, Professional and Trustworthy
I highly recommend Darrin Dest. I hired him to represent me in response to a licensing board complaint. He genuinely listened to me and offered professional guidance with compassion. He was extremely helpful and responsive throughout the process, offering expert council. In the aftermath of the board hearing, his support continued through the steps I needed to take afterward. I would not have wanted any other lawyer representing me.
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Posted by James | December 28, 2023
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Texas Medical Board
Darrin represented me to the Texas Medical Board. Navigated the process for me and managed to obtain a dismissed complaint against my Medical License. Methodical, calm, knowledgeable and experienced. I felt I was well represented and completely satisfied with his communication and approach. Outstanding representation, outstanding result.
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Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2023
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Excellent and professional!
Mr. Dest, is so knowledgeable, kind and professional. He excels in representing and supporting his clients. Thank you Darrin for a work well done.
Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Extraordinarily Efficient and Knowledgeable
I hired Attorney Dest for help with securing my medical license. He did a phenomenal job. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2023
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Excellent, Efficient, Effective & Professional!
Darrin is a very knowledgeable attorney whose services I used for the second time defending me against false allegations made to TMB. Darrin expeditiously and effectively got the complaint dismissed. I highly recommend him without any reservations. God bless!
Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2023
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5 star experience all around
I’m so glad I had Darrin on my side. I was worried about my medical license but Darrin made the whole process go very smoothly. He went above and beyond to be there to help me out. Highly recommend, he knows what he’s doing!
Posted by anonymous | September 5, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great advocate.
Darin did an excellent job every step of the way. I was very comfortable working with him. He was familiar with the nuances of the TBME allowing me to appropriately assert my position which resulted in the most favorable outcome.
Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2022
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Do thankful for Darrin
Darrin was an amazing lawyer and comfort during the year I dealt with a medical board complaint. Not only did he know exactly what to do to build my case against the complaint, he was also incredibly professional and compassionate. Ultimately my case was dismissed and I am thankful for his expertise.
Posted by Anthony | July 20, 2022
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Great Representation
Unfortunately, I was arrested in February 2019, and I feared losing my nursing license. I did not even renew my license in July 2019. At the behest of my counselor, I sought legal counsel at the beginning of 2020. I found Mr. Dest online and set up a consultation. He has helped me with two incidents in the last three years, and I have not had any investigation from the Texas BON. My life is back on track, and I am still nursing, thanks to Mr. Dest.
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Posted by anonymous | June 26, 2022
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Mark
I contacted Mr. Dest after I received notification that a complaint was filed against me. Mr. Dest requested information from me and formulated a compelling response which ultimately led to a dismissal of the complaint. Throughout the process, Mr. Dest was responsive and appropriately reassuring. I would recommend VERY HIGHLY.
Posted by Gary | May 23, 2022
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An attorney who is top notch
Received letter that a complaint had been filed against me I had never faced this issue. I contacted attorney Dest who was reassuring to my concerns. He reviewed my case, submitting a detailed rebuttal The end result was exoneration, without board investigation. Do not try and represent yourself without counsel. If you have concerns rest easy with Attorney Dest. He is a man of his word. I felt good from the moment we discussed the case. He knows the workings of the Medical Board. No regrets. GW
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Posted by anonymous | December 23, 2021
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Thank you Mr. Dest!
When I needed to be represented in a matter before the Texas Medical Board, I researched all available attorneys for their experience, ability, integrity, and reputation. One name stood above all the others, Darrin Dest. I wanted the best and was willing to accept nothing less. I feel exceptionally fortunate to have been able to acquire Mr. Dest’s legal counsel. His insight and expertise were evident by his composure and confidence from the beginning. His experience from having previously been employed by the Texas Medical Board has given him an insider’s knowledge of the board’s “red flags”. I will not hesitate to call upon Mr. Dest again for any matter for which I need help in the future. I shall forever remain indebted and grateful to him for generously sharing his profound legal acumen and proficiency in acquiring my complete exoneration. … Thank you, Mr. Dest!
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2021
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He will help you with your issues.
Darrin will walk with you through your problems he is easy to talk to, he communicates every step of progress. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2021
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Texas Board of Nursing
When the Board of Nursing contacted me about a patient complaint, I had many different thoughts run through my head. I’ve been in healthcare since 1994- always taking pride in the care I give to patients and families. The board requests appear simple enough, but seeking legal advise and securing representation was the best decision in my professional career. The prompt attention from the office staff in getting me in touch with Mr. Dest for an initial consultation- professionalism exemplified! Mr Dest not only listened patiently, but was empathetic to the mixed emotions I was feeling. He not only help me understand the process but ensured I had the proper responses to submit in a timely manner. Even though the board took a while to complete their investigation, Mr Dest kept me informed while formulating plan B, C, and D in case the board would not rule in our favor. He was competent and professional, with a calming and reassuring presence. The Nursing Board investigation concluded no wrong doing on my behalf- a weight lifted off my shoulders! I would not hesitate to recommend Mr. Darrin Dest to anyone having to deal with issues with the Nursing Board.
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Posted by anonymous | September 20, 2020
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Many thanks
This is not the first time I work with Darin and I believe he is the one you want, as a physician, to hire for your TMB matters. I am surprised by his ability to navigate complex medical issues and know where the problem is. Very aggressive and works tirelessly for you. Professional and always available. Thank you Darin!
Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2020
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Patient and knowledgable
Mr. Dest provided excellent counsel when the TMB opened an investigation from a disgruntled family who I had rightfully dismissed from my practice. He was readily available both by phone and email, and helped provide prompt resolution of the investigation. I highly recommend Mr. Dest and his firm for any similar situations others may encounter.
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Posted by David | July 7, 2020
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TMB Issue
I had a small issue obtaining my PIT license, so I found Mr. Dest's law firm online. During the consultation, both Mr. Dest and senior partner Mr. Leichter listened to me and clearly laid out their plan and opinion on the matter. I decided to go right ahead and hire them. Eventually, I found out that they charged me $1,000 LESS than competing firms. Ever since the first day they worked diligently and with great professionalism. My PIT license came in smoothly. I highly recommend Mr. Dest and his law firm with no reservations.
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Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2020
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TMB claim
A patient filed a complaint against me after finding out that she was having a male baby. She was disappointed to be having a male. I discussed the gender and genitalia with her husband. She filed a "sexual assault" against me to TMB that day after leaving my office. My malpractice company recommended Darrin and his firm. Darrin was very knowledgeable, aggressive, and timely in responding to TMB. I just wanted to be done with this humiliating charge. Darrin was great and told me that we wanted the charge dismissed. He responded to TMB about what constitutes a "sexual assault" according to TMB's statutes and strongly requested the allegation to be dismissed. After 7 months of not hearing from TMB, Darrin notified me that it was dismissed. Darrin knows the "workings" of TMB and I highly recommend him. Don't settle for anything less!
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Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2020
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Texas Medical Board dispute
Darrin represented me for a Show Compliance meeting with the Texas Medical Board after my former employer made a salacious and damaging complaint against me which threatened my professional future. During a period of personal distress for me he gave clear, wise professional advice. Even after TMB dismissed the case and closed the investigation, he helped me to explain the situation to potential employers and greatly helped to offset the ongoing inaccuracies that were coming out when I pursued hospital privileges elsewhere. I felt the time and money were well worth it. I can’t believe I had foolishly considered representing myself at the meeting. Darrin was professional, knowledgeable and experienced with these matters, and kind to me on a human level. We were well prepared for the meeting, and the record was corrected.
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Posted by Wanda | February 8, 2020
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Grateful!
Mr. Dest was assigned to represent me by my professional organization because of an issue with my professional licensing board. It was apparent from my first visit with Mr. Dest that he had experience in such matters. He stayed on top of deadlines and worked to save me time and expenses that I could have incurred. He was informative, available, and supportive throughout this very stressful and drawn out experience. I highly recommend Darrin Dest and I am very grateful to have had him on my side, representing my case.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-400 per hour
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 6.9 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Lype, Dest & Smith, PLLC
  • 2023 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Leichter Law Firm
  • 2011 - 2023
  • Staff Attorney
  • Texas Medical Board
  • 2009 - 2011

Education

  • Florida State University College of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 2008
  • Texas A&M University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Physician v. TMB
  • The matter was dismissed at an Informal Settlement Conference
  • Physician v. TMB
  • The case was dismissed after the initial response to the complaint.
  • Nurse v. BON
  • The matter was dismissed in the course of investigation.

Associations

  • State Bar of Texas, Health Law Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Administrative and Public Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2023
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2022

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
Endorse Darrin
Administrative law Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"Darrin’s background as a Texas Medical Board attorney gives him a wide range of knowledge in administrative and health law matters. He consistently shows dedication to each of his clients and their respective cases."
Administrative law Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Darrin is calm, cool and collected. He handles a lot of our tough Texas Medical Board cases and gets great outcomes. He is versed in getting initial complaints dismissed through a vigorous analysis and review of the associated medical records and the drafting of a comprehensive and annotated rebuttal statement. Great with clients"
Administrative law Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Darrin is versed in handling Texas Medical Board cases from the complaint process through SOAH. He understands complex legal / medical issues and articulates intricate medical matters in an understandable fashion. This is imperative in successful TMB advocacy"
Administrative law
Administrative law
Administrative law

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Austin Health care Lawyer Darrin Lee Dest
Darrin Lee Dest
Health care Attorney
Austin, TX
Licensed for 15 years