Elliott Sauter is comprised of a team of former federal prosecutors and lawyers ready to defend our clients in the areas of white collar and healthcare criminal defense.
Healthcare Fraud Defense
At Elliott Sauter, our defense attorneys have years of experience as federal prosecutors working on healthcare matters. This experience gives us a unique and valuable perspective on how to analyze, deconstruct and defend against allegations of fraud. As trial lawyers, we understand how the government conducts its investigation and the tactics it employs at trial. There is no substitute for trial experience.
False Claims Act Defense — Civil Investigative Demands
At Elliott Sauter, we understand the business and personal implications of responding to a False Claims Act investigation. We help clients navigate complex parallel criminal and civil investigations, and our experience as former prosecutors gives us valuable insight in preparing defense strategies that allow our clients to minimize criminal exposure and mitigate financial harm resulting from civil enforcement actions.
Elliott Sauter provides compliance advice and training to healthcare organizations. We work to improve and update existing compliance programs and also to create them. One of the most important parts of a compliance program is proper training and documentation.
Transactional and Regulatory Advice
At Elliott Sauter we understand the importance of compliance and the regulatory restrictions that healthcare companies face. We have analyzed hundreds of healthcare business structures from a criminal and civil perspective with a concentrated focus on the critical decisions that mean the difference between success and failure.
Given the complexity of regulated industries such as healthcare and finance, nearly every organization will face allegations of wrongdoing at some point. We have conducted hundreds of internal investigations and audits with the goal of helping our clients work through the difficulties of government and regulatory investigations.
Recoupment and Payor Appeals — ZPIC and Express Script Audits
Almost every company that works with Medicare and Medicaid will at some point face a ZPIC audit that is performed by a CMS contractor such as Express Scripts, Qlarant or Cotiviti. These audits are investigations into fraud, waste and abuse.
Qui Tam Whistleblowers
We assist individuals or entities seeking to file qui tam lawsuits under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) and report fraud against the federal government. Our experience as former federal prosecutors gives us the expertise to accurately evaluate potential cases and to navigate the complex interactions with the civil and criminal divisions of the Department of Justice (the “DOJ”).
Texas Medical Board Inquiries & Healthcare Professional Licensure Defense
The attorneys at Elliott Sauter understand that your license is your livelihood. It is crucial to retain effective and experienced counsel to help you navigate the procedural and substantive issues with your board matter and to vigorously protect and defend your license against allegations of wrongdoing regardless the source.
White Collar Criminal Defense
White collar criminal cases, especially at the federal level, are extremely complex and present unique difficulties. Elliott Sauter has represented executives and corporations in the most contentious of circumstances. Our years of experience as federal prosecutors let us understand the intricacies associated with white collar crimes.
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
Elliott Sauter is a firm founded by former federal prosecutors with experience evaluating, prosecuting, and defending FCPA cases. This experience gives us a thorough understanding of the procedures and tactics used at each stage of civil or criminal FCPA investigation.
Opioid and DEA Diversion
We have represented physicians and medical groups who have been targeted by the government for their prescribing of opioids to patients. We understand that a doctor’s ability to prescribe medications and to treat their patient population is central to achieving positive outcomes and that DEA licensure is critical to the proper practice of medicine.
The Cares Act and related federal programs such as the PPP loan program and programs funding Covid-19 laboratory testing laboratories have increasingly been the subject of aggressive government enforcement; and we have the experience to navigate this area.
The Elliott Sauter Difference
Our years of experience with the Department of Justice and state-level prosecution has uniquely prepared us for the cases and challenges faced by our clients. We approach each case with professionalism and an attention to detail that is singularly focused on achieving the best results for our clients. We have and offer:
Our team of highly skilled and experienced lawyers are capable of successfully delivering results.
Our many years of handling federal cases in the United States courts as well as state-level cases in Texas helps us meet the challenges of the most difficult of cases.
Reliable Legal Advice
Our experience with the Department of Justice gives us invaluable industry knowledge to stay one step ahead of the trends and practices in our field.
Our honed expertise in white collar criminal matters, healthcare criminal and civil defense, compliance and internal investigations allows us to offer a depth of services that delivers results for our clients.
“Mike Elliott and Mindy Sauter utilize real-life practical ways to operationalize legal parameters of complex healthcare regulations. From a compliance standpoint, the tools gained from their collective knowledge have been invaluable and insightful.”
“Exceptional experience with Mindy Sauter and Michael Elliott. Kind, compassionate, ethical representation. They did not recommend unnecessary or costly options. Very professional, I highly recommend them if you need a healthcare attorney or compliance management.”
“There would be no other attorney I would choose to walk through this situation with than Mindy. She was available any day or time I needed to discuss or review specifics pertaining to my case. She has mastered the balance of providing support to her clients but never sugar coating anything.”
“The team at Elliott Sauter has reliably allowed us to manage the very complex world of physician ownership in a legal and compliant manner and has enabled us to be proactive in dealing with the ever-changing regulatory landscape of healthcare. We have consistently relied on their knowledge and experience, which is unmatched. I recommend Elliott Sauter to healthcare groups and providers who need expert advice and sound legal strategies.”