Our Attorneys

We are a team of former prosecutors and experienced attorneys with in-depth knowledge of regulatory agencies and the justice system. Complex regulations call for comprehensive knowledge, so our greatest asset and resource is our team, and we have assembled a great one. As trial lawyers, we understand how to navigate the justice system and the unique risks and pressures faced by healthcare industry participants. We guide healthcare executives in avoiding regulatory pitfalls, and we protect our client’s interests in the court room and the board room.

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Michael Elliott served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas. During his tenure with the government Mr. Elliott was the criminal healthcare fraud coordinator and lead attorney for the Medicare Fraud Strike Force in North Texas. He has directed, coordinated, and supervised healthcare investigations throughout the country and has worked extensively with state and federal enforcement and investigatory agencies. Mr. Elliott also worked closely with the Civil Division of the Department of Justice in parallel proceedings and in evaluating qui tam (whistleblower) cases against healthcare providers including laboratories, durable medical equipment companies, pharmacies, home health and hospice companies, and others.

Mr. Elliott’s experience with the Department of Justice gives him a deep understanding of the investigatory and prosecutory processes. He is familiar with the tactics and objectives of investigatory agencies, with grand jury procedures, and with the Department of Justice’s settlement and trial strategies. This understanding makes him an invaluable asset to his clients facing potential or actual criminal investigations. Mr. Elliott dedicates his practice to obtain the best outcomes for clients that face the most difficult circumstances. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Elliott served as an officer in the United States Navy after graduating from the Naval Academy. Mr. Elliott attended law school at the University of Miami, where he was an Articles Editor for the University of Miami Business Law Review.

State Bar Admissions

Texas
New York
New Jersey

Other Bar Admissions

Northern District of Texas
Southern District of Texas
Western District of Texas
Eastern District of Texas
Southern District of New York
Eastern District of New York
District of New Jersey
The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Membership and Activities

Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas.
Criminal Healthcare Fraud Coordinator and Lead Attorney for the Medicare Fraud Strike Force in North Texas.
Dallas Bar Association

Education

United States Naval Academy, B.S. 1996
University of Miami School of Law, J.D. 2005

Mindy Sauter served as a trial attorney for the Department of Justice. She has served as both a federal prosecutor and as a state prosecutor, and has had the benefit of conducting hundreds of trials. Mrs. Sauter directed some of the most complex healthcare prosecutions, including cases of home health and hospice fraud, multi-jurisdictional FDA investigations, and durable medical equipment and pharmaceutical cases. She also prosecuted other complex white collar crimes, including public corruption cases, on behalf of the United States government.

Membership and Activities

Trial attorney for the Department of Justice
Federal and state prosecutor
Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, FDA and HIPAA experience

Education

Oklahoma State University (History and Political Science)
Southern Methodist School of Law
Adjunct Professor for Trial Advocacy at SMU School of Law, 2010-2011

Contact

mindy@elliottsauter.com
Office: 469.758.4150
Direct: 469.758.4151
Fax: 469.758.4156

Since graduating from Harvard Law School, Mr. Quinlan has focused his practice on providing sound regulatory advice to healthcare companies and assisting in civil and criminal healthcare matters. Mr. Quinlan has helped companies and individuals across the country navigate the complex regulatory environment of the healthcare industry, and has interfaced with investigative agencies including the Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Defense, Drug Enforcement Administration, Postal Inspection Service, and the United States Secret Service.

Education

Harvard Law School
Brigham Young University

Languages

English
French

Contact

chris@elliottsauter.com
Office: 469.758.4150
Direct: 469.758.4153
Fax: 469.758.4169

Aaron Simonis joins the team at Elliott Sauter after gaining significant experience at a nationally recognized law firm where he represented municipalities in multi-state opioid litigation. Mr. Simonis works with health care entities and medical practitioners in creating and maintaining compliance programs and conducting internal investigations of their operations.

Education

Texas Christian University (B.S. Political Science)
Belmont University College of Law (J.D.)

Professional Associations

Texas Bar Association
Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

Contact

aaron@elliottsauter.com
Office: 469.758.4150
Direct: 469.758.4158
Fax: 469.758.4163

Donna Watson joined Elliott Sauter in September, 2022.  Her 40 year career with the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s office, lends to her extensive administrative, civil, and criminal experience with the federal court system.

Education

West Texas A&M, BA Liberal Arts

Contact

donna@elliottsauter.com
Office: 469.758.4150
Direct: 469.758.4155
Fax: 469.758.4160

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