Innovative attorney executive. Highly skilled claims and litigation manager. Expertise in reducing corporate costs of litigation. High energy and results oriented with experience in managing claims and litigation in state and federal court in multiple states.
Staff Retention programs
Managed large docket of complex litigation in multiple states.
Implemented successful program that decreased costs of defense.
Created and implemented in-house claims investigation team.
Launched well-received program of professional development courses for human resources staff. Mentored and coached employees resulting in a significant decrease in EEOC claims.
Handled all functions related to complex litigation including e-discovery, mediations, arbitrations, jury trials and MMSEA set asides.
System Director July 2002 to September 2014CHRISTUS HEALTH
In house litigation management, including investigation, liability/damages assessment, exposure analysis, reserving, settlement negotiations and trial supervision of all types of litigation matters.
Implemented program that decreased cost of defense and reduced indemnity payments.
Corporate legal guidance in regulatory, compliance, credentialing, employment, business, contract, environmental, copyright/trademark, and general/professional matters.
Contract negotiation and review; vendor and service provider evaluation and selection.
Supervision of in-house claims investigators.
Established reporting system for tort settlements for Medicare beneficiaries.
Implemented loss prevention and occupational safety initiatives which reduced frequency and severity of on the job injuries and claims.
Managed catastrophic claims including hurricane, wind and flood recovery claims, facilitating mitigation efforts and submitting property damage and business interruption data.
Regional Manager January 1999 to June 2002THE HARTFORD
Supervised claims department serving a 9 state area; managed office staff and claims adjuster team.
Oversight of all investigation, valuation, reserving and disposition of complex claims and litigation in multi-state region.
Responsible for settlement negotiations for multi-million dollar commercial risks including class action litigation.
Performed coverage analysis for property, general commercial, automobile, commercial vehicle and professional liability claims.
Drafted declination of coverage and reservation of rights opinions.
Responded to department of insurance, and other regulatory complaints and subpoenas.
General Counsel January 1997 to January 1999ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES OF NORTH AMERICA, INC
Management of legal department; legal advice to parent company and 3 subsidiaries.
Managed regulatory, compliance and employee benefit matters.
Responsible for management of all corporate litigation and claims.
Evaluated and purchased commercial insurance coverage and limits; supervise preparation of insurance submissions.
Supervised human resource/employment functions for 3 companies.
Provided analysis of self-insured and ERISA benefit plans and evaluated coverage provisions.
General civil litigation practice in medical malpractice, employment, commercial/business and products liability litigation.
February 1753OTHER EXPERIENCE
Healthcare experience in critical care, compliance, risk management, quality, safety and physician credentialing.
General Counsel for life, health and disability insurance company.
Corporate Counsel for large provider of long term and assisted living care.
Juris DoctorateUniversity of Houston Law Center
Doctor of Dental SurgeryBaylor College of Dentistry
Bachelor of ScienceUniversity of Texas
Ethics and Corporate Compliance Management (CECM) CertificateSt Louis University, John Cook School of Business
Memberships & Certifications
Member College of State Bar of Texas
Member State Bar of Texas
American Society of Healthcare Risk Management
Greater Houston Society of Healthcare Risk Management
Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM)
Certified Medicare Secondary Payer Professional (CMSP)
Publications and Presentations
"Lien on Me" ASHRM Annual Conference, Anaheim, October 2014; Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation" Greater Houston Society of Healthcare Risk Management Education Day March 2013; The Company in Crisis" The Network of Trial Law Firms May 2013; Mediating Disputed Health Insurance Claims" International Claims Association October 2010; Crisis Management in the Health Care Setting: A Case Study" Greater Houston Society of Healthcare Risk Management Education Day February 2009; "Medical Tourism" risk Management Handbook for Healthcare Organizations, Sixth Edition 2011; Legal Ramifications of Medical Travel from the Physician, Provider and Payor Perspective", Enterprise Risk Management Handbook for Healthcare Entities, First Edition, 2009; Hospice: the Emerging Way to Care for Terminally Ill Patients", The Houston Lawyer, May/June 2006.
Contract Negotiation, Due Diligence, Human Resource Management, Insurance Coverage Analysis, Loss Prevention, Quality, Risk Management, Safety, Emergency Preparedness.