I am the principal and leader of Leichter Law Firm PC. Based in Austin, Texas with a satellite office in Houston, we are a seven lawyer team focused on servicing the legal needs of licensed physicians and other healthcare providers. Half of our practice is devoted to administrative law involving professional licensing, disciplinary, enforcement, and other regulatory matters against state and federal boards and agencies. Boards we routinely appear in front of include the Texas Medical Board (TMB), the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP), the Texas Dental Board (TSBDE), the Texas Board of Nursing (BON), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). We also handle medical staff disputes / medical peer review for licensed physicians against hospitals and other credentialing bodies. We have successfully handled cases against Baylor, HCA, Seton, UHSINC, Parkland, and the Methodist System as well as other smaller or jointly owned hospital facilities throughout Texas and the greater southwest. We do not represent hospitals or the medical staff of any facility by providing counsel to the Medical Executive Committee (MEC) as we are a physician-loyal law practice.
Our Administrative Law practice has resulted in a multitude of favorable decisions from the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) leading to dismissal by the prosecuting agency or a favorable Board decision. We have filed numerous successful appeals of inappropriate Board actions and orders to district courts receiving injunctions against the agency action and restoring the interests of our clients. Oftentimes we seek Declaratory Judgments if appropriate and in the long-term best interests of our clients. These successful actions have involved entities such as the TMB, the TSBP, the Texas Physician Assistant Board, as well as the Texas Pharmacy Association.
The rest of the practice is devoted to a variety of healthcare-related legal needs including transactional work involving healthcare entities and the select criminal defense of physicians targeted by the DEA for non-therapeutic prescribing or other violations of the Controlled Substances Act. If appropriate, we handle other criminal cases at the state or federal level if regulatory healthcare-related scrutiny is involved. This includes Medicare/CMS audits, Medicaid audits, and other 3rd party payer investigations alleging fraud, unbundling, up coding, or the alleged improper use of other billing mechanisms.