Darren serves as the Vice Industry Team Lead and is an actively involved member of the FBT Health Care Innovation Team. Practicing out of both the Houston and Dallas offices, Darren has deep knowledge and experience in health care legal matters, including outside general counsel services, mergers & acquisitions, transactional enterprises, regulatory issues, compliance/governance, operational matters, corporate transactions, fraud and abuse, privacy and security, medical staff issues, governmental entity laws, and litigation. As part of his robust practice, Darren also collaborates with clients on Value-Based Care payment models and counsels on and assists with specialized corporate transactions in the health care space.
As a member of the Greater Houston Partnership—Life Science Committee, Darren interacts with other key members of Houston’s rapidly expanding life science ecosystem and maintains a focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI) governance issues. As clients’ risks and vulnerabilities with the rapidly advancing pace of AI development and application increase, Darren remains attuned to the current issues in AI to counsel clients on its expansion and challenges, toward helping them develop an effective AI governance program.
Prior to joining FBT, Darren served as the Vice President of Legal Affairs at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and he practiced in the health care practice group at several major Texas law firms. In private practice, Darren oversaw the legal, compliance, and regulatory affairs of two health care systems which grew, during his representation and oversight, into significantly larger health care systems. Before practicing law, Darren served as a director in the Division of Public Affairs of The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Negotiated multiple transactions for the purchase or sale of a medical practice (medical, dental, senior living and veterinary space).
Represented large corporations in the acquiring of health care provider practices in multiple states, drafting the documentation, forming the corporate structure and counseling on the development of a Management Services Organization (MSO). Matters included:
Advising and transacting deals for a national chiropractic provider on both MSO and franchise models of organization
Counseling, guiding and transacting for the purchase and acquisition of a large urgent care practice via MSO model
Transacting for and drafting the required documentation for the purchase and acquisition of senior living facilities in multiple states.
Joint Ventures between hospitals and medical practices
Clinically Integrated Network among health care providers
Merger of medical practices (multi-specialty and single-specialty)
Analyzed, audited and provided counsel on large health care systems’ health care compliance programs.
Counseled three large health care systems on health care regulatory matters in the areas of Stark, Anti-Kickback, and HIPAA as well as hospital and physician operational matters.
Represented hospitals and physicians in physician employment and physician recruitment agreements.
Counseled Academic Medical Center on its efforts in moving its clinical research toward commercial realization.
Counseled software start-up company on its business marketing plan and its legal position during its evolution toward the market.
University of Houston, J.D., 2004
University of Houston, B.A., English, 1991, magna cum laude
The Best Lawyers in America®, Health Care Law, 2024
Houston’s Top Lawyers List, Houstonia Magazine, Health Care Law, 2022
American Health Law Association
Texas State Bar Association
Houston Bar Association
Committee Member, Greater Houston Partnership Health Care Advisory Committee and Life Science Committee
Houston Christian Legal Society
Realizing the Promise and Managing the Perils of AI, Bayou City/Bio Pulse (Greater Houston Partnership Life Sciences Lecture Series), December 2023
High Risk Areas in M&A Healthcare Acquisitions, National Association for Legal Support Professionals (NALS), August 2023
First Annual Healthcare Leadership Quorum, ACHE, NALHE, NAHSE, and GHSHRM discuss the challenges facing the health care industry featuring leadership experts from the greater Houston area and beyond.
Practical Applications of Value-Based Enterprises, InHealth Advisors, June 2023
High Risk Areas in M&A Healthcare Acquisitions, Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Houston, July 11 2023
Implications in Structuring Value-Based Arrangements: A Practical Approach, American Health Law Association (AHLA) – Health Care Transactions Program, April 2023
Rethinking Value–Based Enterprises to Attract and Enhance Physician Engagement, Texas Hospital Association (THA), February 2023
Healthcare Disruptors & Innovators, Greater Houston Society for Healthcare Risk Management, October 2022
The Power of Value-Based Care Payment Models, Cincinnati Bar Association Health Law Section, September 2022
Managing the Unmanageable in a HIPAA Breach Response, Scottsdale Institute, May 2022; College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, June 2022; Kentucky Health Law Institute, September 2022; Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), December 2022 and January 2023
Navigating the Intersection of Industry and the Law: Essential Legal Knowledge for Healthcare Executives, Critical Legal Issues in the Healthcare Industry, National Association of Health Service Executives, June 2021
False Claims and Whistleblowers: Best Practices to Avoid Significant Exposure, Frost Brown Todd Webinar, May 2021
Overview of Legal Affairs Counsel and Services, with Focus on Risk Management, UTMB, May 2019
The Legal and Practical Aspects of Physician Recruitment–A Case Study, American Health Lawyers Association Physicians and Hospitals Law Institute, February 2016
“What is Value-Based Care?” Levin Associates Article, October 2023
“Enforcement trends and caution points in health care private equity investing” Reuters Legal News, March 2022
“Health care compliance precautions in private equity: an ounce of prevention…” Reuters Legal News, December 2022
“Legal and payer changes focus on addressing social determinants of health” Reuters Legal News, April 2022
“Clinically integrated networks and the Triple Aim: better health care, reduced costs” Reuters Legal News, January 2022
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