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Biography

Darren is a member actively involved in Frost Brown Todd’s (FBT) Health Care Innovation Team. Practicing in the FBT Houston and Dallas offices, Darren remains closely networked with a strong health care community and has broad and deep knowledge in corporate transactions in the health care space, working with physicians, dentists, senior living providers and veterinarians in either acquiring or selling a practice. Darren also has deep knowledge and experience in health care legal matters, including regulatory issues, compliance, operational matters, corporate transactions, fraud and abuse, privacy and security, medical staff issues, governmental entity laws, and litigation.

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 transactional, 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.

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Experience

Legal Work Highlights

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.

Education

Law School

University of Houston, J.D., 2004

Undergraduate School

University of Houston, B.A., English, 1991, magna cum laude

Bar Memberships

Darren is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Texas, 2005

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Texas State Bar

Houston Bar Association

Presentations

Darren was invited to speak at the following events:

“Managing the Unmanageable in a HIPAA Breach Response (Rising to the Challenge of the Rogue Physician),” Scottsdale Institute Webinar (May 2022); College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHiME) Webinar (June 2022); Kentucky Health Law Institute (September 2022)

“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 (NAHSE) (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,” Presentation to Physician and Medical Support Staff, UTMB (May 2019)

“The Legal and Practical Aspects of Physician Recruitment–A Case Study,” Presentation to the American Health Lawyers Association Physicians and Hospitals Law Institute (February 2016)

Major Publications

Darren is an author or contributor to the following publications:

Co-Author: “Clinically integrated networks and the Triple Aim: better health care, reduced costs,” Reuters Legal News, January 6, 2022, with Brian Higgins

Co-Author: “Legal and payer changes focus on addressing social determinants of healthReuters Legal News, April 12, 2022, with Brian Higgins

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