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Samuel J. Louis

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Houston

909 Fannin Street
Suite 2300
Houston, TX 77010
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Education
J.D., cum laude, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas, 1989, Assistant Editor, Thurgood Marshall Law Review
B.B.A., Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, 1985
State Bar Licenses
Texas
Court Admissions
U.S. District Ct., S.D. of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit

Samuel J. Louis

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Samuel J. Louis is a member of the firm's Healthcare group, Food and Drug Law group and White Collar group. His practice involves providing advice and counsel regarding healthcare regulatory issues, white collar criminal defense, corporate internal investigations, FCPA and compliance with federal regulations that govern food and drug distribution. He has extensive experience representing corporate entities, their executives and employees in connection with grand jury investigations, criminal trials and hearings, regulatory investigation and enforcement proceedings, federal criminal prosecutions, Food, Drugs and Cosmetic Act investigations and prosecutions, False Claims Act and Healthcare Fraud investigations. Through his more than 20 year career Sam has gained extensive experience handling complex cases involving white collar crimes such as:

  • health care fraud
  • insurance fraud
  • official corruption
  • financial institutions fraud
  • bankruptcy fraud
  • tax evasion
  • bank fraud
  • intellectual property rights violations
  • investment schemes
  • identity theft prosecutions
  • fraud against federal programs such as FEMA and Small Business Administration

Sam is the former Deputy Criminal Chief of the Program Fraud group for the United States Department of Justice in the Southern District of Texas. He was responsible for the supervision of eleven attorneys and was lead attorney in more than 200 criminal jury trials. Sam served as the Health Care Fraud Coordinator for more than 10 years and was directly responsible for the intake, investigation, supervision and prosecution of all health care fraud matters. During his tenure with the DOJ, Sam oversaw a healthcare fraud task force and a global anti-counterfeiting task force, each comprised of local, state and federal law enforcement, private industry officials and community organizations. Through the former, he was responsible for securing the return of over sixty million dollars to government and private health care programs. The later investigated and prosecuted global anti-counterfeiting targets, including foreign nationals trafficking in counterfeit, unapproved, and adulterated medicines and the diversion of pharmaceutical drug products. Sam has also successfully prosecuted individuals charged with white collar crimes, immigration, firearm offenses and drug trafficking and was the first prosecutor to obtain the extradition and subsequent prosecution of a foreign national for intellectual property right crimes. He was responsible for the intake, case assignment and supervision of white collar prosecutions for bankruptcy fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, theft from federal programs, identity theft, tax evasion and customs violations. These prosecutions were featured and recognized by former United States Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Attorney General Eric Holder, and the United States Congressional Subcommittee on Intellectual Property. Sam handled many high profile investigations that were featured on CBS 60 Minutes, Dan Rather Reports, NBC 20/20 and quoted in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, Modern Healthcare, The Scientist Magazine and other international media organizations. Sam also serves on the Board of Directors for the Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) Target Hunger and the Earl Carl Institute for Legal and Social Policy and the policy committee for Altus Healthcare System.

EXPERIENCE

  • Represented dentists who owned dental practice under investigation for Federal False Claims Act violation alleging the submission of false claims in the amount of $600,000. The investigation was closed without any finding of liability.
  • Represented owner of national corporation that transports bulk mail for the United States Postal Service under investigation for obtaining confidential and privileged information from former postal executive. The investigation was closed without charges being filed against the owner of the corporation.
  • Represented owners of adult daycare facility under investigation for fraudulently billed Medicaid for more than $500,000. The investigation was closed with no repayment of finding of fraud.
  • Represented owner of aviation corporation under investigation for bribing foreign officials in violation of foreign corrupt practices act. The investigation was closed without any charges being filed.
  • Represented dentist who owned several dental clinics alleged to have billed for services provided by providers not enrolled in Medicaid program. Obtained settlement with no imposition of civil monetary penalties.
  • Represented physician under investigation by FDA for purchasing and distributing counterfeit medicines. Investigation was closed with no charges being filed.
  • Representing several individuals charged with healthcare fraud.
  • Representing owner of multi-national corporation charged with violations of the foreign corrupt practices act.
  • Representing large healthcare system providing guidance and advice regarding compliance with HIPAA, Stark and Anti-Kickback regulations and policies.

As an Assistant United States Attorney, Sam's accomplishments include:

  • Successfully prosecuted individuals charged with white collar crimes, immigration, firearm offenses and drug trafficking including first foreign national extradited for intellectual property violations.
  • Lead attorney in over 200 criminal jury trials.
  • Served as the health care fraud coordinator for over 10 years with responsibility for the intake, investigation, supervision and prosecution of health care fraud cases.
  • Responsible for overseeing health care fraud task force comprised of local, state and federal law enforcement, private industry officials and community organizations.
  • Responsible for the intake, case assignment and supervision of white collar prosecutions for bankruptcy fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, theft from federal programs, identity theft, tax evasion and customs violations.
  • Responsible for the investigation and prosecution of global anti-counterfeiting targets, including foreign nationals trafficking in counterfeit medicines.
  • Provided training on anti-counterfeiting measures at the Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, the International Law Enforcement Academy in Peru, the Department's Overseas Professional Development programs in South Africa region and the National Intellectual Property Rights Center.
  • Served as an attorney advisor in Executive Office for United States Attorneys providing legal guidance to 94 United States Attorneys' offices covering corporate fraud, federal tort claims, bank fraud, management structure, ethics and employment matters.
  • Served as a member of Department of Justice Evaluation and Review Team in conducting comprehensive evaluation of United States Attorney's Offices throughout United States.

Presentations

Sam was a frequent lecturer at DOJ training programs and international Global Security Anti-Counterfeiting seminars and training programs in various countries including Tanzania, Peru, Namibia, Columbia, South Africa, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Thailand and The Republic of Georgia. Most recently, he delivered:

  • Latest Threats Posed By Counterfeit Drugs and Illegally-Imported Fentanyl, We Work for Health  (July 2018)
  • Healthcare Compliance: What to do When the Feds Come Knocking on Your Door, APPNA  41st Convention (July 2018)
  • Substantive Federal Crimes & Defenses, State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course (July 2017)
  • Diagnosing Current Issues in Health Care Fraud Cases, State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course (July 2016)
  • Navigating Healthcare Compliance: Current Trends in Healthcare Enforcement, HFMA Gulf Coast Conference (May 2016)
  • How to Avoid a Criminal Healthcare Fraud Investigation, Houston Medical Forum (October 2015)
  • Drug Supply Chain Security Act, Strasburger's Online Webinar (June 2015)
  • Navigating Healthcare Compliance, Healthcare Think Tank (June 2015)
  • Federal Fraud Offenses, State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course (June 2015)
  • Interactions with Government Agencies, Strasburger's Food Law Forum (June 2015)
  • Drug Counterfeiting: A Pharmaceutical Industry Problem, Anti-Counterfeiting Forum (April 2015)
  • Use of Evidence Obtained from Social Media in Criminal Cases, American Bar Association Midterm Conference (February 2015)
  • Federal Agencies Raise Heat on Physicians Accused of Healthcare Fraud, Thomson Reuters Webinar (October 2014)

Publications

Sam has drafted several papers on counterfeit medicines and trademark infringement, and is skilled in this area of concentration.  Most recently, he authored:

  • Federal Crimes & Defenses, State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course (July 2017)
  • Co-Author. Inside the Minds: Recent Developments in Food and Drug Law (January 2016)

Media

Several intellectual property right prosecutions handled by Sam have been broadcast nationally and internationally by news organizations such as CBS, 60 Minutes, Dateline NBC, BBC News Agency and The New York Times.\n\nMost recently, he appeared in:

Awards/Achievements
The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 (2014)
Distinguished Service Award - Intellectual Property Rights Prosecutions, Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (2012)
Integrity Award - Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (2004, 2011)
Director's Award - Counterfeit Pharmaceutical Prosecution, Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (2010)
Award for Excellence, Federal Bureau of Investigation (2001, 2006)
Distinguished Service Award, Office of the Attorney General, State of Texas (2005)
Excellence in Federal Government Award (2004)
Investigation of the Year Award, National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association (2004)
Distinguished Service Award, Office of Inspector General, Department of Veteran's Affairs (2001)
Merit Award, Richmond Police Department, Richmond, TX (1997)
Director's Award, United States Drug Enforcement Administration (1997)
Merit Award, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (1996)
Memberships
College of the State Bar of Texas, Member
Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
National Insurance Crime Bureau, Member
Department of Justice Evaluation and Review Team, Former member
Better Business Bureau, Consumer Protection Group, Member
Earl Carl Institute for Legal and Social Policy, Board of Directors
Altus Healthcare Systems, Policy Committee
The Partnership for Safe Medicines, Board of Directors
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
National Trial Lawyers Association, Member
Target Hunger, Board of Directors (2016-2017)