Dentist, Dental Practice, and DSO Representation

Flannery | Georgalis has significant experience representing dentists, dental practice groups, and dental service organizations (DSOs) in a variety of sensitive matters. The team of attorneys at Flannery | Georgalis is comprised of former federal and state prosecutors, state assistant attorney generals, and former federal special agents. We understand the complexities of the highly specialized and heavily regulated dental industry. From state or federal criminal investigations, Dental Board investigations and complaints, insurance audits, or complex business disputes, Flannery | Georgalis has the necessary experience to obtain the best results for our clients.

State and Federal Criminal Investigations

State and Federal criminal investigations can have a devastating impact on a dental practice. Healthcare fraud is a top priority of the Department of Justice, FBI, OIG-HHS, and state Medicaid Fraud Control Units. Flannery | Georgalis’ team of former federal and state prosecutors and state assistant attorney generals are uniquely experienced to understand exactly how healthcare fraud investigations and prosecutions are handled and respond to those investigations with comprehensive and effective defense strategies.

Dental Board Matters

Dental Boards have authority to investigate and sanction a wide range of dental professional conduct. From standard of care violations to substance abuse allegations, Dental Boards have the authority to sanction your license to practice, including suspension and even revocation, causing substantial reputational and economic damage to a practice. Dental Boards can often be aggressive in their enforcement measures towards dentists, and in certain jurisdictions, the law even requires dentists to cooperate with Dental Board investigators or face sanction for that alone. Failure to have experienced and aggressive legal counsel can have a devastating and irreparable impact on your license and livelihood. Flannery | Georgalis understands the importance of a comprehensive approach when a client is confronted with a Dental Board complaint.

Insurance Audits

Flannery | Georgalis has significant experience in representing dentists in billing audits conducted by Medicare, Medicaid, Unified Program Integrity Contractors (UPIC), and private insurance companies. We understand that audits are sometimes used as the precursor to criminal investigations or Dental Board investigations. The team of attorneys at Flannery | Georgalis is experienced in conducting internal audits and investigations to mitigate audit determinations and potential criminal or Dental Board investigations.

Business Disputes

We understand that business disputes with suppliers, vendors, business associates and patients can have a significant impact on the daily operations of a dental practice. We represent dentists in a wide of array of complex business disputes, especially including those involving allegations of serious or intentional misconduct, business fraud, and significant employment disputes and breaches of corporate fiduciary duties. Flannery | Georgalis is often called upon to handle complex litigation disputes in districts all across the country that often involve the need to seek injunctive relief. We focus on providing the highest quality representation in the most cost-effective, client-centered manner.

Commercial Free Speech Counsel

Flannery | Georgalis serves as First Amendment litigation counsel to a national dental professional organization, challenging Dental Board specialty advertising rules and regulations across the country. The team of attorneys at Flannery | Georgalis have experience asserting First Amendment commercial free speech claims against specialty advertising regulations that prevent dentists from truthfully and accurately advertising their training and credentials. Our firm recognizes the importance in truthful advertising and zealously advocate for dentists’ First Amendment commercial free speech rights.

Our Experience

Criminal Investigations

Defended a dentist in an FBI and DOJ investigation following a search warrant executed at the dental practice. F|G conducted an extensive internal investigation resulting in the termination of the criminal investigation.

Defended a dentist in a Medicaid Fraud Unit investigation involving allegations of a multi-million billing fraud scheme, resulting in a diversionary resolution to the criminal matter, and eventual expungement of all records of the criminal investigation.

Defended a dentist in a Medicaid Fraud Unit investigation involving allegations of healthcare fraud and improper billing, resulting in the termination of the criminal investigation.

Defended multiple employees of large DSO in a DOJ and FBI investigation alleging a multi-million-dollar billing fraud conspiracy, resulting in no criminal charges against clients.

Board Matters

Obtained the complete reversal of a Dental Board’s suspension without a hearing of an oral surgeon’s license to practice.

Represented a dentist following an administrative hearing where the Dental Board suspended the dentist’s license to practice for three-years. After prevailing on a motion to stay imposition of the suspension pending appeal, F|G raised various legal challenges that resulted in Dental Board withdrawing the 3-year suspension and agreeing to a probationary resolution.

Defended the majority partner of a multi-state oral surgeon group in connection with a Dental Board investigation involving numerous standards of care violations, resulting in the dismissal of a majority of the complaints and a non-probationary, non-suspension consent agreement.

Defended dentist before Dental Board in matter involving allegations of substance abuse, and negotiated a minor, temporary suspension

Defended a dentist in a Dental Board investigation involving numerous standards of care violations, resulting in a non-suspension consent agreement.

F|G represented a dentist in connection with a Dental Board investigation involving various standard of care violations. Following an internal investigation and interfacing with the Dental Board, F|G successfully resolved the investigation without a formal complaint being filed.

Represented dentist involving issues with a Dental Board consent agreement, resulting in the dismissal of probation and termination of the consent agreement.

Business Disputes

F|G represented a dentist involving violations of a practice purchase involving allegations of egregious violations of the restrictive covenant. F|G secured the recoupment of nearly 30% of the client’s purchase price and secured future patient record audits by a third-party billing company for potential additional financial recovery.

Obtained dismissal of all claims brought against dentist and his implant dentistry education organization arising out of breach of contract allegations brought by attendee; decision affirmed on appeal

Obtained dismissal of civil lawsuit brought by marketing company against dentist and his dental practice

Our Practice Areas

Military Justice Representation and Defense

Military law is a complex and daunting realm and navigating that system without the assistance of a trained military attorney can have devastating results. If you are a member of the United States Military and have been suspected of a crime or are subject to an...

Corporate Security and Organizational Protective Orders

The security risks for corporations have evolved over time and have become increasingly complex. Globalization has changed the structure and pace of corporate life in many ways, including the need to manage at a distance. Corporate accountability, and scrutiny, have...

Anti-Money Laundering And Financial Regulatory Compliance

Flannery | Georgalis, LLC has substantial experience addressing complex regulatory, enforcement, and internal investigative issues affecting financial institutions. Our team is special because it comprises a cross-disciplinary group of former federal prosecutors,...

International Litigation and Dispute Resolution

When parties conduct business in a global market, international commercial disputes often arise. In U.S.-based international litigation, these cases raise complex issues involving service of process under the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and...

General Criminal Defense

General Criminal Defense Flannery | Georgalis has significant experience defending individuals charged with a variety of serious criminal offenses. As former prosecutors and defense attorneys, we have the unique experience of having been on both sides of a wide array...

Critical Motions and Appeals

In every complex litigation—whether criminal or civil—there are make or break moments involving the written word: the must-win suppression motion, the motion to exclude a devastating expert witness, the motion to dismiss based on a novel legal theory, the motion for...

Business Litigation

Flannery | Georgalis represent clients in a wide of array of complex commercial litigation matters, especially including those involving allegations of serious or intentional misconduct, business fraud, professional liability, and significant employment disputes and...

Professional Licensure Defense

We understand the suspension or revocation of a professional license jeopardizes an individual and their family’s well-being. A suspension is disruptive and could irrevocably damage your practice. A revocation can be catastrophic to your livelihood. We have...

Healthcare Regulatory and Enforcement

With federal agency administrative rules, court decisions, and executive orders continuing to drive regulatory changes and enforcement trends, providers and participants in the healthcare industry need trusted counsel. Drawing upon years of government experience,...

False Claims Act and Qui Tam Actions

The False Claims Act (“FCA”), 31 U.S.C. §3729 et seq., imposes liability on individuals and entities who defraud governmental programs. The FCA, along with analogous state statutes, is generally viewed as the government’s most powerful anti-fraud tool, because it...

White Collar Criminal Defense

Flannery | Georgalis has substantial experience defending companies and individuals in nearly every kind of white collar criminal or civil enforcement matter, including fraud, securities violations, SEC and FINRA enforcement proceedings, public corruption, and health...

SEC and FINRA Investigations and Enforcement

The Securities & Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) is the primary regulator of the U.S. Securities markets. FINRA is a non-governmental organization that regulates member brokerage firms and exchange markets. Each year, securities regulators brings hundreds of civil...

National Security and Cyber Crimes

Matters involving national security are the U.S. Department of Justice’s highest profile and highest priority cases. Several of our former federal prosecutors and special agents were assigned to national security and cybercriminal units while in government service. We...

Economic Sanctions and Export Control

Customs and international trade law is a complex field of statutes and regulations that is frequently changing and violations can lead to detained, excluded, and seized shipments as well as severe civil and criminal penalties. The Trade Facilitation and Trade...

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (the “FCPA”), was enacted for the purpose of making it unlawful for certain persons and entities to make payments to foreign government officials to assist in obtaining or retaining business. Since 1977, the anti-bribery provisions of...

Criminal and Civil Fraud Tax Controversy

At Flannery | Georgalis, our team of former federal prosecutors and former special agents are uniquely experienced to represent clients in a wide variety of criminal and civil tax controversies. Unlike any other firm, our tax controversy team consists of multiple...

Corporate Internal Investigations

Flannery | Georgalis has significant experience conducting internal investigations on behalf of public and private companies of all sizes. We understand that in corporate criminal and parallel civil matters, conducting a comprehensive internal investigation is...

Antitrust and Competition Law

Around the world, recent events have sparked renewed interest in antitrust and competition law and its role in keeping down prices and protecting consumers. In the United States, the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission have stepped up their scrutiny of...

Probate and Trust Litigation

Despite the best intentions, many times related parties struggle to find common ground during the challenging time of an estate plan execution. Private wealth disputes can be complex and emotional matters involving important legal and financial considerations. At...

Probate, Estate, and Trust Administration

At Flannery | Georgalis, our attorneys have extensive experience handling the administration of estates and trusts, both simple and complex. We know this can be a challenging and emotional time for everyone involved, and we work with our clients to make the process as...

Estate Planning

The process of developing an estate plan and navigating the laws that govern them are increasingly complex and challenging. It is critically important that the estate you have built for future generations of your family is protected. At Flannery | Georgalis, our Team...