Corporate Investigations

Corporations and business entities, both public and private, are facing severe scrutiny and aggressive regulatory enforcement from federal and state government agencies. Whenever corporate conduct comes under scrutiny, business entities can face significant legal obstacles. A former felony prosecutor, Steve Shellist now devotes his time, talent, and resources to defending corporations and business persons whenever they come under fire for compliance issues. He has experience representing companies during internal investigations, and protecting their business interests after self-disclosure.

When a corporation is confronted with allegations or evidence of potential company wrongdoing, Steve Shellist and his attorneys can help their clients respond promptly and properly. Whether the right remedy involves discipline, remediation, or even negotiation with regulatory agencies, The Shellist Law Firm advocates aggressively for their clients’ best interests.

Corporate scrutiny frequently focuses on issues with compliance. Federal and state government agencies closely examine whether companies are complying with their legal duties to practice business ethically. With his years of experience, Steve Shellist understands that sometimes the best legal defense is a good offense—The Shellist Law Firm can assist its clients with effective corporate internal investigations to ensure compliance is observed and implemented before the government intervenes.

With a confidential, internal investigation plan that is specifically tailored to suit each client’s unique needs, Steve Shellist and his attorneys can help their corporate clients move through the compliance process. These investigation plans include document review, personnel interviews, legal analysis, and internal compliance reporting. The ultimate goals of corporate internal investigation are to halt the corporate conduct that places business entities under government scrutiny, to cement the company’s good-faith response to the allegations, to insulate board members and managerial personnel from complicity, and to promote an overall culture of transparency and compliance throughout the corporation.

Steve Shellist and his attorneys not only defend companies when they are faced with legal obstacles; when companies themselves are the victims of improper corporate conduct, The Shellist Law Firm can help companies and their directors internally investigate and identify the source of the issue. Moreover, The Shellist Law Firm can act as a liaison between the company and state and federal law enforcement agencies to help prosecute those responsible, including obtaining restitution where appropriate.

White Collar

Defense against Serious Federal Charges in Texas

Businesses and individuals throughout the world are facing increasingly aggressive government enforcement. The laws that apply to white collar crime and civil fraud are vast and complex. They are also constantly growing and evolving. The penalties for violating these laws are severe, and can range from steep fines to prison time. Steve Shellist and his legal team aggressively defend corporations, management, boards of directors, and employees against allegations at every stage of the enforcement process. The Shellist Law Firm can assist clients from grand jury investigation through the trial and appeals process at the federal and state level. Steve Shellist and his legal team also handle internal investigations and civil lawsuits triggered by criminal investigations

Steve Shellist and his attorneys shield clients from allegations including securities and business fraud, health care fraud and abuse, public corruption, customs violation, cyber-crime, government procurement irregularities, and environmental crimes.

In addition to investigations and trial, The Shellist Law Firm provides preventative compliance counseling geared toward addressing the variety of changing regulations and associated challenges that companies face. Steve Shellist regularly counsel clients on the rules and regulations related to their businesses. He also advises them on compliance measures and regulatory approval. Furthermore, due to the nature of white collar defense, Steve Shellist understands that it is vital to take steps to preserve the reputation of clients in the eyes of their shareholders, regulatory agencies, and the media. Shielding clients from smear campaigns is one of Steve Shellist’s unique strengths.

Steve Shellist and his attorneys understand government bureaucracies, as well as how and when to work with law enforcement throughout the investigative process. Regardless of his approach, he always advocates strongly for his clients’ positions. The Shellist Law Firm represents white collar clients facing internal investigations, regulatory compliance matters, grand jury proceedings, trial, and appeal.

Healthcare Compliance

Health care is a highly regulated field, and entities involved in this industry are required to comply with numerous laws, rules, and regulations as a condition of participation and operation. Steve Shellist and his lawyers have years of experience helping clients navigate the complex field of regulations involving healthcare compliance. The Shellist Law Firm has experience dealing with healthcare fraud and abuse, as well as provider reimbursement issues, certification, licensing, and health information security and privacy. They counsel clients from every sector of the health care industry. Steve helps his clients to create custom compliance programs, training, and policies to address their specific compliance needs. The Shellist Law Firm also performs compliance program reviews to help their clients identify and address gaps in compliance.

Steve Shellist and his attorneys have a deep understanding of the federal healthcare fraud and abuse laws, including the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, the False Claims Act, and the Stark Law.  They also counsel clients on state-based fraud and abuse laws, including corporate medical practice and fee splitting. The firm helps healthcare providers and their business associates ensure that their transactions and their healthcare networks comply with regulatory guidelines and parameters. This includes counseling on compliance with the various complex regulations surrounding physician-patient relationships, hospital-physician joint ventures, physician compensation arrangements, and physician ancillary services.

Steve Shellist and his attorneys not only help counsel clients when they face compliance concerns; they also proactively analyze possible regulatory implications of proposed transactions to limit liability and ensure successful execution of those transactions. The Shellist Law Firm is experienced in identifying and mitigating compliance issues at each stage of the transaction process.

The Shellist Law Firm also counsels their health care clients on reimbursement issues arising under Medicaid, Medicare, and other government-structured health programs. The Firm has experience advising on matters ranging from Medicaid/Medicare participation rules, overpayment liabilities, change of control issues, compliance with reimbursement standards, and coverage issues, including graduate medical education regulations, cost-reporting compliance, and provider-based status. Steve and his attorneys also counsel healthcare providers on compliance with cost-reporting rules and billing regulations. Steve Shellist also advises non-physician healthcare practitioners on the regulations governing billing and reimbursement for diagnostic and therapeutic services.