Akin Gump Expands Health Industry Practice In DC, Labor &Employment In SF

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 01:00

Christopher L. Keough and Stephanie Ann Webster have joined Akin Gump's health industry practice as partners in its Washington office. Previously, both were partners in the Washington office of another large international law firm.

Mr. Keough and Ms. Webster concentrate their practices on representing hospitals on Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues. They join a team of nationally ranked attorneys who advise clients across a vast spectrum of matters that impact the health care industry.

Mr. Keough focuses primarily on Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and compliance. He regularly represents hospitals in a broad array of reimbursement litigation matters and has been extremely successful as lead counsel in several of the largest reimbursement disputes in the history of the Medicare program. Mr. Keough also handles administrative, civil and criminal actions involving alleged false claims or fraud and abuse in federal health programs. Additionally, he counsels clients on federal health regulatory matters.

Mr. Keough has been named among the nation's top healthcare lawyers by publications such as Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and Nightingale's Healthcare News. He received his BA from Franklin and Marshall College and his J.D. from George Washington University.

Ms. Webster guides clients through the complex spectrum of issues related to Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement. She counsels hospitals regarding payment and compliance and represents them in administrative and federal court litigation.

Ms. Webster previously served as an attorney for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Division of the Office of General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and has been recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and by Nightingale's Healthcare News as an "Outstanding Healthcare Litigator."

Donna Mezias has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP's San Francisco office as a partner in the firm's nationally ranked labor and employment practice. Previously, Ms. Mezias was a partner in the labor and employment practice of another top-tier international law firm.

Ms. Mezias is a noted litigator, having represented employers in all manner of employment litigation matters. These include class action and individual discrimination cases; wage and hour class actions and FLSA collective actions; and harassment, retaliation, whistleblower, trade secret and employment contract cases. She has also litigated facility access claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act and related state laws, as well as other complex business disputes.