Brian Bewley New Partner in Kansas City
Brian Bewley, former Senior Counsel in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Counsel to the Inspector General and Special Assistant United States Attorney, has joined Husch Blackwell as a Partner. Bewley is the third healthcare attorney to join the firm in the past three months. Last week, healthcare associate Kimela West joined the firm’s St. Louis office, and in May, former Menorah Medical Center Director of Risk Management, Ethics & Compliance Tina Boschert joined the Kansas City office.
As Senior Counsel for the past five years, Bewley has focused on healthcare fraud and abuse and compliance issues and led numerous enforcement actions stemming from violations of the False Claims Act, Anti-kickback Statute, Stark, and the OIG’s Civil Monetary Penalties Law and Exclusion authorities. In 2010, Bewley was also appointed to serve as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, where he worked on healthcare fraud and abuse matters.
“Brian’s insider knowledge of the federal regulatory system is invaluable to healthcare institutions operating within a very complicated regulatory environment and, at times, facing enforcement, questions or complaints from federal agencies,” said Curt Chase, Chair of the firm’s Healthcare Department. “His experience and national connections give Brian the skills to be a very strong preventative counselor for healthcare organizations. We believe he will provide our clients with valuable insight on compliance and quality issues.”
Prior to serving as Senior Counsel and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Bewley served as a Senior Attorney in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of General Counsel (2005-2007), where he led enforcement actions against federally funded scientific researchers for data falsification. Bewley began his legal career through the prestigious Attorney General’s Honors Program at the Department of Justice (2004-2005), where he focused on enforcement matters involving the Controlled Substances Act.
Bewley received his J.D. from Washington University School of Law (2004), where he was Executive Notes Editor of Washington University Law Review. Bewley received his B.A. from Drury University in Springfield, Mo. (1998).
Husch Blackwell's Healthcare attorneys have extensive experience representing healthcare clients in all types of litigation, regulatory enforcement actions and investigations throughout the country covering all facets of the industry. They also represent clients in transactional, operational and administrative matters. The group's clientele includes hospitals and health systems, healthcare professionals, and long-term care and nursing facilities. Many members of the Healthcare team worked in the healthcare industry as counselors, researchers, administrative coordinators and academics before joining Husch Blackwell, providing valuable insight for healthcare clients. In addition to the group's involvement in the American Health Lawyers Association, many are also active members of the Health Care Compliance Association and several are noted as high achievers by groups including The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA and Super Lawyers.