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“He’s peerless in his ability to synthesize complex transactions into their foundational parts in order to provide actionable, strategic direction.”

CEO, major healthcare system

Overview

Albert has spent more than 20 years in private legal practice and is trusted counsel in a wide variety of transactional areas for healthcare clients.

His prior background as a certified public accountant provides particularly strong depth by identifying the tax consequences early in the lifetime of a deal.

Albert has represented hospital districts, large hospital systems, physician groups of all sizes and practice specialties, management companies and nonprofit healthcare organizations at every stage in their lifecycle. He enjoys being a part of a team that can handle complex mergers and transactions in the healthcare field alongside members of Husch Blackwell’s regulatory team.

He has particularly significant experience in the nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations area and is part of the Husch Blackwell nonprofit organizations group, having handled virtually all aspects of tax and transactional matters for the healthcare industry. He has applied for and received tax-exempt status for dozens of organizations and has been a frequent writer on the topic for state and national publications, such as the Texas Tax Lawyer and Wolters Kluwer Exempt Organization Reports.

A longtime Austin resident, he remains involved in a variety of charitable and professional nonprofit organizations, proudly being an original founding member of the Austin Asian American Bar Association and helping the younger generations of Texas Asian American attorneys develop.

“He’s peerless in his ability to synthesize complex transactions into their foundational parts in order to provide actionable, strategic direction.”

CEO, major healthcare system


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Services

Recognition

  • David Wellington Chew Award, Asian Pacific Interest Section (APIS) of the State Bar of Texas, 2016

Education

  • J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
    • SMU Law Review, Texas Survey Editor
  • Master of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • M.P.A., University of Texas at Austin
    • Accounting
  • B.B.A., University of Texas at Austin

Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. Tax Court

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Austin Asian American Bar Association, Leadership Council
  • CCH Healthcare Compliance Newsletter, Advisory Board, 2007-2012
  • Communication Service for the Deaf, Board of Directors, 2014-present
  • State Bar of Texas, Asian Pacific Interest Section, treasurer, 2005-2012; Tax Section, Exempt Organizations Committee, co-chair, 2007-2011
Experience
  • Represented tax-exempt organizations in connection with securing state and local franchise, sales and property tax exemptions.
  • Advised clients in connection with proper structuring of mergers and acquisitions agreements to minimize federal, state and local taxes.
  • Represented home healthcare agencies and facilities in connection with acquisitions by private equity firms and large healthcare systems.
  • Served as primary corporate and tax counsel in $100 million healthcare system sale to large tax-exempt healthcare system.
  • Served as primary corporate and tax counsel in $75 million neurodiagnostic health system sale to private equity firm.
  • Counseled a $70 million physician practice group in connection with its entire group's sale to publicly traded healthcare system.
  • Represented group of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) physicians in connection with extensive reorganization and $15 million sale of partial ownership interests to private equity fund.
  • Represented large group of anesthesiologists in connection with $90 million sale to publicly traded healthcare system.
  • Represented Texas franchise of pizza restaurants in $12 million sale to private equity fund.
  • Counseled nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations (ranging from small medical research foundations to rural hospitals to governmental health maintenance organizations) in all aspects of operation, including formation, tax-exempt applications, governance and dispute matters, Internal Revenue Service audits, reorganizations and joint ventures with for-profit entities.
Outside the Office

Albert’s life is dedicated to his little daughter, who loyally accompanies him to many Texas Longhorn football games each season (unfortunately Albert notes she’s been around largely during the current losing streak). When he has time, Albert enjoys attacking the hills and regularly participates in the many local races. He has not missed a single Austin Cap10K road race, held annually in the spring, since 2001.

Community Leadership
  • Any Baby Can of Austin, Child and Family Resource Center, director, 2008-2015
  • Communication Service for the Deaf, director, 2014-2017
  • Foundation for Pediatric Acute Care and Quality, director, 2011-2012
Tax Exempt Healthcare Systems

In the early years of his practice, Albert spent time with estate planning, and empathized with those who have lost loved ones and expressed a desire to continue their family names with charitable foundations and other forms of leaving a legacy.

As he moved to the healthcare field, he found that, invariably, those who worked in the field were united in the desire to improve lives. His work with small family foundations expanded into helping tax-exempt healthcare systems improve the delivery of quality healthcare services, accessible by all. 

He enjoyed helping such clients navigate tax and regulatory complexities in the most cost-efficient matter, such that they could focus their energies on delivery of services. He found that working with people with similarly aligned visions created a very positive working and professional environment.