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Overview

Ellee knows the ultimate goal in regulatory healthcare: providing the highest quality care to patients.

Clients rely on Ellee to counsel them through a variety of state and federal regulations, including Medicare and Medicaid enrollment, Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute. Ellee’s practice is unique in that she represents physicians, hospitals and managed care companies regarding regulatory compliance. She enjoys learning the details of clients’ unique objectives, at times serving as outside general counsel for both small and large healthcare providers.

Ellee has broad experience representing governmental and commercial clients in Texas’ Public Information Act process before the Texas Attorney General’s Office. She also represents physicians before state licensing agencies, including the Texas Medical Board, when they face complaints or when hospital privileges may be at stake.

As a former litigator and appellate lawyer, Ellee anticipates issues and offers tailored solutions. She has represented managed care clients in various litigation matters, including breach of contract suits from members, provider disputes and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) benefit litigation. Ellee has successfully defended appeals at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


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Education

  • J.D., St. Mary's University School of Law
    • magna cum laude
      • St. Mary's Law Journal, Editorial Board-Comment Editor, Volume 43, 2011-2012
      • St. Mary's Law Journal, Staff Writer, 2010-2011
      • St. Mary's Institute on World Legal Problems at the University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria,
        Summer 2010
  • B.B.A., Texas Tech University
    • Marketing
    • summa cum laude

Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Health Law Section
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity

Clerkships

The Hon. Paul W. Green, Texas Supreme Court

Experience
  • Represents hospitals and providers with regard to participation in state's Medicaid managed care program and related compliance issues.
  • Represents various managed care entities, including accountable care organizations (ACOs), in complying with federal and state regulations.
  • Advises providers on performing internal compliance investigations, including self-disclosures.
  • Advises hospitals and providers on compliance with Medicare and Medicaid managed care regulations.
  • Counsels clients regarding Texas regulatory agency compliance, with significant experience regarding Texas Medical Board and Texas Department of Insurance requirements.
  • Counsels clients regarding medical staff issues such as peer review and quality assurance.
Outside the Office

Ellee loves to travel and see new places both in the United States and abroad. Her all-time favorite destination is Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, which she visits often. She also loves to spend time with her husband and young son.

Community Leadership
  • Daughters of the American Revolution, James McHenry Chapter, San Antonio, Texas
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnus, Vice President Standards
  • Meals on Wheels