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Overview

Laura helps healthcare clients navigate compliance matters so they can focus on the business of patient care.

Laura assists for-profit and not-for-profit long-term care facilities, acute-care hospitals, hospice providers, ambulatory care centers, pharmacy benefit managers, physician group practices and hospital systems operating in the highly regulated healthcare space. Working closely with clients, Laura creates policies, procedures and long-term strategies that meet and exceed quickly changing state and federal laws in order to mitigate risk. She also defends clients faced with audits, investigations or enforcement by regulatory agencies. The issues Laura handles for clients include:

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Stark law
  • Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement
  • Fraud and abuse
  • Federal and state insurance
  • Licensing

In addition to Laura’s Healthcare Regulatory & Compliance Counseling practice, she is an award-winning litigator, known and appreciated as a devoted client advocate. Additionally, she has significant experience in the labor and employment sector. Laura has handled Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state agency investigations, Title VII and Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) claims, and the design and defense of provider agreements. Healthcare providers value Laura’s ability to see healthcare regulatory matters through her more than two decades of broad legal experience. She identifies solutions that set healthcare operators on optimal paths for both their business and their patients.


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Recognition

  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2013-2016
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Top 10 Defense Verdicts, 2010
  • Springfield Business Journal, “40 Under 40,” 2014

Education

  • J.D., Boston University School of Law
    • Certificate in Health Law
    • with honors
  • B.A., Southeast Missouri State University
    • English
    • cum laude

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
Experience

Healthcare

  • Provided internal investigations and compliance support for long-term care employers.
  • Navigated medical practice risk management, including workforce reduction, discrimination investigations, and compliance counseling.

Litigation

  • Obtained one of Missouri's top 10 civil defense verdicts.
  • Represented financial institution in recovering deficiency judgment and successfully defending numerous counterclaims by individual and corporate defendants.
  • Obtained plaintiff's verdict, punitive damages and attorneys' fees in bench trial for corporate client in breach of contract dispute.
  • Obtained complete defense verdict in jury trial for trucking industry client facing breach of employment contract claim with $2.5 million in alleged damages.
  • Represented national outdoor recreation retailer in breach of oral contract defense and obtained favorable result.
  • Obtained complete defense verdict in bench trial for corporate client in breach of lease dispute.
  • Successfully obtained complete judgment in corporate client's favor in federal court after several years of litigation, significant delaying tactics by opposing parties and litigating in numerous jurisdictions.
  • Represented regional media provider in federal court resolving copyright and defamation claims.

Labor & Employment

  • Provided employment and risk management advice for regional media providers, medical practices and national food manufacturer.
  • Provided employment counseling and liability defense for national food manufacturer.
Outside the Office

Laura is a travel enthusiast who enjoys a thrill read.

Laura and her husband, also a busy attorney, have two adult children and a school-aged daughter. The family is run by two Goldendoodles, a Borador and two indifferent cats. Local getaways are spent kayaking and hiking at the family cabin on Missouri’s Finley River. As often as possible, the whole family explores the world, most recently on a cruise to the Cayman Islands. Laura is a voracious reader with a love of psychological thrillers. John Sanford, the one-time Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist turned best-selling novelist, is a favorite author.

Community Leadership
  • Leadership Springfield, Class 30, 2014-Present  
  • Watershed Committee of the Ozarks, Board Member, City Utilities appointee, 2015-Present   
  • Adjunct Professor, Drury University

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