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Overview

Lorinda is an experienced healthcare and education focused attorney who guides clients successfully through the stress of litigation.

Lorinda began working in the healthcare field early in her career, cutting her teeth on medical malpractice defense. Her practice expanded from there to work with medical boards, the False Claims Act, the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act, healthcare business disputes and litigation against providers. Her experience in healthcare led her into the education sphere when she represented a school district during a Texas Medicaid fraud investigation. Lorinda’s practice now includes defending other educational institutions, as well.

Lorinda counsels healthcare providers and educational institutions who deliver immensely important services while navigating pressures and regulations unique to their industry. She understands that the essential nature of these services often makes litigation all the more stressful and high stakes. She values the opportunity to use her legal skills to help clients focus on their missions of patient care and student development. She’s a passionate advocate for these organizations and knows they need attorneys who can walk them through the legal process. Lorinda is known among clients for being both a good advocate and a good listener, who offers calm during a crisis.

Lorinda serves as the office managing partner of the firm’s Austin office.


Industries

Services

Education

  • J.D., Oklahoma City University School of Law
  • B.A., Baylor University

Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma
  • 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 Health Lawyers Association, 2008-present
  • Austin Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section, Director, 2016-2019
  • Austin Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section, Secretary, 2006-2007
  • The General Counsel Forum, Underwriter Director, 2016-present
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2010-present
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
Featured Experience

Protecting a Healthcare Organization

When the owner of a physical therapy provider hired a relative to lead his organization, he thought he’d found a qualified, trustworthy manager. However, what happened next was a financial scandal with allegations of kickbacks—and, since the company provided services to injured federal employees, a qui tam False Claims Act case. Lorinda and her team stepped in to represent and defend both the owner and the organization, resulting in a settlement and dismissal. The manager and his associates served time, but the owner was protected and able to continue his business, thanks to Lorinda’s efforts.


Additional Experience
  • Successfully defended skilled nursing facility in jury trial of employment retaliation and discrimination claims.
  • Assisted school district's counsel with response to Texas Medicaid Fraud Control Unit's investigation of billing for School Health and Related Services (SHARS) not rendered and with HHSC-OIG self-disclosure of overpayments received as a result of billing mistakes.
  • Negotiated voluntary dismissal of whistleblower's False Claims Act case against home health care company and guided internal investigation of allegations.
  • Defended hospital system named in False Claims Act litigation primarily against hyperbaric oxygen treatment provider and guided internal investigation to assess potential risk based on vendor relationship.
  • Responded to series of Civil Investigative Demands issued by Texas Civil Medicaid Fraud Division to hospitals and skilled nursing facilities regarding alleged kickbacks in transportation-related billings and conducted internal investigations related to potential risk.
  • Defended qui tam False Claims Act case arising from alleged false claims submitted to federal workers compensation program, resulting in settlement and dismissal.
  • Successfully defended and resolved numerous medical malpractice cases against various healthcare providers, including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, emergency physician groups and individual providers.
  • Represented skilled nursing facility in response to Civil Investigative Demands regarding behavioral health services provider and secured reimbursement of expenses through enforcement of contractual indemnity provision.
  • Represented skilled nursing facility in DOJ investigation of employment of OIG-excluded person and in dispute with medical director over allegations of noncompliance with Anti-kickback statute.
Thought Leadership
Outside the Office

Lorinda enjoys staying active—especially with dirt bike riding and yoga. She also loves spending time with her three dogs, Loca, Presley, and Olive.

Community Leadership
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & South Texas, Board of Directors and Chair of Governance Committee, 2017-present
  • Austin Partners in Education, volunteer, 2010
  • Zilker Theater Productions, Board of Directors, 2002-2005