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Sara A. Brinkmann

Sr. Associate

Sara A.  Brinkmann

Houston

T:+1 713 651 5271

Sara Brinkmann counsels life sciences companies and health care providers in both litigation disputes and regulatory enforcement matters. She has represented clients in fraud and abuse matters, including responding to government investigations of Medicare and Medicaid billing, conducting internal investigations, defending against Qui Tam and whistleblower lawsuits under the federal False Claims Act, and other regulatory matters regarding the federal Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute.  She has also represented her healthcare clients in complex contract and business torts disputes, antitrust litigation, products liabilty (pharmaceutical) litigation, and medical malpractice suits. She has represented clients in federal court, state court, and administrative proceedings.

Sara has also represented clients in securities investigations and litigation, and she was seconded at one of the world's largest plastics, chemical and refining companies in 2016.  In 2013, Sara served as a special prosecutor with the City of Houston's Legal Department through a 20-week attorney loan program.  She tried more than a dozen cases to verdict.

Sara joined the Houston office as an associate in 2011. Prior to joining, Sara completed a two-year clerkship for United States District Judge David Hittner in the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division.  She assisted Judge Hittner as the lead briefing attorney on numerous cases, including those involving international Ponzi schemes, political bribery, Medicare fraud, trademark, trade secrets, and copyright infringment, complex contract, and employment disputes.  Sara's clerkship experience enables her to provide her clients with valuable insight into the judicial process and on the complicated issues that arise in litigation.  While in law school, she served as a legal intern for Baylor College of Medicine's General Counsel's Office and Texas Children's Hospital's Risk Management Department.

She was admitted to practice law in Texas in 2009 and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas.

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  • Education

    2009 - J.D., cum laude, University of Houston Law Center
    2009 - M.B.A., University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of  Business
    2003 - B.A., magna cum laude, Baylor University

    During law school, Sara was honored as a member of the Order of the Barristers and Order of the Barons. She was an associate editor for the Houston Journal of International Law and served as an executive on the Board of Advocates and as a member of the Moot Court Board.

  • Representative experience

    Courtroom advocate for health care clients involved in various types of litigation, including presenting witnesses in trial and successfully arguing discovery motions, motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, motions for sanctions, pleas to the jurisdiction, and Daubert/Robinson challenges to exclude expert testimony

    Presented and prepared fact and expert witnesses, including physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals, for trial testimony and deposition

    Taken multiple depositions, including of lead plaintiff and experts

    Obtained favorable summary judgment result in a complex breach of contract case involving the sale of a physician's practice

    Represented health care provider in investigation by Texas Medicaid contractor resulting in a favorable settlement for client

    Obtained a favorable result for client in a complex trade secrets case, including protecting their own trade secrets and defending against misappropriation claims

    Represented managed care organization client, in response to investigation by the Texas Office of Inspector General (OIG), including gathering witness statements used to defend care decisions, ultimately resulting in favorable settlement agreement

    Represented clients in multiple RAC audits, including preparing appellate briefs and arguing to Administrative Law Judges, resulting in successful outcomes

    Managed teams of contract attorneys for electronic discovery collection in multi-state pharmaceutical and complex qui tam litigation

    Supervised collection, review, and production of client documents

    Interviewed witnesses to gather documents and information for hospital, pharmaceutical, medical device, and contract billing clients

  • Admissions
    • Texas State Bar License
  • Publications
    • "Timing is Everything: Timing Orders for Trials in Federal Court," SideBAR, Summer 2011
  • Speaking engagements
    • Co-presenter, HBA Health Law Section C.L.E.: 2015 Legislative and Case Law Update, September 9, 2015

     

  • Memberships and activities
    • Federal Bar Association, Member
    • State Bar of Texas, Member
    • Houston Bar Association, Member
      • Campaign for the Homeless Committee, Member
      • Law Week Committee, Member
    • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
    • Defense Research Institute, Member
    • Greater Houston Society for Healthcare Risk Management
    • Junior League of Houston, Active Member
      • Head Active, Tea Room Front Office and Pantry
    • St. Andrew's School of Fine Arts, Board Member
    • St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Active Member
    • Stephen Minister, Trained Volunteer