Elliott, Michael C.

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Address: 7557 Rambler Road Suite 970, Dallas, TX 75231
Lawyer Firm: Elliott Sauter PLLC
Phone: 800-511-9304
Website: http://www.elliottsauter.com

Areas of Practice Criminal Defense, Healthcare Law, Complex Commercial Litigation

Former federal prosecutor Michael Elliott focuses his practice on government investigations, federal criminal defense, healthcare law and complex commercial litigation.

While serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Texas, Mr. Elliott served as the criminal health care fraud coordinator and lead attorney for the Medicare Fraud Strike Force in North Texas, working with federal and state law enforcement agencies coordinating health care fraud investigations and prosecutions in Texas and throughout the country. In this capacity, Mr. Elliott also evaluated and pursued qui tam (whistleblower) cases against health care providers, laboratories and durable medical equipment companies.

Mr. Elliott’s time with the Department of Justice provided him with a wealth of experience in prosecuting complex fraud cases against individuals and corporations. Mr. Elliott’s in-depth knowledge related to the investigatory tools of agencies, the grand jury process, as well as trial strategy and tactics, all serve as invaluable assets for any client whose future and livelihood are placed in jeopardy. Mr. Elliott has worked parallel investigations with the Civil Division within the Department of Justice and understands the unique intersection between potential criminal and civil violations. This knowledge is critical in his approach in working to achieve the best possible outcome for clients facing the most difficult of circumstances.

In civil cases, Mr. Elliott has represented individuals and corporations in state and federal court in all aspects of litigation to include drafting and arguing motions, conducting and defending depositions, preparing and organizing voluminous discovery as well as electronic discovery, preparing witnesses for trial and deposition, engaging in settlement negotiations and drafting appeals. Mr. Elliott also has extensive experience representing corporate clients before commercial arbitration panels.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Elliott attended the United States Naval Academy and, after graduation, served as an officer in the United States Navy. He was a surface warfare officer onboard the USS Gonzalez, a destroyer, and an engineer onboard the USS Peleliu, an amphibious assault ship. While attending law school at the University of Miami, Mr. Elliott was an Articles Editor for the University of Miami Business Law Review.

He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas, the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. He is licensed to practice in Texas, New York and New Jersey.

Notable Representations:


Conducted fourteen federal criminal trials.Co-lead counsel in largest Durable Medical Equipment fraud investigation in the history of the Department of Justice involving a large corporate structure and over two thousand employees nationwide.Lead counsel in large, multi-jurisdiction investigation involving the CEO of a Medical Center and associated physician practice groups charging conspiracy to commit federal program fraud and tax evasion. United States v. Martinez et al, 4:11-CR-00060, (SDTX 2011).Lead counsel in largest Medicare fraud case ever brought against a single doctor by the Department of Justice.Lead counsel in multi-defendant tax fraud conspiracy case. United States v. Velasquez et al, 5:10-CR-00899, (SDTX 2010).Co-lead counsel in multi-defendant health care fraud prosecution of two health care clinics, one in Houston and the other in Dallas. United States v. Agopian et al, 3:11-CR-308, (NDTX 2012).Lead counsel in Medicaid fraud prosecution of owners of a durable medical equipment company. United States v. Adenuga et al, 3:12-CR-313 (NDTX 2014).Lead counsel in multiple investigations concerning the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute focusing on hospitals, hospice facilities, home health companies and referring physicians. These investigations also implicated the Stark Law and corresponding safe harbor provisions.Lead counsel in fraud investigations of pharmacies and compounding pharmacies.Lead counsel in multi-million dollar Medicaid fraud case involving regional dental practice that was billing for services not rendered and improperly utilizing foreign physicians.Co-lead counsel in the FDA’s investigation of an international dietary supplement company.Argued appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. United States v. Guerrero-Robledo, 565 F.3d 940 (5th Cir. 2009).


Represented international shipping companies, ports and protection and indemnity carriers in litigation throughout the Unites States.Drafted appeals to the Court of Appeals of New York State.Litigated employment contract dispute on behalf of international shipping company against contractor’s defamation of character and tortious interference with contract allegations.Acted as lead counsel in transportation company passenger accidents and employment disputes.Co-counsel in multi-million dollar arbitration dispute representing a South American iron ore company.Co-counsel in arbitration involving major shipping line whose vessel grounded off the coast of the Dominican Republic.

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