J.D. Epstein


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Practice Areas

Health Care Law

Since the early seventies, J.D. has limited his practice to health care issues, and has represented thousands of hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, HMOs, physicians, medical staffs, physical and respiratory entities and related clients throughout the country. His representation of these clients has included appearing before administrative appeals boards, such as the Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB) and Fiscal Intermediary Provider Appeals Committees, and in the federal courts. It has also included negotiating and settling disputes relating to Blue Cross and other third-party payor contracts. J.D. consults with clients in such areas as fraud and abuse, Stark, and federal False Claims Act matters; corporate organizations; acquisitions, mergers, and consolidations; structuring and managed care contracting.

Education and Professional Background

  • University of Illinois - J.D., 1967
  • University of Illinois - B.S., 1965
  • U.S. Army, Artillery Officer, 1967-1969 (Active Duty) – 1973 (Reserves)
  • National Blue Cross Association, Associate Counsel, 1969-1974
  • Wood Lucksinger & Epstein, 1974-1991 (Managing Partner, 1983-1991)
  • Vinson & Elkins, LLP, 1991-2007 (Health Industry Group Leader)
  • Admitted to practice: Illinois, 1970; Texas, 1974; D.C., 1978; United States Supreme Court; Federal Courts of Illinois, Texas, and the District of Columbia; multiple Circuit Courts of Appeals

Professional Recognition

  • 2004-2008 Chambers USA: America’s Lending Business Lawyers in Healthcare Law
  • 1995-present Recognized as a Best Lawyer in America for Healthcare Law. Best Lawyers is partnered with US News and World Reports.
  • 2003-present Named a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly. Super Lawyers is a Thomson Reuters service.
  • 2016 Recognized by Martindale-Hubbell for being rated AV Preeminent® for 25 years.

Activities and Affiliations

  • Past President and Fellow: American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)
  • Co-Chair: Medicare and Medicaid Payment Institute for its first 21 years of existence
  • Board Member: American Medico-Legal Foundation; Health Law and Policy Institute, University of Houston Law Center; March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation National Office of Volunteers; Gulf Coast Chapter of the March of Dimes (Past Chair); The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Development Board; University of Illinois Law School Board of Visitors – Established the Epstein Program in Health Law at U.I. College of Law
  • Adjunct Professor: University of Houston Law Center

Publications and Presentations

  • "The Government’s Golden Rule: America’s Attempts to Control Health Care Payment," Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law, June 2017
  • “Unique Aspects of Texas Health Law,” Guide to the Leading U.S. Healthcare Lawyers, December 2005 (co-author)
  • Medicare Reimbursement Controversies (Aspen) (co-author)
  • Appeals and the Provider Reimbursement Review (Aspen) (co-author)
  • Health Law Handbook (West) (co-author)
  • Health Care Administration (Aspen) (co-author)
  • Lecturer for hospital, medical, and financial associations, and other private and public organizations on physician/hospital relations, fraud and abuse, integrated delivery systems, third-party payment systems, and health policy and reform.