J.D. Epstein
Of Counsel / Galveston Office

JD Epstein is a nationally recognized pioneer in the practice of Health Law. JD has honed his craft and skills in the successful representation of thousands of healthcare clients in administrative tribunals and federal courts for over fifty years resulting in millions of dollars of redress to his clients. This representation began virtually concurrent with the Federal Governments incursion into healthcare with the Medicare and Medicaid Amendments to the Social Security Act in the 1960’s. While JD’s practice primarily involved actions versus the federal and state governments in  payment disputes, fraud and abuse allegations, and Federal False Claim actions, he also served as  outside  general counsel to numerous healthcare entities advising on a myriad of healthcare matters. Today, JD spends much of his time as outside General Counsel to Regent Care Management Services and its multiple long term care facilities. The representation includes advising on issues ranging from the impact of the global pandemic on RMS’s  operations, management and services to its thousands of residents  to its corporate compliance activities and payment issue

In addition to his very active practice, JD has served his community in a variety of ways including a three year term on the March of Dimes National Volunteer Board as well as serving multiple terms on the Board of and as Chairman of the  Board of Texas March of Dimes.

Through JD’s over fifty years of practice, he has received countless awards and honors. These are detailed below:

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.