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Michael J. Khouri

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Michael Khouri has been practicing law in California and across the United States for the last 30 years. He is extraordinarily knowledgeable in defending most areas of health care law including Medicare and Medicaid audits and health care fraud criminal charges. Michael has tried more than 100 cases. Michael has represented all types of healthcare providers including doctors, nurses, podiatrists, DME companies and home health care agencies. He has been a national speaker on a variety of healthcare law topics at events across the United States. He is known throughout the country for his integrity and firm resolve to help his clients get the best possible resolution to their criminal matters. Michael does not waste time and has a straight forward down to earth style. Recently Michael Khouri was voted "Best Lawyer in South California - 2013" to acknowledge his professional and outstanding services.

Mr. Khouri started his career as a Deputy District Attorney in Orange County. He routinely practiced before the trial and appellate courts when he was a prosecutor. He also focused on the legality of police conduct in major investigations. In this regard, Mr. Khouri argued the Case of People v. Bravo (1987) 43 Cal.3d 600 before the California Supreme Court and represented the state wide association of prosecutors. The Bravo case established a new standard for the search of repeat narcotics offenders.

Once in private practice, Mr. Khouri began to develop a specialty representing healthcare providers in criminal cases such as medical billing fraud, narcotics cases, and sexual assault on patients, including rape. He is skilled in negotiating with the labyrinth of government regulators associated with auditing and investigating for Medicare and Medicaid. He understands the medical billing process and medical billing terminology. You will not be wasting valuable time explaining how things work because Michael has been working with the Medical Billing process for over two decades.

Mr. Khouri is a member of the State Bar of Texas which allows him to practice in all Texas state courts. He is also a member of the bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas based in Dallas and encompassing all of northern Texas; as well as a member of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas which includes the cities of Austin, San Antonio, and El Paso.

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Selected Cases

  • Prevented indictment of prominent physician caught up in alleged fraudulent charity.
  • Obtained probation for prominent software engineer who caused death of cyclist while driving.
  • Saved license of chiropractor accused by multiple patients of sexual assault.
  • Saved prominent orthopedic group hundreds of thousands of dollars by advising how to structure adjunct physical therapy practice to comply with auditors demands.
  • Obtained dismissal of Indictment for prominent podiatrist by discovering and exposing fraudulent billing company.

Representative Clients

Apex Energetics Corp., Chemique Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Costa Mesa Compounding Pharmacy, NCMIC Insurance Co., Podiatry Insurance Co. of America, Professional Solutions Ins. Co., Physicians Compliance Liability Ins. Co. and countless individual healthcare providers and other professionals consisting of Medical Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Podiatrists, Chiropractors, Pharmacists, DME Companies, Lawyers, Real Estate Salespersons and Brokers and Accountants.

Speaking Engagements

An interview with Michael Khouri on the Business and Technology Report featuring "America's Best Lawyers" as presented on the Forbes Business Channel produced by Sky Radio Network.

Mr. Khouri has lectured before the state podiatric associations of Washington, California, Ohio, Michigan and New York on Medicare issues.

Education

  • Loyola Marymount University, 1978
  • Loyola Law School of Los Angeles., 1981

Associations

  • National claims counsel to Physicians Compliance Liability Insurance Company
  • Indigent defense panel in the U.S. District Court-Central District of California

Bar Admissions

  • California State Bar
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Bar of the United States Supreme Court
  • Bars of U.S. District Courts Southern, Central, Northern, and Eastern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court of the Western District of Texas
  • On various occasions, Mr. Khouri has been admitted to practice in the federal courts of Washington, Ohio, Arizona, & Nevada.

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Ashley K. Kagasoff, Esq.

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Ms. Kagasoff is an associate attorney with the firm specializing in criminal and administrative matters in both state and federal court. Ms. Nguyen grew up in Orange County, California. Following high school, Ms. Nguyen attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she graduated cum laude in 2003 with a degree in History. Ms. Nguyen then attended Chapman University School of Law where she graduated in 2007. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Nguyen clerked for the Orange County District Attorney's office, Homicide Unit, for two years. Ms. Nguyen also summered at the civil litigation firm Gilbert, Kelly, Crowley, & Jennett. Ms. Nguyen then followed up with a law clerk position at the Orange County Public Defender's Office, Felony Panel. Ms. Nguyen is admitted to practice law in California and the United Stated District Court for the Central and Eastern District of California.

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Andrew Goodman, Esq.

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Andrew Goodman is an associate with the firm. His practice encompasses civil, criminal, and administrative matters in state and federal court, and administrative agencies.

Mr. Goodman graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with Comprehensive Honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005, with a degree in Psychology. As an undergraduate at UW-Madison, Mr. Goodman received the Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Award for his research on implicit biases. Before attending law school, Mr. Goodman interned for a U.S. Senator and taught test-taking preparation courses at the Kaplan Center.

In 2009, Mr. Goodman graduated with a Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law. As a law student at UCLA, Mr. Goodman was a law clerk for a tribal appellate court and Senior Articles Editor for the Journal of Law and Technology. During the summer after his first year of law school, Mr. Goodman was a law clerk at the District Attorney's Office in Van Nuys. During the summer after his second year of law school, Mr. Goodman was a summer associate at a small firm in Century City that specialized in intellectual property litigation.

Prior to joining the firm, the range of Mr. Goodman's experience -- at the Attorney General's Office, a national plaintiff's firm, and a business litigation/trusts and estates firm -- includes: multi-million dollar commercial disputes with complex financial and insurance issues, tort cases involving private companies and the State of California, and will contests. Mr. Goodman is admitted to practice law in the State of California and the Southern District Court of California.

Mr. Goodman is a member of the Bet Tzedek New Leadership Council, a group of young leaders who raise money and volunteer free legal services for the non-profit organization, Bet Tzedek Legal Services

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Sarah Kyriakedes, Esq.

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Ms. Kyriakedes is an associate attorney with the firm’s Orange County office. She has particular knowledge in criminal matters, as she was employed as an Assistant District Attorney in Charlotte, North Carolina for three years prior to moving to California. In her role as a prosecutor, Ms. Kyriakedes gained a broad range of experience litigating misdemeanor and felony cases throughout all stages of criminal proceedings. She is admitted to practice law in the states of North Carolina and California. Her practice is concentrated on criminal defense and administrative law.

Ms. Kyriakedes received her Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she was awarded the Stanley M. Chesley & Hon. Susan J. Dlott Award in Litigation. As a member of the Moot Court Honor Board during law school, Ms. Kyriakedes was awarded First Place at the Herbert J. Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition, a leading national appellate advocacy competition. Ms. Kyriakedes was also an active member of the Trial Practice Competition Team throughout her three years of law school. She graduated summa cum laudefrom the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. She also received a minor degree in Political Science.

Ms. Kyriakedes is an active member in the Junior League of Orange County where she volunteers her time giving back to the local community. She also enjoys jogging on the beach and hiking with her fiancé throughout the various state parks of Southern California..