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Joseph “Joe” Huigens’ practice is substantially devoted to the representation of healthcare professionals, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, group practices, durable medical equipment suppliers, accountable care organizations, and numerous other entities involved in the U.S. healthcare industry. His broad and thorough understanding of the legal issues impacting players in that industry affords Joe’s clients ready access to legal advice and assistance to meet their needs in nearly every aspect of health law.

Joe has experience in a multitude of the complex and ever-changing aspects of U.S. healthcare law, from Medicare, Medicaid, Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law, HIPAA and other regulatory compliance issues, to defending individual providers in professional discipline, credentialing and licensure actions. He is well versed in healthcare provider operations, the setup and governance of group practices and healthcare businesses, and the numerous federal and state regulatory issues faced by such entities. Joe also has considerable experience crafting and negotiating employment and professional services agreements, on both sides of the relationship, as well as numerous other types of agreements common in the healthcare industry, including human clinical trial agreements with pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

In addition to health law, Joe serves as go-to counselor for issues related to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act as well as the False Claims Act. He has remarkable experience developing and executing regulatory compliance programs, particularly FCPA anti-corruption compliance programs, both in the United States and abroad. Joe has also represented both healthcare and non-healthcare industry clients in federal and state False Claims Act cases, securing favorable outcomes for his clients.

To each of his clients, whether in the healthcare space or otherwise, Joe brings a wealth of legal and business judgment drawn from his experiences working as a compliance program director for the world’s largest multinational retail corporation, a litigator in an international law firm, an engineer for the world’s largest defense company, and as a legal intern in the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Prior to starting his legal practice, Joe was a systems engineer for Lockheed Martin at U.S. Strategic Command and NASA. Joe credits his training and experience as an electrical engineer with giving him the different perspectives and highly analytical thought process that continues to benefit him as a lawyer and, more importantly, his clients.

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Education

J.D., University of Notre Dame, 2011 (summa cum laude)

  • Sr. Editor, Notre Dame Law Review

B.S., Purdue University, 2004 (with distinction)

  • Electrical Engineering

Admissions

  • State of Nebraska
    State of Ohio
    Northern District of Ohio
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