Detroit-based law firm Clark Hill PLC has announced the firm expanded its health care practice with the addition of Jose Vela Jr. as senior counsel at the firm’s Houston and Chicago offices where he will focus on representing clients in the health care industry regarding compliance, insurance payment and reimbursement, and information technology matters.
“With Jose’s extensive DOJ healthcare fraud prosecution, investigation and civil litigation experience from a prosecutor’s perspective, he understands how federal investigations and enforcement actions against individuals and entities in the healthcare industry are handled from investigation through potential trial or settlement,” says Laura Reilly O’Hara, leader of Clark Hill’s health care practice.
“Even more importantly, Jose is an esteemed, decorated former Lieutenant Colonel with the U.S. Army who will bring an elevated level of integrity and credibility in representing our clients before government agencies and courts.”
Prior to joining Clark Hill, Vela served for more than 20 years as an AUSA and lead trial attorney with the Department of Justice in Texas. He investigated and prosecuted various healthcare fraud cases, including parallel criminal and multi-jurisdictional cases, committed against federally funded health insurance plans including Medicare and Medicaid.