Nicole Somerville



Education and Clerkships

J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2010, cum laude; Articles Editor, SMU Law Review Association; Dedman Ethics Scholarship Recipient

B.S., Political Science, Texas Christian University, 2007, summa cum laude


Texas, 2010

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas


Nicole Somerville serves as a trusted advisor to a variety of clients within the healthcare industry in complex litigation matters and internal investigations. Nicole has helped hospital systems, laboratories, nursing homes, insurance companies, and physicians navigate complex fraud and abuse laws, including the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark Law, and the Civil Monetary Penalties Law.

Recently, Nicole helped a national healthcare provider settle a False Claims Act qui tam action involving alleged violations of the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute related to medical office building leasing in several states. Similarly, Nicole has defended a pathology laboratory and a nursing home in separate qui tam actions in the Northern District of Texas against allegations of improper billing. Nicole also routinely assists her clients in responding to Civil Investigative Demands under the False Claims Act and other administrative subpoenas.

In addition, Nicole has assisted clients with self-disclosures to enforcement agencies and has also helped clients negotiate settlements with various United States Attorney’s Offices and the Office of Inspector General.

When not working on behalf of her clients, Nicole participates in the American Health Lawyers Association, the DFW Chapter of Women in White Collar Defense, and the Dallas Bar Association.

Selected Client Representations

  • Representing healthcare providers, laboratories, and pharmacies, in numerous ongoing investigations and sealed False Claims Act matters in Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, Tennessee, and Texas.

Year in Review

False Claims Act: Year in Review

The False Claims Act Year in Review 2017

The False Claims Act ("FCA") continued to be a significant focus of government and whistleblower activity in 2017. This 2017 Year in Review highlights several key developments.


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Haynes and Boone Represents Trinity Industries in Landmark Victory

Haynes and Boone Partners Jeremy Kernodle, Nina Cortell and Anne Johnson, Counsel Ryan Paulsen and Associates Nicole Somerville and Andrew Guthrie were part of a multi-firm appellate team that helped overturn a $663 million judgment against client Trinity Industries under the False Claims Act.


Health Law Vitals

Health Law Vitals - A Healthcare Newsletter from Haynes and Boone

The Haynes and Boone Health Law Vitals Newsletter explores significant developments and legislation in healthcare law. This edition discusses the FDA's Draft Guidance on Drug Products Labeled as Homeopathic, the extension of the Texas 1115 Waiver, new framework for characterizing the deductibility of FCA settlement payments, and how restaurants could handle and declare major food allergens.

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • "False Claims Act: 2017 Year in Review," co-presenter, Practising Law Institute, January 25, 2018.
  • "2016 Year in Review – The False Claims Act," co-presenter, Dallas Bar Association Health Law Section, April 19, 2017.
  • "What Every Texas Lawyer Should Know About the False Claims Act," co-author, Texas Bar Journal, October 2015.
  • "King v. Burwell: A Challenge to PPACA Subsidies," speaker, HCCA (Health Care Compliance Association) Regional Conference, Philadelphia, June 2015.

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