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 Publications and Speeches
- "What Every Texas Lawyer Should Know About the False Claims Act," co-author with Jeremy Kernodle and Chris Rogers, Texas Bar Journal, October 2015.
- "King v. Burwell: A Challenge to PPACA Subsidies," speaker, HCCA (Health Care Compliance Association) Regional Conference, Philadelphia, June 2015.