Bill Morrison

Practices

Industries

Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law, 1998, Order of the Barristers

B.S., Baylor University, 1995

Admissions

Texas

Profile

As a former senior in-house lawyer at one of the nation’s largest public healthcare companies, Bill Morrison has the hands-on experience to efficiently and successfully defend corporations and executives in complex healthcare matters.

He represents national healthcare providers in a broad range of litigation and compliance matters involving government enforcement, internal investigation, False Claims Act cases, and antitrust counselling, among many other matters. Bill has lead teams that have handled many mission-critical matters, such as defending:

  • a behavioral health care management company against claims of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and the Rehabilitation Act;
  • a chief executive officer and general counsel of a healthcare client in dozens of cases, spanning Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, and New Mexico, alleging that the firm’s clients breached their fiduciary duties.

In addition to his own practice, Bill co-heads Haynes and Boone’s Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Group, helping to manage a growing team of more than two dozen lawyers nationwide who work with clients across all sectors of the healthcare industry, advising on business transactions, regulatory compliance, government investigations, patent litigation and counseling, and also a host of issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The group collaborates closely with the firm’s newly-formed Precision Medicine and Digital Health Practice, which counsels corporations, technology startups, non-profit research institutions, universities, hospital systems, pharmaceuticals, and investors supporting the industry.

Bill returned to Haynes and Boone in 2019 after serving as the vice president and assistant general counsel at Tenet Healthcare Corporation where he was responsible for the regulatory group, civil and criminal government investigations and litigation, False Claims Act litigation, complex litigation, cyber incident response, and malpractice litigation.

Bill writes and speaks on a regular basis about cutting-edge topic impacting the healthcare industry. He also is active in pro bono and community activities, including having served in leadership roles for the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Educate Dallas, and Dallas Afterschool. 

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “The Risk of False Claims Act Liability for Recipients of COVID-19 Funding,” co-presenter, Practising Law Institute 1-Hour Program
  • "2019 False Claims Act Year In Review," co-presenter, Dallas Bar Association Health Law Section.

Professional and Community Activities

  • United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Board of Directors, Governance Chair, 2008-2018
  • Educate Dallas, Former Chair of the Board of Directors, 2012- 2018
  • Dallas Afterschool, Member of the Board of Directors, 2017- Present

Year in Review

False Claims Act: Year in Review

The False Claims Act Year in Review 2019

The False Claims Act continued to be a significant focus of government and whistleblower activity in 2019. This Year in Review highlights several key developments.

Selected Client Representations

  • Represented healthcare group purchasing organization in connection with civil and criminal investigations by the U.S. Attorney's Office (N.D. Tex.) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General into alleged violations of anti-kickback statute.
  • Represented former national sales director of an orthopedic spine company in federal civil and criminal investigation by U.S. Attorney's Office (N.D. Tex.) into alleged payment of kickbacks to physicians to induce use of company's surgical devices.
  • Represented SCCI in the False Claims Act action filed by six relators alleging false claims for payment related to the admission and continued hospitalization of patients in a long-term acute care facility. The AUSA declined to intervene and the action was partially unsealed for the purpose of settlement.
  • Represented one of the nation's largest healthcare providers in an internal investigation of allegations of potential submission of false claims in the cardiac catheterizations laboratory. The investigation included a review of medical records to analyze quality of care issues. Advised client on voluntary disclosure issues.
  • Advised and counseled one of the nation's largest healthcare providers in the self-disclosure of overpayments for excluded employees. Negotiated settlement with the Department of Justice and HHS OIG on behalf of client.

Growth

Bill Morrison

Returning Partner Bill Morrison to Co-Lead Haynes and Boone’s National Healthcare Practice

After serving as assistant general counsel at one of the nation’s largest public healthcare companies, George “Bill” Morrison is returning to Haynes and Boone, where he was a former partner, to lead the firm’s growing healthcare practice.

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