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DLA Piper LLP (US)
SUITE 2500
AUSTIN,TEXAS 78701-3799
United States
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Work Department

International Trade, Regulatory and Government Affairs; Administrative Law; Appellate Advocacy; Employment; Environment, Health and Safety; Employment Litigation and Dispute Resolution; Investigations; Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations; FDA; Healthcare; Government Contracting; Life Sciences


Partner; Chair, Healthcare Regulatory Enforcement and Compliance Practice


Karen Nelson focuses her practice on complex health care enforcement, compliance and regulatory matters.

Karen represents health industry clients concerning compliance with, and enforcement of, health industry laws and regulations—particularly in matters involving billing, audits and investigations, reimbursement,  conditions of participation, privacy, physician and referral source relationships, facility licensing, and transactional due diligence.


J.D., Baylor University School of Law; M.A., Southern Methodist University; B.A., Texas Tech University

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Healthcare: service providers

The healthcare team at DLA Piper LLP (US) is ‘strong in regulatory compliance and all kinds of transactional work‘, while also offering dispute resolution and data privacy advice. Miami-based practice lead Joshua Kaye, who delivers ‘exceptional service, quality of work and attention to detail‘, assisted Somos Innovation on the establishment of a Medicaid-focused, value-based care system in New York together with Evolent, while well-regarded Philadelphia litigator Brian Benjet advised BioMatrix Specialty Pharmacy and its affiliates on a fraud claim from Highmark under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Austin partner Karen Nelson – who has ‘deep experience and a practical approach‘ – successfully represented a hospital and health system in its attempt to prove non-compliance of external auditors with the procedural requirements during the client’s audit investigation. Tom Califano, who is based in New York, specialises in representing healthcare companies in Chapter 11 proceedings.