Bob represents health care providers and other licensed professionals facing civil or administrative enforcement actions by a licensing board or regulatory agencies such as the State Medical Board, Nursing Board, Pharmacy Board, Drug Enforcement Agency, Medicare, or Medicaid.
Before opening his own firm, Bob worked as an Assistant County Prosecutor, an Assistant Ohio Attorney General, and as the Assistant Chief of Ohio’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. He also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio’s Health Care Fraud Task Force, and is a Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. Bob was also a partner at a large, multi-state law firm where he practiced health care law, white collar criminal defense, and commercial litigation.
Bob is familiar with the licensing process, the rules that apply to your license, and how civil and administrative license hearings work, and has strategies for defending your professional license.
He also understands that years of hard work that go into obtaining a professional license, and that a professional license investigation can impact your job, ruin your reputation, and hurt your chances of finding future employment.
A criminal conviction can jeopardize your professional license, especially if the conviction involves professional misconduct at the workplace, with a client or patient, or involves health care fraud or another white collar crime.
If you are under investigation by a licensing board or regulatory agency, you need an experienced professional license defense lawyer on your side to protect your rights and your professional license.
Bob thoroughly researches and vigorously defends his clients against license suspension or revocation, and has helped licensed professionals throughout Ohio keep their license, their job, and their career.
An experienced professional license defense attorney can help you at any stage of the license investigation and disciplinary process. By contacting a lawyer as soon as you believe there might be a problem with your professional license, you can prepare yourself with your own, independent investigation into your situation. Your lawyer can help guide you through the process, represent you during the investigation, and in some cases clear up any misunderstandings to help the investigative agency close the investigation without further action.
If the investigation does proceed further, your professional license defense lawyer can work to ensure that the hearing is conducted properly and fairly, and can present evidence on your behalf to counter the allegations that your license should be suspended or revoked.
Health care is perhaps the most highly regulated and highly scrutinized industry in the country. Health care providers are faced with countless laws and regulations that they must comply with every day. Failure to comply with these laws and regulations can result in severe consequences, including criminal liability, loss of a professional license, and exclusion from Medicare, Medicaid, and other government programs.
Bob helps clients navigate the complexities of federal and state health care law, the health care regulatory system, licensing boards, and other state and federal agencies.
Bob understands that health care regulation lies at the intersection of many different practice areas, including professional malpractice, criminal law, administrative law, and health care fraud. He uses his extensive experience in these practice areas to help clients respond to regulatory investigations, audits, and reviews, and to actively litigate complex cases.
If your professional license is in jeopardy, or if you are accused of violating health care regulations, Bob Cochran can help.
Bob is a former prosecutor, former Assistant Ohio Attorney General, and former Assistant Chief of Ohio’s Medicaid Fraud Unit. He understands the complex issues that arise when your professional license is at risk, and knows how to help health care providers stay in compliance with applicable health care regulations.