Sam J. Louis is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Houston office. Mr. Louis' practice involves providing advice and counsel regarding healthcare regulatory issues, white collar criminal defense, corporate internal investigations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and compliance with federal regulations that govern food and drug distribution.
Mr. Louis has extensive experience representing corporate entities, their executives and employees in connection with grand jury investigations, criminal trials and hearings, regulatory investigation and enforcement proceedings, federal criminal prosecutions, U.S. Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) investigations and prosecutions, False Claims Act (FCA) and healthcare fraud investigations.
Throughout his more than 27-year career, Mr. Louis has handled complex cases involving white collar crimes such as healthcare fraud, insurance fraud, official corruption, financial institutions fraud, bankruptcy fraud, tax evasion, bank fraud, intellectual property rights violations, investment schemes, identity theft prosecutions and fraud against federal programs such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Mr. Louis is the former deputy criminal chief of the program fraud group for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in the Southern District of Texas. He was responsible for the supervision of 11 attorneys and was lead attorney in more than 200 criminal jury trials. In addition, Mr. Louis served as the healthcare fraud coordinator for more than 10 years and was directly responsible for the intake, investigation, supervision and prosecution of all healthcare fraud matters.
During his tenure with the DOJ, Mr. Louis oversaw a healthcare fraud task force and a global anti-counterfeiting task force, each comprised of local, state and federal law enforcement, private industry officials and community organizations. Through the former, he was responsible for securing the return of more than $60 million to government and private healthcare programs. In the latter, he investigated and prosecuted global anti-counterfeiting targets, including foreign nationals trafficking in counterfeit, unapproved and adulterated medicines and the diversion of pharmaceutical drug products. Mr. Louis has also successfully prosecuted individuals charged with white collar crimes, immigration, firearm offenses and drug trafficking. He was the first prosecutor to obtain the extradition and subsequent prosecution of a foreign national for intellectual property right crimes. In addition, he was responsible for the intake, case assignment and supervision of white collar prosecutions for bankruptcy fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, theft from federal programs, identity theft, tax evasion and customs violations. These prosecutions were featured and recognized by former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, and the U.S. Congressional Subcommittee on Intellectual Property.
Mr. Louis has handled many high-profile investigations that were featured on CBS "60 Minutes," "Dan Rather Reports", ABC's "20/20" and quoted in The New York Times, the Huffington Post, Modern Healthcare, The Scientist and other international media organizations.
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