Five Attorneys at The Health Law Partners Honored as 2014 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich., September 17, 2014 – Southfield, Mich.-based The Health Law Partners proudly announced today that five attorneys in the Detroit office have been recognized as some of the finest attorneys in Michigan by Super Lawyers. Abby Pendleton, founding shareholder of The Health Law Partners, made the announcement.

The Super Lawyers selection process is multi-phased, which includes peer nominations and evaluations combined with third-party research. Founding Shareholder Robert Iwrey and Partner Alan Gilchrist have once again received Super Lawyer recognitions, while Founding Shareholder Jessica Gustafson and Associates Timothy Burkhard and Phillip Toutant each received Rising Stars status.

Iwrey was named a Super Lawyer in Health Care—an award that he has received every year since 2010.  His practice encompasses the full spectrum of health care law, but his focus areas include licensure, staff privileges, contracts, government investigations and audit defense. Iwrey leads the Litigation Department and earned his juris doctorate from graduate of Wayne State University Law School where he received awards for legal writing and Moot Court.

Gilchrist was recognized as a Super Lawyer in Health Care—an award that he has received every year since 2006.  Gilchrist leads the Civil False Claims and White-Collar Criminal Defense practice group with a focus on matters related to fraud and abuse, reimbursement, licensure and compliance. He is an honors graduate of Wayne State University Law School.

Honored as a Michigan Rising Star in Health Care, Gustafson focuses her practice in Recovery Audit Contractors, Medicare, Medicaid and other payor audits. She also regularly assists health care providers with compliance and reimbursement matters. Gustafson earned her juris doctorate from Wayne State University Law School.

Burkhard has been recognized as a Michigan Rising Star in Health Care. He focuses his practice on health care business transactions and corporate matters, licensure matters and health care litigation, including the Civil False Claims Act and white-collar criminal defense. He graduated from The University of Toledo College of Law magna cum laude.

Toutant has been recognized as a Michigan Rising Star in Health Care. He practices in all areas of health care law with a specific focus in litigation. Toutant attended Wayne State Law School where he was awarded the Barris Scholarship for Trial Advocacy and was selected to represent the school in national competitions for both the Moot Court and Mock Trial teams.


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Robert Iwrey
Robert Iwrey

Alan Gilchrist
Alan Gilchrist

Jessica Gustafson
Jessica Gustafson

Timothy Burkard
Tim Burkhard

Philip Toutant
Phillip Toutant
Southfield, Mich.- based The Health Law Partners, P.C. (HLP) is a law firm dedicated to the practice of health care law. The firm takes pride in delivering progressive results for their clients and exceeding their high standards for service. Established in 2009 by Adrienne Dresevic, Jessica Gustafson, Robert Iwrey, Carey Kalmowitz, and Abby Pendleton, the firm has built a national network, with additional offices in New York and Ohio. Clients include hospitals and health systems, medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, group practices, physicians, hospice organizations, health information technology companies, and nearly every other type of provider/supplier in the health care industry.

The firm has extensive knowledge and experience in Stark and Anti-Kickback compliance, health care billing and reimbursement issues, health care transactional work, Medicare and Medicaid appeals, licensing issues (physician and staff privileging), participation with third-party payers, health information privacy, telemedicine and eHealth issues, and all other regulatory issues facing health care providers and suppliers. HLP attorneys are adept at providing post-audit defense and appeals, a specialty that also provides them with valuable insight and experience into the compliance side of the legal equation—identifying and addressing avoidable vulnerabilities and exposures. For more information, please visit

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