Gabriela Sanchez and Jeff C.D. Brecht have joined Lane Powell’s Litigation Practice Group, where they will be members of the Long Term Care and Seniors Housing Client Service Team. Prior to joining the Firm, both practiced law at Sussman Shank LLP.
Sanchez joins the Firm as a Shareholder and represents long term care, senior housing, home health and hospice providers in business, regulatory and litigation matters. She routinely advises long term care clients on contentious resident issues including resident transfers, compliance with resident rights, resident capacity concerns, disputes with residents and family, and collection of accounts receivable from various pay sources. She also advises facilities in insurance payment disputes and recoupment issues.
She drafts and provides training regarding admission agreements, resident handbooks and related facility documents. Additionally, she counsels clients on compliance with federal and state laws and regulations governing long term care and senior housing providers.
Sanchez provides risk management advice and strategies and defends against agency actions and investigations, including defense of civil monetary penalties, fraud and abuse complaints, and imposition of conditions on provider licenses as well as revocation, denial or non-renewal of provider licenses. Further, she counsels providers with respect to HIPAA/HITECH compliance in various jurisdictions, including Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona and Montana.
She has experience with the corporate practice of medicine doctrine in the nursing home context, billing and incorporating nurse practitioner services in skilled nursing facilities. Sanchez is a frequent presenter and author for the Oregon Health Care Association.
Sanchez earned her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law and her B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Brecht joins as Counsel to the Firm and has more than 18 years of trial experience representing businesses and individuals in state and federal court. His trial and litigation experience includes representing assisted living providers, nursing homes and other long term care providers in a broad array of regulatory, licensure, contract, and collection lawsuits and administrative hearings. Brecht’s practice also includes advising post-acute providers with respect to a wide variety of regulatory compliance and workplace issues. Brecht also has experience defending claims against employers, trade secret and trademark protection, trust and estate disputes, and contract disputes.
Brecht earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Northern Illinois University, and his M.S. and B.S. in English from Illinois State University.