Michael J. Khouri
Michael Khouri has been practicing law in Orange County for over 30 years. He is considered an expert in professional licensing defense and the defense of Medicare/Medi-Cal audits, and has tried in excess of 100 cases. An expert in representing health care providers, Michael has proven his abilities with a number of cases and has spoken at multiple events. He is recognized throughout California and the Country for his integrity and firm resolve to help his clients get the best possible resolution to their licensing or criminal matters.
Mr. Khouri started his career as a Deputy District Attorney in Orange County.
He routinely practiced before the trial and appellate courts when he was a prosecutor and focused his practice on the legality of police conduct in major narcotics investigations. In this regard, Mr. Khouri argued the case of People v. Bravo (1987) 43 Cal.3d 600 before the California Supreme Court and represented the state wide association of prosecutors. The Bravo case established a new standard for the search of repeat narcotic offenders.
Once in private practice, Mr. Khouri began to develop a specialty representing health care providers (ie doctors, dentists, podiatrists, chiropractors, pharmacists, psychologists etc) in criminal cases such as medical billing fraud, narcotics cases and sexual assault on patients, including rape. He has handled these cases across the country and has lectured nationally in front of state wide medical associations. Mr. Khouri is a member of the indigent defense panel in the U.S. District Court-Northern District of Texas and in that capacity acts as a privately contracted federal public defender. He recently was lead counsel on the Mexican Mafia organized crime case and has represented other major defendants in large drug conspiracy cases, alien smuggling cases, bank robberies and more. Mr. Khouri is AV rated by Martindalle-Hubbell.
Prevented indictment of prominent physician caught up in alleged fraudulent charity.
Obtained probation for prominent software engineer who caused death of cyclist while driving.
Saved license of chiropractor accused by multiple patients of sexual
Saved prominent orthopedic group hundreds of thousands of dollars by advising how to structure adjunct physical therapy practice to comply with auditors demands.
Obtained dismissal of Indictment of prominent podiatrist by discovering and exposing fraudulent billing company.
NCMIC Insurance Co., Podiatry Insurance Co. of America, Professional Solutions Ins. Co., Cooperative of America Physicians, the Dentist Insurance Company, and countless individual health care providers and other professionals consisting of Medical Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Podiatrists, Chiropractors, Pharmacists, DME Companies, Ambulance Companies and Rescue Squads, Home Health Care Agencies, Advanced Prosthetic Device Companies, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Board and Care Homes, all types of Independent Diagnostic Testing Facilities, Diagnostic Sleep Centers, Lawyers, Real Estate Salespersons and Brokers, and Accountants.
An interview with Michael Khouri on the Business and Technology Report featuring "America's Best Lawyers" as presented on the Forbes Business Channel produced by Sky Radio Network
* Mr. Khouri has lectured before the state podiatric associations of Washington, California, Ohio, Michigan and New York on Medicare issues.
Loyola Marymount University, 1978
Loyola Law School of Los Angeles., 1981
Indigent defense panel in the U.S. District Court-
Northern District of Texas
California State Bar
State Bar of Texas
Bar of the United States Supreme Court
Bars of U.S. District Courts Southern, Central, Northern, and Eastern Districts of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
* On various occasions, Mr. Khouri has been admitted to practice in the federal courts of Washington, Ohio, Arizona, Nevada, Virginia, & Louisiana.
Ashley K. Kagasoff, Esq.
Ms. Kagasoff is an associate attorney with the firm specializing in criminal and administrative matters in both state and federal court. Ms. Kagasoff grew up in Orange County, California. Following high school, Ms. Kagasoff attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she graduated cum laude in 2003 with a degree in History. Ms. Kagasoff then attended Chapman University School of Law where she graduated in 2007. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Kagasoff clerked for the Orange County District Attorney's office, Homicide Unit, for two years. Ms. Kagasoff also summered at the civil litigation firm Gilbert, Kelly, Crowley, & Jennett. Ms. Kagasoff then followed up with a law clerk position at the Orange County Public Defender's Office, Felony Panel. Ms. Kagasoff is admitted to practice law in California and the United Stated District Court for the Central, Eastern, and Southern District of California.
Andrew Goodman, Esq.
Andrew Goodman's practice centers on health care law and complex litigation. Mr. Goodman represents individuals and businesses in government investigations, billing audits, civil litigation, white-collar criminal defense matters, and administrative hearings throughout California (and other states on a pro hac vice basis). Mr. Goodman has a deep understanding of how all facets of his practice are intertwined, and an eye for anticipating additional issues his clients may encounter. He applies his strong work ethic, attention to detail, creativity, and listening abilities to all of his matters to achieve his clients' goals.
Mr. Goodman has extensive experience at all stages of the litigation process, from the initial pleadings, to law and motion, depositions, trial, and appeal.
Mr. Goodman's representative matters and results include:
Defended durable medical equipment company against federal civil forfeiture complaint involving the seizure of approximately $500,000.00 in assets. Secured complete victory against the United States at summary judgment hearing and trial. Served as lead counsel at trial.
Represented sleep centers against allegations of federal False Claims Act violations. Successfully applied recent United States Supreme Court precedent (Universal Health Servs. v. United States ex rel. Escobar) in motions to dismiss.
Represented provider in state-court dispute against insurance company for tort-related causes of action. Defeated motion for summary judgment/adjudication and reached favorable settlement on the day of the Final Status Conference.
Represented client in state-court dispute against Franchise Tax Board for declaratory relief. Defeated demurrer and reached favorable settlement before any further law and motion work.
Represented client in state-court dispute against bail bond company for alleged refusal to remove $752,500.00 lien on real property. Defeated demurrer and summary judgment. Triggered the removal of $752,500.00 lien with motion for preliminary injunction.
Defended provider in state-court matter against criminal complaint for the unlawful practice of medicine. Moved to dismiss criminal complaint on procedural due process grounds. Prompted the government to voluntarily dismiss all charges against client at hearing on motion to dismiss.
Defended director of care management against Accusation by the Board of Registered Nursing. Served as second-chair trial counsel at administrative hearing. Prevented the Board of Registered Nursing from revoking client's probation and license.
Defending client against state-court Indictment alleging tens of millions of dollars in Worker's Compensation fraud. Successfully obtained discretionary stays in multiple related civil matters.
Representing provider in medical partnership dispute currently on second round of appeals for issues involving the anti-SLAPP statute.
In 2005, Mr. Goodman graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with Comprehensive Honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After taking a year off to intern with a United States senator and teach at the Kaplan Center, Mr. Goodman attended the UCLA School of Law, where he was a Senior Articles Editor for the Journal of Law and Technology. Mr. Goodman graduated from the UCLA School of Law in 2009. Mr. Goodman is admitted to practice law in the State of California and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Central, and Eastern Districts of California.
In the greater community, Mr. Goodman is a long-standing member of the Bet Tzedek New Leadership Council (2011 to the present). In that capacity, Mr. Goodman raises money for an annual philanthropic event to support free legal services for low-income Los Angeles residents, and provides free legal services at Bet Tzedek sponsored volunteer clinics. Additionally, Mr. Goodman is a member of the California Society for Healthcare Attorneys and the Orange County Bar Association (Health Care Law section).
Yelena Bakman, Esq.
Ms. Bakman's practice focuses on civil litigation, federal and state criminal defense, and administrative defense. She has particular knowledge in healthcare fraud and licensure defense. Ms. Bakman has a broad range of experience handling various litigation cases, managing the day to day aspects of each one.
Ms. Bakman received her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with Honors in Economics and a minor in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. Before joining Khouri Law, Ms. Bakman externed with two superior court judges, worked at the United States Attorney's Office's Civil Defense Division in Los Angeles, and volunteered at Bet Tzedek Legal Services.