Robert Nicholson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Health Care Attorney in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Nicholson & Eastin, LLP
 | 707 NE 3rd Avenue, Suite 301
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Phone: 954-634-4400
Fax: 954-634-4418
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Health Care (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

As the managing attorney at Nicholson & Eastin, LLP, Robert Nicholson provides legal representation throughout the state of Florida. He also represents clients throughout the country in cases involving federal civil, administrative and criminal matters. Mr. Nicholson focuses his practice on health care regulatory and related commercial litigation matters, as well as white collar criminal defense and False Claims Act cases.


Mr. Nicholson earned his Juris Doctor with High Honors from The Florida State University College of Law, and his Bachelor's degree with Highest Honors from the University of Central Florida. Mr. Nicholson teaches health law as an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University and at Florida Atlantic University.


With more than 22 years of experience, Mr. Nicholson has represented a wide range of clients, including licensed professionals, hospitals, medical groups and manufacturers in all phases of administrative, civil and criminal health care regulatory matters. In his private practice, he draws on the knowledge and experience he gained in 15 years as an Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting cases involving health care fraud, drug diversion, the False Claims Act, and Food and Drug Administration regulations. Mr. Nicholson has an Avvo "Superb" rating.


An active member of the legal community, Mr. Nicholson has served on the executive council of The Florida Bar's Health Law Section and as the co-chair of the enforcement committee for the American Health Lawyers Association's Fraud and Abuse Practice Group. He has published numerous articles on topics relating to health care fraud and other health care law issues; and he is a frequent speaker at ABA, American Health Lawyers, Health Care Compliance Association and other health care industry conferences.

 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Health Care (50%): Health & Health Care Law

Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Business Litigation (20%)

Focus Areas

Health & Health Care Law, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 6 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019

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About Robert Nicholson

Admitted: 1992, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://www.nicholsoneastin.com/attorneys/robert-n-nicholson-...

Honors/Awards:

  • High Honors graduate and served on the Law Review Member, The Florida State Univerisity College of Law
  • Received an attorney rating of "Superb," the highest rating possible from AVVO
  • Twice selected to serve as the national Healthcare Fraud Coordinator and national Affirmative Civil Enforcement Coordinator at the Executive Office for United States Attorneys

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Executive Council Member Chair, Handbook Committee, Florida Bar Health Law Section 2010 - 2014
  • Enforcement Committee of the American Health Lawyers Association Fraud and Abuse Practice Group, Co-Chair 2009 - 2013
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Florida

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Fomer Board Member, South Florida Veteran's Hospital Foundation, 2012 to 2014
  • Former Board Member, Broward College Foundation, 2007 to 2010

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Presentation of Preventing and Responding to Drug Investigations in Your Pracrice - What Physicians Prescribing Narcotics Need to Know, International Association of Interventional Pain Physicians Conference - Orlando, Florida - October 18, 2014. 
  • Federal Criminal Statutory Overview For Agents and Auditors., November 2000, August 2001, January 2002, July 2002, March 2004 and August 2005
  • Prescription Drug Gray and Black Marketeering and Related Frauds July 2002
  • Overview of Federal Health Care Enforcement. ABA Healthcare Fraud 2006 conference manual. May 2006
  • OIG Workplan Summary. American Health Lawyers Association. Editor, 2012; Section author 2011 and 2010
  • Workshop Facilitator - Grand Jury Investigations and Search Warrants. Health Care Fraud 1999, American Bar Association, Miami Beach, Florida, May 1999
  • Presentation on Criminal/Civil/Administrative Parallel Proceedings.Health Care Fraud Seminar, Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina, August 2000
  • Presentation on Federal Criminal Statutory Overview. Health Care Fraud 2000 South Florida Health Care Fraud Training and Support Center, Miramar, Florida, November 2000
  • Guest Lecturer on Federal Health Care Fraud Enforcement.St. Thomas University, Graduate Management Fraud Seminar, Miami, Florida, January 2001
  • Presentation on Federal Civil and Criminal Health Care Fraud Statutes and Enforcement. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General New Agent Training, Clearwater, Florida, August 2001
  • Presentation on Federal Civil and Criminal Health Care Fraud Statutes and Enforcement. Financial Investigations Seminar, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center,Boston, Massachusetts, October 16 -17, 2001
  • Presentation on Federal and State Health Care Fraud Enforcement Efforts and Tools. HIPDB Workshop - A Tool For Law Enforcement, Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, Maryland, October 19, 2001
  • Course Development Working Group and Faculty Member. Health Care Fraud Symposium, Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina, December 4-5, 2001
  • Presentation on Federal Civil and Criminal Health Care Fraud Statutes and Enforcement. Financial Investigations Seminar, Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina, January 8 -9, 2002
  • Presentation on Federal Civil and Criminal Health Care Fraud Statutes and Enforcement. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General New Agent Training, Clearwater, Florida, January 29, 2002
  • Presentation on Federal Civil and Criminal Health Care Fraud Statutes and Enforcement. Financial Investigations Seminar, Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina, February 5-6, 2002
  • Presented Update on Federal Health Care Fraud Enforcement Actions. National Medicaid Fraud Control Units Directors Conference, Washington, D.C., March 19, 2002
  • Panel Speaker on the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and Health Care Fraud. Food and Drug Law Institute Annual Education Conference, Washington, D.C., April 16, 2002
  • Presentation - Health Care Fraud - What Health Care Providers Need to Know. Southern Association of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, May 3, 2002
  • Panel Speaker on Enforcement Agenda 2002.Health Care Fraud 2002, American Bar Association, San Francisco, California, May 16, 2002
  • Presentation on Federal Civil and Criminal Health Care Fraud Statutes and Enforcement. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General New Agent Training, Clearwater, Florida, July 16, 2002
  • Panelist and Presenter on Prescription Drug Diversion Investigations.Special Topics in Health Care Fraud Seminar, Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina, July 17, 2002
  • Panelist and Presenter on Prescription Drug Diversion Investigations.Special Topics in Health Care Fraud Seminar, Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina, July 17, 2002
  • Presentation on Federal Civil and Criminal Health Care Fraud Statutes and Enforcement. Financial Investigations Seminar, National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina, July 19-20, 2002
  • Presentation on Federal Civil and Criminal Health Care Fraud Statutes and Enforcement. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, New Agent Training, Clearwater, Florida, August 6, 2002
  • Presentation - Health Care Fraud - What Health Care Providers Need to Know. Florida Medical Compliance Summit,Fort Lauderdale, Florida, October 25, 2002
  • Guest Lecturer on Federal Health Care Fraud Enforcement. St. Thomas University, Graduate Management Fraud Seminar, Miami, Florida, January 10, 2003
  • Workshop Facilitator - Affirmative Responses to Government Investigations, Grand Jury Investigations, and Search Warrants, Workshop Facilitator - Commercial Insurance Fraud. Health Care Fraud 2003 American Bar Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, May 15-16, 2003
  • Panel Speaker - Anti-kickback and Stark Law Enforcement, Panelist - Medicare Fraud and Abuse Issues. Addressing Medical Issues National Conference Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Society, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 9-10, 2003
  • Presentation - Electronic Courtroom Presentation. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Health Care Fraud Managers Conference, San Diego, California, August 7, 2003
  • Presentation - How the Government Decides What And Who to Prosecute. Florida Medical Compliance Summit, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, October 27, 2003
  • Presentation - How the Government and Private Payers Work Together. Compliance Officer Summit, Medicare Complaint Alert, Las Vegas, Nevada, January 15, 2004
  • Presentation on Federal Civil and Criminal, Health Care Fraud Statutes and Enforcement, Presentation on Medical Records Privacy and Ethics. Financial Investigations Seminar, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Brunswick, Georgia,February 3-4, 2004
  • Presentation on Emerging Issues in Pharmaceutical Fraud. American Health Lawyers Association, Physician Issues Conference, Hollywood, Florida, February 17, 2004
  • Presentation on Federal Civil and Criminal Health Care Fraud Statutes and Enforcement. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, New Agent Training, Clearwater, Florida, March 10, 2004
  • Presentation on Prosecutor's Perspective on Electronic Evidence and Courtroom Presentation. Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Case Organization and Presentation Training Program, Brunswick, Georgia, March 22, 2004
  • Presentation on Federal Civil and Criminal Health Care Fraud Statutes and Enforcement.Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, New Agent Training, Clearwater, Florida, March 23, 2004
  • Presentation - Who’s Who in Health Care Fraud Enforcement. Presentation - Overview of Criminal Statutes and Charging Decisions. Panelist - Health Care Fraud Hypothetical. Basic Health Care Fraud For New Assistant United States Attorneys Seminar Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina, April 28-30, 2004
  • Presentation on Prosecutor’s Perspective on Electronic Evidence and Courtroom Presentation. Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Case Organization and Presentation Training Program, Brunswick, Georgia, May 17, 2004
  • Presentation on Federal Civil and Criminal Health Care Fraud Statutes and Enforcement Presentation on Medical Records Privacy and Ethics. Financial Investigations Seminar Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Orlando, Florida, June 15-16, 2004
  • Presentation on Federal Civil and Criminal Enforcement Actions and Mechanisms, Medicare Fraud and Abuse: Avoiding Government Sanctions. Florida Radiological Society Annual Conference, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, July 11, 2004
  • Presentation - Private Payers SIU Operations and Law Enforcement Cooperation in HCF Enforcement. Decision Health Private Payer Summit, Las Vegas, Nevada, January 21, 2005
  • Panel Speaker - Investigation of Diversion Cases - A Panel Discussion, Prosecuting Illegal Distribution and Dispensing of Pharmaceutical Controlled Substances. DEA and DOJ joint training, Washington, D.C., January 25, 2005
  • Presentation - Health Care Fraud - What Health Care Providers Need to Know. Southern Association of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology Conference, Tampa, Florida, April 22, 2005
  • Presentation - Criminal Diversion Investigations. Internet Pharmacy and Controlled Substance Pharmaceutical Diversion Prosecution Seminar, Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina, July 6, 2005
  • Presentation - Who’s Who in Health Care Fraud Enforcement.Basic Health Care Fraud For New Assistant United States Attorneys Seminar, Department of Justice National Advocacy Center,Columbia, South Carolina, August 24, 2005
  • Panel Speaker - Medicare Fraud Update. Florida Medical Compliance Summit, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, November 3, 2005
  • Panel Speaker - Preservation of Assets in Health Care Fraud Cases. Health Care Fraud Coordinator's Conference, Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina, February 2, 2006
  • Panel Speaker - Negotiating False Claims Act Settlements. Health Care Fraud 2006 American Bar Association, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 17-19, 2006
  • Panel Speaker - Foundations of White Collar Practice and Handling A Health Care Fraud Case. Health Care Fraud 2006 American Bar Association, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 17-19, 2006
  • Panel Speaker - Law Enforcement Perspectives Panel - Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances, Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of Health and Human Services Public Meeting, Arlington, Virginia, July 12, 2006
  • Panel Speaker - Frequently Asked Legal Questions. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Health Care Fraud Managers Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, August 9, 2006
  • Panel Speaker - The Range of Government Investigations - Government Investigations Conference, IQPC, Arlington, Virginia, October 25, 2006
  • Panel Speaker - Healthcare Fraud and Abuse: A Prosecutor’s Perspective - National Summit on Quality/Performance Management & Compliance in Healthcare. Comprehensive Health Solutions, Inc., Orlando, Florida, January 21, 2007
  • Panel Speaker - False Claims Litigation in Florida– Lorman Education Services. Miami, Florida, October 31, 2007
  • Panel Speaker – Handling a Healthcare Fraud Investigation/ External and Internal Investigations – Health Care Compliance Association, Compliance Institute. New Orleans, LA, April 14, 2008
  • Panel Speaker – Trial Demonstration Panel – United States v. Bernard Graves, et al.- Health Care Fraud 2008, American Bar Association, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 15, 2008
  • Panel Speaker – Establishing Best Practices for Effective Fraud Prevention and Investigation. Corporate Fraud Audit and Investigations, Marcus Evans Conferences, Miami, Florida, December 8, 2008
  • Panel Speaker – Compliance Issues Under the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act for Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Organizations. Health Care Compliance Association Compliance Institute, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 27, 2009
  • Presentation on Fraud, Quality of Care, and Program Integrity: The Impact of Health Care Reform in Fraud Enforcement and Compliance – American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, ABQAURP’s Annual Health Care Quality and Patient Safety Conference, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, October 23, 2010
  • Presentation on Medicare and Medicaid Coding and Compliance Issues: Laws and Rules – Avoiding Issues with Medicare – Palm Beach County Podiatric Society "Toes in the Sand" Conference 2013 – Eau Resort, Manalapan, Florida, August 23, 2013
  • Presentation on Health Care Enforcement and Compliance Issue: Enforcement Issues for Physicians Florida Orthopedic Society and Bones Society of Florida 2013 Annual Conference Bonita Springs, Florida, September 21, 2013
  • Panel Presentation on Medical Necessity Determinations and Defenses American Health Lawyers Association Fraud and Compliance Conference 2013 Baltimore, Maryland, September 30, 2013
  • Panel Presentation on Fundamentals of Controlled Substances Regulations: DEA, FDA and State Laws American Conference Institutes Controlled Substances Conference Washington, D.C., January 15, 2014
  • Adjunct Professor, Health Law and Policy, College of Health Services Administration, Florida International University, 2008 to 2010
  • Adjunct Professor of Law Nova Southeastern University, 2014 - present
  • Frequently quoted in healthcare industry professional and trade journals
  • Regular Speaker at conferences on healthcare fraud, False Claims Act, drug diversion and FDA enforcement matters, and he has published multiple articles and guides on these topics as well
  • Frequent Instructor and Lecturer on federal and state enforcement matters relating to the health care industry, the False Claims Act and white collar criminal defense matters
  • Adjunct Professor of Law teaching Health Care Fraud and Abuse

Educational Background:

  • University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida., B.A. in Legal Studies (Minor in Business Administration), May 1989 (Highest Honors)
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707 NE 3rd Avenue
Suite 301
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Phone: 954-634-4400

Fax: 954-634-4418

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