Mr. Liles focuses his practice on health care fraud defense, internal audits / investigations, compliance and regulatory matters. Mr. Liles has represented a wide variety of health care providers in administrative and civil proceedings and in connection with internal compliance reviews. He currently serves on the Advisory Panel for the Corporate Compliance Center for the South Texas College of Law. Mr. Liles has achieved an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating that may be awarded to an attorney. He has also been rated “10.0” (out of a possible 10.0) by AVVO, a nationwide attorney rating service. Robert first began working in health care management after receiving a Master’s in Health Care Administration in 1984. He subsequently attended law school and was hired after graduation as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Southern District of Texas (SDTX). While an AUSA, Robert worked out of the Houston office and primarily handled False Claims Act matters and cases. He was later promoted to serve as Chief of the Financial Litigation Unit for the SDTX. Shortly after the passage of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Robert was detailed to Washington, DC and was asked to serve as the first National Health Care Fraud Coordinator for the Department of Justice (DOJ), Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA). In this capacity, he advised prosecutors around the country on civil and criminal health fraud statutes, schemes, investigative tools, privacy concerns, and compliance issues. He was instrumental in writing and implementing DOJ guidance on the judicious use of the False Claims Act. Robert was subsequently promoted and served as Deputy Director for Legal Programs. While with DOJ, Robert was recognized and given numerous awards by the agency for his efforts, including a “Director’s Award,” the highest award that can be bestowed by the agency. Since entering private practice, Robert has continued to build on his health care background and experience. He has represented health care providers, durable equipment suppliers and third-party billing companies around the country in connection with State Medical Board actions, government investigations and overpayment audits by Medicare contractors and by Special Investigative Units (SIUs) working for private payor plans.