Christopher C. Kokoruda is a member of the Public Health Trust section. Chris advises the Public Health Trust on general counsel-type matters relating to a broad range of issues including health care compliance, the Physician Self-Referral Law (Stark Law), the False Claims Act (FCA), the Anti-kickback Statute (AKS), the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, antitrust, hospital and hospital program licensure, Certificate of Need (CON), Medicare and Medicaid, complex physician practice arrangements and affiliations, issues relating to academic medical centers, among others. Chris also advises on physician medical staff and quality of care issues, policy matters and regulatory requirements, including credentialing, peer review, as well as adult and pediatric bioethics.
Since joining the County Attorney's Office, he has obtained results favorable to the Public Health Trust in a wide variety of health care cases including those relating to qui tam relator defense, Medicaid rate adjustments, class action defense, Department of Justice investigations, various federal and state investigations, Certificate of Need (CON), hospital and program licensure, physician contracts, Baker Act, peer review, as well as hospital-related business litigation. Chris represents the Public Health Trust in health care matters in federal and state courts, as well as in administrative bodies.
Prior to joining the County Attorney's Office, Chris was in private practice where he focused on complex commercial litigation and international arbitration, representing both U.S. and foreign multinational companies.
As a Dean's Scholar Scholarship recipient, he earned his J.D. summa cum laude and graduated first in his class from Florida International University College of Law. While in law school he served as Editor-in-Chief of the FIU Law Review and was the recipient of the College of Law's Outstanding Contribution for Publications Award. As a law student, Chris received CALI Book Awards for Excellence in International Commercial Arbitration, Contracts, Legal Research and Writing, Evidence, Pre-Trial Advocacy, Bankruptcy, Federal Courts, Insurance Law, Land Use Law, U.S. Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, and Florida Constitutional Law.
Chris completed his undergraduate degree in economics, Phi Beta Kappa, at the University of Kansas. While at the University of Kansas, he lectured in economics and received the Domenico Gagliardo Award for outstanding undergraduate work.