Sandy has helped clients through the heavily regulated and often confusing health law and healthcare litigation landscape for 25 years, and, before practicing law, she worked for more than a decade as a registered nurse, including serving as a Director of Nursing. She represents hospitals, home health agencies, hospitals, long term care facilities and other related health care providers. Sandy’s experience stretches across healthcare spectrum and she represents health care providers in a variety of health law related issues, including federal and state fraud and abuse compliance, regulatory compliance, public and private reimbursement issues.

Her extensive litigation experience includes qui tam litigation, Medicare fraud and abuse and the defense of hospitals, physicians, long term care facilities, and pharmacists against professional malpractice claims. Sandy represented the physician qui tam relator in the landmark US ex rel. Drakeford v. Tuomey Healthcare.

She has also provided legal advice to clients on patient rights and research issues, and she is a South Carolina certified mediator and has experience as an arbitrator. Sandy regularly speaks at national conferences before various healthcare and compliance associations.

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Healthcare Law, Litigation - Healthcare, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, Qui Tam Law, 2007 - Present 
  • Super Lawyers Honoree, 2011 - 2018
  • Legal Elite of the Upstate, 2012 – 2015
  • Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
Experience

Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

  • Negotiation of a settlement agreement with the OIG and assistance to clients with corporate integrity agreements for a health care provider.
  • Representation of skilled care nursing facilities in wrongful death litigation.
  • Representation of physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice, disciplinary board and peer review proceedings.
  • Voluntary disclosures to CMS, OIG, and DOJ.
  • Qui tam defense of two large North Carolina hospital systems in federal court.
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Bar admissions

1990, South Carolina

Admitted to practice before:

  • South Carolina Supreme Court
  • Federal Court
  • Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Education

  • J.D., 1990, University of South Carolina School of Law
    • magna cum laude 
    • Executive Editor, South Carolina Law Review 
    • Coleman Karesh Award (1st in class as 2L)
    • Richard J. Foster Award (1st in class as 1L)
    • Carolina Legal Scholar
    • Order of the Wig and Robe
    • Associate Justice, Order of the Coif
  • Master of Nursing, 1984, University of South Carolina
  • B.S., Nursing, 1976, East Tennessee State University
    • magna cum laude