Ifrah Law is known for providing the expertise and experience that high-profile clients expect from big firms, along with the benefits of direct, speedy attorney access and cost efficiency that can only be provided by boutique firms. We have successfully represented clients in commercial litigation matters on issues ranging from breach of contract, copyright and trademark, data security and cybersecurity, employment law and licensing, corporate governance disputes, commercial fraud and alter ego, to name a few.
Since the firm’s inception, Jeff Ifrah and his team have received accolades from clients and peers alike for their innovative approach and successful results across the industries of digital media, online entertainment, interactive sports and gaming, in addition to healthcare and pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, financial services and payment processing, and government contracting.
Trained at the nation’s top law firms and at the highest levels of government and regulatory agencies, our lawyers are consistently recognized as litigation leaders in media outlets like the National Law Journal and ranking directories like Chambers USA. We have tried federal cases across key federal agencies – FTC, CFTC, DOJ, EPA, FDA, FERC, as well as numerous U.S. Attorney’s Offices, District Attorney’s Offices, and state regulatory agencies throughout the country.
In addition to counseling our clients through the challenges of a complex commercial litigation, Ifrah Law also provides integral guidance on post litigation strategy including enforcement and collection. Partner George Calhoun, Chair of our Financial Services practice, brings decades of experience in insolvency and creditor’s rights law to our team, enhancing our ability to advise clients not only on the likelihood of judicial success but the viability of collecting on claims, either domestically or in an international context.
Defending a Healthcare Provider Against Claims of Fraud
Our client, a prominent anesthesiologist, employed a medical services billing specialist to submit insurance claims for his practice and surgery center. The terms of the specialist’s contract stated that she would receive 18% of each claim she filed using a specific step-by-step submission and follow-up process.
After the billing specialist was terminated for not following the established submission procedures, she sued the doctor to retain her full commission on outstanding claims she had worked on prior to her dismissal, including those that hadn’t yet been paid. In addition to this contract dispute, she also accused our client and his surgery center of fraud, alleging that they funneled money into a “secret account” to avoid paying her commission under the contract.
Although there was very little basis for the fraud claim, the court allowed it to move forward. Jeff understood the importance of attempting a settlement on the contract claim, so he analyzed the agreement and claims reports and devised a methodology for valuing the claim. When the plaintiff refused to settle, Jeff and the client pursued mediation with confidence, understanding both the fair value of the case and specific details of the parties’ contract. During mediation, the plaintiff’s side raised several arguments that demonstrated their lack of familiarity with the contract. Jeff’s thorough understanding of certain provisions allowed the defendant to quickly address and dismiss the arguments. As a result, the plaintiff ended up settling for much less than she originally claimed.
While the settlement terms are confidential, our client was thrilled with the final result, not only with the amount and the dismissal of the fraud claims, but also in terms of how well the matter was handled.