Pat is known for his legal and educational experience in the healthcare industry, making him a sought-after resource for clients and students alike. His primary areas of practice are related to Transactional and Administrative Healthcare, Corporate, Securities and Antitrust matters.
He is also a Professor of Health Care studies at Baylor University School of Law where he teaches Health Care Law, Health Care Fraud and Abuse and Regulation of Health Care Professionals. Pat also teaches students in the Executive MBA program at Baylor as well.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Pat obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Juris Doctorate from Baylor University and his M.B.A. in Health Services Management at the University of Dallas. He is Board Certified in Healthcare Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Souter is also certified by the American Health Lawyers Association as a Mediator and Arbitrator.
Transactional Health Care Matters
- Participated in the organization, funding, merger and acquisition, and ongoing representation of Physician practices, Section 162.001(b) Non-Profit Health Organizations certified by the Texas Medical Board (commonly known as "5.01(a) entities"), Management Services Organizations (MSO), and health care provider networks such as Independent Practice Associations (IPA).
- Organization and ongoing representation of hearing equipment manufacturers, hearing centers, Audiologists and Audiology management and network entities
- Organization and ongoing representation of entities offering home health, durable medical equipment, prosthetics, hospice, and assisted living services, including various operational, merger and acquisition issues encountered by such entities
- Representation of air and ground ambulance companies including various operational, merger and acquisition issues
- Ongoing representation of radiology and imaging centers and entities offering diagnostic services, physical therapy and rehabilitation services and other ancillary service providers
Administrative Health Care Matters
- Represented Health Care providers before a variety of entities:
- Texas Medical Board
- Texas State Board of Nursing
- Texas State Board of Social Workers
- Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision
- Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners
- California Speech-Language Pathology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board
- Represented health care providers in a variety of administrative matters:
- Medicare Appeals process
- Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement
- Administrative and appeal actions with the Texas Department of Insurance and third party insurance payers
- Representation in peer review actions with hospital and managed care entities
- Representation of healthcare providers in whisteblower "qui tam" actions
Corporate and Securities Matters
- Incorporated, advised and obtained financing for both health care and non-health care business entities and preparation of all organizational, operational and securities documents as each relates to operational concerns including mergers and acquisitions
- Primary attorney on numerous public and private offerings of securities for various business entities including ambulatory surgery centers, pharmaceutical companies and imaging centers.
- Representation of investment advisors and broker-dealers.
Healthcare Antitrust and Related Business Concerns
- Advised numerous companies on antitrust concerns related to operational, merger and acquisition concerns.
- Responsible attorney on federal and state investigations related to antitrust and business practice issues.
- Participated in the successful request for a Business Review Letter from the U.S. Department of Justice - Antitrust Division for a Group Health Care Purchasing Association.
Recent Significant Published Court Decisions
- Pat has successfully defended a medical management company in a legal dispute over a mutual mistake as to the property description and the amount of land conveyed at the time of closing. The land in question was used to build a medical office building to house the primary pediatric practice for a five county area in rural East Texas. In Gilbard-Smith v. Perry, 323 S.W.3d 709, the Dallas Court of Appeals reversed the trial court's decision in favor of the previous landowner and rendered judgment in favor of Gray Reed's client..
- From a corporate securities perspective, Pat successfully defended an international financial consultancy entity against claims it tortiously interfered with a business relationship between another financial consultant and its client. In Greentree Financial Group, Inc. v. Long Fortune Valley Tourism, et al, 824 F. Supp. 2d 1363, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida granted Defendant's Motion to Dismiss Amended Complaint stating Plaintiff had failed to allege sufficient facts for it to maintain the lawsuit against Gray Reed's client. The other Defendants settled prior to the Court rendering its decision.
Professional Activities, Memberships & Affiliations
- American Health Lawyers Association
- Physician Organization Practice Group (2014-15 Leadership Development Program)
- Fraud and Abuse Practice Group
- Medical Staff Credentialing and Peer Review