Case Results

CRIMINAL DEFENSE - AVOIDING CONVICTIONS, AVOIDING JAIL

Healthcare Fraud Conspiracy - Dismissal: Despite a 20-month investigation, and conviction of all the other defendants in a Medicare fraud conspiracy, Jim Burdick won a dismissal of all charges against his client.

Medicare Conspiracy - Avoiding Indictment: Jim Burdick was able to convince federal prosecutors in an eastern seaboard state not to indict Jim's client who owned a chain of therapy clinics, despite some hard-to-explain billing activities. Jim Burdick explained them well enough to avoid charges for his client.

Healthcare Conspiracy - No Jail: Two brothers were the targets of State and federal investigations into Medicaid and Medicare fraud involving millions of dollars. Jim Burdick saved one from being charged at all, and worked out a reduced plea for the other so that he could receive probation instead of 10 years in prison.

Medicare Fraud Conspiracy - Avoiding Years in Prison: A social worker was accused of defrauding the Medicare Trust Fund of nearly $800,000.00. Through Jim Burdick's persistence and hard work, he was able to get her certain three-year sentence reduced to only six-months.

Blue Cross Fraud - All Charges Dismissed: A key employee of a large medical clinic was charged with submitting false billings to Blue Cross. After weeks of a probable cause hearing, Jim Burdick succeeded in getting the judge to dismiss all charges. And then successfully sued Blue Cross for $650,000 in losses suffered by the clinic.

Interstate Narcotics Conspiracy - Acquittal: In a highly-charged drug conspiracy trial, despite photos of this executive in a California Post Office taping together a package later found to contain a huge quantity of narcotics, and even though all of the other defendants pled guilty, Jim Burdick was able to win an outright acquittal for her by proving that federal agents had lied during their trial testimony.

Interstate Narcotics Conspiracy - Acquittal: A client of Jim Burdick's was indicted for cocaine distribution conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy and all of his property accumulated over a lifetime was seized by the government. But Mr. Burdick was able to achieve an agreement with the federal government by which most of the client's real estate, and hundreds of thousands of dollars were returned. Mr. Burdick also obtained an agreement with the government for dismissal of all of the criminal charges. Instead, the government agreed with Mr. Burdick to impose a one-year "diversion" - with no criminal conviction, no "probation" or fine, and no criminal record at all.

Narcotics & Money Laundering Conspiracy - Case Dismissed: After a hard-fought high-profile drug conspiracy trial in Kansas federal court, the defendant's conviction was reversed on appeal, and the charges dismissed, because of the United States Court of Appeals ruled that the trial judge should have granted Jim's motion to dismiss in the first place. All charges were dropped.

Money Laundering - Avoiding Indictment: A federal grand jury and federal agents were in hot pursuit of two real estate executives in a southern state because of their purchases and sales of real estate for an accused drug "kingpin." Jim Burdick's effective representation of these men resulted in the government's agreement not to prosecute either of them.

Police Corruption Conspiracy - Acquittal: The only police officer defendant in a 15-defendant corruption conspiracy proceeding to be acquitted of charges after a lengthy and contentious trial was Jim Burdick's client. He is still in law enforcement today because his innocence was proven.

Counterfeiting Conspiracy - Avoiding Indictment: A young man caught by security cameras passing a great deal of counterfeit U.S. Currency was saved from criminal charges because of Jim Burdick's impassioned pleas in his client's behalf. He is a productive citizen today, with no further bumps in his road.

Mortgage Fraud - Avoiding Indictment: An otherwise law-abiding building contractor had become deeply enmeshed in someone else's mortgage fraud scheme - defrauding banks of millions - but Jim Burdick kept him from having any criminal charges brought against him.

High-Profile Conspiracy - Avoiding Indictment: It was Jim Burdick who successfully represented the chief suspect in the tragic kidnapping and murder of labor leader Jimmy Hoffa. Though his client was innocent, public and media hysteria pushed federal investigators to find a scapegoat. An otherwise deadly series of coincidences and misunderstandings propelled very aggressive F.B.I. investigators who, because of the intense media scrutiny and enormous public pressure, were intent on bringing charges against his client for a murder he didn't commit. Jim's steadfast representation made the government back off and not indict.

Tax Fraud - Avoiding Indictment: A major Michigan business was being vigorously pursued because of allegations of tax fraud, and Jim Burdick represented one of the employees. Even though the attorney representing senior corporate officers had antagonized all the government officials, it was Jim who was able to bring calm to the situation, and to convince both the Internal Revenue Service and the government lawyers that no criminal charges could be sustained. This saved the company from certain financial collapse just from being indicted. The media scrutiny attendant to such charges alone would have ruined the company's business.

Racketeering Conspiracy - Acquittal: In a three-week long trial in federal court, Jim Burdick's client faced a vigorous prosecution, a turncoat witness and thirteen separate and highly inflammatory recorded conversations in which the client all but confessed to conducting a high-interest (4% per week!) loan sharking operation. But Jim was still able to win an acquittal on all nine counts, conviction of any one of which would have sent his client to federal prison for ten years or more.

Medicare Kickback Scheme - Avoiding Prison: Jim Burdick was able to save a client from a certain prison sentence, despite the client's admission of responsibility in a Medicare kickback scheme involving a million dollars of money improperly charged to Medicare. This client, because of Jim Burdick's expertise and relentlessness, was able to avoid the fate of others in the case who had been sentenced to Federal prison.

Explosives - Avoiding Conviction: A young man charged with using and possession of explosives - the State wanted a 20-year conviction. Jim Burdick succeeded in getting the judge to take a "plea under advisement," then dismissing all eight charges.

Embezzlement - No Prison: An in-house company bookkeeper admitted to embezzling more than a million dollars from her employers. She turned to Jim Burdick for help, and he successfully avoided all prison time for her.

Narcotics Diversion - Case Dismissed: A pharmacist was accused of diverting huge numbers of narcotics. Jim Burdick got the criminal charges dismissed.

Narcotics Diversion - Case Dismissed: A dental surgeon had been diverting narcotics for his own use, and was arrested at a drug store filling a phony prescription he had written. By convincing the authorities that this was an addiction matter, not criminal, Jim Burdick won a short probation instead for his client, with charges all dropped after a year.

Narcotics Diversion - Avoiding Conviction: A physician in charge of a large hospital's emergency room had been writing himself dozens of prescriptions for narcotics. When he was caught, Jim Burdick convinced the authorities that he had an addiction, and that a short probationary period, with an in-patient recovery program, was the better answer than prison and loss of his license. His probation lasted a year, and the charges were all dropped.

Successfully Fighting False Charges: A highly regarded physician was wrongfully accused of sexually assaulting a patient. Using his expertise and diligence, Jim Burdick convinced the prosecution not to bring any criminal charges. Mr. Burdick was also able to convince the State not to being licensing discipline action. This physician is still working.

Successfully Fighting False Charges: A young man accused of date-rape after a night of voluntary relations saw all his charges dismissed by the prosecution because of Jim Burdick's diligence and hard work to prove his innocence.

Successfully Fighting False Charges: A licensed pharmacist "confessed" to stealing $10,000 in drugs, but Jim Burdick got the criminal charges of embezzlement dismissed (and avoided any license sanctions) by proving the confession was false and had been coerced.

Successfully Fighting False Charges: Another doctor was falsely accused of molesting patients; Jim Burdick's efforts kept him from even being charged with a crime by convincing the prosecutors that the patients' claims were lies.

Successfully Fighting False Charges: A well-regarded psychiatrist was falsely accused by a patient of molesting her. Jim Burdick's diligence convinced the authorities not to prosecute and not to file discipline charges.

Successfully Fighting False Charges: A school athletic coach was falsely accused of sexually assaulting one of his students. Jim Burdick's persistence, extensive research on the Internet, proved that the student had made up the whole thing. All the charges were dropped, and now that coach is back doing what he does best - helping young people through athletics, instead of facing 20 years in prison.

Criminal Sex Assault - Avoiding Charges: A well-regarded psychologist was falsely accused of sexually molesting a patient, but it was Jim Burdick's focus and force, despite a police detective's intent to "bring down" this innocent man, that finally convinced the prosecutors to back away from the case and not file charges.

The "Basketbrawl" -Avoiding Jail: An NBA star involved in an infamous brawl at an NBA basketball game was saved from a jail sentence by Jim Burdick's diligence.

Drunk Driving & Injury - Avoiding Jail: Another NBA star was involved in a serious injury-accident while driving drunk. Because of Jim Burdick's intervention, he avoided all but a few days in a local jail, even though the judge is notorious for handing out 60-day sentences for all alcohol & driving convictions.

Murder - Avoiding Life in Prison: In the infamous Jenny Jones Murder Trial, only Jim's steady hand and relentless pursuit of the truth saved his client from a First Degree Murder conviction, which would have brought an automatic life sentence with no hope of parole. Despite a taped confession to 911 operators and to police, Jim was able to convince the jury to return a verdict of a lesser offense, resulting in a sentence that will set his client free while he is still a young man.

HEALTH PROFESSIONALS - DISCIPLINE & REINSTATEMENT

Since leaving the Board of Medicine as a highly respected member, Jim Burdick has carefully and skillfully created individualized programs for personal rehabilitation and redemption, leading to successful petitions for reinstatement of health care provider licenses. Burdick has achieved nearly 100% success in obtaining license reinstatements, even when clients have had multiple disciplines or multiple criminal convictions. He has successfully represented physicians, nurses, dentists, psychologists, podiatrists and pharmacists who have developed substance abuse problems, or suffered criminal convictions - or both - and has always either kept their licenses for them, or succeeded in winning reinstatement in every case. He successfully represents clients in Blue Cross de-participation and re-participation actions, in United States Department of Health and Human Services (Medicare-Medicaid) exclusion and reinstatement litigation, as well as all discipline and license matters.

Reinstatement: A physician who had been convicted several years before of trading narcotics prescription for the promise of sexual favors had lost his license, but Jim Burdick got it reinstated for him after a long and contentious administrative law hearing, convincing the Board of Medicine that he should be re-licensed.

Reinstatement: Jim Burdick was able to obtain reinstatement of a psychologist's license, after she had been suspended for 18 months, and despite the fact that, during her suspension, two separate allegations of practicing without a license had been filed. Mr. Burdick was able to convince the State and the Psychology Board that she should still have her license reinstated, and it was.

Reinstatement: Jim Burdick was able to get a pharmacist's license reinstated, despite allegations that he had been practicing pharmacy while without a license. The pharmacist had lost his license years before, and failed (with another attorney) to win reinstatement before he came to Jim Burdick, and became victorious.

Reinstatement: A physician was accused of prescribing thousands of units of narcotics without medical necessity - Jim Burdick won him reinstatement of his license after a short suspension.

Summary Suspension Lifted: A registered nurse was alleged to have been diverting opiates from the hospital where he worked, and his license was summarily suspended. Jim Burdick got him into a treatment program and was able to get the summary suspension of his license lifted, with an agreement that the Nursing Board would not suspend it so long as he remained successful in his treatment program.

Avoiding Suspension: In another matter, yet another nurse was alleged to have been diverting drugs and was fired from the hospital where he worked and reported to the State. Instead of facing a license suspension action at all, Mr. Burdick was able to get this nurse into a State authorized recovery program which monitors his continuing work as a nurse.

Avoiding Suspension: A physician who had been convicted of smuggling non-FDA-approved medications into the United States was able to keep his license to practice because of Jim Burdick's hard work and passion for his client.

Avoiding License Sanctions: An innocent doctor accused of ignoring a post-operative patient who died in recovery. . . . Jim Burdick saved him from losing his license.

Avoiding Suspension: A nurse was accused of stealing a medical device, but Jim Burdick saved her license with only a reprimand.

Avoiding Suspension: A pharmacist accused of "losing" 9,000 opiates - Jim Burdick saved his pharmacy license.

Avoiding Suspension: Jim Burdick salvaged the license of a nurse who had failed to properly record a TB test, and was fired from her hospital. Instead of a suspension, she received only a minor reprimand.

Avoiding Discipline: Another nurse was accused of failing to notify the facility that a patient had fallen in his room; she was fired and reported to the State, but Jim Burdick helped her avoid all disciplinary sanctions.

Avoiding Suspension: A physician whose license was permanently revoked in Ohio because of an addiction followed and narcotics conviction, asked Jim Burdick to help. He was able to keep him licensed in Michigan with only a short probation.

Avoiding Suspension: Another physician, also permanently revoked in Ohio, asked Jim Burdick to fight for him. And the result: a $250.00 fine - no suspension, no reprimand, nothing else.

Avoiding Suspension: A New York Physician who had been denied a license in Nevada, but failed to self report that to Michigan, also avoided suspension of his Michigan license because of Jim Burdick's hard work and persuasive arguments.

Avoiding License Sanctions: A nurse accused of altering a medical record kept her license with no discipline because of Jim Burdick's expertise and aggressive pursuit of justice, convincing the State that she had done nothing wrong.

Avoiding Suspension: A dentist who was dispensing narcotics from his office without the proper license was able to keep his dental license because he had Jim Burdick in his corner.

For nearly three decades, surgeons, nurses, psychologists, pharmacists, physician assistants, dentists, chiropractors, family medicine docs . . . all have had their licenses saved, or reinstated, for them by Jim Burdick.