Christopher Flynn

Partner at Crowell & Moring LLP

Christopher Flynn

Christopher Flynn

Partner at Crowell & Moring LLP

Biography

Chris Flynn is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office and is co-chair of the firm's Health Care Litigation Team, and a Health Care Group Steering Committee member. Chris focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation before federal and state courts, administrative agencies and arbitral forums. Chris regularly represents HMOs, PPOs, IPAs, TPAs, health benefit plans, fiscal intermediaries, managed behavioral healthcare organizations, plan sponsors and health care industry associations in various litigation and regulatory matters. Chris' experience includes all areas of health care, including payor/provider contract disputes, class action defense, ERISA preemption, subrogation disputes, regulatory challenges and whistleblower claims. Chris has also briefed health care matters for the Supreme Court as counsel for amicus curiae.

Chris also represents biotechnology companies in contract and licensing disputes before state and federal courts, bringing his wealth of litigation experience to bear in order to streamline complex issues.

In addition to his work as defense counsel for health care clients, Chris represents corporate clients pursuing damage claims as plaintiffs. Of note are approximately twenty-five cases in which Chris has represented health plans that were underpaid premiums by the federal government under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Chris and his colleagues have recovered over $300 million for these clients to date.

Chris received his bachelor's degree from the George Washington University and his law degree from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. Chris is also an active member of the American Bar Association, Health Law and Litigation Sections as well as the American Health Lawyers Association.

Chris is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bar.

Representative Matters:

* Successfully represented payor in $250 million nationwide dispute with hospital system regarding coding practices.
* Represents coalition of health care entities challenging enforcement of Federal Mental Health Parity Regulations for failure to engage in notice and comment rulemaking.
* Secured dismissal of $30 million lost profits claim against a managed care organization by a hospital system based on the alleged refusal to permit the system to participate in a provider network.
* Successfully secured $18 million arbitration award on behalf of a Medicare Advantage plan against a multi-specialty provider group that solicited plan members to a competing plan.
* Represent plan in a putative national class action regarding balance billing by emergency room physicians.
* Represented managed behavioral healthcare organization in several putative class actions involving impact of state parity laws on claims for eating disorder coverage.
* Participated in trial team that secured directed verdict on behalf of health plan against four regional health systems challenging out-of-network reimbursement.
* Represent health plan in a putative class action regarding appropriateness of co-pays for outpatient emergency services.
* Represented Florida health plan in a dispute with a hospital system regarding the manner in which non-participating providers are compensated under Florida law.
* Represented managed care organization in a dispute with a state employees health benefits program regarding appropriateness of premium payments.
* Secured dismissal of $300 million putative class action against managed care support contractor in the CHAMPUS/Tricare program based on alleged underpayment of outpatient hospital claims. Ruling affirmed on appeal by the Third Circuit.
* Represented employee assistance program in Federal District court and before the Second Circuit in duty to warn case in which the District Court granted summary judgment and the Second Circuit affirmed.
* Represented health plan in putative class action in which a consumer class alleged violation of ERISA in the denial of residential treatment claims.
* Represented staff model HMO in a consumer class action relating to subrogation practices that allegedly violated state law.
* Tried case on behalf of HMO to defense verdict in a state law action brought by a DME provider challenging non-participating provider reimbursement rates.
* Successfully represented staff model HMO in matter in which the trial court vacated a TRO prohibiting the plan from terminating an allegedly "bona fide" employer group.
* Successfully represented licensor of genomic data at trial in a license dispute with a pharmaceutical company regarding most favored nation pricing.
* Represent national Medicare Advantage plan in a dispute with an ESI vendor relating to transmission of claims data.
* Successfully challenged state insurance commissioner's interpretation of health plans' ability to collect last month premiums in the individual market.

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Education
B.A.

The George Washington University actively engages Washington, D.C., and the world. Their location in the heart of Washington places them at the core of U.S. government, policy and law. They sit where the worlds of science, technology, media and the arts converge. Their students and faculty have the unparalleled opportunity to study and work alongside leaders and practitioners in every discipline, to take part in the interchanges that shape our community and the world. The George Washington University was created in 1821 through an Act of Congress, fulfilling George Washington’s vision of an institution in the nation’s capital dedicated to educating and preparing future leaders. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. They have more than 20,000 students—from all 50 states, the District and more than 130 countries—studying a rich range of disciplines: from forensic science and creative writing to international affairs and computer engineering, as well as medicine, public health, the law and public policy. GW comprises three campuses—Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon in Washington, D.C., and the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Va.—as well as several graduate education centers in the metropolitan area and Hampton Roads, Va.

J.D.

The Columbus School of Law, also known as CUA Law, is the law school of The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C. The law school was established in 1897. Its name comes from ties to The Knights of Columbus.

Memberships
Member, Litigation Section
Current

American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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The mission of the American Health Lawyers Association is to provide a collegial forum for interaction and information exchange to enable its members to serve their clients more effectively; to produce the highest quality nonpartisan educational programs, products, and services concerning health law issues; and to serve as a public resource on selected healthcare legal issues. AHLA provides resources to address the issues facing its active members who practice in law firms, government, in-house settings and academia and who represent the entire spectrum of the health industry: physicians, hospitals and health systems, health maintenance organizations, health insurers, life sciences, managed care companies, nursing facilities, home care providers, and consumers. As a 501(c)(3) organization, AHLA elects not to advocate for or against any particular policy proposals. The public interest efforts of AHLA are designed to provide pro bono materials to the public at large. Visit our Public Interest page for more information about our various initiatives and publications and to make a donation to our Public Interest efforts.

Career History
Partner
Current

Crowell & Moring LLP is a law firm that provides legal services in litigation and arbitration, regulatory and transactional matters. It also offers services in other areas including employee benefits, tax and white collar defense. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

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Member, Health Care Group Steering Committee
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Crowell & Moring LLP is a law firm that provides legal services in litigation and arbitration, regulatory and transactional matters. It also offers services in other areas including employee benefits, tax and white collar defense. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

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$1,000 +
2012

The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) is the George Washington University's liberal arts and sciences college. The Columbian College bears the original name of the George Washington University when it was chartered by the United States Congress in 1821. It is the largest school at George Washington, with around 5,000 undergraduate students and 2,500 graduate students, and 42 academic departments, representing the majority of the University's instructional, scholarly and research activity.

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$400
2007

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