Sean McKenna focuses his practice on healthcare enforcement and regulatory issues, representing individuals and providers under civil or administrative investigation by the Department of Justice, Offices of Inspector General, and Attorneys’ General Medicaid Fraud Control Units, as well as in criminal investigations and matters involving the United States and State Attorneys General. As a former ten-year Assistant United States Attorney, Associate Counsel to the Inspector General and General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Sean focuses his practice on matters involving the health care industry and regularly represents clients before Medicare, Medicaid and commercial contractors. Sean’s work includes assisting clients with internal investigations and compliance reviews, as well as advising on compliance with state and federal fraud and abuse rules. He is a frequent invited speaker at national, regional, and local conference.

Areas of Concentration

  • Healthcare litigation and regulatory issues
  • Fraud enforcement
  • False Claims Act/Qui tam
  • Criminal and white collar matters including fraud, money laundering, kickbacks, and forfeiture

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Adjunct Professor, Health Care Law, University of North Texas Dallas College of Law, 2015
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Council Member, Health Law Section, June 2013-Present
  • American Bar Association
    • Vice-Chair, Membership Committee, Health Law Section, 2013 - Present
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2014-2015
  • Member, Criminal Justice Act Voluntary Panel, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • Member, Knights of Columbus

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2016
  • Recognized, Best Lawyers of Dallas, D Magazine, 2015
  • Recognized, The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Healthcare, 2015-2016
  • Recipient, FBI Commendation, August 2013
  • Recipient, DOL-EBSA Certificate of Appreciation, April 2013
  • Recipient, HHS-OIG, Integrity Award, 2013
  • Recipient, HHS-OIG, Integrity Award, 2011
  • Recipient, USPS-OIG, Award, June 2010
  • Recipient, HHS-OIG, Integrity Award, 2008
  • Recipient, USDA-OIG, Certificate of Appreciation, June 2008
  • Recipient, HHS-OIG, Integrity Award, 2004
  • Recipient, HHS-OIG, Exceptional Achievement Award, 2003


  • Health & FDA Business
  • Life Sciences & Medical Technology


  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 1998 
  • B.A., University of California at Santa Barbara, 1995

Admitted to Practice

  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

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