Founded on Successful Advocacy for Medical Providers
Founding Partner David Ottenwess has practiced law in Michigan for more than thirty years. David co-founded the firm, originally known as Wulfmeier and Ottenwess, P.L.C. in 1997, and has continued to serve as the Managing Partner as the firm has continued to evolve and grow over the past twenty years. David’s practice is rooted in litigation, with unparalleled experience in medical malpractice and professional liability defense.
As the firm grew over time, David added talented Partners and Associates who not only complimented his experience and expertise, but also diversified the firm’s practice areas. As a result, the firm’s initial expertise in professional liability defense and general litigation soon began to broaden into the business side of medicine, as the constantly shifting regulatory environment demanded the addition of healthcare transactional expertise. Today, we have successfully merged the litigation and business side of healthcare related matters, which includes billion-dollar healthcare clients in addition to individual physicians, professional partnerships and physician groups, clinics, and various hospital systems throughout Michigan.
Beyond healthcare law, David Ottenwess has also developed an expertise in the field of Public Utilities, through his service as Special Master to U.S. District Court Judge Sean F. Cox, in helping to resolve the 36-year old compliance litigation involving the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.
Evolution of the Firm’s Practice Areas
Each of the Firm’s Partners has their own particularized expertise, but the close-knit partnership among our attorneys provides our clients with the combined benefits of everyone’s unique experience. Partner Stephanie Ottenwess oversees the firm’s appellate litigation practice as well as specializing in the transactional and compliance aspects of Healthcare law. Partner A. Tony Taweel has a well rounded litigation practice defending health care, municipal, corporate, physician and individual clients. Mr. Taweel has also represented banking clients and real estate developers throughout his legal career. Partner Matthew Schenk draws upon his extensive public sector background in representing both public and private sector clients in matters involving municipal law, real estate, governmental contracting, and compliance. Partner John Monnich has litigated more than 100 jury trials over his more than 40 year legal career. In addition to his medical malpractice experience, Mr. Monnich has nationally recognized expertise in insurance law where he regularly advises insurance companies and insureds concerning insurance practices and coverage matters.
Unrivaled Healthcare Experience
Our group of highly motivated lawyers possesses the industry-specific credentials and experience to deliver solutions for our clients in all healthcare matters. With more than 100 years of combined experience in this field, providers regularly consult our attorneys for:
- Healthcare litigation and appeals
- Professional liability defense
- Medical malpractice defense
- Transactions, consolidations, affiliations and contracts
- Regulatory compliance (HIPAA, Stark Law, Anti-Kickback)
- Licensing and accreditation
- Audits and healthcare fraud defense
- Teleradiology and telemedicine
- CMS and third-party payer billing and reimbursement
- Employment matters
- Risk management
- Compliance Plans
Our attorneys defend hospital systems, healthcare related entities, physician groups, mental health providers, and medical professionals in civil litigation, administrative proceedings, regulatory actions, and criminal investigations. We have successfully represented our clients in state and federal court as well as in administrative proceedings and negotiations with state and federal agencies.