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Education

  • University of North Carolina, B.S. physics
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., Case and Note Editor, Georgetown Law Journal

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  • California
William A. Helvestine, Senior Counsel San Francisco
whelvestine@crowell.com
Phone: +1 415.365.7260
275 Battery Street, 23rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111-3305

William A. Helvestine is a senior counsel in the San Francisco office of Crowell & Moring and is in the Health Care Group.

Bill concentrates on health care law, regulatory matters, and litigation. His healthcare experience spans all areas of managed care law, including regulatory, transactional, trials and arbitrations, antitrust, and class action matters. Chambers USA describes Bill as "highly esteemed in the market for his managed care work and advice to health plan clients, who appreciate his investment in their success," and "He has the ability to digest huge amounts of federal law and identify the issues of interest to us. I have been struck by his ability to analyze law so quickly."

Bill also provides mediation services, where he is known for being able to find creative solutions. His deep experience is not limited to healthcare matters. He has handled a variety of other complex business cases such as employment law, real estate development and finance, securities law, partnership dissolution, corporate governance disputes, and federal and state governmental investigations.

Representative cases in which Bill served as lead counsel or as an amicus counsel include the following:

  • Centinela EMA v. Health Plans, 225 Cal. App. 4th 237 (2014), petition for review granted, Cal. Supreme Court No. S218497 (2014)
  • Rea v. Blue Shield of California, 226 Cal. App. 4th (Cal. Ct. App. 2013)
  • Harlick v. Blue Shield of California, 686 F.3d 699 (9th Cir. 2012)
  • Arce v. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, 181 Cal.App.4th 471 (2010)
  • Uhm v. Humana Health Plan, Inc., 620 F.3d 1134 (9th Cir. 2010)
  • Prospect Med Group v. Northridge Emerg. Med Group, 45 Cal.Rptr.3d 299 (2009)
  • Dial v. Healthspring of Ala., Inc., 541 F.3d 1044 (11th Cir. 2008)
  • Hailey v. Blue Shield of California, 158 Cal. App. 4th 452 (2008)
  • DeGrezia v. Sup. Court (Blue Cross of California), 10 Cal.Rptr.3d 204 (2004)
  • Cruz v. Pacificare, 133 Cal.Rptr.2d 58 (2003)
  • St. Agnes Med. Ctr. v. Pacificare of Ca., 8 Cal.Rptr.3d 517 (2003)
  • Coast Plaza Doctors Hosp. v. UHP Healthcare, 129 Cal.Rptr.2d 650 (2002)
  • California Med. Ass'n. v. Aetna, 114 Cal.Rptr.2d 109 (2001)
  • Genentech, Inc. v. EBPLife Ins. Co., 2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21418 (N.D. Cal. 2001)
  • In re Managed Care Litig., 246 F. Supp. 2d 1363 (Jud. Pan. Multi. Lit. 2000) (nationwide class action)
  • Rakestraw v. California Physicians' Serv., 96 Cal.Rptr.2d 354 (2000)
  • Potvin v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co., 95 Cal.Rptr.2d 496 (2000)
  • Erickson v. Aetna Health Plans, 71 Cal.App.4th 646; 84 Cal. Rptr. 2d 76 (1999)
  • Geweke Ford v. St. Joseph's Omni Preferred Care, 130 F.3d 1355 (9th Cir. 1997)
  • Ardary v. Aetna Health Plans, 98 F.3d 496 (9th Cir. 1996), cert. denied, 520 U.S. 1251 (1997).
  • Tusting v. Bay View Federal Sav., 789 F. Supp. 1034 (N.D. Cal. 1992) and 762 F.Supp. 1381 (N.D.Cal. 1991)
  • Batchelor v. Oak Hill Medical Group, 870 F.2d 1446 (9th Cir. 1989)

At the outset of Bill's career, he served as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Hon. Thomas Flannery) and then for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (Hon. George MacKinnon). For over a decade, he served as a faculty member of the University of California Hastings College of Law, Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy. During 1998-99, he served as a member of the California Commissioner of Corporations' Task Force on Medical Group Solvency, which led to the adoption of financial regulations for risk bearing health care organizations.



Affiliations

Admitted to practice: California, District of Columbia (inactive), California State and Federal District Courts, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Ninth, Eleventh and District of Columbia Circuits.



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Speeches & Presentations

  • "The Affordable Care Act and the Courts: What's Around the Corner?" California Association of Health Plans Annual Conference, Huntington Beach, CA (October 20-22, 2014). Speaker: William A. Helvestine.
  • "New Provider and Enrollee Anti-discrimination Requirements Under the ACA and the Mental Health Parity Act," Crowell & Moring's Healthcare Ounce Of Prevention Seminar (HOOPS), Los Angeles, CA (May 13, 2014). Presenters: William A. Helvestine and David Didier Johnson.
  • "Managed Care Litigation," Crowell & Moring's Healthcare Ounce Of Prevention Seminar (HOOPS), Los Angeles, CA (May 13, 2014). Presenters: William A. Helvestine and Steven D. Allison.
  • "Managed Care Landmines: Emerging FCA Risks under the Affordable Care Act," American Health Lawyers Association Webinar (January 17, 2014). Presenters: William A. Helvestine and David W. O'Brien.
  • "Annual Legislative and Regulatory Update," California Society of Healthcare Attorneys' Fall Seminar, Los Angeles, CA (2013). Speaker: William A. Helvestine.
  • "The Legal Quagmire Under the ACA," California Association of Health Plans (2013). Presenter: William A. Helvestine.
  • "Medical Loss Ratio: Taking a Ride on the MLR," Crowell & Moring's Healthcare Ounce of Prevention Seminar (HOOPS) (2013). Presenter: William A. Helvestine.
  • "Payor and Provider Disputes," California Society of Healthcare Attorneys (2012). Presenter: William A. Helvestine.
  • "Court Decisions Affecting Health Plans," California Association of Health Plans (2012). Presenter: William A. Helvestine.
  • "Compliance Issues Under Health Reform," Los Angeles County Bar Association (2012). Presenter: William A. Helvestine.
  • "Litigation Issues Under Health Reform," Crowell & Moring's Healthcare Ounce of Prevention Seminar (HOOPS) (June 21-22, 2012). Presenter: William A. Helvestine.
  • "Preparing for the Flood of Upcoming Litigation: How Managed Care Plans Should Respond to the Unpredictable Impact of Health Care Reform," American Conference Institute (ACI) - Managed Care Disputes & Litigation Conference (2011). Speaker: William A. Helvestine.
  • "Legislative Developments That Affect Payors," California Society of Healthcare Attorneys’ Fall Seminar, Los Angeles, CA (November 4, 2011). Speaker: William A. Helvestine.
  • "Government Investigations and Litigation Under the ACA," 26th Annual California Association for Health Plans Conference (2011). Speaker: William A. Helvestine.
  • "Iatragenic Effects of Health Reform," Willis Client Seminar on MCO Risk Management (2011). Speaker: William A. Helvestine.
  • "Payers and Provider: The California Experience and Lessons for the National Debate," Health Insights, San Francisco, CA (2011). Presenter: William A. Helvestine.
  • "Managed Care Litigation Update," California Society of Healthcare Attorneys (2011). Presenter: William A. Helvestine.
  • "Accountable Care Organizations: Evolution of Health Care Delivery," California Association of Health Plans (2011). Presenter: William A. Helvestine.
  • "Fundamentals of Health Insurance & Managed Care Law," American Bar Association, Health Law Section (2009). Presenter: William A. Helvestine.
  • "Current Issues in Managed Healthcare Law," Los Angeles County Bar Association (2008). Presenter: William A. Helvestine.
  • "Multi-tier Products and Secondary Networks: Practical Issues for Payers and Providers," American Association of PPOs (2006). Presenter: William A. Helvestine.
  • "Litigation America: The Great National Lotto," American Association of Health Plans (2002). Presenter: William A. Helvestine.
  • "Current Issues in Provider Credentialing and Negligent Selection," Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (2001). Presenter: William A. Helvestine.
  • "Provider De-Selection after Potvin v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co.," American Health Lawyers Association (2001). Presenter: William A. Helvestine.
  • "Utilization Review and the Practice of Medicine," American Association of Health Plans (1998 and 1997). Presenter: William A. Helvestine.
  • "Silent PPOs – Problems with PPO Layering," Association of Managed Healthcare Organizations (1996). Presenter: William A. Helvestine.
  • "Legal Implications of Utilization Review," Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences (1989). Presenter: William A. Helvestine.


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