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Jason Knutson

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Practice Areas

  • Federal White Collar Criminal Defense
  • State White Collar Defense
  • Civil and Criminal Investigations
  • Compliance

Jason Knutson is a former Federal Prosecutor for the United States Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, Fraud Section with over 20 years of experience as a lawyer.  He advises and defends clients in criminal and civil investigations relating to healthcare and other white collar matters.

While at DOJ, Knutson was assigned to both the Houston and Dallas Healthcare Fraud Strike Forces and was honored by the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. with the prestigious Assistant Attorney General Award for Exceptional Service. Additionally, the Drug Enforcement Administration awarded him the Outstanding Contributions Award for three straight years for his work combatting the opioid epidemic. Jason also worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Travis County Public Integrity Unit located in Austin, Texas where he worked on public corruption and various white collar cases.

  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 2001
  • Washington State University, B.A., Cum Laude, 1993

Growing up the youngest of four boys in a blue-collar family, where his step-dad worked on gas furnaces and his mom worked odd jobs, Knutson realized from an early age that he had to work hard and fight hard if he wanted to compete with his older brothers and succeed in life. He first tasted success in sports. As a high-school senior at a small school in Spokane, Washington, he was the starting point guard on the basketball team that won the Washington State Basketball Championship.

Knutson took the atypical road to becoming a lawyer. Instead of going to college right after high school, Knutson worked in a plywood mill, and painting factories and houses in Medford, Oregon. He eventually attended and graduated with honors from Washington State University where he was he was chosen for an internship for the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Thomas S. Foley. After obtaining his degree, and before attending the University of Houston Law Center, Knutson toured the West Coast via the Pacific Coast Highway eventually landing in San Diego, California where he was a paralegal for a law firm focusing on complex litigation. In 1998 he received a scholarship to attend the University of Houston Law Center.  He has lived in Texas ever since.

  • Texas
    • Langford v. Good Samaritan Hospital (Georgia State Court): Secured a multi-million-dollar settlement during a medical malpractice jury trial alleging hospital’s gross negligence in misdiagnosing plaintiff’s heart attack.
    • United States v. Starsky D. Bomer.: Obtained guilty verdict in jury trial against the CFO of two Houston hospitals for fraud and kickback charges relating to a $17 million Medicare fraud scheme. Secured a sentence of 120 months in prison and $6.2 million in restitution.
    • United States v. SEALED et al.: Convicted leaders of a pharmaceutical drug organization related to a twelve-defendant conspiracy responsible for the distribution of millions of opioids throughout the United States.
    • United States v. Faiz Ahmed et al.: Obtained guilty verdict in jury trial and sentence of 60 months in prison and $4 million in restitution against the Managing Physician of several Houston area clinics in a $19.7 million dollar fraud scheme.
    • United States v. Huey Williams, Jr.: Obtained guilty verdict in jury trial and sentence of 63 months in prison and $1.9 million in restitution against the owner of two medical equipment companies relating to a $3.4 million Medicare fraud scheme.
    • State of Texas v. Al-Musawi: Obtained guilty verdict on tax fraud charges in jury trial of the owner of several companies defrauding the Texas Comptroller’s Office.
    • State of Texas v. Lovett: Obtained guilty verdict in jury trial and sentence of 70 years against defendant related to charges of attempted capital murder, and sexual assault of a handicap person.
    • State of Texas v. Betliskey: Obtained guilty verdict in jury trial and sentence of life in prison against defendant for aggravated assault, and attempted murder by strangulation of his girlfriend.

 

 

  • DEA Outstanding Contributions Award in the Field of Pharmaceutical-Drug Diversion (2020): Prosecuted 36 defendants in one of the largest takedowns in Texas of pharmacies and medical clinics diverting drugs to the black market. Cases involved 23 million pills with an estimated street value of $253 million.
  • DOJ Assistant Attorney General Exceptional Service Award (2019): A lead prosecutor part of a select group of federal agents and prosecutors assigned to the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Task Force which indicted 60 individuals regarding the illegal distribution of approximately 36 million opioid pills.
  • DEA Outstanding Contributions Award in the Field of Pharmaceutical-Drug Diversion (2019): Prosecuted several fraud and drug-diversion schemes, including one of the most lucrative pill-mill clinics in Texas for conspiracy to distribute pharmaceutical drugs, and other offenses.
  • DEA Outstanding Contributions Award in the Field of Pharmaceutical-Drug Diversion (2018): Prosecuted nine defendants, including two physicians and other medical professionals, relating to pharmaceutical-drug diversion of two of the most prolific-pill mill clinics in Texas.

 

  • Jason is actively involved with youth sports, including softball, soccer, and basketball with his three kids.
  • Jason is a member of the Cub Scouts of America with his two sons.
  • Jason is actively involved in his Church.
  • Houston Pill Mill Prosecutions –  DOJ/DEA 2020
  • Search Warrants in Healthcare Fraud and Opioid Cases – DOJ 2019
  • Texas Comptroller’s Office Enforcement Actions – Austin, Texas 2012
  • Recent Investigations by the Texas State Auditor’s Office – Austin, Texas 2011