New York, NY (November 20, 2023)Epstein Becker Green (EBG) is pleased to announce that 12 attorneys have been promoted to Members of the Firm, effective January 1, 2024. Earning a place in this year’s class are Maximilian Cadmus (Litigation & Business Disputes; Princeton), Shannon DeBra (Health Care and Life Sciences; Columbus and Cincinnati), Kevin Elkins (Litigation & Business Disputes; Nashville), William Gibson (Litigation & Business Disputes; Princeton), Marylana Helou (Health Care and Life Sciences; Boston), Kristi Jacques (Employment, Labor & Workforce Management; New York), Clay Lee (Health Care and Life Sciences; Nashville), Ann Knuckles Mahoney (Employment, Labor & Workforce Management; Nashville), Elena Quattrone (Health Care and Life Sciences; New York), David Shillcutt (Health Care and Life Sciences; Washington, DC), Scott Splittgerber (Employment, Labor & Workforce Management; New York), and Elizabeth Torkelsen (Employment, Labor & Workforce Management; Stamford).

“Max, Shannon, Kevin, Bill, Marylana, Kristi, Clay, Ann, Elena, David, Scott, and Liz have consistently demonstrated exceptional lawyering and dedication to client service, and our firm and its clients are markedly better for it,” said Mark Lutes, Chair of EBG’s Board of Directors. “We are proud to elevate this group to our partnership ranks, and we look forward to celebrating them as they advance our core practices in health care, life sciences, workforce management, and litigation.”

Maximilian Cadmus: Cadmus is a versatile litigator who focuses his practice on commercial disputes, insurance law, and appeals. Clients rely on him to represent them in insurance coverage, antitrust, and unfair competition disputes; administrative appeals; and business, product liability, and professional liability litigation. His clients include companies in health care and life sciences, financial services, retail, and technology, media, and telecommunications.

Shannon DeBra: Health care providers rely on DeBra for advice on health care compliance, regulatory, and Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse matters. She advises clients on compliance with the physician self-referral (“Stark”) law and the Anti-Kickback Statute. DeBra also works with health care providers to conduct compliance audits and internal investigations and prepares voluntary disclosures to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General, or Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services when an investigation finds potential violations of law.

Kevin Elkins: Clients depend on Elkins when facing litigation that can shape the trajectory of their business and turn to him for practical advice while navigating complex legal disputes. He represents clients in a range of publicly, privately, and individually owned companies and corporations in matters relating to intellectual property litigation, health care litigation, construction litigation, securities litigation, and commercial litigation.

William Gibson: Gibson works with clients and expert witnesses to craft compelling, accurate, and admissible expert testimony that will survive Daubert motions and convince courts and juries. With a particular emphasis on medical billing, claims administration, and economic/damages analysis, he also counsels doctors, medical practices, and hospitals on reimbursement and compliance issues, including the implementation of the federal No Surprises Act and similar state surprise billing laws.

Marylana Helou: Helou focuses her practice on advising academic medical centers, hospitals, universities, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, digital health companies, and other health care technology companies and research organizations on issues related to human subjects research and data privacy. She also assists clients in navigating requirements under the Common Rule, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and other federal, state, and international human subject protection requirements and data protection and privacy laws, including the General Data Protection Regulation.

Kristi Jacques: Jacques is trusted to defend employers in lawsuits, arbitrations, and mediations involving an array of employment law issues, including breach of employment agreements, restrictive covenants, compensation disputes, misappropriation of confidential information and trade secrets, raiding, and harassment and discrimination claims. She litigates cases concerning a broad range of commercial business litigation matters, including contractual disputes, intellectual property issues, securities violations, environmental matters, bankruptcy issues, and class actions.

Clay Lee: Individuals and businesses depend on Lee to defend them in all aspects of litigation and in connection with federal and state government audits and investigations. In addition to serving as outside counsel for organizations and individuals in federal civil rights claims, he conducts internal investigations, acquisition diligence reviews, and compliance risk assessments. Lee also represents clients in white-collar criminal defense matters, including in grand jury investigations.

Ann Knuckles Mahoney: Knuckles Mahoney counsels employers on practices and procedures, such as employee handbooks and stand-alone policies; advises employers on Fair Labor Standards Act wage and hour laws and the classification of workers; and assists in defending clients in labor and employment-related litigation in a broad array of matters, such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour disputes.

Elena Quattrone: Quattrone assists health care entities and companies that operate in highly regulated industries in civil and criminal investigations and in white-collar criminal matters. Her clients include hospitals, physician group practices, laboratories, pharmacies, and distributors, as well as companies in the financial sector, including the cryptocurrency and digital asset space. Additionally, she is adept at advising privately owned physician practices on their regulatory matters and focuses her counseling primarily on the plastic surgery, dermatology, and mental health areas of medical practice.

David Shillcutt: Shillcutt has deep experience in the areas of behavioral health, government and commercial reimbursement, and managed care. He helps clients navigate the provisions of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, the Affordable Care Act, the 21st Century Cures Act, and the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, as well as the other federal and state laws, regulations, and guidelines relating to mental health and substance abuse services.

Scott Splittgerber: Splittgerber focuses his practice on employment disputes and complex civil litigation and on representing individuals and companies in criminal and regulatory actions. He represents employers in lawsuits, arbitrations, and mediations involving a range of employment law issues, including breaches of restrictive covenants and confidentiality agreements, compensation disputes, wrongful termination, trade secret misappropriation, raiding, partnership disputes, and harassment and discrimination claims.

Elizabeth Torkelsen: Torkelsen regularly counsels clients from a wide range of industries on their employment policies, practices, and workplace disputes and represents clients in employment litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Employers also rely on her to advise them on disability laws, discrimination, employee handbooks, individual employment issues, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act and reductions in force, and risk management.

About Epstein Becker Green

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., is a national law firm with a primary focus on health care and life sciences; employment, labor, and workforce management; and litigation and business disputes. Founded in 1973 as an industry-focused firm, Epstein Becker Green has decades of experience serving clients in health care, financial services, retail, hospitality, and technology, among other industries, representing entities from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Operating in locations throughout the United States and supporting domestic and multinational clients, the firm’s attorneys are committed to uncompromising client service and legal excellence.  For more information, visit

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