Lynette S. Byrd
Lynette S. Byrd defends individual and corporate clients that are accused of federal crimes or under investigation by state and federal agencies. Ms. Byrd is a former federal prosecutor and served several years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.
At the Department of Justice, Ms. Byrd prosecuted white-collar offenses on behalf of the United States and represented the federal government in a variety of civil, criminal, and administrative matters. Ms. Byrd was involved in dozens of high-profile federal investigations including one of the largest health care fraud cases in the district at the time; she collected millions of dollars in restitution, fines, and damages on behalf of the government.
Ms. Byrd has now turned her attention to representing clients accused of participating in civil and criminal schemes. Her criminal defense experience includes virtually all aspects of white-collar crimes involving, among other areas, tax fraud, bank fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, and government program fraud. Additionally, Ms. Byrd has handled drug conspiracy cases, manufacturing and distribution charges, and successfully defended clients that were accused of sex trafficking, cybercrimes, and violent crime charges.
Specifically in the area of health care law, Ms. Byrd is profoundly familiar with defending clients investigated under the False Claims Act, Stark Law, Medicare Fraud, Tricare Fraud, and the Anti-Kickback statute and routinely advises clients on health care compliance issues.
Ms. Byrd has significant experience in the courtroom from initial appearances, arraignments, all the way through trial and appeal. She is a highly effective negotiator and often able to significantly reduce and mitigate charges by negotiating favorable resolutions for her clients. She knows how to build a strong defense because she can anticipate prosecutorial actions. Ms. Byrd’s clients feel confident in their representation thanks to her government insights and court room experience.
Ms. Byrd is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern, and Southern Districts of Texas.