Sven Collins focuses his practice on Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement litigation, as well as on litigation and risk-management guidance in areas of employment and labor, trade secrets, unfair competition and other commercial disputes.

    Sven litigates and tries cases before courts, arbitrators and government agencies and  regularly represents hospitals and healthcare providers in innovative reimbursement appeals seeking additional payment under Medicare.  

    He also counsels and represents employers in disputes in a variety of employment and labor-related areas, including employment discrimination, non-compete agreements, unfair competition, trade secrets, wage and hour matters, employee benefits, employment contracts and reductions-in-force.

    Sven’s litigation and trial experience also includes representing broker-dealers before FINRA, and clients in real estate, construction, breach of contract and other commercial disputes.

    He regularly speaks at legal, trade association and firm-sponsored seminars on healthcare reimbursement related and employment matters and presents in-house training programs for clients on these issues.

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    • Prosecuting multiple hospital group appeals, before CMS and in federal court, seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in additional supplemental Medicare outlier payments.
    • Successfully prosecuted multiple hospital Medicare group appeals to recover approximately US$30 million in “rural floor budget neutrality adjustment” underpayments.
    • Secured permanent injunction in a ground-breaking challenge barring HHS from applying agency’s 2008 “self-disallowance” regulation to certain hospital appeals. Charleston Area Medical Center v. Sebelius, U.S. Dist. Ct. D.C. (Case No. 13-643)
    • Secured judgment invalidating remaining aspects of HHS’s 2008 “self-disallowance” regulation as applied to challenges to HHS regulations. Banner Heart Hospital v. Burwell, U.S. Dist. Ct. D.C. (Case No. 14-cv-01195-APM)
    • Successfully overturned amendment to CMS Medicare interest regulation in hospital appeal involving high seven-figure claim for interest. UPMC Mercy v. Sebelius, U.S. Dist. Ct. D.C. (Case No. 09-1286)
    • Obtained permanent injunction for an oil and gas industry client blocking former employees and subsequent employer from employee and customer raiding and misappropriation of trade secrets. EMS USA, Inc. v. Integrity Specialists LLC, et al., U.S. Dist. Ct. D. Colo. (Case No. 11-cv-02832)
    • Obtained permanent injunction and seven-figure damages payment for a financial services company in a raiding case against former manager and new employer.


    • University of Colorado School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, 1996
    • Trinity University, B.A., 1990


    • Colorado


    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
    • U.S. Supreme Court

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member, American Health Lawyers Association

    Clerk Experience

    • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
      Hon. Walker Miller
      January 1996 - December 1997
    • Super Lawyers, Colorado (2011-2016)
    • Super Lawyers Business Edition, Colorado (2013)

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