Areas of Practice

Areas of Practice

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Our loved ones deserve proper care when they are no longer able to care for themselves. Unfortunately, many nursing homes and elder care facilities do not take proper care of them, resulting in painful and sometimes deadly decubitus ulcers (bedsores), malnutrition and weight loss, dehydration, recurrent infections, falls and fractures, unsanitary conditions, and even death. Many of these injuries occur due to an insufficient and poorly trained staff. These problems occur because corporate ownership on many occasions is more concerned with profits than providing appropriate care. Mr. O’Quinn formerly defended nursing homes and the corporations that owned, operated, and managed them, as well as their insurers. This gave him vast experience and a unique insight into nursing home litigation from both the prosecution and defense perspectives. We now put this experience to work only for the residents of nursing homes who are in need of legal redress. The Law Offices Of Darren O’Quinn understands the special needs of nursing home residents. We vigorously prosecute these claims. We review many types of nursing home abuse and neglect cases. If you or a loved one has suffered abuse or neglect in a nursing home, contact us today for a free case evaluation.
Medication Errors
Medication errors are common but not always harmless. The wrong drug or wrong dose can cause severe reactions leading to irreversible damage or death. The Law Offices Of Darren O’Quinn has the necessary experience and resources to evaluate and prosecute your medication error case. Darren O’Quinn is a pharmacist and attorney who has been successful in fighting doctors, hospitals and pharmacies for full compensation for these preventable tragedies. Prescription and medication errors can occur in hospitals, at the pharmacy, in the doctor’s office, and over the Internet. There are an estimated 2.5 billion prescriptions dispensed by pharmacies in the U.S. An estimated 3.75 billion drugs were administered in hospitals. Errors in medication are a major source of medical mistakes that can cause injury or death. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury or died because of a medication error, contact us today for a free case evaluation by a pharmacist/attorney.
Medical, Hospital, and Pharmacy Malpractice
Mr. O’Quinn is a pharmacist as well as an attorney. He has a wide variety of experience in medical and pharmacy malpractice claims. Mr. O’Quinn formerly defended hospitals, doctors, and nurses and gained valuable insight into the successful prosecution of these cases. We retain world-class experts in medicine, nursing, and pharmacology to review, evaluate, and testify in the cases we accept. We review many types of medical malpractice cases. If you think a doctor, hospital, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider has seriously injured you or a family member from medical malpractice or neglect, contact us for a free no-obligation consultation.

Medical Marijuana Cultivation and Dispensing Compliance
Since the passage of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016 and its implementing statutes and regulations, marijuana related businesses and consultants have recognized the need for an attorney with a pharmacy background to provide legal advice and assistance in navigating this new and developing area of the law in Arkansas.

Darren O’Quinn is a pharmacist and practicing attorney, who has taught pharmacy and healthcare law for over twenty-five years, with actual experience representing healthcare professionals and other clients on issues involving controlled substances before the DEA, FDA, licensing boards, administrative agencies, employers, and state and federal courts. He has the background and experience necessary to identify and mitigate issues before they arise, and provide competent representation on issues that do arise.

Although the Arkansas Legislative and the Executive branches have worked hard to implement the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016, there are still many unresolved issues. Indeed, federal laws still criminalize possession and use of marijuana—so a medical marijuana patient, dispensary, consultant, or cultivator is still at risk. Even without criminal enforcement, however, employees may be at risk for drug screens at work, there are insurance issues, and significant implications still abound for gun possession and banking.

In sum, if you are involved in any aspect of medical marijuana as a patient, consultant, or business you need an experienced pharmacist-attorney like Darren O’Quinn to guide you through the process.  


Professional License Defense
If you’re reading this page, it’s likely that a lot is at stake for you. You may be facing professional misconduct allegations, administrative agency charges, or even a criminal investigation. Regardless of the severity of these charges, these types of allegations can ruin your reputation, put your professional license at risk, and hurt your financial security. This is a complex area of law. It is for this reason that you need an experienced attorney to handle your case with discretion and the highest level of professionalism. Few lawyers have the level of experience that Mr. O’Quinn possesses, because he is a pharmacist as well as an attorney who has both defended and prosecuted cases involving the qualifications and conduct of healthcare providers. This background has made him highly sought after in proceedings involving professional licensing boards, regulatory agencies, and criminal investigations related to them. If you are facing a professional discipline or criminal investigation related to your actions as a professional, you can be confident that Mr. O’Quinn will provide you with the best defense possible, work hard to restore your reputation, and resolve the issue in a timely manner. A regulatory body will only be concerned about its case, not protecting your interests or seeing the issues from your perspective. Mr. O’Quinn will ensure that the regulatory body’s evidence is appropriately challenged and allow you to put forth your strongest defense.
Mr. O’Quinn routinely represents healthcare providers and others with issues involving their professional practices, and is licensed to practice before the following boards and agencies:

Medications Administration Advisory Committee
Perfusionists Advisory Committee
Prescription Drug Monitoring Registry Advisory Group
Prescriptive Authority Advisory Committee

Before selecting a lawyer to protect your professional license and reputation, ask the following questions to help you determine whether the lawyer should handle your case:

  1. Of the last ten professional licensing matters you have handled, how many of those clients had their licenses revoked without being offered probation?  
  2. What factors in my case determine whether it is likely that we can avoid revocation of my license? What are “underground or unwritten rules?” 
  3. Which types of professionals have you represented in professional licensing matters?
  4. Who has the burden of proof at a hearing before the administrative law judge, and what is the legal standard of proof required?
  5. Do various boards treat the same offense differently? If so, why? 
DEA and Related Criminal Investigations

Health care providers who prescribe and dispense controlled substances (Schedule II to Schedule V) must comply with the stringent federal and state requirements that regulate the prescribing and dispensing of these substances (see DEA Practitioner’s Manual and DEA Pharmacist’s Manual). Failure to comply with these rules may trigger an investigation or audit that will not only carry monetary fines but also threaten the health care providers’ DEA registration or professional license. Mr. O’Quinn, as a pharmacist and attorney, is uniquely qualified and dedicated to helping practitioners, pharmacies, distributors, and other registrants against DEA enforcement actions, and related criminal actions, to protect their licenses, career, and reputation from damage caused by DEA investigations, allegations of noncompliance, and criminal charges.
FDA and Related Criminal Investigations

Mr. O’Quinn advises clients on compliance with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issues specific to healthcare providers. Many providers are unaware of the extent to which the FDA regulates medical, pharmacy, and healthcare practice. Often, investigations are initiated in response to innocent mistakes or inadvertent compliance issues by healthcare providers or their staff. The purview of the FDA is extremely broad, including investigations of healthcare providers on issues such as illegal diversion of pharmaceuticals, Prescription Drug Marketing Act violations, off-label drug and medical device promotion, fraudulent health treatments/cures/devices, unlawful product substitution, Internet-enabled crimes involving FDA regulated products, illegal importation of regulated products; and illegal manufacture, compounding, sale, or distribution of unapproved products.

As a pharmacist and attorney, Mr. O’Quinn’s knowledge and experience with FDA regulations, regulatory compliance, and investigations is vital for providers in this highly regulated area, and is particularly effective when engaged early in the process. Competent representation can often help resolve issues with the FDA quickly, and on reasonable terms, and avoid much more formal enforcement action, including criminal investigation and prosecution.
Hospital and Third-Party Payor Credentialing and Privileging Issues

Credentialing is the process by which hospitals and third-party payor networks, including Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross, and other reimbursement and payment programs, evaluate and verify the qualifications of physicians and other licensed healthcare providers to ensure practitioners possess the necessary qualifications. Typically, hospitals and third-party payors evaluate a practitioner’s proficiency through the collection, verification, and evaluation of data relevant to their professional performance. Mr. O’Quinn frequently represents doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and other practitioners in this complex area of the law.

Although the law mandates minimum credentialing requirements, hospitals and third-party payors are often free to expand upon those requirements. To conduct their evaluations, hospitals and third-party payors appoint committees to verify the practitioner’s credentials such as medical training, licensure, and history of discipline or professional misconduct. Credentialing is often an ongoing process, known as periodic credentialing (i.e. re-credentialing), which allows hospitals and third-party payors to reassess a practitioner’s competency. Credentialing and privileging requirements should be detailed in a hospital’s medical staff by-laws and a third-party payor’s practitioner credentialing standards. At times, however, the credentialing and privileging processes often succumb to political battles at the hospital or third-party payor market and economic pressures. As a result, the processes can be used for improper purposes, such as retaliating against practitioners or dismissing them from the network.
If you are denied privileges because of something in your background, whether it be medical malpractice, professional license discipline, criminal convictions, questionable medical education/training, or allegations that you did not fully disclose all pertinent issues or answer questions in the application correctly, you need an attorney experienced in this area of the law, like Mr. O’Quinn, to represent you. Moreover, if you are subject to an improper credentialing and privileging process, you should seek legal assistance from an attorney qualified in these matters.

You have the right to be represented by an attorney throughout credentials/privileges processes and you should seek competent representation if you expect to encounter problems. Your rights, called “due process rights,” are often primarily determined by the medical staff by-laws at your hospital or a third-party payor's practitioner credentialing standards. You can be certain that an attorney is advising the hospital or third-party payor, so you too should have good legal representation. You should immediately contact Mr. O’Quinn for assistance when you learn that there are problems with your credentialing or privileging processes.
Unemployment Issues
Many times, the above issues lead to termination of a healthcare provider’s employment. This can lead to financial insecurity and other economic issues. If so, the healthcare provider might be eligible for unemployment benefits, which are compensation available to employees who are temporarily out of work through no fault of their own. Click here (http://dws.arkansas.gov) for more information about collecting unemployment benefits.
Product Liability
The Law Offices Of Darren O’Quinn has experience in prosecuting claims for personal injury and death caused by defective products. A defective product is one that is unreasonably dangerous for its intended use. All products are subject to this law. Some examples of the defective product cases we have handled include automobile tire rims, personal watercraft, boats, and medications. We have the necessary experience and resources to evaluate and prosecute your product liability claim. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or dies as a result of a dangerous or defective product, contact us for a free case evaluation.
Insurance Disputes
Mr. O’Quinn has been involved in numerous cases throughout Arkansas with insurance companies who refuse to pay and compensate their insured for legitimate claims. The insurance companies promised that these claims would be covered under their insurance policies, and their insured diligently paid for coverage through regular premium payments. Yet when it comes time to pay, insurance companies routinely fail to pay what is rightly due. The law provides that insurance companies may be liable for, in addition to what they owe, certain penalties and fees. Also, in some instances insurance companies are guilty of bad faith, which may subject them to punitive damages. At The Law Offices Of Darren O’Quinn, we sue insurance companies to get them to pay what they owe.

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