Covering corporate law departments and in-house attorneys for Texas Lawyer and other ALM publications, reporter Kristen Rasmussen profiles Michael Capone, senior vice president and general counsel at CCS Medical.
Based in Farmers Branch, CCS Medical is a nationwide provider of medical supplies and services to patients with chronic conditions. The company also offers a wide array of clinical programs, including LivingConnected–a cellular-enabled mobile diabetes and population management program designed for self-insured companies to give them visibility into this ever-growing problem and control over those members who are most at risk for catastrophic events.
Although Capone says CCS Medical’s legal department has been larger in the past, it now consists of just him.
“I take a one-man approach and use outside counsel as needed,” he says.
Capone says he turns to lawyers at several firms for various work, including: Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough for all of the legal issues associated with the company’s new LivingConnected program; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart for employment work; Dallas-based Gruber Hail Johansen Shank for nonhealth care litigation; Boston-based Todd & Weld for health care-related litigation; and Bass, Berry & Sims out of Nashville, Tennessee, for corporate matters.
“I don’t believe in one firm; I believe in people who are good in particular areas of the law,” Capone says. “Good legal work gets and keeps my attention.”
As CCS Medical’s only lawyer, Capone says he handles three-fourths of the company’s contracts, supervises its payor services and licensing departments and actively manages any litigation in which CCS Medical is involved.
In addition to running the legal department, he also oversees the compliance and HR departments and serves as secretary to the board. Capone says he also attends as many sales and operations meetings as possible so that he can be an “actively engaged business partner.”
“Every day is different here,” he says. “With the number of departments I oversee and work with, I might have an HR issue on Monday, while on Tuesday, compliance has my full attention. No day is boring here.”
Route to the Top
After graduating from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2010, Capone was an associate at New York-based Hinman, Howard & Kattell with a labor and employment, litigation and health care practice. In December 2012, he joined Quilling, Selander, Lownds, Winslett & Moser in Dallas, specializing in employment litigation. He then became interim and eventually permanent GC at Senior Care Centers, a Dallas-based long-term health care company. He joined CCS Medical as GC in July 2016.
A New York native, Capone says he enjoys live music, being outdoors, classic cars and is an animal lover. He also enjoys sports, including golf and rugby.
“Tribe of Mentors,” by Timothy Ferriss, a gift from Capone’s CEO. Capone is also an avid Tom Clancy fan, having read most of his more than a dozen political and espionage thrillers at least twice.