Richard Y. Cheng



500 N. Akard Street
Suite 3800
Dallas, TX 75201-6659

O: 214.855.7500
D: 214.855.7574

Richard’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, health care operations, regulatory, compliance matters, and administrative appeals. He has an extensive health care law practice, with particular concentration representing skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, home health agencies, community hospitals, pharmacies, therapy clinics, physician groups, hospices, regulated products providers (e.g. medicinal cannabis) and ancillary health care providers (e.g. dental practices). 

He regularly represents and advises clients on matters involving Stark Law, Anti-kickback, HIPAA, HITECH Act, OIG exclusions, civil monetary penalties (CMPs), Medicare-related transactions (e.g. CHOWs), licensure surveys, formation of management services organization (MSOs), group purchasing organizations (GPOs), managed care organizations (MCOs) payment matters and appeals before administrative law judges with the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals, Departmental Appeals Board, Civil Remedies Division and State Office of Administrative Appeals.  

Due to his health care regulatory practice, Richard regularly serves as special counsel in conjunction with white collar criminal defense teams in federal cases or investigations involving health care fraud and abuse. In these roles, he assists criminal defense attorneys on health care regulatory violations (e.g. Anti-kickback, OIG exclusion issues, etc.), operations, assessment of plea bargains and sentencing process.

Prior to joining Munsch Hardt, Richard was a partner and co-head of the healthcare practice group at a Texas-based corporate law firm, and a shareholder at a national law firm. Early in his career and prior to becoming an attorney, Richard worked as a licensed occupational therapist, has served as an adjunct faculty at multiple universities and lobbied in Washington, D.C. through the American Occupational Therapy Association. 

Richard invests his time in local chambers and the community. He volunteers for the First Presbyterian Stewpot Program, held board positions on several non-profits, and has served the Human Rights Initiative as a pro bono attorney for an international asylum case. 



  • Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center
  • BSOT/MOT from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center
    • cum laude 
  • Graduate Certificate of Public Health from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston


  • D CEO Magazine & Association of Corporate Counsel – Best Corporate Counsel Finalist, Solo Category (2011-2012)
  • D Magazine – Best Lawyers in Dallas (2015, 2017)
  • National Diversity Council – Legal Diversity Champion Award (2012)
  • Texas Lawyer Magazine – Featured General Counsel (2012)
  • Texas Occupational Therapy Association (Distinguised Service Award, 2011-2012)
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center – Distinguished Alumni Award (2010)
  • Thomson Reuters – Texas Rising Stars (2015-2017)


  • Healthcare Compliance Certification (CHC) by the Compliance Certification Board (CCB)
  • Minnesota
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota


  • Conversant in Mandarin Chinese 

  • American Bar Association, Health Law Section (Vice Chair of Long-Term Care Task Force)
  • American College of Health Care Executives, North Texas Chapter
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Post Acute/Long Term Services Section
  • Collin County Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Section
  • Dallas Asian-American Bar Association (Board of Directors, 2013-2015)
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation (Life Fellow; Leadership Class Selected Member, 2011)
  • Dallas Bar Association, Health Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Sections (Selected Member and Graduate, 2014)
  • Frisco Chamber of Commerce (Leadership Class Member, 2015)
  • Frisco Sci-Tech Discovery Center (Board of Directors, 2017)
  • Health Care Compliance Association
  • LeadingAge Texas (Associate Business Member)
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • National Cannabis Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas, Health Law and Business Sections (Diversity in the Profession Committee; 2016 Texas Minority Counsel Program Steering Committee)
  • Texas Assisted Living Association (Public Policy Committee Member)
  • Texas Association of Home Care & Hospice (Governmental Affairs Committee)
  • Texas Cannabis Industry Association (General Counsel)
  • William “Mac” Taylor Inn of Court, Barrister Level


January 2017
Munsch Hardt Adds ERISA, Health Care Practices with Lateral Hires Brenda Sapino Jeffreys

Texas Lawyer

January 2017
Munsch Hardt Adds Corporate Partners In Dallas Michelle Casady



April 2017
Trump Administration and the Future of Medicare Certification

Texas Bar College, The College Bulletin | Spring 2017

November 2016
Marketing Limitations in Health Care

HomeCare Magazine

September 2016
Finding Life Balance In Your Legal Career

DBA Headnotes October 2016: Business Litigation

November 2015
Trolling for Medical Golden Nuggets

Dallas County Medical Journal, Vol. 101, No. 11 

October 2015
Post-Acute Care Provider Antidiscrimination Obligations

American Health Lawyers Association Post-Acute and Long Term Services Advisor, Vol. 18, Issue 3

October 2015
Electronic Health Records: What to Expect in 2016

Texas Chiropractic Board Report newsletter, Volume II, Issue 6 

September 2015
The Legal and Operational Guide for Free Medical Clinics

The American Health Lawyers Association, the American Medical Association Foundation and the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics 

September 2015
Recognizing and Managing Acuity Creep in Assisted Living Facilities

Inside TALA 

August 2015
Third-Party Employed Home Health Care Workers Entitled to Minimum Wage and Overtime

TAHC&H Perspective, Vol. 46, Issue 35 

July 2015
Audits Conducted by Medicare

Dallas Bar Association’s Headnotes 

May 2015
Preparing for a Healthcare Mediation

TAHC&H Perspective 

January 2015
Stark Law Concerns with Skilled Nursing Facility Medical Directors

Texas Health Care Association 

December 2014
Strategies to Combat Common Deficiencies

Inside TALA Volume 1, Issue 13

October 2014
Breaking down Ebola concerns

McKnight’s Long Term Care News 

September 2014
Providers Must See Clearly Before They CHOW Down

McKnight’s Long Term Care News 

May 2014
Strategies to Combat Common Deficiencies in Assisted Living Facilities

Inside TALA 


August 2017
Update on Medical Review Activities for Home Health and Hospice HealthCare ConsultLink Executive Leadership Summit 2017
July 2017
Legal Concerns for Setting up a Business in the United States Richardson Economic Development Partnership International Concierge Committee Meeting
June 2017
Forecast on Medicinal Cannabis DBA Health Care Section Meeting
April 2017
Introduction to Cannabis Taxation, Litigation, and Regulatory Concerns Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo
April 2017
Managing Acuity Creep Texas Assisted Living Association
December 2016
Health Care Fraud HealthCare ConsultLink Quarterly Administrators Training
December 2016
Employer Intrusions and Expectation of Privacy by Employees,” DFW Healthcare Human Resources Association
November 2016
Emerging Topics in Cannabis Law 24th Annual SBOT Texas Minority Counsel Program
November 2016
Privacy & Security Compliance: HIPAA, HITECH Act & Texas HB 300 66th Annual Texas Health Care Association Conventon
October 2016
Case Law & Legislative Update for Chiropractors The Parker Experience, Dallas, TX
September 2016
Managing Protected Health Information Under HIPAA & Texas Privacy Law Tarrant County Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section
August 2016
Preventing Harassment & Discrimination in theWorkplace Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice 2016 Annual Meeting
July 2016
Long-Term Care Workforce, Licensures Involved, Change of Ownerships (CHOWs) and OIG Exclusions of Certain Staff in Long Term Care Dallas Bar Association
April 2016
Post-Acute Care Providers’ Anti-Discrimination Obligations Texas Assisted Living Association Annual Conference and Trade Show
April 2016
Physician Ancillary Services Denton County Medical Society
March 2016
Managing Protected Health Information Under HIPAA and Texas Privacy Laws Collin County Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section
February 2016
Compliance Trends For SNFs, ALCs & Hospices American Health Lawyers Association Long Term Care Conference
February 2016
Employer Rights with Open Carry Texas Assisted Living Association Webinar
November 2015
Best Practices for Internships and Clerkships for 2Ls 5th Annual Texas Minority Law Student Program at UNT Dallas College of Law
November 2015
HIPAA, HITECH Act and Texas House Bill 300 Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice Administrator Program
October 2015
Being an Expert Witness: Duties, Testimony, Expert Reports and Ethical Considerations Texas RehabACTion Network Annual Conference
September 2015
Being an Expert Witness: Duties, Testimony, Expert Reports and Ethical Considerations Texas Rehabilitation Association’s Annual Conference
September 2015
Employment Laws Affecting the Healthcare Industry HealthCare Consultink Administrator Training
September 2015
Change of Ownership (CHOW) Preparation and Considerations TAHC&H Webinar Series
July 2015
Health Care Fraud Texas Physical Therapy Association Northern District Meeting
March 2015
Long Term Care Facility Concerns in Licensure, Certifications, Operations and Transactions Healthcare Partners Network, Dallas,
November 2014
Confidentiality in Communication: With Residents, Staff and Family Members Texas Assisted Living Association, Dallas, TX
October 2014
Healthcare Fraud Concerns in Rehabilitation Texas Occupational Therapy Association, Sugarland, TX
June 2014
A Look at Protecting Patient Information: HIPPA, HITECH Act and Texas HB 300 Texas Rehabilitation Association
March 2014
Overview of the Long Term Care Industry, Its Workforce, Licensure Requirements, and Exclusions The Post-Acute and Long Term Services Practice Group Tutorial
February 2014
A Look at Protecting Patient Information: HIPPA, HITECH Act and Texas HB 300 Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s 58th Annual Convention and Exhibition