Mr. Houck's practice area encompasses controlled substances and regulated chemicals as well as state licensing/registration compliance issues. Mr. Houck worked in the Drug Enforcement Administration's Office of Diversion Control for 15 years prior to joining the firm in 2001. As staff coordinator with the DEA Office of Diversion Control's Liaison and Policy Section, Mr. Houck counseled DEA and other government officials, and pharmaceutical industry and healthcare professionals, about the federal Controlled Substances Act and DEA regulations, policies and practices, in addition to other federal and state criminal and civil statutes and regulations that pertain to controlled substances and regulated chemicals. As a diversion investigator in DEA's Washington, D.C., and Portland, Oregon, field offices, Mr. Houck conducted a full-range of regulatory and criminal investigations and inspections of controlled substance and chemical registrants. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in 1995, and is admitted to practice law in Oregon and the District of Columbia. He received his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from George Mason University in 1980 and 1983, respectively.