Eli Stutsman is the attorney that defended the doctor and pharmacist threatened by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in the case of Gonzales v. Oregon, 546 U.S. 243, 126 S. Ct. 904, 163 L. Ed. 2d 748 (2006). In that case, a doctor and pharmacist were threatened with criminal prosecution by the DEA for prescription drug crimes, i.e., prescribing and/or dispensing controlled drugs without a legitimate medical purpose.

Demonstrated results and experience in federal court

On behalf of the doctor and pharmacist, and against the DEA, attorney Eli Stutsman sued (see Complaint) former Attorney General John Ashcroft and the DEA, winning a permanent injunction in the District Court that was affirmed on appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and again before the United States Supreme Court. See Opinion. Working against the DEA, attorney Eli Stutsman fashioned the response that ultimately prevailed against the DEA’s misuse of the so called “legitimate medical purpose” rule. In the end, Gonzales v. Oregon, a case that started as a huge threat to Oregon physicians and pharmacists, turned into a tremendous victory for physicians, pharmacists, and prescribing nurses located anywhere in the country and accused by DEA attorneys of prescription drug crimes. Gonzales v. Oregon was and remains a tremendous loss for federal prosecutors and DEA attorneys.

Experience gained across the country

If you are a doctor, pharmacist, or prescribing nurse investigated or charged with prescription drug crimes by the DEA, attorney Eli Stutsman may be able to help. He has directly defended or advised physicians, pharmacists, and nurses from charges of unlawful prescribing, unlawful dispensing, drug diversion, and prescribing without a legitimate medical purpose in cases arising out of the Third, Fourth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits and 13 states, including Indiana, South Carolina, Arizona, Oregon, Virginia, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Florida, Hawaii, Texas, Connecticut, California and Michigan. To learn more about his practice, call 503.274.4048.