Our Firm represents select whistleblowers that wish to report fraud schemes against the United States or the State of Florida.
Whistleblower Representation / Qui Tam Lawsuits
Our Firm represents select whistleblowers that wish to report fraud schemes against the United States or the State of Florida. Our Firm brings a unique and judicious approach to screening whistleblower actions. First, our Firm is keenly aware that so-called “whistleblower” suits, brought pursuant to the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, have important and lasting professional consequences. Indeed, many whistleblowers—even those that ultimately resolve their cases successfully—face retaliation and criticism in the workplace and may even be ostracized from their chosen industry. Second, we understand that False Claims Act lawsuit typically take years, not months, to litigate and therefore requite unparalleled patience, persistence and dedication by the whistleblower and his or her lawyer. With these two concepts in mind, our Firm doesn’t reflexively file a case for every potential whistleblower that consults with our firm; instead, we carefully and meticulously review the applicable law, the details of alleged fraud scheme, and the supporting evidence to ensure that the allegations have merit, that the potential damages are significant, and that the Department of Justice will join in the litigation. With years of work ahead, and with serious professional consequences at stake, we believe that whistleblowers deserve a lawyer that will give them an honest, fair, and frank evaluation of their case.
If we do choose to file a whistleblower suit on your behalf, our Firm’s former federal prosecutors will offer you unique insight and guidance when presenting your fraud claims to the government. To be sure, we understand the type and quantum of evidence that the government needs to prove its claims, and we can typically predict—and then undermine—the most common defense strategies. Our attorneys bring this perspective because they spent years investigating and litigating successful fraud prosecution with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Department of Education (DOE), the United States Postal Inspection Service, and many other federal agencies. Put simply, we understand the government’s priorities, how it evaluates whistleblower claims, and how it assembles a successful civil inquiry or criminal prosecution. To ease the burden on the government, we provide them with a detailed factual summary of the case, a well-organized binder of documentary evidence and other factual support, a through recitation and analysis of the applicable laws and regulations, a proposed exhibit and witness list, and even proposed language to be included in the government’s Civil Investigative Demands, a tool the government uses to gather evidence in False Claims Act suit. By approaching the government with such a thoughtful, thorough and well-organized presentation, we hope to increase the chances that the government will formally join in the litigation (known as “intervention”) and help us litigate the case to a successful conclusion,
Our attorneys have focused their careers on certain industries—including health care, securities and financial services, and construction—and on certain topics—such as products liability and deceptive business practices—that are directly relevant to many False Claims Act lawsuits. We will bring this experience to bear when evaluating your case, drafting your complaint, and in presenting your case to the government.
Persistence and Focus
It often takes the government multiple years to settle or litigate a False Claims Act suit. During this lengthy process, there are countless events and developments that can delay or derail a False Claims Act investigation—turnover of key government personnel assigned to the investigation, political and policy changes, loss of funding or resources, and evolving law enforcement priorities—just to name a few. Our attorneys have the tenacity, focus and resolve to navigate these challenges, working in tandem with the government, so that we can guide your case to a successful conclusion.
NEWS & INSIGHTS
Our attorneys have the tenacity, focus and resolve to navigate these challenges, working in tandem with the government, so that we can guide your case to a successful conclusion.