Looking for the top whistleblower lawyers in Washington DC? Our whistleblower lawyers at Pate, Johnson & Church have helped individuals across the country obtain significant monetary awards by blowing the whistle on fraud committed against the United States. To better assist our clients in the Metro D.C. area, we have opened an office in the District of Columbia.
Our whistleblower lawyers in Washington DC have decades of experience in helping whistleblowers recover substantial awards in qui tam cases. Our firm’s ties to the Washington, D.C. run deep. We have handled many complex cases involving the District of Columbia, including representing the D.C. government in litigation affecting millions of Americans. And our firm has worked closely with the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. to achieve truly impressive awards for our whistleblower clients, including a $108 million award against a pharmaceutical company for illegal kickbacks.
An individual who is aware of a company defrauding the U.S. Government has the right to blow the whistle on the company by filing a lawsuit in federal court. The lawsuit is brought under the False Claims Act, and if successful, the individual is entitled to 15% to 30% of the amount of money recovered by the Government.
If you are pursuing a whistleblower claim under the False Claims Act, it can be very helpful to have whistleblower lawyers in Washington DC represent you.
In virtually every whistleblower lawsuit, the whistleblower (known as a “relator”) will want the Government to takeover (or “intervene”) in the lawsuit. This is because Government intervention in a whistleblower lawsuit usually ensures a successful outcome and a substantial award for the relator.
The Government, however, is a large bureaucracy with limited resources and time, and it declines many whistleblower cases. For this reason, it is important for your lawyer to have a close, working relationship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia as well as the Department of Justice. These two offices work in tandem when deciding whether to prosecute False Claims Act cases and both are located in the District of Columbia.
Our office in Washington, D.C. is located at 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue. The office is a stone’s throw away from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Department of Justice. We are in a prime position to meet with federal prosecutors from both offices in order to convince them that our clients’ cases merit their full attention and the resources of the federal government.
We are also close to an array of federal agencies (such as Medicare, the Small Business Administration, and the Department of Defense) that are usually the victims of Government fraud and will likely play a critical role in prosecuting your case. In most cases, our lawyers and our clients will need to meet with agents of these federal agencies to provide a detailed explanation of the fraud that has taken place. Being in close proximity to these agencies ensures the best chance of success for our clients.
If the U.S. Attorney’s Office declines to intervene in a whistleblower case, the relator will usually be able to litigate the case on his or her own with the help of a lawyer. Your case will be heard in federal district court at 333 Constitution Avenue in the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse in Washington, D.C. This is where hearings and, if necessary, the trial for your whistleblower case will take place.
When the Government declines to takeover in a whistleblower case, your lawyer will be responsible for litigating the case. False Claims Act cases are usually expensive and time-consuming. It is therefore critical that you choose a law firm to represent you that has the time and resources to litigate the case on its own. Our D.C. office ensures that we have close access to the federal district court in D.C. and the ability to litigate against any small, medium, or large corporation that has defrauded the Government.
The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) is headquartered in Washington D.C. and drives the Government’s policies concerning whistleblower cases for the 93 U.S. Attorneys scattered around the country. Over the past year, the DOJ has made Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) fraud a top priority, and it has also made clear that it intends to use the False Claims Act as a sword against cybersecurity threats. As just one example, Aerojet Rocketdyne agreed to pay $9 million to settle allegations that it misrepresented compliance with cybersecurity requirements in federal contracts.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C. has also been busy. The office recently settled a case against Project Concern International over allegations that it submitted false claims to USAID in performance of grants to provide aid to developing nations. The settlement follows on the heels of a $6.9 million settlement against the International Rescue Committee for fraudulent claims involving USAID and work in Syria. The office also recently settled claims that an IT contractor used unqualified labor and overcharged the United States for nearly $19 million.