WASHINGTON, DC, Nov. 3, 2022 –Phillips & Cohen LLP has been named to U.S. News Best Lawyers® 2023 “Best Law Firms” list for the law firm’s work representing whistleblowers, particularly healthcare whistleblowers.

This is the seventh year in a row that Phillips & Cohen has been recognized on the “Best Law Firms” list.

Best Lawyers and U.S. News & World Report say the “Best Law Firms” honorees have “an impressive overall performance in … a given practice area.”

Phillips & Cohen is ranked as a “Metropolitan Tier 1” law firm in healthcare law on the regional “Best Law Firms” list for Washington, DC, in the healthcare law category.

The Tier 1 label, according to Best Lawyers, reflects a law firm’s standing among other leading lawyers and clients in the same regions and corresponding practice areas.

To be eligible for the 2023 recognition, a law firm must have at least one lawyer in The Best Lawyers in America list for that particular location and specialty. Phillips & Cohen whistleblower attorneys Mary Louise Cohen, Erika Kelton, Peter Chatfield, Colette Matzzie, Claire Sylvia, Amy Easton, Molly Beth Knobler and Of Counsel Larry Zoglin are included in the 2023 list for Best Lawyers for their work in qui tam law.

Phillips & Cohen attorneys represented whistleblowers in a number of significant cases that settled in the past year, including:

  • A qui tam lawsuit against electronic health records provider Modernizing Medicine that alleged False Claims Act violations and kickbacks which settled for $45 million.
  • A qui tam lawsuit against Physician Partners of America that alleged fraud and kickbacks to doctors for referrals which settled for $24.5 million.
  • A SEC case that awarded $37 million to two whistleblowers represented by Phillips and Cohen, tied for the seventh-largest SEC whistleblower award ever.
  • A SEC case that awarded $3 million to two international whistleblowers represented by Phillips and Cohen.

The “Best Law Firms” list is based on an evaluation process that includes client and lawyer evaluations and peer reviews by leading attorneys in their field.

Achieving a tiered ranking in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. Ranked firms, presented in three tiers, are recognized on a national and regional-based scale. Firms that received a tier designation reflect the highest level of respect a firm can earn among other leading lawyers and clients from the same communities and practice areas.


Phillips & Cohen is the most successful law firm representing whistleblowers, with recoveries from our cases totaling over $12.8 billion. We have been recognized for our work by numerous national awards. The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journalthe Financial Times and other news media frequently cover our cases and cite our attorneys. Phillips & Cohen’s roster includes former federal prosecutors, the first head of the SEC Office of the Whistleblower, a former deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the author of a leading treatise on the False Claims Act and attorneys with decades of experience representing whistleblowers. Contact us.

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