Luke Diamond, an associate, represents whistleblowers in “qui tam” lawsuits under the False Claims Act and cases with the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s whistleblower reward program.
He is part of the legal team that secured a $12 million settlement from Xavier University of Louisiana in a whistleblower case that alleges fraud involving Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster relief funds used to rebuild New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Phillips & Cohen is working with the government to continue litigation against two other defendants, including the multinational engineering firm, AECOM.
Mr. Diamond has worked extensively on qui tam cases alleging fraud against the government involving electronic health records (EHR). This includes a whistleblower case against Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas that alleged an electronic health records company it acquired, Viztek, cheated on certification tests to hide safety and quality issues with its EHR software.
Some of his other whistleblower cases allege kickbacks in the healthcare industry and bribes to get government contracts.
Mr. Diamond joined Phillips & Cohen after graduating from Berkeley Law at the University of California.
During law school, Mr. Diamond was a law clerk for the Federal Trade Commission, where he assisted in FTC investigations and litigation. He also worked for the Consumer Justice Clinic of the East Bay Community Law Center, helping with legal services for the clinic’s clients, and he established the Consumer Rights Workshop, a free legal clinic staffed by law students and volunteer attorneys.
In 2016, Mr. Diamond was recognized as “Law Student of the Year” by National Jurist Magazine.
Law is Mr. Diamond’s second career. For six years, he was a very successful chef at two top Washington, DC, restaurants.
Mr. Diamond is a member of the District of Columbia bar.