Taeva Shefler, an associate with Phillips & Cohen, works on whistleblower cases involving Medicare and Medicaid fraud, including risk-adjustment fraud by Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Part D fraud, overbilling and kickback schemes – as well as defense contractor fraud.
She is assisting in Phillips & Cohen’s False Claims Act litigation against multiple blood testing labs that allegedly paid physicians kickbacks to induce them to order medically unnecessary tests. Those “qui tam” (whistleblower) cases have resulted in $54.5 million in settlements for the federal government so far. In addition, a federal district court jury recently determined after a two-week trial that three defendants who did not settle are liable for trebled damages totaling $51.2 million.
Ms. Shefler worked on a “qui tam” case against Lockheed Martin that alleged Lockheed sold to the Coast Guard a defective communications system for its National Security Cutters. Lockheed agreed to pay $2.2 million in cash and make certain repairs valued at an additional $2.2 million to settle the whistleblower lawsuit.
In addition, Ms. Shefler is part of a legal team working on a prominent “qui tam” case against UnitedHealth Group and other defendants alleging risk-adjustment fraud by the insurers’ Medicare Advantage plans.
Ms. Shefler graduated cum laude from New York University School of Law, where she was a student advocate with the Federal Defenders of New York, representing indigent clients in federal misdemeanor court. She also was a legal intern with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Criminal Law Reform Project and the Legal Aid Society’s Prisoner Rights Project.
Prior to pursuing a law career, Ms. Shefler worked as an employment counselor for homeless youth in Oakland, California.
Ms. Shefler is admitted to the bar in California.
In her pro bono work, Ms. Shefler recently achieved a notable settlement for a state prisoner in California in a federal constitutional rights case.