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. In her pro bono work, Ms. Shefler recently achieved a notable settlement for a state prisoner in California in a federal constitutional rights case.
Ms. Shefler is admitted to the bar in California.