WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 1, 2018 – Best Lawyers has named Phillips & Cohen partner Erika Kelton, a leading whistleblower lawyer, as one of the top attorneys for “qui tam” (whistleblower) law in the Washington, DC, metro area for 2019.
Kelton is a celebrated attorney with decades of experience representing whistleblowers in the US and overseas. She has represented whistleblowers in record-breaking whistleblower cases, including the leading whistleblowers in the two largest healthcare fraud settlements ever: GlaxoSmithKline, which paid the government $3 billion to settle civil and criminal complaints, and Pfizer, which paid $2.3 billion to settle.
She has won three whistleblower awards from the US Securities and Exchange Commission for separate clients, including an international whistleblower who was awarded one of the largest whistleblower rewards the Securities and Exchange Commission has ever made ($32 million). In addition, Kelton has secured whistleblower awards for clients from the IRS and has a number of pending whistleblower claims before the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
In recognition of her work with whistleblowers, Kelton has been named “Whistleblower Lawyer of the Year” and received recognition on lists such as “Attorneys Who Matter” and Lawdragon’s “500 Leading Lawyers In America.” She is frequently quoted by news media and is a regular contributor to Forbes.com.
Best Lawyers recognizes the top tier of practicing attorneys in the United States, highlighting top lawyers by geographical area and legal practice area. The list is based on peer reviews and research by Best Lawyers. The 2019 edition showcases the top 5 percent of practicing US lawyers.