Miami whistleblower law firm
Phillips & Cohen’s Miami, Florida whistleblower lawyer office offers consultation and representation to US and international whistleblowers in cases involving the protection and reward programs of the US False Claims Act as well as the Florida False Claims Act and similar state whistleblower laws. We also represent whistleblowers in claims filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Phillips & Cohen’s practice is dedicated to representing only whistleblowers. We have the longest-standing and most successful whistleblower practice, with more than $12.8 billion recovered as a result of our clients’ cases.
Our record-breaking settlements and rewards for whistleblowers
We have set records with our healthcare fraud cases, while also protecting patients. We represented the leading whistleblowers in separate qui tam cases against GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer, which settled for $3 billion and $2.3 billion respectively. Those are the largest and second largest healthcare fraud cases settlements ever.
Our whistleblower case against Northrop Grumman resulted in the largest amount ever paid by a defense contractor to settle a qui tam case ($325 million).
Under the SEC whistleblower program, we won for a client an award of more than $32 million, which is one of the largest whistleblower awards the SEC has made.
Our Florida whistleblower cases
In Florida, we have had a number of successful whistleblower cases. These include:
- A path-breaking Medicare fraud case against hospital giant HCA involving accounting practices at its Florida hospitals and elsewhere. HCA paid a total of $1.7 billion to settle a number of qui tam cases, including one brought by two Phillips & Cohen clients that recovered $631 million and a separate qui tam case by two emergency room doctors whom Phillips & Cohen also represented.
- A qui tam case against Freedom Health, Optimum Healthcare and their affiliates that alleged they improperly boosted government payments to the Medicare Advantage plans through a process known as “risk adjustment.” Freedom Health and the other defendants paid the federal government and the state of Florida $32.5 million to settle the case.
- A whistleblower lawsuit that recovered more than $105 million from dozens of hospitals nationwide, including eight hospitals in Florida, for allegedly submitting false claims to Medicare and other government healthcare programs by billing a certain back procedure as an inpatient, rather than an outpatient, procedure.
Miami whistleblower attorneys
Phillips & Cohen’s Miami-based partner, Jeffrey Dickstein, brings over 30 years of litigation experience in healthcare matters to his work on behalf of our whistleblower clients. He was a former Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of Florida, where he helped investigate and prosecute large-scale healthcare fraud. His exemplary work as a prosecutor was recognized by both the US Department of Justice and the nonprofit whistleblower advocacy group, Taxpayers Against Fraud.
Our clients also benefit from our attorneys’ significant expertise in whistleblower cases. Among the attorneys on our stand-out roster are partner Sean X. McKessy, who was the Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower for the first five years of the program; partner Erika A. Kelton, who has won record-setting cases for our whistleblower clients; and Peter P. Budetti, who was a deputy administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.
If you are aware of fraud against the government or possible violations of securities or commodities law, contact us via email for a free, confidential review of your case to learn your options and the potential risks and rewards.
Phillips & Cohen’s Miami whistleblower lawyer office (by appointment only):
Phillips & Cohen also has offices in Washington, DC; New York; London; and San Francisco.