Whistleblower lawyers in Washington, DC
Phillips & Cohen opened its Washington, DC, office more than 30 years ago to represent whistleblowers in a location within proximity to the headquarters of the US Department of Justice and other government agencies that get involved in whistleblower cases.
We represent whistleblowers in qui tam cases brought under the False Claims Act as well as the District of Columbia False Claims Act and similar state whistleblower laws. We also represent whistleblowers in cases filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which both have headquarters in Washington, DC.
Phillips & Cohen has the longest-standing practice dedicated exclusively to representing whistleblowers. We have the most successful whistleblower practice of any law firm, with more than $12.3 billion recovered as a result of our clients’ cases.
In addition to our office in Washington, DC, we have offices in San Francisco, New York, Miami and London to represent whistleblowers in the US and outside the US.
Phillips & Cohen’s record-breaking whistleblower cases
We have set records with our whistleblower cases, while also protecting the public by holding corporate entities, healthcare providers and others accountable for Medicare fraud, defense contractor fraud, securities fraud and other types of wrongdoing.
The largest healthcare fraud settlements ever were largely based on cases we brought on behalf of our whistleblower clients. GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer paid $3 billion and $2.3 billion, respectively, in separate settlements with the government. Our whistleblower case against Northrop Grumman resulted in the largest ever qui tam settlement by a defense contractor ($325 million).
We secured for another whistleblower client the largest SEC whistleblower award at the time. The $32 million award remains one of the largest SEC awards and still is the largest for an international whistleblower.
Our whistleblower cases also have set precedents as industry firsts. For instance, our qui tam case against eClinicalWorks was the first qui tam case settled by an electronic health records vendor. The whistleblower case we filed against Cisco Systems was the first False Claims Act settlement in the cybersecurity industry.
Under the SEC whistleblower program, we won for a client an award of more than $32 million, one of the largest whistleblower awards the SEC has ever paid.
For more examples, see our top whistleblower cases.
Whistleblower cases under the District of Columbia False Claims Act
The DC False Claims Act is an effective law that protects and rewards whistleblowers who provide information and assistance about fraud that is costing DC taxpayers money.
Phillips & Cohen pursued a whistleblower case under the Washington, DC, False Claims Act against Chartwells, a city contractor that supplied and managed the meal programs of DC Public Schools. Chartwells paid $19.4 million to settle charges involving problems with food quality and delivery and millions of dollars in overpayments.
The Chartwells case was featured in the CBS series “Whistleblower,” spotlighting our whistleblower client, Jeffrey Mills, and the work done by Phillips & Cohen partner Colette G. Matzzie, who represented Mr. Mills in the case.
Contact Phillips & Cohen
If you are aware of fraud against the government or possible violations of securities or commodities law, contact us via encrypted email for a free, confidential review of your case to learn about your options and the potential risks and rewards for being a whistleblower.
Phillips & Cohen’s Washington DC office (by appointment only):
2000 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 833-4567
Phillips & Cohen also has offices in New York, London, San Francisco and Miami.