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Whistleblower FAQs – Working With a Lawyer

Here are some questions whistleblowers often ask Phillips & Cohen lawyers about working with the law firm on a whistleblower case.

1) Can Phillips & Cohen represent me if I don’t live in the city or state where the law firm has an office?

Yes. Phillips & Cohen represents clients across the country and has represented whistleblowers from dozens of states. We have an office in Washington, DC, which allows our attorneys to work more closely on its clients’ cases with government lawyers and enforcement officials at the headquarters of the Justice Department and other relevant agencies.

2) Will Phillips & Cohen charge me to evaluate my whistleblower case?

No. Phillips & Cohen provides initial reviews of whistleblower cases for free. If you decide to retain us and we agree to represent you, we charge a contingency fee, meaning you pay us only if your case is successful and you receive a reward.

3) How much will my whistleblower case cost me?

We will work for you on a contingency basis, so you only pay us if the government recovers funds and you are paid a reward. Phillips & Cohen will pay whatever expenses are necessary to provide a thorough and effective representation, hiring experts, paying for any travel costs, document costs and litigation expenses. In qui tam whistleblower cases, we are entitled to seek reimbursement of those expenses from the defendant (the company or individual accused of defrauding the government), if the case is successful.

4) How will Phillips & Cohen staff my whistleblower case?

All of our whistleblower cases receive personal attention from at least one of the firm’s partners. All of our partners have extensive experience with whistleblower cases. The additional attorneys we assign to work on a client’s case also will have had experience working on related matters. We hire other experts as needed.

5) Does Phillips & Cohen have the resources to devote to the litigation of major cases?

We commit whatever resources are necessary to win the best possible outcome for our clients. For a qui tam case against the nation’s largest for-profit healthcare provider, HCA, we invested more than $5 million in costs. This included the costs of Medicare reimbursement experts, deposition transcripts and other expenses. We assembled and directed a team of more than 70 lawyers from more than five law firms from around the country to handle the litigation. HCA eventually paid $631 million to settle our qui tam case and a separate one brought by another whistleblower.

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