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Why We Win

Phillips & Cohen lawyers exclusively represent whistleblowers in cases brought under federal and state whistleblower reward programs. We are the only law firm that has won whistleblower rewards under three separate government programs.

We Stand Out for Our Work on Whistleblower Cases in Four Ways:

Our Record

We have brought successful whistleblower cases against some of the nation's largest corporations, including GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer Inc., Northrop Grumman, General Electric, Quest Diagnostics, Hewlett-Packard Co., HCA Inc. and Goldman Sachs.

$12.1 Billion

Our whistleblower cases have recovered over $12.1 billion for government entities and defrauded investors – a record of success that far exceeds that of any other law firm.

$1 Billion

We have won over $1 billion in rewards for our whistleblower clients. No other law firm has secured more financial awards for their whistleblower clients.

$3 Billion

Largest healthcare fraud settlement in US history, which was paid by GlaxoSmithKline.

7 Years

Named to National Law Journal’s elite “Hot List” of plaintiffs’ law firms for exemplary, cutting-edge work: 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2016.

10 years

Recognized in Lawdragon’s “500 Leading Lawyers in America” every year since 2007.

Our Attorneys

Qui tam, SEC, CFTC, IRS—few other law firms can match our attorneys’ range in federal and state whistleblower reward programs. Phillips & Cohen’s lawyers have been pioneers in applying the False Claims Act to recovering funds in such diverse areas as medical lab testing, municipal bond sales and foreign military aid.

Our Expertise

The longest-standing whistleblower practice under government reward programs.

Phillips & Cohen continues to focus only on helping whistleblowers stop fraud and get a reward. Many law firms that represent whistleblowers also represent corporations or do other types of legal work.
We accepted our first “qui tam” whistleblower case in 1987, just months after the False Claims Act was modernized, and have represented only whistleblowers in qui tam, SEC, CFTC and IRS cases since.
No one knows the SEC whistleblower program better than Sean McKessy, a Phillips & Cohen partner who was Chief of the SEC Office of the Whistleblower for the first five years of the program.
Our attorneys have decades of experience with whistleblower cases involving healthcare fraud, including two that resulted in the largest healthcare fraud settlements ever: GlaxoSmithKline ($3 billion) and Pfizer Inc. ($2.3 billion). Our roster includes two former federal prosecutors who focused on healthcare fraud cases.
We represent whistleblower clients in the financial industry around the world, from traders to CFOs to others in the executive suite. We have won three SEC whistleblower awards for clients, including the largest SEC whistleblower award so far – more than any other law firm.
We see the big picture as well as the small details. For instance, we were pioneers in using the False Claims Act to recover funds in such diverse areas as medical lab testing, municipal bond sales and foreign military aid.
Our lengthy experience with whistleblower cases gives us valuable insights that benefit our clients. Enforcement officials tend to pay attention to our whistleblower submissions because they know the high quality of our work.
John Phillips, now retired, proposed to Congress that it modernize a Civil War law to provide whistleblowers with incentives and authority to stop defense contractor fraud and other types of fraud against the government.
The False Claims Act: Fraud Against the Government by Claire M. Sylvia has been an invaluable resource for practitioners in the qui tam field since it was first published in 2004.

Our Process

We believe in our clients. Based on our decades of experience working with the government on whistleblower cases, we know that our efforts make a crucial difference in whether a whistleblower case is successful and how large our client's reward is.

We carefully evaluate all whistleblower submissions made to us to determine whether the allegations have merit and whether the wrongdoing fits the criteria for the relevant whistleblower program. If additional information is needed for our review, we call the whistleblower and often meet in person. We represent whistleblowers on a contingency basis, which means we don’t charge our clients for any of our work unless our clients receive a reward.

We work with our clients to gather evidence and analyze data about the fraud and if needed, hire experts to investigate and gather additional information. We build the strongest case possible before we file a whistleblower lawsuit or claim, which increases the chances of its success.

After we have put together the strongest case possible, we present the allegations and supporting evidence to the government in the most effective way to convince the government to investigate. This effort is very important. The government has limited resources and can only pursue a limited number of whistleblower cases and claims.

We work collaboratively with the government based on our decades of experience to produce the best results for our whistleblower clients, doing whatever work it takes to strengthen the government’s case and determine damages. A federal judge aptly described our work with government enforcement officials as a “collaboration of a group of impressive professionals acting skillfully in concert.”

Once we decide to work on a case, we are committed to achieving the best possible outcome. In qui tam cases, that could mean we will litigate on our own if the government decides not to intervene. After a case is resolved and funds are paid to the government, we then compile a strong case to convince the government to give our clients the highest possible whistleblower award.

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