Morgan Verkamp, Experienced False Claims Act Litigators

Named “Whistleblower Lawyers of the Year” for 2010 by Taxpayers Against Fraud, we are experienced litigators who bring qui tam cases under the False Claims Act, the IRS whistleblower law, and other federal and state laws for people who report fraud or abuse of the taxpayers by government contractors.

Our lawyers have been deeply involved in these cases for 20 years, with extensive trial and appellate experience. We practice nationwide representing clients knowledgeable about fraud in the health care, military procurement, and pharmaceutical sectors, among others. Courts have published nearly three dozen decisions in our qui tam cases, and our clients, sometimes working with the government and sometimes not, have recovered more than a half-billion dollars for the taxpayers.

On June 1, 2011, the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals recognized the importance of applying the False Claims Act to kickbacks paid to doctors, and on January 31, 2011 the Ohio Medicaid Managed Care company CareSource paid $26 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations brought by our clients.

We have earned Martindale Hubbell’s highest “AV Preeminent” rating for ability and integrity, as well as a national reputation for capable representation of qui tam whistleblowers. We are accustomed to working with government lawyers and investigators, and regularly work with teams of knowledgeable experts and co-counsel to take on the largest government contractors. Founding partner Frederick Morgan worked in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. before entering private practice. Our “cases” page describes some of our current and past engagements, which range from detailed metallurgical analysis of critical aircraft parts to teasing apart complex financial arrangements in health care and pharmaceutical companies.

Our lawyers have spoken at False Claims Act seminars dozens of times, have published several law review and periodical articles regarding the Act, and are regularly consulted by journalists and others working to understand the False Claims Act or a particular case. In February 2008, one of our clients testified before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee as the sole whistleblower witness chosen to speak in favor of the False Claims Corrections Act of 2008, most of which became law. We also were asked to prepare a brief to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the Senator who most strongly supports the False Claims Act.

While most of our practice is in the area of the False Claims Act, we are experienced in other areas of complex litigation, including commercial disputes, maritime personal injury, civil rights, legal malpractice, and franchise issues.