FREDERICK M. MORGAN, JR.
Rick Morgan, who is “AV” Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and rated “Superb” by Avvo.com, is in his 27th year practicing complex federal litigation in trial and appellate courts. His work has, since the mid-1990s, focused on qui tam cases under the False Claims Act, which allows private citizens to bring “whistleblower” cases against pharmaceutical and medical-device companies, defense contractors, Medicare providers, and others who provide goods or services to the United States.
Mr. Morgan worked in the Cincinnati U.S. Attorney’s Office during law school, experience which set the course of his career. After serving for two years as Law Clerk to United States Senior District Judge David S. Porter, Mr. Morgan was selected into the highly-competitive Attorney General’s Honors Program, serving as Trial Attorney in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington D.C. He routinely appeared in courts throughout the country on behalf of the United States. He returned to Cincinnati in 1990, and has represented whistleblowers continuously since 1996.
Rick has served or is serving as lead or co-lead counsel in cases against Boeing, HCA, General Electric, General Dynamics, Lockheed, Dyncorp, and Solvay, among many others. He worked closely with the Justice Department in a False Claims Act case against The Boeing Company which resulted in replacement of hundreds of defective Chinook helicopter transmission gears and a $61.5 million settlement; worked on the team which resulted in repayment to the United States of more than $300 million in ill-gotten oil royalties; settled False Claims Act allegations against a long-term care company for $10 million; defended a Pepsi bottler against franchise termination by PepsiCo; settled a $6.5 million False Claims Act case against Lockheed Martin concerning defective flight sensors on F/A 18 fighter jets; settled a $13.2 million False Claims Act case against General Dynamics for installing bogus submarine valves; and settled a $10.5 million False Claims Act case against General Electric in connection with nonconforming jet engine hardware. Nearly 70 opinions in his cases have been published.
In addition to his duties to Morgan Verkamp’s clients, Mr. Morgan is an active speaker and author regarding the False Claims Act. In June 2010, he appeared as a luncheon panelist at the American Health Lawyers Association annual meeting in Seattle, and again moderated the Motions Practice panel at the American Bar Association’s National Institute on Civil False Claims and Qui Tam Enforcement. In September 2009, he moderatd the lead-off panel at the 2008 Taxpayers Against Fraud national seminar in Washington, D.C. In June 2008, he moderated, for the second time, a panel on pretrial motions practice in False Claims Act cases. In 2007, he and Jennifer Verkamp presented the two-hour “Introduction to False Claims Act” at the annual Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund Conference in Washington. Mr. Morgan was a Webinar panelist discussing “The Impact of Rockwell on qui tam Actions” in June; moderated a panel called “Federal Sentencing Guidelines and Criminal and Civil Damages” at the American Bar Association’s 17th Annual National Institute on Health Care Fraud in May, and presented “Qui Tam Secrets” to the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers 2007 Annual Convention in May. Mr. Morgan also has drafted “friend of the Court” briefs in three Supreme Court cases involving the False Claims Act. He also has been closely involved in efforts to seek passage of an Ohio False Claims Act and action by Congress to fix serious problems with the federal False Claims Act.