Phillips & Cohen LLP
Law Firm Overview
Nationwide Whistleblower Law Firm
Phillips & Cohen LLP is the nation’s most successful law firm representing whistleblowers. Its cases have resulted in governments recovering more than $11 billion in civil settlements and criminal fines, and its whistleblower clients have received more than $730 million in rewards.
The law firm represents whistleblowers in “qui tam” cases brought under the False Claims Act and whistleblower claims filed under the Internal Revenue Service, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission whistleblower reward programs.
Phillips & Cohen whistleblower cases have helped bring about many record-setting settlements:
- The largest healthcare fraud settlement ever ($3 billion - GlaxoSmithKline)
- The second largest healthcare fraud settlement ($2.3 billion - Pfizer Inc.)
- The largest amount ever paid by a defense contractor in a qui tam case ($325 million - Northrop Grumman).
- Largest settlement ever paid by a medical lab company for a faulty product ($302 million - Quest Diagnostics).
Phillips & Cohen attorneys have received many accolades for their work on behalf of whistleblowers. The law firm and its attorneys have been named to highly selective lists such as:
- "Hot List" of the Top 20 or so plaintiffs' law firms for 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012 (National Law Journal)
- "500 Leading Lawyers in America" for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 (Lawdragon)
- "Whistleblower Lawyer of the Year" for 2012 (Taxpayers Against Fraud)
- California Lawyer of the Year for 2010 (California Lawyer magazine).
- "Winning Attorney" for 2008 (National Law Journal)
Attorney John R. Phillips, a founding partner (now retired), worked closely with Congress to strengthen and pass the False Claims Act Amendments of 1986, which created the modern whistleblower reward program to encourage private citizens to expose fraud against the government. Claire M. Sylvia, another partner, is the author of The False Claims Act: Fraud Against the Government (West, 2010), a leading treatise on the False Claims Act and its qui tam (whistleblower) provisions.
Phillips & Cohen’s roster also includes former government fraud prosecutors, a former U.S. Senate Judiciary counsel, a former U.S. Attorney and experienced litigators recruited from the nation’s top law firms.
Because of our extensive record of success and the depth of our experience with whistleblower cases, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, "60 Minutes" and other news media often contact Phillips & Cohen attorneys for expert opinions on whistleblower matters. Our attorneys also have written many articles and op-eds about whistleblower laws and programs.
Areas of Practice
- Government Agencies & Programs
- Government Contracts
- Health & Health Care Law
- Whistleblower -- Employee
- Whistleblower/Qui Tam
- "Blowing the Whistle on Fraud," Eric R. Havian, Contract Management, October, 2001
- "Environment is New Target of Qui Tam Lawsuits," Lisa Foster and Eric R. Havian, Toxics Law Reporter, September, 2000
- "Privatizing Customs Fraud Enforcement Under the False Claims Act," Erika Kelton, International Trade Reporter, May, 1999
- "Blowing the Whistle on Customs Fraud," Erika Kelton, Journal of Commerce, March, 1999
- "Healthcare Provider's Guide to Whistleblower Lawsuits & the False Claims Act," Phillips & Cohen, Washington G-2 Reports, 1997
- "False Claims can Result in Prison Time, Fines," John R. Phillips and Mary Louise Cohen, Healthcare Risk Management, June, 1997
- "Failure to Disclose Medicare Overpayments or Accurate Information can Result in Jail Time for False Claims," John R. Phillips and Mary Louise Cohen, Health Care Fraud Litigation Reporter, June, 1997
- "Failing to Report Medicare Billing Errors: a Very Risky Business," John R. Phillips and Mary Louise Cohen, New Perspectives (Journal of the Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors), Spring, 1997
- "Civil War-Era Law Attacking False Medicare Claims," John R. Phillips and Mary Louise Cohen, Healthcare Risk Management, March, 1997
- "How to Avoid Liability Under the False Claims Act," John R. Phillips and Mary Louise Cohen, American Medical News, February, 1997
- "The False Claims Act in Practice," John R. Phillips, California Lawyer, August, 1991
- "Changing the Rules to Fight Plunder in Procurement," John R. Phillips, The Wall Street Journal, April, 1986
West Practice Categories
Whistleblower/Qui Tam, Government Agencies & Programs, Government Contracts, Health & Health Care Law
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