From offices located in the world's principal financial centers, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s lawyers provide advice to clients regarding their most critical legal and business needs. Fried Frank’s False Claims Act and FIRREA attorneys have extensive experience in every facet of the civil False Claims Act, and have been on the cutting edge of litigation and debate about the interpretation and scope of both statutes – the False Claims Act and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989. The Firm regularly represents financial industry, defense, healthcare, and other government contractors in high stakes cases. The Firm’s False Claims Act and FIRREA practitioners also assist and represent entities not normally associated with federal and state fraud investigations, such as municipal airport authorities, computer manufacturers, private and state universities, academic medical centers, import and export companies, major accounting and consulting firms, magazine publishers, and oil and gas exploration companies.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, multi-practice law firm with approximately 1,900 attorneys serving clients from 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm is No. 1 on the 2015 Law360 Most Charitable Firms list, third largest in the U.S. on the 2015 Law360 400, on the 2015 Am Law Global 100, and among the 2015 BTI Brand Elite.
WilmerHale provides legal representation across a comprehensive range of practice areas that are critical to the success of its clients. The law firm’s leading Intellectual Property, Litigation/Controversy, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Securities, and Transactional Departments participate in some of the highest-profile legal and policy matters. With a staunch commitment to public service, the firm is renowned as a leader in pro bono representation. WilmerHale is 1,000 lawyers strong with 14 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has extensive experience advising clients on the False Claims Act (FCA) and defending FCA lawsuits and related civil, criminal and congressional investigations. Our lawyers have assisted Fortune 500 and nonprofit companies in more than 40 significant FCA matters. We routinely conduct internal investigations, respond to government and congressional investigations, defend lawsuits filed under the FCA, defend retaliation lawsuits brought by alleged whistleblowers, and seek to avert debarment and exclusion proceedings. Our clients are supported by the depth and breadth of a multi-jurisdictional practice and the comprehensive intellectual capital of more than 900 lawyers. Our experience in the industries that are most often the subject of FCA and qui tam cases—government contracts, health care, pharmaceutical, construction and energy, among others—translates into a competitive edge for our clients.
Kayla Stachniak Kaplan, senior associate at Fried Frank and a member of the Firm’s False Claims Act and FIRREA practice group, represents corporations in a variety of complex civil litigation matters, with an emphasis on cases arising under the civil FCA and, in particular, cases involving the financial, aerospace, and defense industries. Ms. Kaplan has been a contributing co-author of FraudMail Alert®, which regularly reports on significant developments in the FCA arena. Ms. Kaplan was named a James Kent Scholar and received her JD from Columbia Law School in 2009. She received her BS, summa cum laude, and BA, summa cum laude, from Tulane University in 2006. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Michael J. Slocum focuses his practice on labor and employment law, including the defense of discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge and whistleblower claims. He has represented employers in a broad array of industries and at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts, as well as before a variety of state and federal administrative agencies.
Michael has written and spoken numerous times on a multitude of issues facing employers in diverse industries. He was listed in Super Lawyers magazine as a New Jersey Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in 2013 and was part of the winning team for Law360’s "Employment Practice Group of the Year" and New Jersey Law Journal’s "General Litigation Department of the Year" award in 2013.
Michael received his J.D., with honors, from Rutgers School of Law – Newark and his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Benedetto is a counsel in the Los Angeles Office of WilmerHale. His practice focuses on complex civil litigation and government investigations. Mr. Benedetto has extensive experience representing pharmaceutical companies and financial institutions in both federal and state False Claims Act actions. In the healthcare space, he has unique experience litigating California’s Insurance Frauds Prevention Act, a qui tam statute in the Insurance Code, including argument before the Court of Appeal.
Before joining WilmerHale, Mr. Benedetto was an associate at another firm in Los Angeles, where he was a member of a trial team in a four-week federal jury trial involving FCA allegations against a major insurance company. In November 2015, in his pro bono practice, he obtained a rare federal jury verdict in favor of his client, a California state prisoner, in a First Amendment retaliation case brought against state correctional officers.
Mr. Benedetto received his BA, summa cum laude, from Dartmouth College, his MA in English from The Johns Hopkins University, and his JD from the University Of Southern California Gould School Of Law, where he was inducted to the USC Chapter of Order of the Coif.
Elizabeth D. Scott’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation matters, with an emphasis on defending lawsuits filed under the False Claims Act (FCA) and representing public companies and their officers and directors in securities and privacy litigation, internal investigations, and regulatory investigations, and enforcement proceedings. Ms. Scott has experience in state and federal court, as well as before the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, a branch of the American Arbitration Association. Prior to joining Akin Gump, Ms. Scott served as a law clerk for the Honorable Leslie H. Southwick of the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit from 2008-2009 and for the Honorable Daniel P. Jordan III of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi from 2007-2008. Ms. Scott also served as an adjunct professor for the Mississippi College School of Law from 2008-2009, teaching legal writing and citation.