Decades of Experience Representing Whistleblower Clients & Recovering Taxpayer Funds

H. Vincent McKnight Jr. David Sanford John McKnight

Our Whistleblower Law Specialists Have Recovered Hundreds of Millions of Taxpayer Dollars

We Work Tirelessly to Prosecute a Whistleblower Case to a Successful Recovery

Our exceptional team of qui tam lawyers will work tirelessly to prosecute a whistleblower case to a successful recovery. In the past six years, our qui tam lawyers have successfully prosecuted a dozen whistleblower cases and have filed more than a dozen other cases that the Government is currently investigating under seal.

Our whistleblower lawyers are committed to recovering taxpayer funds and helping the federal government, state governments, and whistleblowers from all walks of life.

Our whistleblower lawyers have successfully prosecuted cases across a wide spectrum of fraud, including:

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What is a Qui Tam Lawsuit?

A private citizen who has material information about a person or an organization defrauding a governmental entity can file a lawsuit against this person or organization under the False Claims Act. The private citizen filing this kind of lawsuit is commonly named a relator or whistleblower, and the lawsuit is often called a qui tam lawsuit or qui tam action.

The False Claims Act provides financial incentives to whistleblowers. A whistleblower can receive between 15 and 30 percent of the overall recovery of a qui tam lawsuit. This amount can be millions of dollars.

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What is are Whistleblower Lawyers?

A whistleblower lawyer (or, a qui tam lawyer) is a legal professional who specializes in representing a private citizen in a lawsuit filed against an individual or organization that has defrauded a governmental entity.

What Does Qui Tam Mean, and Where Does It Come From?

Qui tam is a shorthand for “qui tam pro domino rege quam pro si ipso in hac parte sequitur,” a Latin phrase that means “[he] who sues on behalf of the king as well as for himself.” Qui tam provisions originated in England during the Middle Ages and led to the development of our country’s False Claims Act.

The False Claims Act was enacted in 1863. It was spearheaded by President Abraham Lincoln’s administration during the American Civil War to protect the government and Union Army from some suppliers’ fraudulent practices. After being weakened by amendments in 1943, the False Claims Act in 1986 again became a powerful tool to combat fraud against the government.

Since 1986, our whistleblower lawyers have successfully prosecuted numerous cases and recovered hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars.

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