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  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Qui Tam Law Litigation - Health Care Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Criminal Defense: General Practice Qui Tam Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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James J. "Jim" Belanger  was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

James J. "Jim" Belanger

J. Belanger Law PLLC
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Tempe, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Qui Tam Law Criminal Defense: General Practice Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia Harrisonburg, Virginia Newport News, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Qui Tam Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Consumer Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Qui Tam Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Qui Tam Law Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Qui Tam Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Troy, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Qui Tam Law Employment Law - Management Labor Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Augusta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Qui Tam Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Qui Tam Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Aviation Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Qui Tam Law Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management Qui Tam Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Qui Tam Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Qui Tam Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Newport Beach, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Qui Tam Law Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Qui Tam Law
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Cindra M. Dowd was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Cindra M. Dowd

PayneMitchell Law Group, LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Qui Tam Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Qui Tam Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care Qui Tam Law Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Qui Tam Law Employment Law - Individuals
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Qui Tam Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Individuals Employment Law - Management Labor Law - Management Qui Tam Law Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Qui Tam Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Qui Tam Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Augusta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Qui Tam Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care Qui Tam Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Individuals Litigation - Labor and Employment Civil Rights Law Qui Tam Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Fairfax, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Qui Tam Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Morristown, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Qui Tam Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Qui Tam Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Qui Tam Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Arbitration Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Construction Qui Tam Law Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Qui Tam Law Employment Law - Individuals Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Qui Tam Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Qui Tam Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Qui Tam Law Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Qui Tam Law Labor Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Litigation - First Amendment Qui Tam Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Montclair, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Qui Tam Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia Washington, District of Columbia Brunswick, Georgia Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Qui Tam Law Criminal Defense: General Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Qui Tam Law Commercial Litigation Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1999
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Qui Tam Law Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Qui Tam Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Health Care Law Qui Tam Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Management Qui Tam Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management Qui Tam Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Qui Tam Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Qui Tam Law Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Governance Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Qui Tam Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Construction Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Criminal Defense: White-Collar

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Practice Area Definition

Qui Tam Law Definition

The federal False Claims Act is the single most important tool used to deter fraud on the federal government. In general terms, the FCA prohibits false or fraudulent claims to the government and imposes treble damages and civil penalties against any "person" breaking the law. The real power of the statute, however, lies in its unique qui tam provision which empowers private individuals with first-hand knowledge of fraud on the government to hire private counsel and sue on behalf of the United States. Such individuals are entitled to receive an award of between 15% and 30% of the government’s recovery as well as their own attorney's fees, costs, and expenses.  

The term qui tam comes from the Latin phrase "he who sues on behalf of the King, as well as for himself.” In other words, the FCA is no mere fraud hotline to report unethical behavior by a government contractor – the FCA gives any person the right to file a full-blown federal lawsuit on behalf of the United States. Because qui tam relators (or whistleblowers as they are sometimes called) bring claims on behalf of the United States in Court, they must be represented by licensed counsel.

By creating incentives for individuals with first-hand information to hire private counsel and prosecute lawsuits in conjunction with the Department of Justice, the statute creates a true public-private partnership between individuals with knowledge of fraud, private practice lawyers specializing qui tam litigation, and federal prosecutors. The public private partnership created by the FCA has been an unparalleled success; since 1986 more than $40 billion has been recovered, and qui tam whistleblowers have received hundreds of millions of dollars for their efforts.

Such recoveries are by no means easy or quick. In addition to understanding the complex needs of modern government and the commercial entities servicing those needs, qui tam litigation has a number of unusual requirements not found in other types of federal civil litigation. Those requirements – many of which are jurisdictional – include a pre-filing disclosure memorandum, a heightened pleading standard for the Complaint, and a number of unusual procedural hurdles such as filing the Complaint under seal.

State governments have taken notice of the successes of the United States and to date 29 state governments and the District of Columbia have passed some form of FCA-style qui tam statute.

The federal False Claims Act is the single most important tool used to deter fraud on the federal government. In general terms, the FCA prohibits false or fraudulent claims to the government and imposes treble damages and civil penalties against any "person" breaking the law. The real power of the statute, however, lies in its unique qui tam provision which empowers private individuals with first-hand knowledge of fraud on the government to hire private counsel and sue on behalf of the United States. Such individuals are entitled to receive an award of between 15% and 30% of the government’s recovery as well as their own attorney's fees, costs, and expenses.  

The term qui tam comes from the Latin phrase "he who sues on behalf of the King, as well as for himself.” In other words, the FCA is no mere fraud hotline to report unethical behavior by a government contractor – the FCA gives any person the right to file a full-blown federal lawsuit on behalf of the United States. Because qui tam relators (or whistleblowers as they are sometimes called) bring claims on behalf of the United States in Court, they must be represented by licensed counsel.

By creating incentives for individuals with first-hand information to hire private counsel and prosecute lawsuits in conjunction with the Department of Justice, the statute creates a true public-private partnership between individuals with knowledge of fraud, private practice lawyers specializing qui tam litigation, and federal prosecutors. The public private partnership created by the FCA has been an unparalleled success; since 1986 more than $40 billion has been recovered, and qui tam whistleblowers have received hundreds of millions of dollars for their efforts.

Such recoveries are by no means easy or quick. In addition to understanding the complex needs of modern government and the commercial entities servicing those needs, qui tam litigation has a number of unusual requirements not found in other types of federal civil litigation. Those requirements – many of which are jurisdictional – include a pre-filing disclosure memorandum, a heightened pleading standard for the Complaint, and a number of unusual procedural hurdles such as filing the Complaint under seal.

State governments have taken notice of the successes of the United States and to date 29 state governments and the District of Columbia have passed some form of FCA-style qui tam statute.