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Helping Whistleblowers Fight Fraud Against the Government

Every day, American taxpayers lose millions of dollars to fraudulent schemes against the government. Fortunately, everyday Americans – like you – are coming forward with increasing frequency to report wrongdoing and put a stop to these fraudulent schemes. While these fraudulent schemes can take many forms, they all have at least one thing in common: they waste taxpayer dollars.

There are a growing number of federal, state and local laws – including the False Claims Act – designed to encourage people with knowledge of fraud against the government to come forward. These whistleblower laws often provide a financial reward, and a level of protection to those who do. A whistleblower law firm can help whistleblowers make use of these laws to stop fraud, maximize whistleblowers' rewards for coming forward, and protect whistleblowers throughout the process.

The whistleblower attorneys at Goldberg Kohn are committed to helping you fight fraud against the government, recover as large a share of any recovery as possible, and protecting your rights along the way. Our whistleblower lawyers have the experience, sophistication, and resources required to take on even the largest corporate defendants on behalf of our clients. Goldberg Kohn will fight for you all the way to the finish line.

The Attorneys of Goldberg Kohn

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We understand that it’s not easy to “blow the whistle,” but the law is on your side and our experienced attorneys are here to help. Goldberg Kohn’s whistleblower attorneys have the experience and resources necessary to take your case to trial, as our landmark victory demonstrates – a  capacity few other firms can offer.

Our attorneys have a track record of helping our clients get successful settlements and helped shape the law for whistleblowers, obtaining favorable court orders  in support of our client’s cases. In addition, Goldberg Kohn attorneys have repeatedly been recognized and honored for their work on behalf of their clients.

Awards and Recognition

Over the years the Goldberg Kohn False Claims Group has received numerous awards and recognition and continues to build on its growing national reputation.

  • We obtained the largest verdict in False Claims Act history with a total judgment of $334 million. In connection with this case, the National Law Journal named David Chizewer and Fred Cohen among the "Top Ten Litigators of 2007". They also jointly received the 2007 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from both the Public Justice Foundation and Taxpayers Against Fraud, and were appointed by the National Advocacy Center of the United States Department of Justice to be on its faculty to train experienced Assistant United States Attorneys on trial skills.
  • David Chizewer has guest lectured to classes at Cornell Law School and Berkeley Law School on key policy issues in the Federal False Claims Act.
  • David Chizewer has been quoted in numerous publications as an expert on False Claims matters, including:
  • Principals Matthew Organ, Bill Meyers, and David Chizewer have moderated sessions and participated in expert panels at a number of events, including but not limited to:
    • The General Counsels' Forum on Internal Investigations & Compliance
    • Physician Legal Issues Conference
    • Taxpayers Against Fraud Annual and Education Fund Conferences
    • National Institute on the Civil False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement
    • Annual Meeting for the 7th Circuit Bar Association and Judicial Conference of the Seventh Circuit
    • a live interactive Federal Judicial Center webcast available exclusively to federal judges around the country
  • Goldberg Kohn's False Claims Practice has been featured several times in Chicago Lawyer Magazine:
  • Goldberg Kohn was awarded the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice Pro Bono Appreciation Award in 2017, primarily due to the work of attorneys Roger Lewis, Emily Gilman, and Kristen Jones in helping Chicago Appleseed and its partners achieve a change in Illinois Supreme Court Rules prohibiting shackling of juvenile defendants during court proceedings absent demonstrated cause, and promoting the independence of administrative hearing officers.
  • The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law honored Goldberg Kohn with their Corporate Partner Award in 2017 for assisting in the representation of public housing and low-income residents in East Chicago living on environmentally contaminated land. Emily Gilman and David Chizewer have been working with the Shriver Center on this project pro-bono. David and his wife Debbie Chizewer, an environmental law attorney at the Northwestern Law Environmental Advocacy Center, have also been named by the National Law Journal as 2018 Energy & Environmental Trailblazers for their work on this project.
  • Bill Meyers and David Chizewer have each received an Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service at the Annual Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service Award Ceremony.
    • Bill Meyers was honored in 2018 for his outstanding work on behalf of Robert Goldsmith in Goldsmith v. Caceres et al., Case No. 14 C 3560, a civil rights lawsuit against corrections officers and other jail officials alleging mistreatment and deprivation of certain Constitutional rights and privileges. The parties settled after litigating the case for several years.
    • David Chizewer and former Goldberg Kohn associate Courtney Baron were jointly honored in 2016 for their work on behalf of Robert E. Williams in Williams v. Wexford Health Sources, Inc., Case No. 14 C 1113, a civil rights lawsuit against Stateville Correctional Center's healthcare provider and state prison officials for denying necessary medical care to treat a serious and painful condition. Mr. Williams obtained treatment through the course of his lawsuit, and the parties ultimately reached a settlement.
  • David Chizewer and Fred Cohen were awarded the 2006 Excellence in Pro Bono Award from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • David Chizewer and Fred Cohen received the 2005 American Academy of Pediatrics Child Health Advocate of the Year Award
  • Fred Cohen was awarded the 2004 Equal Justice Award from the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
  • 2019Margaret O'Connor named a "Rising Star" at NIJC's 20th Annual Human Rights Awards

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