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Awards and Recognition

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

Examples of these accolades include:

Largest Verdict in False Claims Act History

GK obtained the largest verdict in False Claims Act history with a total judgment of $334 million. In connection with this case, David Chizewer and the late Fred Cohen received the following recognition:

  • Named in the "Top Ten Litigators of 2007” list by National Law Journal
  • Recognized as “2007 Trial Lawyer of the Year” by Public Justice Foundation
  • Honored as “2007 Trial Lawyer of the Year” by Taxpayers Against Fraud
  • Appointed to the National Advocacy Center of the United States Department of Justice faculty to train experienced Assistant United States Attorneys on trial skills

Industry-Leading Awards 

  • Pro Bono Institute CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award: GK was recognized in 2021 for the firm’s ongoing commitment to help asylum applicants obtain legal status in the United States.
  • National Immigrant Justice Center Rising Star: Margaret O'Connor was honored with this achievement at the 20th Annual Human Rights Awards in 2019.
  • Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice Pro Bono Appreciation Award: Awarded to GK in 2017 primarily due to the work in helping 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
  • Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law Corporate Partner Award: GK was honored in 2017 for assisting in the representation of public housing and low-income residents in East Chicago living on environmentally contaminated land.
  • Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service: Bill Meyers and David Chizewer were awarded these distinctions at separate Annual Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service Award ceremonies.
    • In 2018, Bill was honored for his outstanding work on behalf of Robert Goldsmith in Goldsmith v. Caceres et al., Case No. 14 C 3560.
    • In 2016, David Chizewer was recognized for his work on behalf of Robert E. Williams in Williams v. Wexford Health Sources, Inc., Case No. 14 C 1113.
  • S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Excellence in Pro Bono Award: David Chizewer and Fred Cohen were honored with this achievement in 2006.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Child Health Advocate of the Year Award: In 2005, David Chizewer and Fred Cohen received this recognition.
  • Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law Equal Justice Award: Fred Cohen was bestowed this award in 2004.

Speaking Engagements and Featured Articles

GK attorneys frequently participate in speaking engagements to share and discuss the evolving issues and trends of False Claims.

Principals Roger Lewis, Bill Meyers, and David Chizewer have moderated sessions and participated in expert panels at a number of events, including but not limited to:

Additionally, Cornell Law School and Berkeley Law School have invited David Chizewer to guest lecture classes on key policy issues in the Federal False Claims Act.

The firm’s False Claims Practice and attorneys have been featured in several publications including:

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