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False Claims Act Statistics, News & Analysis

Lincoln’s Law Blog (LLB) offers dynamic, continuously updated news and statistics on the False Claims Act. In addition to analysis offered by FCA practitioners, we are attempting something that we believe has never before been done — offering close to “real time” updated FCA statistics, including recoveries sorted by jurisdiction and industry/subject matter. In addition to a running “ticker” of recoveries to date (found on our home page), we offer a jurisdictional “heat map” showing the most active circuits, as well as a breakdown by subject matter of the recoveries in each jurisdiction to date.

LLB provides an advance look at the aggregate numbers that formerly went unreported until each October, when the Department of Justice publishes its annual recoveries report. Our numbers are gathered from press releases, news articles, and public dockets. Of course, while every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of these statistics, LLB relies on public data sources and we cannot ensure the accuracy or completeness of the underlying data. For more on the methodology we follow in generating statistics, see this description. Check back with us frequently to watch the ticker go up over the coming months, and in October, we will offer a FCA year-in-review, analyzing the data and comparing our numbers to DOJ’s report.

Craig D. Margolis

Craig D. Margolis Partner

Still a recovering former prosecutor, Craig was ever the “reasonable” AUSA while still in the government (at least from his point-of-view). He now brings that perspective to the defense of white collar criminal investigations and False Claims Act matters alike. Craig enjoys the legal and factual challenges that spring from FCA cases – having successfully handled matters at all stages, investigations, dispositive motions, at trial, and on appeal. Craig is a leader of the government investigations and FCA practices at V&E, considering himself fortunate to be surrounded by gifted colleagues.

Tirzah S. Lollar

Tirzah S. Lollar Partner

Technologically challenged, Tirzah is still learning about blogging, but is excited about sharing her FCA experience and insights with our blog readers. A partner at V&E, Tirzah brings ten years of experience handling FCA cases to LLB. During that time, she has handled all aspects of FCA litigation and helped clients navigate the thorny legal issues that arise from the complicated FCA statute. Tirzah was naturally drawn to FCA litigation because it is a unique hybrid practice that draws on her skills as a white collar and civil litigator.

John P. Elwood

John P. Elwood Partner

John is an appellate lawyer on the V&E False Claims Act team. He has argued some of the leading FCA appeals in recent years—KBR v. U.S. ex rel. Carter in the Supreme Court, U.S. ex rel. Shupe v. Cisco Systems in the Fifth Circuit, and the two In re KBR mandamus actions in the D.C. Circuit; wins in those cases reflect careful strategic planning by, and close collaboration with, V&E's FCA team. John brings the perspective of someone who spent a decade at the Justice Department, but it has been years since he has referred to the government as “we” from force of habit.

Joshua S. Johnson

Joshua S. Johnson Counsel

Josh is an appellate lawyer on the V&E False Claims Act team. He has assisted with appeals and dispositive trial-court motions in several FCA actions, including the two In re KBR mandamus actions in the D.C. Circuit. Before joining V&E, Josh clerked at all three levels of the federal court system. He clerked for Judge Nancy Gertner (District of Massachusetts, 2009–2010), Judge David S. Tatel (D.C. Circuit, 2010–2011), and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (U.S. Supreme Court, 2012–2013). Josh also served in the Appellate Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, where he participated in briefing cases before the United States Supreme Court and argued five cases before the U.S. Courts of Appeals.

Crystal Y'Barbo Stapley

Crystal Y'Barbo Stapley Senior Associate

In her seven years as a practicing lawyer, Crystal has worked with – and therefore had the opportunity to learn about the business operations of – clients involved in a wide variety of industries, including consumer product manufacturers, transportation service providers, telecommunications companies, government logistics contractors, and companies working in a variety of areas in the energy industry. Crystal’s law practice has evolved to include diverse experience in civil business litigation and arbitration disputes, as well as FCA and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act counseling, investigations, and litigation. Crystal enjoys the satisfaction of assisting well-intentioned clients in navigating the often complex and not always intuitive legal obstacles inherent in their business operations.

Aislinn Affinito

Aislinn Affinito Associate

Aislinn is an associate at V&E whose practice consists predominately of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act counseling and investigations. She uses this experience to inform her analysis of FCA, particularly the investigations phase of such matters. Aislinn also has a strong interest in privacy law and, accordingly, likes to keep her bio descriptions short.

Christina J. Ferma

Christina Ferma Associate

Tina is a budding litigator in V&E’s government investigations and white collar defense group, focusing her practice on the FCA. Her experience includes handling discovery matters for both qui tam and non-qui tam FCA matters. Having been president of the mock trial board in law school, Tina has a keen eye for trial work and litigation strategy. Tina also keeps up to date on FCA case law by researching and writing blog posts on recent developments and noteworthy cases.

Carla Jordan-Detamore

Carla Jordan-Detamore Associate

After clerking in the Eastern District of Virginia for the Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee, Carla joined V&E with a principal area of practice in complex commercial litigation. Carla’s practice involves a focus in FCA defense, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act counseling and investigation, antitrust defense, and general white collar defense. She utilizes didactic skills honed during her previous life as a school teacher to bring the FCA to life for the readers of LLB.

Ralph C. Mayrell

Ralph C. Mayrell Associate

Ralph is Lincoln Law Blog's resident FCA empiricist and data guru, as happy drafting an Excel formula as an opening brief. At his day job, Ralph assists government defense contractors with FCA and government contract disputes in federal district and appellate courts, and has also assisted a consumer products manufacturer in an antitrust case. Ralph looks forward to sharing insights about the FCA from Lincoln Law Blog's ongoing data collection and his practice.

Kathleen C. Cooperstein

Kathleen C. Cooperstein Senior Associate

Prior to joining V&E, Kathleen clerked for the Honorable Charles Lettow on the Court of Federal Claims, where she worked on cases ranging in topic from government contracts to patent infringement to federal taxation. These days, she works happily as a member of V&E’s white collar defense practice group. Her workload primarily consists of FCA matters, with significant experiences in defending privilege disputes in the context of corporate internal investigations. She works on both the trial and appellate levels when she isn’t immersed in the sophisticated world of blogging.

Christian Sheehan

Christian Sheehan Senior Associate

Christian is a member of LLB writing staff and an associate at V&E. Prior to joining V&E, he clerked for the Honorable D. Michael Fisher on the Third Circuit and practiced for several years at a law firm in Philadelphia. His principal area of practice at V&E is complex commercial litigation, with a focus on FCA litigation, government investigations, and appellate practice. Despite having written enough to fill many leather-bound treatises, his true passion lies in pithy blog posts.

Kristen M. Eddy

Kristen M. Eddy Senior Associate

Kristen is an associate in V&E’s government investigations and white collar defense group. Her practice areas have expanded over the years and now include a variety of FCA matters, as well as Foreign Corrupt Practices Act counseling and investigations and matters related to internal controls and antitrust. She has significant experience in counseling clients in connection with grand jury proceedings, governmental investigations, and internal investigations and enjoys immersing herself in the ever-evolving world of FCA case law.

Ryan D. Stalnaker Associate

Before practicing law, Ryan worked in public policy on Capitol Hill with a focus on federal policy matters involving energy, defense, homeland security, infrastructure, and transportation. Ryan’s current practice focuses on representing contractors in government contracts litigation, as well as counseling clients on compliance with federal procurement and export control laws. Ryan enjoys contributing to LLB in recognition that the FCA is an ever-present concern for many federal contractors.

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