Shauna Itri concentrates her practice on complex litigation,
specifically representing whistleblowers in qui tam or
False Claims Act law suits in state and federal courts throughout
the United States and tax and securities whistleblowers with claims
under the IRS and SEC whistleblower programs.
Ms. Itri has worked on a series of False Claims Act cases
against large drug companies for fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid
drug pricing. This litigation has returned well over $3 billion to
state and federal governments pursuant to the Federal and State
False Claims Acts, including a $150 million settlement with
GlaxoSmithKline PLC, a $190 million settlement with Aventis
Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and a $280 million settlement in United
States of America ex rel Ven-A-Care of the Florida Keys, Inc. v.
Boehringer Ingelheim Corp., et al. (Civil Action No. 07-10248,
D. Mass.). In addition to representing whistleblowers in False
Claims Act cases, Ms. Itri has experience representing
whistleblowers both in cases involving claims brought under
whistleblower reward programs with the Internal Revenue Service,
and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including Foreign
Corrupt Practices Act violations.
Ms. Itri also represents shareholders in securities class action
cases, assisting in litigation that recovered millions of dollars
in settlements including: In re: Adams Golf Securities
Litigation, Civ. Action No. 99-371 (D. Del. 1999) (settled
for approximately $17 million); In re: American Business
Financial Services, Inc. Noteholders Litigation, No. 05-232
(E.D. Pa.)(settled for approximately $17 million); and Mazur v.
Concord Camera et al., Case No. 04-61159 (S.D. Fla. 2004)
(settled for approximately $2 million).
Ms. Itri received a B.A. and an M.A. from Stanford University.
While attending Stanford University, Ms. Itri captained the
Stanford University Women's Soccer Team, was on the Scholar Athlete
and Honor Roll and served on the Women's Soccer Pacific Ten
Conference All-Academic Team.Ms. Itri earned her Juris Doctor from
the Villanova University School of Law where she was
Editor-in-Chief of the Villanova Law School Sports &
Entertainment Law Journal.
Ms. Itri is presently an adjunct professor at Villanova
University, teaching a white collar crime and corporate deviance
course and at Widener University School of Law teaching a corproate
deviance course. Shauna speaks on various topics regarding
whistleblower laws, including the following national
- American Bar Association Section of Litigation Annual
Conference in Chicago (April 2013)
- Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) Global
Conference, Fraud Enforcement in Clinical Research under the False
Claims Act, April 26, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas
- Moderator for Panel entitled "Basics of Litigating Under The
False Claims Act," at the National Employment Lawyer Association's
2013 Fall Seminar entitled Shining The Light On Whistleblower &
Retaliation Claims, in Washington, DC on October 18, 2013
- SOCRA, Society of Clinical Research Associates 24th Annual
Conference in Denver, Co., September 2015)
Ms. Itri was named a "2013 Lawyer on the Fast Track" by the
Legal Intelligencer and a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star"
in 2010 through 2016 by Philadelphia Magazine after an extensive
nomination and polling process among Pennsylvania lawyers. She was
placed on Philadelphia's First Judicial District's 2010 and 2011
Roll of Honor for Pro Bono Service for her service in the
community, including acting as a volunteer attorney for the
Education Law Center,Veterans Pro Bono Consortium, Philadelphia VIP
Mortgage Foreclosure Program, the Homeless Advocacy Project, and
Ms. Itri is currently the Chief Operating Officer (formerly the
Director of Development) and Board Member of the Junior League of
Philadelphia, an organizaion consisting of approximately 900 women
committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of
women, and improving the community through effective action and
leadership of trained volunteers.
Ms. Itri is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
and admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the
Eastern District of Pennsylvania and U.S. District Court for the
District of New Jersey.
Prominent Judgments & Settlements
- United States ex rel. John Doe, v. Recovery Home
Care, Mark Conklin, and Glen Castillo, 8:12-cv-2495
(M.D. Fla): The case was brought under the False Claims Act
alleging that the defendant was paying kickbacks to physicians for
referrals. The government decided to intervene in the case in June
2014. The case is currently being litigated in the Middle District
- U.S. ex rel. Gale v. Omnicare, Inc., Civil Action
Number 1:10-cv-0127 (N.D. Ohio) and United States et al ex rel.
Marc Silver v. Omnicare, Inc. et al., Civil Action Number 11-01326
(D.NJ) which settled in principle in 2013 and finalized in 2015.
These two cases brought under the False Claims Acts alleged that
defendant Omnicare defrauded the government by providing kickbacks
to nursing homes.