Shauna B. Itri
Shauna Itri concentrates her practice on complex litigation, specifically representing whistleblowers in qui tam or False Claims Act lawsuits 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 corporate deviance course. Shauna speaks on various topics regarding whistleblower laws, including the following national conferences:
- 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 HIAS.
Ms. Itri is currently the President-Elect and a Board Member of the Junior League of Philadelphia, an organization 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.
- Participant and Legal Team Leader, Philadelphia Bar Association ACE Program (teaching Advanced Civics Education to high school freshman in the Philadelphia School District).
- Volunteer Attorney at the Education Law Center; Veterans Pro Bono Consortium; Philadelphia VIP Mortgage Foreclosure Program; the Homeless Advocacy Project; and HAIS.
Business and Community Leadership
- Co-Chair Stanford Oval Program in Philadelphia (Outreach Volunteer Alumni Link for Office of Undergraduate Admission)
- Director of Development, Board of Director Junior League of Philadelphia, Inc.
- Stanford University Club of Philadelphia
- Volunteer Stanford Fundraising Committee
- Former Board Member, Foundation for Restorative Justice
- Villanova Law School Fifth Year Reunion Co-Chair
- Panelist: ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference- April 2013: The SEC and IRS Whistleblower Acts and the FCA
- Facilitator in COMCAST Financial Management Leadership Program Course on Business Ethics 2012-2013
- Speaker: Audio Educator: Addressing Fraud, Waste, and Abuse in Home Health and Long-Term Care with the False Claims (or Whistleblower) Acts
Prominent Judgments and 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 of Florida.
- 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.
In the News
- Shareholder Shauna B. Itri to Speak at the American Bar Association’s 12th National Institute on the Civil False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement
- Tampa’s Largest Ambulance Provider Agrees to Settle Medicare Fraud Lawsuit Filed by Berger Montague and Wenzel Fenton Cabassa for $5.5 Million
- Government Intervenes in Ambulance Service Medicare Fraud Lawsuit Filed by Berger Montague and Wenzel Fenton Cabassa
- California Dermatologist Pays Nearly $2.7 Million Resolving Whistleblower Claims of Fraud Against Medicare
- Shareholder Shauna B. Itri To Speak At The 2017 Association of Clinical Research Professionals Meeting & Expo
- Release of Claims and the False Claims Act: An Employee’s Ability to Pursue Qui Tam Claims Against Its Former Employer After Signing a Release
- Whistleblower Lawsuits Help Provide Stark and Anti-Kickback Statute Guidance