What Whistleblowers Can Expect From Our Lawyers
At Berger Montague, our lawyers understand that confidentiality and access to counsel are important in every case. We pride ourselves on providing first-class service to our clients in every case.
We understand that clients may need to talk or meet with us frequently, often after work hours or on weekends. We are responsive to client inquiries and requests for information. If a lawyer is temporarily unavailable, he or she will promptly return your call.
With respect to confidentiality, whistleblower cases are filed on a confidential basis — “under seal.” The action will be filed under seal for no less than sixty days. No one other than the court, the Government and your lawyers will know about the filed whistleblower case while the seal is in place.
After the Complaint is filed, the Government will typically interview the whistleblower and review any documents that the whistleblower has provided. Our lawyers accompany our client on this interview and protect their interests. Following the interview, the Government will begin its investigation. During the investigation, Berger Montague stays in regular contact with the Government lawyers and seeks to assist the Government in any way possible to help advance the whistleblower’s case. It is likely that during this time the Government will request extensions of the seal so that the action and the Government’s investigation remain confidential. Most cases remain under seal for at least one year while the investigation progresses, and many cases remain under seal for a longer period of time.
After the investigation is complete, the Government may decide to intervene in the action, meaning that the Government essentially “takes over” the case. This is a good development in most whistleblower cases because when the government is involved the wrongdoer is normally much more willing to resolve the case. If the Government does not intervene, then an important decision needs to be made as to whether to pursue the case without the Government’s direct involvement. If the case goes forward, Berger Montague will assume the lead role in the litigation, and will engage in an intensive period of “discovery” with the defendant. This process typically ends when either the defendant agrees to resolve the case or the case proceeds to trial.
No Fees Without Recovery
Berger Montague’s Whistleblower, Qui Tam & False Claims Act practice group litigates cases on a contingent fee basis, so whistleblowers do not pay attorneys’ fees or court costs unless there is a recovery.
Contact a Whistleblower Lawyer
Do you need a whistleblower lawyer or do you want to know more about qui tam law?
There are three easy ways to contact our firm:
- Use the contact form on this page.
- Email email@example.com
- Call (844) 781-3088
Your information will remain confidential while we evaluate your potential claims and we will work with you to protect your rights.