Tips for Choosing the Best Whistle Blower Attorney
Blowing the lid on a fraudulent company practice is not an easy decision to make. All sorts of things may run through the mind of somebody who is thinking about whistleblowing such as: Who can I turn to? How will it affect my job? or Am I to expect retaliation? Rest assured that a highly experienced whistleblower attorney can answer all your fears.
Choosing a lawyer to represent you in a whistleblowing case is probably one of the most important decisions that you will ever have to make. Get it wrong and your representing attorney could end up losing your case, which may result in you losing millions of dollars for standing up for what's right. However get it right and you will see that the whistleblower lawyer will have a deep understanding of your claim and as a result will act with dogged determination to deliver a full and fair result. At the Law Offices of David H. Greenberg we handle whistleblower lawsuits from all over the country and can help guide you through the process. Call us at 1-888-204-1014 to see if you have a case.
Here are some of the criteria that you should look for in your representing whistleblower attorneys:
- Success with your specific type of case
It is vitally important to find a lawyer who has a good understanding of your exact type of case. For example, although an attorney might have previously brought about a whistleblower lawsuit, and it may also have successfully resulted in compensation for the plaintiff, however they may not have been federal false claims or qui tam cases. If your case is qui tam, then you should find a team of whistleblower lawyers with this exact experience.
- Is it really a law firm?
This is a bit of a strange one, but when you look at a website does it look like an actual law firm? The reason that this question is asked is because there are many legal style websites out there that to all intent and purpose look like a team of attorneys. However upon closer inspection it could well be a referral site which will take the cases and then sell them on to any law firm willing to pay the highest fee. The bottom line is to make sure that the person on the website is the person that is going to be dealing with your whistleblower lawsuit.
- Whistleblower experience
Many firms of lawyers operate across the board and may not have expertise in the area of your case. Whistleblower cases are unique and as a result require a certain expertise and know how in order to deliver the right outcome. Just as you probably wouldn't want a heart specialist to do brain surgery, you probably wouldn't or shouldn’t hire a general attorney to handle a whistleblower case.
- Is it their specific area of expertise?
Many law firms have websites designed so that whistleblowing cases are actually their main area of expertise, when in reality it isn't. The False Claims Act is an extremely complex law filled with idiosyncrasies so it's important that you speak to a law firm that is fully conversant with this particular law. One way to do this is to speak to them direct, and ask them to show you proof of False Claims Act cases that they have won for clients. This is particularly true of any website as some unscrupulous law firms will put winning claims and amounts awarded on their websites but they haven't actually won them.
- Government involvement
In most qui tam cases, the chances of winning are maximized when the government steps in. The Department of Justice (DOJ) can decide to step in and help in the case, or decline the offer. It is vital that you find a representing whistleblower attorney who has had government intervention in previous cases and ask them how they went about convincing the DOJ to join forces.
- Money, money, money
Most if not all qui tam cases are extremely costly and indeed time consuming. Therefore the right team of representing lawyers will need the financial backing in place to be able to pay for out of pocket expenses such as hiring consultants to look into the case, filing papers, and court costs. On top of this, because of the nature of such a claim, it will often require the attention of several lawyers.
It is advisable (although speed is of the essence) to thoroughly research the representing lawyer market before you jump in with both feet. These are the people who can hopefully help you through this ordeal and therefore, you will be working closely with them. By meeting with your short list of attorneys you can gauge if they are the type of people who you can work with. First impressions do say a lot and often if you have a good feeling about them, then it is often right.
The right whistleblower attorney can make a seemingly impossible task of getting a full and fair result seem like child's play and will take on the responsibility of fighting your corner with confidence. They should know the right avenues to take and will keep you informed every step of the way. This way you won't feel any more alienated than you probably already have been because of your whistleblowing activities. At the end of the day, the right lawyer can make all the difference to you, your family and your lives, whist at the same time seeing that justice is well and truly served.