2018 Qui Tam Conference


Join the Federal Bar Association’s Qui Tam section as it provides fresh analysis on the rapidly changing landscape of False Claims Act (“FCA”) enforcement. This two-day conference will feature experienced FCA litigators from a variety of perspectives who will dive into advanced topics and discuss the latest developments, practices, and pitfalls pertaining to the FCA. Take this opportunity to interact with leading practitioners in the field while earning CLE credit and enjoying multiple networking events.

Three Ways to Register:
1) Register Online
2) Fax the PDF Registration Form to 571-481-9090
3) Mail the PDF Registration Form to Federal Bar Association; Attn: 2018 Qui Tam Conference; PO Box 79395; Baltimore, MD 21279 

 Early Bird
(on or before 1/19/18)

(after 1/19/18)

FBA Sustaining Member  



FBA Member






Section Member









Tuesday, February 27
8:00-8:30 a.m.


8:30-10:00 a.m.

Panel 1
Opening Remarks & Case Law Round Up

  • John R. Thomas, Jr., Partner, Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore, LLP (Moderator) 
  • John T. Boese, Of Counsel, Fried Frank
  • James B. Helmer, President, Helmer, Martins, Rice & Popham Co., L.P.A.
10:15-11:15 a.m.

Panel 2
Managing the Relator

  • Joel M. Androphy, Partner, Berg & Androphy (Moderator) 
  • David L. Douglass, Partner, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Jack E. Fernandez, Partner, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP
  • Darrell Valdez, Assistant US Attorney, Washington D.C.
11:15-12:15 p.m.

Panel 3
Using Experts in Qui Tam Cases: When, Where, Why, How?

  • Dawn E. Stern, Associate, DLA Piper LLP (Moderator) 
12:15-1:45 p.m.

Keynote Luncheon
Jessie Liu
US Attorney, District of Columbia

1:45-3:15 p.m.

Panel 4
Best Practices for Working with the Government - A Discussion with ACE Coordinators from DC, MD, and VA

  • Scott R. Oswald, Managing Principal, The Employment Law Group, PC (Moderator) 
  • Doris Coles-Huff, ACE Coordinator, DDC
  • Gerard Mene, ACE Coordinator, EDVA
  • Thomas Corcoran, ACE Coordinator, DMD
3:30-5:00 p.m.

Panel 5
Thinking of Settlement from Filing to Press Release

  • Katherine J. Seikaly, Partner, Reed Smith LLP (Moderator) 
  • Traci L. Buschner, Partner, Guttman, Buschner & Brooks
  • David Finkelstein, Trial Attorney, Department of Justice, Civil Frauds
  • Jeffery Layne, Head of Business Readiness and Development, Norton Rose Fulbright
5:00 p.m.

Mingle with experts in the field and fellow attorneys that you’ve connected with throughout the day

Wednesday, February 28
8:00-8:30 a.m.


8:30-10:00 a.m.

Panel 6
Out of the Gate: Handling Declinations, Motions to Dismiss, and Other Threshold Matters

  • Jonathan L. Diesenhaus, Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP (Moderator)
  • Megan Jeschke, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP
  • Lisa Lecointe-Cephas, Senior Counsel, Government Investigations, Bristol-Meyers Squibb Co.
10:15-11:45 a.m.

Panel 7
Discovery Matters in Qui Tam Cases

  • Susan S. Gouinlock, Partner, Wilbanks & Gouinlock (Moderator) 
  • Jennifer M. Verkamp, Partner, Morgan Verkamp LLC 
  • Sara Kay Wheeler, Partner, King & Spalding
11:45-12:45 p.m.

Keynote Luncheon
Michael Granston (invited)
Director, Civil Fraud Section, Civil Division at U.S. Department of Justice

12:45-2:15 p.m.

Panel 8
Strategic Use of Pre-Trial Motions

  • Nola J. Hitchcock Cross, Managing Attorney, Cross Law Firm (Moderator) 
  • Michael Carter, Civil Frauds Coordinator, Easter District Wisconsin
  • Kathleen McDermott, Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Shelley Slade, Principal, Vogel Slade & Goldstein
2:30-4:00 p.m.

Panel 9
The Big Show: Trying a Qui Tam

  • Wendy West Feinstein, Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP (Moderator) 
  • Charlene Fulmer, Assistant US Attorney, EDPA
  • Michael Morse, Partner, Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti LLP
  • Eric Sitarchuk, Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

Contact Melissa Schettler if you are interested in sponsoring this conference.
February 27 - 28, 2018
08:00 AM - 04:00 PM

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