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.

Online registration is now closed. Onsite registration will be available at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on February 27-28, beginning at 8:00 a.m.

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, Jr., 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, District of Columbia
  • J. Marc Vezina, Managing Principal, Vezina Law
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) 
  • Jonathan Haray, Partner, DLA Piper, LLP
  • Colette Matzzie, Partner, Phillips and Cohen LLP 
  • Mary Karen Wills, Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group, LLC
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

  • R. Scott Oswald, Managing Principal, The Employment Law Group, PC (Moderator) 
  • Doris Coles-Huff, ACE Coordinator, DDC
  • Thomas Corcoran, ACE Coordinator, DMD
  • Gerard Mene, ACE Coordinator, EDVA
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 Divison
  • Jeffery Layne, Partner, 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)
  • Peter W. Chatfield, Partner, Phillips & Cohen LLP
  • Megan Jeschke, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP
  • Lisa Lecointe-Cephas, Executive Director, Global Investigations, Merck
10:15-11:45 a.m.

Panel 7
Discovery in Declined Qui Tam Cases

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

Keynote Luncheon
Stephen Cox
Deputy Associate Attorney General of the United States

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, Eastern District Wisconsin
  • Kathleen McDermott, Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Vincent McKnight, Managing Partner, Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP
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

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Contact Jordan Weiss if you are interested in sponsoring this conference.
February 27 - 28, 2018
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC

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