Brian Markovitz is a principal in the firm’s Labor and Employment and False Claims Act Litigation practice groups who focuses primarily on helping victims who have suffered severe injustice in the workplace, including whistleblowers. Brian works hand in hand with law enforcement officials to stop fraud against the government and helps the brave people who come forward to report fraud and are retaliated against by their employers.
A very important area where Whistleblowers are needed is HUBZone fraud. HUBzones are a diversity program meant to locate headquarters of small businesses in distressed areas and have them hire residents from those disadvantaged neighborhoods. In return, the federal or local governments allows those companies to gain preferential access to government contract opportunities. Unfortunately, companies often lie to get the bidding advantage and either don’t put the headquarters in the disadvantaged neighborhoods or don’t hire the people from those neighborhoods or both. Recent Department of Justice trends illustrate the government’s focus on prosecuting individuals who are taking advantage of contracting opportunities that have been set aside for businesses located in underdeveloped communities, and whistleblowers are a key element in catching these bad actors.
If you know of a company that is lying about its HUBZone status to win government contracts, contact Brian. Brian is nationally recognized as a leading practitioner in the representation of whistleblowers in individual and class action suits involving employer violations of the federal False Claims Act. Popular news sources such as The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Bloomberg BNA, and The Wall Street Journal often ask Brian to provide commentary on high-profile whistleblower cases litigated throughout the country. His clients span numerous industries – health care, pharmaceuticals, construction plus many more – and he has a unique ability to hold companies and individuals accountable for engaging in massive fraudulent schemes and retaliating against clients who have the courage to blow the whistle
Brian has achieved successful outcomes in numerous whistleblower actions. He has represented a government contractor in Afghanistan who blew the whistle on his employer’s misappropriation of government funds. Brian’s investigation uncovered fraudulent subcontracts worth nearly $20 million that led to the indictments of the scheme organizers and a favorable settlement for his client. He also helped a client blow the whistle on Allergan, the maker of Botox®, based on its off-label marketing of the product for pharmaceutical purposes. The efforts of Brian’s team ultimately led to Allergan’s guilty plea to criminal charges and a total settlement of $600 million in civil and criminal fines.
Clients trust Brian to help them during their most desperate times, and they appreciate his dedication to correcting injustices that have a tremendous impact on their lives. He brings an individualized and holistic approach to every case, taking into account each client’s distinct needs and goals in resolving the dispute. Brian has seen a wide variety of controversies that his clients can encounter in the workplace, and he’s fully prepared to protect or enforce their rights in a tough courtroom battle when all other alternatives to resolve the dispute have been exhausted. Brian’s goal isn’t just to win the case – it’s also about helping each client in every way he can.