Vijay Mani is an associate in the firm’s Qui Tam litigation and Labor/Employment Law practice groups. He is highly active in the firm’s False Claims Act practice, advocating on behalf of whistleblowers throughout the country in claims against government contractors that have committed fraud. He is passionate about helping whistleblower clients who have gone out on a limb to uncover massive fraud schemes perpetrated by their employers that would likely remain hidden forever if left unexposed. These clients take enormous risks in standing up to their employers, often facing numerous forms of retaliation, devastating financial consequences and even termination as a result. Vijay strongly believes that this kind of rare courage in the face of incredible adversity deserves to be rewarded, and he always goes the extra mile to help ensure clients are protected every step of the way during these challenging times.
Vijay also represents employees throughout Maryland and the D.C. area who are victims of workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation, unequal pay, and unlawful termination. Vijay also represents employers with unionized and non-unionized workforces on a broad range of employment-related transactions, organizational policy issues and litigation defense matters.
Vijay’s commitment to obtaining justice for his clients has translated into tangible results in the courtroom and in proceedings before administrative tribunals. He has helped numerous federal sector employees achieve successful outcomes in cases involving a variety of adverse employment actions, and he recently tried and prevailed in a federal trial in which his client was the victim of religious discrimination and retaliation. Vijay has also obtained a successful outcome at trial on behalf of his clients who had been discriminated against on the basis of gender and unequal pay.
Helping others facing difficult circumstances was the focus of Vijay’s professional life long before he began practicing law. Before law school, he worked as a Researcher and Clinical Trial Coordinator for various institutes within the National Institutes of Health. He also served in AmeriCorps in Washington, D.C., where he worked with children affected by and infected with HIV/AIDS.
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American University Washington College of Law, J.D., 2012
University of Tulsa, B.S., cum laude, 2000
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
Speeches & Articles
• Author – “Practice Resource: Tracking Healthcare Reform,” Journal of Health and Life Science Law (October 2010)
• Prepared a successful brief in opposition to summary judgment, served as second chair at trial, delivered the opening statement and helped obtain a six-figure award on behalf of a Metro D.C. police officer alleging discrimination on the basis of religion and military service
Outside the Office
Outside the office, Vijay enjoys pick-up basketball and a good chess match. He played college tennis and speaks multiple languages.