A law firm dedicated to representing whistleblowers in False Claims Act and other qui tam litigation nationwide
If you found our site by doing an internet search, no doubt you saw that there are thousands of attorneys who claim to be able to handle your False Claims Act case. So what makes Bracker & Marcus stand out?
Qui tam is our firm's only area of practice.
If you had a Lamborghini, would you drop it off for repairs at a generic auto shop, or would you take it to a technician who is trained and experienced with the precise machinery of Lamborghinis? Just like Lamborghinis, the False Claims Act is an extremely specialized and constantly changing area of the law, with millions of dollars at stake. We are one of a handful of firms in the country who spend our time--all of it--better understanding the ever-shifting world of False Claims Act law. That makes a difference in how we understand and care for you and your case.
We are the lawyers whom other lawyers consult.
The False Claims Act has requirements unlike any other statute or claim. If your lawyer is not familiar with its intricacies, it is no exaggeration to say that your case can be lost before it is even filed. Even the top lawyers in America call Bracker & Marcus to help them navigate the complicated--and brutally unforgiving--world of False Claims Act law. We are brought in frequently at all stages of cases, from initial investigation (by far the best time) to interfacing with defendants in the middle of litigation, to negotiating with the Government on the intricacies of relator's share after a case has been won or settled.
WE GET RESULTS.
Fewer than one-fifth of filed False Claims Act cases are intervened by the Government, which results in successful prosecutions about 95% of the time. Representation by knowledgeable FCA attorneys with positive relationships with state and federal agents can make or break your case. Bracker & Marcus' intervention rate changes with every decision, but has always been well higher than the national average. Conversely, approximately 94% of non-intervened cases are unsuccessful, in large part because most law firms refuse to litigate these complex and hard-to-win cases. If the Government declines to intervene, we will sit down with you and discuss what is best for you to do next, but Bracker & Marcus is not afraid to litigate viable cases, and its attorneys have historically gotten good results for its clients when doing so.
We keep you informed.
Studies show that about half of all client complaints filed against their lawyers are due to lack of communication, including failure to keep clients informed, failure to listen, non-responsiveness, arrogance, making decisions without client input, and failure to give clear advice. At our firm, we are committed to returning every call or email within twenty-four hours. Moreover, your concerns will not be farmed out to a less experienced lawyer. You will deal regularly with both partners of the firm, any time you like.
Your interests always come first.
The only way we can be successful is by filing and winning qui tam cases that we believe in. To us, part of deciding to offer to represent you and your case is a commitment to invest our own time and money to make your case as successful as possible. And if our investigation shows a reason why filing a case is not in your best interests, we will do our best to fully educate you as to why, so that you can do what is best for you and your family.
We fight retaliation.
Many whistleblowers don't want to take the serious step of filing a qui tam case until they are literally left with no meaningful choice. Often they have reported internally and now are being retaliated against for having tried to help their employer do the right thing. When they come to us, many have already been fired. As a result, Bracker & Marcus often litigates False Claims Act retaliation claims in conjunction with its Government fraud claims. Moreover, we stay in constant touch with the finest employment lawyers in the country, so that if we cannot help you, we can steer you to a specialist who can. Both partners are active members of the Georgia chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association, and Julie Bracker is the immediate past president and has served on its Board for four years. Julie also has the honor to serve as Of Counsel to Jill Schwartz & Associates, one of the premier plaintiff's employment law firms in the country. In short, when it comes to employment discrimination and retaliation claims, Bracker & Marcus have access to the finest legal minds in the field and will investigate, protect, and defend you from those who try to punish you for doing the right thing.
We FRONT ALL FEES AND COSTS OF REPRESENTATION.
Bracker & Marcus litigates qui tam cases on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid only when we win or settle your case. Even though these cases may last for many years, our firm advances all fees, court costs, and legal expenses until your case is over. When we win, we are reimbursed by defendants and paid a contingency* from your award, meaning you pay nothing out of pocket. Even our initial consultations are free!
WE are nationally recognized.
Both the individual lawyers of Bracker & Marcus and the firm as a whole have been recognized as being among the top of their trade. In 2016, Corporate America News named Bracker & Marcus "Best for Qui Tam Litigation - Georgia" and "Recognized Leader in Healthcare Fraud - Georgia." Ms. Bracker and Mr. Marcus each maintain Martindale Hubbell's highest AV Preeminent Peer Review rating and a perfect 10.0 Avvo score, reflecting the legal community's recognition of their ability. Both attorneys are annually named among the Top Lawyers in Georgia, published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Ms. Bracker was selected for a Lawyer Monthly Women in Law 2016 Award in recognition of her outstanding legal expertise and contribution within the practice area of False Claims Litigation. Mr. Marcus was selected by Super Lawyers Magazine for its list of 2016 Rising Stars in Georgia.
*In general, "contingent attorneys' fees" refers only to those fees charged by attorneys for their legal services. Such fees are not permitted in all types of cases. Court costs and other additional expenses of legal action usually must be paid by the client. However, False Claims Act cases are unlike any other type of lawsuit, and so FCA attorneys' fee agreements are too complex and difficult to summarize for a website. But it is critical to us that you understand how our firm will ultimately be paid, and we will spend all the time you need going over our agreement with you before you sign, to make sure you are comfortable with the arrangement.