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Walking in a Winter Whistleblower Wonderland

While I certainly did not intend to turn this False Claims Act law blog into a travel blog, here we go again!

After a 35-day shutdown, the Government was finally back open for business on Monday. The early bird gets the worm, so I hopped on a flight to beautiful and frigid Grand Rapids, Michigan on Sunday night for a meeting at the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan on Monday morning. And when I woke up that day, I saw more snow than I’ve ever seen in my life!

Michigan

Although the entire state took a snow day (and when Michigan closes for snow, you know it’s serious), the wonderful people at the U.S. Attorney’s Office came in just to meet with my whistleblower client and me, so that I could get out of town before things got really bad.

When we say we are a national False Claims Act firm, we mean it. We represent whistleblowers in qui tam cases all across the country (Although we are still waiting for that Hawaii case! Come on, Hawaiian whistleblowers!), and sometimes that can mean flying to western Michigan in the face of a January winter storm. We love our work and we love our clients, and we will do whatever we can to get your case filed and investigated as smoothly and quickly as possible.

Next stop: Washington, D.C.

Howdy, Whistleblowers!

Bracker & Marcus LLC recently concluded a two-day arbitration hearing in San Antonio, Texas. Having never been before, partner Jason Marcus took the time to see the sites (rather than the cites, for a nice change). Special guest photographer and employment attorney extraordinaire Austin Kaplan even got a candid of Jason (finding out that the Alamo doesn’t have a basement) looking like he’s in a Don’t Mess with Texas lawyer commercial.

Remember the Alamo!

Remember the Alamo!

Remember the Alamo Gift Shop!

Remember the Alamo Gift Shop!

Congratulations Serena and Jason!

Jason Marcus is getting married today to his fiance, Serena Holder, on the Greek Island of Poros. Poros is a little jewel of the Saronic Gulf islands surrounded by pine forests reaching the sea offering serenity, relaxation, and also amazing lemon tree forests.

Jason and Serena spent the last two weeks touring Italy and Greece. They have indulged in amazing meals, inspiring artwork and adventures across Europe. It was all leading up to today when they finally tie the knot! 

Please join us in congratulating Jason and Serena on this special day! We wish you happiness for many years to come!

Like a Rock

And I stood arrow straight
Unencumbered by the weight
Of all these hustlers and their schemes
— Bob Seger
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Today, out of the blue (pun intended), I received a large piece of lapis lazuli in the mail. There was no note, no indication why I was receiving this package. Generally when a rock lands in my office, I assume it came from opposing counsel, but those aren't usually delivered by the postal service, nor are they quite as beautiful. After some investigating, I found that the box came from Afghanistan, and I was able to start putting the pieces together.

In August 2016, I received a letter from a brave individual in Bagram who was being retaliated against for internally reporting behavior that he believed was risking the health of military and civilian personnel stationed there. He had reported the conduct to everyone he could think of in Bagram to no avail.

It was clear right away that this did not fall into my area of practice, but I spent some time researching what he could do, for himself and for those at risk. I scheduled a call with him from Afghanistan, had him walk me through his allegations, and talked with him about his options. Ultimately I referred him to another attorney with more experience than I had in this area (which was basically zero) and wished him luck.

I assumed from my gift that he had successfully reported the wrongdoing with his new lawyer and was reaping the rewards, but I was mistaken. They had taken the report as far as they could with the government, but the government chose not to open an investigation. Still, he had kept his job and those who were responsible for the wrongdoing were gone, and so the bad acts had stopped.

My job is to right wrongs and help people in need. Sometimes, after years of litigation, I get paid for it. But a not-insignificant amount of my time is spent talking to individuals with no expectation of ever receiving a dime or even hearing from them again. I spent probably just two hours trying to help this gentleman, and then his case had not turned out like he'd hoped. But he was still so grateful for my having taken the time to listen and help him that he thought to send me a gift from the other side of the world over a year-and-a-half later. I am incredibly blessed to be doing what I am doing and honored to work on behalf of the people that I do.

My hands were steady
My eyes were clear and bright
My walk had purpose
My steps were quick and light
And I held firmly
To what I felt was right
Like a rock