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 LLC stand out among qui tam lawyers?
We Exclusively Represent Whistleblowers in False Claims Act and other qui tam litigation.
False Claims Act litigation 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 all of our professional time and billable hours better understanding the ever-shifting world of whistleblower law. That makes a huge difference in how we understand and care for you and your case.
We are committed to giving you the best possible counsel.
When you are represented by Bracker & Marcus LLC, you will always be working with an experienced False Claims Act lawyer. There’s no bait-and-switch like at other firms, where you meet with the named partner, and then your case is handed off to a young associate. In fact, we don’t even employ any inexperienced associates; all of our lawyers are veterans in the qui tam arena and have chaired qui tam practices in their careers.
We get results.
Fewer than 25% of filed False Claims Act cases are intervened by the Government, which results in successful prosecutions about 95% of the time. Bracker & Marcus LLC’s cases are intervened approximately twice as often as the national average. Representation by knowledgeable FCA attorneys with positive relationships with state and federal agents can make or break your case.
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 LLC is not afraid to litigate viable cases, and we 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 promptly returning every call or email. You will never be left wondering how to get a hold of your attorney.
We front the fees and costs of representation.
Bracker & Marcus LLC 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 most fees, court costs, and legal expenses until your case is over. When we win, we are reimbursed by defendants and paid a contingency fee from your award, meaning you pay nothing out of pocket.
We take cases of all sizes.
Some firms won’t even consider filing a False Claims Act case unless the damages are in the millions of dollars. But there are thousands of small businesses and medical practices that are defrauding the government (and often harming patients or our troops in the process) on a much smaller scale, and we refuse to just let them get away with it. We are prepared to put in the work to stop fraud of all sizes.
We understand the amount of work that goes into qui tam cases.
Whistleblowers often think they need the complete package to file a False Claims Act suit, but in reality, this rarely happens. Smart bad guys keep their workers away from the smoking gun evidence or they have a “no email” policy when it comes to talking about the fraud.
We understand, and it’s okay! It is always great to present the government with a completed problem and answer, but we recognize that is simply not possible much of the time. As long as the amount of information you possess is enough to surpass speculation, we can work with the government tol find ways to fill in those gaps in your knowledge. That is yet another reason why it is important to have a lawyer who is exclusively a qui tam practitioner.
We also understand Whistleblowers are normal people.
Most whistleblowers – like most people – are not angels. We routinely represent employees who obeyed instructions and participated in the fraud for a time because we understand there’s a slew of possible reasons they did it.
- Sometimes, it can take time to understand that what is happening is wrong.
- Sometimes, it can take a while to summon the courage to do the right thing.
- Often our clients just need their jobs to support their families and that means obeying orders long after they may suspect an issue.
We understand that whistleblowers may not have the emergency resources to risk the livelihood of their families or enough experience in the job market to bounce back quickly. What matters is that you want to do the right thing, right now. And it is our job to help you do it.
Most importantly, we understand that this can be a scary process. We will always work with you to make sure you understand the risks and rewards and to make the decisions that are best for you.
We defend Whistleblowers against retaliation.
Many whistleblowers don’t want to take the serious step of filing a qui tam case until they are left with no meaningful choice. Often they have reported internally and now are being retaliated against–or have even been fired–for trying to help their employer do the right thing. As a result, Bracker & Marcus LLC often litigates False Claims Act retaliation claims as part of their qui tam claims.
Both partners are active members of the Georgia chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association, and Julie Bracker is a past president and has served on its Board. 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 retaliation claims, Bracker & Marcus LLC has access to the finest legal minds and will investigate, protect, and defend you from those who try to retaliate against you for doing the right thing.
We advise other lawyers on qui tam matters.
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 LLC to help them navigate the complicated—and brutally unforgiving—world of False Claims Act law.
We are brought in at all stages of cases, from initial investigation, to interfacing with defendants in the middle of litigation, to negotiating with the Government on a relator’s share after a case has been won.
Our attorneys are also frequent lecturers on the practice of False Claims Act litigation at qui tam seminars around the country.
We are nationally recognized.
Both the individual lawyers of Bracker & Marcus LLC and the firm as a whole have been recognized as being among the top of their trade. 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.
Our attorneys are annually named among the Top Lawyers in Georgia. Ms. Bracker was selected as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine every year since 2017, and chosen for Lawyer Monthly Women in Law 2016 and 2017 Awards in recognition of her outstanding legal expertise and contribution within the practice area of False Claims Litigation. Mr. Marcus was selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine every year since 2016.
Even our new counsel additions, Anna Dover and Nathan Peak, were partners in charge of the qui tam groups at their previous firms.
*The State Bar of Georgia requires attorneys who are paid on a contingency basis–rather than hourly fees–to note that this language refers only to fees charged by the attorney. Court costs and other additional expenses of legal action usually must be paid by the client. 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 to make sure you are comfortable with the terms of engagement.