Renée BrookerOf Counsel
Before joining Finch McCranie LLP to represent whistleblowers in 2017, Renée Brooker was a long-time Federal Prosecutor in a senior leadership position at the United States Department of Justice. At the Justice Department, Renée had oversight for hundreds of settlements and judgments, with nearly $6 billion in False Claims Act and FIRREA recoveries. Her team also obtained a successful civil RICO verdict against the tobacco industry after a 9 month trial in federal district court.
Her background includes enforcing these laws at the Justice Department:
- The False Claims Act/The Whistleblower Law
- The Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA)—an enforcement tool used to deter fraud by financial institutions
- The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)
Renée’s 28 years of expertise cuts across all industries: pharmaceutical, health care (hospice, nursing, ambulance, medical device, laboratories, provider practice groups, specialists, doctors, nurses, hospitals), defense, financial services, insurance, tobacco products, higher education and for-profit schools. She was the architect of the financial fraud cases involving government-insured mortgage loan programs under President Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, which led to billions of dollars in recoveries. Renée received numerous Justice Department awards for fraud prevention and supervised some of the Justice Department’s highest stakes cases. Prior to joining the Civil Division, she was a special prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia handling criminal trials. Earlier in her legal career, Renée clerked for Judge Noël Kramer in the District of Columbia and worked in the Office of General Counsel of the United States Department of Education where she prosecuted fraud in federal student aid programs affecting consumers and taxpayers, as part of an enforcement response to Congressional findings of fraud in the for-profit school industry.
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
B.S., Temple University
District of Columbia
- Department of Justice Commendation Award for recovering billions of dollars from financial institutions for fraudulent loan origination practices under the False Claims Act/Whistleblower Law (2016)
- Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency Award for Excellence, in recognition of the $1.2 billion False Claims Act civil settlement with Wells Fargo Bank (2016)
- Department of Justice Dedicated Service Award for “a record of outstanding actions and accomplishments” under the False Claims Act/Whistleblower Law (2015)
- Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention for recovering hundreds of millions of dollars from the pharmaceutical industry for falsely inflated Medicare and Medicaid drug prices under the False Claims Act/Whistleblower Law (2011)
- Department of Justice Award for prosecuting Big Tobacco under civil racketeering laws for lying to the American public about the harmful effects of smoking (2005)