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. Ms. Brooker’s strategic oversight of cases involving fraud in the Medicare, Medicaid, and dozens of federally-funded grant, contract, and loan programs led to billions of dollars in recoveries and successful trial verdicts.
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)
Ms. Brooker’s 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, cigarette manufacturer, higher education and proprietary schools. She was the architect of the financial fraud cases involving government-insured loan programs under President Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, which led to billions of dollars in recoveries. She received numerous Justice Department awards for fraud prevention and supervised some of the Justice Department’s highest stakes cases. Earlier in her legal career, Ms. Brooker clerked for Judge Noel Kramer in the District of Columbia. She worked in the Office of General Counsel of the United States Department of Education where she was hired as part of an enforcement response to Congressional investigations of fraud in federal student aid programs deeply affecting consumers and taxpayers. Prior to joining the Justice Department, Ms. Brooker was a special prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia handling criminal trials.
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
B.S., Temple University
District of Columbia, 1991
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)