Whistleblowers

Former Federal Prosecutors Who Represent Whistleblowers

Finch McCranie LLP has a unique team of lawyers whose backgrounds make us a powerhouse among law firms that represent whistleblowers. (That’s how a prominent defense lawyer describes our law firm.)

In addition to years of experience advocating for whistleblowers, winning record cases, and being called on to help write new whistleblower laws and rules, our whistleblower group now includes some of the most accomplished and effective lawyers from the U.S. Department of Justice and the SEC.

And unlike any other whistleblower law firm, our firm includes former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Larry D. Thompson, who as counsel at Finch McCranie LLP is invaluable to our practice.

Any client who hires Finch McCranie LLP has the benefits of our entire whistleblower team’s combined decades of experience and judgment – years of successfully representing whistleblowers and other clients in difficult cases, building relationships with judges and government officials, and working on the inside of the DOJ and the SEC. These experiences and relationships provide our clients an unparalleled opportunity to get our whistleblower clients’ cases to the right people in government to work them effectively--so that our clients’ cases receive the attention they deserve.

Here are the types of whistleblower cases we pursue for our clients:

Our Whistleblower Team

Michael A. Sullivan, a former federal prosecutor in fraud and corruption cases, leads our whistleblower practice. In three decades of working with the False Claims Act, he has won successful recoveries for our whistleblower clients in difficult, ground-breaking cases, including the largest health care fraud case in history in the nursing home industry. He was consulted by Congress as it wrote the law creating the SEC and CFTC Whistleblower Programs. He met with SEC and CFTC commissioners to help design their rules for whistleblower claims, and since then has also represented SEC whistleblowers and CFTC whistleblowers. At the request of legislators, he has helped write state False Claims Acts. He also has long experience in IRS whistleblower cases.

Walter E. Jospin is the one of the only former senior officers of the SEC who now represents whistleblowers. His distinguished career in private practice and the SEC has included serving as a trial attorney with the SEC’s Enforcement Division, where he broke new ground by litigating the first accounting case under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Over the next three decades, he established a successful private practice as a securities, corporate, and governance lawyer. From 2015 to January 2018, he served as the Director of the SEC’s Atlanta Regional Office, before joining our firm. As SEC Regional Director, he supervised the Enforcement and Exam functions of the Atlanta office. Mr. Jospin’s experience and relationships allow us to identify which SEC offices and staff are most likely to produce a successful outcome for our SEC whistleblower clients.

Renee Brooker joined our firm in early 2017, after a stellar 25-year stint at the Department of Justice. At DOJ she led a large team of prosecutors who recovered billions of dollars from major companies in almost every industry that cheated taxpayers under the whistleblower laws known as the False Claims Act and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA), an enforcement tool used to deter fraud by financial institutions. She now represents whistleblowers under the False Claims Act, FIRREA, and the SEC Whistleblower Program. Our clients benefit from Ms. Brooker’s reputation of great respect at the many federal agencies that may be involved in whistleblower cases.

Eva Gunasekera gained expertise in defending cases and then became another star at the Department of Justice for almost a decade, before joining our firm in early 2017. She was the Senior Health Care Fraud Prosecutor at the Department of Justice and prosecuted whistleblower cases. She was the trial attorney for one of the most significant False Claims Act cases tried by DOJ in the past decade. Her experience includes prosecuting violations of the Anti-Kickback Law and the Stark Law, which prohibit financial rewards for referrals, including physician-self referrals. As an integral part of our whistleblower team, she now represents whistleblowers under the False Claims Act, FIRREA, and the SEC Whistleblower Program.

Emma Cecil spent more than a decade with notable law firms in defending whistleblower cases under the False Claims Act and complex white collar criminal cases, before joining our firm in 2018. She began her career with a prestigious clerkship with a judge of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Her extensive background enhances our firm’s ability to bring successful results for our whistleblower clients as part of our well-rounded whistleblower team.

What Our Clients Say About Us
★★★★★
In my False Claims Act case, not in in my wildest dreams did I ever expect a result as good as Michael Sullivan and Finch McCranie LLP won for me. They exceeded all of my expectations about what a law firm can do. They certainly earned my trust, and I would recommend them to anyone. Anonymous
★★★★★
They did an outstanding job in a very complicated case. They worked tirelessly to achieve a positive outcome, which has meant that I am now able to enjoy my life again. My family and I will forever be grateful to them and their excellent team. A.R.
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They addressed my issues immediately and they were very helpful, timely and courteous all along the way, even though I was several states away. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing assistance with any type of legal problem. L.K.
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