Who We Are
About Grant & Eisenhofer P.A.
G&E is one of the nation’s foremost complex litigation boutiques. With a focus on prosecuting fraud, economic torts and class actions, our whistleblower lawyers have recovered over $12 billion dollars for its clients in the last five years, and has repeatedly been named on of the nation’s “Top Ten Plaintiff’s Firms” by the National Law Journal. In 2008, RiskMetrics Group cited G&E for winning the highest average investor recovery in securities class actions of any law firm in the U.S.
With offices in Delaware, New York, and Washington, DC, the firm’s resources encompass more than 150 staff members including whistleblower lawyers, analysts, researchers, and investigators. Our whistleblower attorneys include former federal and state prosecutors along with former large firm litigators and in-house counsel.
G&E serves as corporate governance and securities counsel to some of the nation’s largest state and municipal retirement systems. The firm has been lead counsel in many of the largest securities class action recoveries in U.S. history, including a $3 billion recovery against Tyco International. G&E’s multi-hundred million dollar recoveries against companies such as General Motors, Daimler Chrysler, and Royal Dutch Shell exemplify the firm’s ability to successfully litigate against the largest corporations in the world.
The Head of the G&E Whistleblower Practice
Reuben Guttman is a director at Grant & Eisenhofer. His practice involves complex litigation and class actions. He has represented clients in claims brought under the Federal False Claims Act, securities laws, the Price Anderson Act, Department of Energy (DOE) statutes and regulations, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and various employment discrimination, labor and environmental statutes. He has also tried and/or litigated claims involving fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, antitrust, business interference and other common law torts.
Mr. Guttman, one of the nation’s leading whistleblower attorneys, has served as counsel in some of the largest recoveries under the False Claims Act. In 2012 he served as lead counsel for the lead whistleblower, Meredith McCoyd, in U.S. ex rel. McCoyd v. Abbott Labs which resulted in a $1.6 billion recovery for the government. In 2012 he also represented one of the four main whistleblowers in a case against GlaxoSmithKline that returned over $3 billion to the government. Also in 2012, Mr. Guttman represented whistleblower Lynn Szymoniak whose qui tam case, involving fraudulent mortgage assignments, was resolved as part of the government’s $25 billion settlement with some of the world’s largest banks He represented one of the six main whistleblowers in litigation resulting in the government’s September 2009, $2.3 billion settlement with Pfizer Pharmaceutical and he served as counsel in U.S. ex rel. Johnson v. Shell Oil Co., 33 F. Supp. 2d 528 (E.D. Tex. 1999), where over $300 million was recovered from the oil industry. Mr. Guttman is currently lead counsel in an intervened case against Pfizer involving the drug Rapamune and counsel for the whistleblowers in an intervened action against Lockheed. On behalf of a European whistleblower, Mr. Guttman was counsel in litigation that resulted in a $13 million settlement.
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Traci Buschner is senior counsel at Grant & Eisenhofer. A former state prosecutor, Ms. Buschner has spent over 15 years representing plaintiffs in complex litigation ranging from class actions to government contract fraud under federal and state false claims acts. She has been involved in multi-million dollar recoveries on behalf of workers under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act and has served as counsel in False Claims actions bringing billions of dollars to the United States Government.
Ms. Buschner represented the lead whistleblower, Meredith McCoyd, in a False Claims Act case against Abbott Laboratories, which resulted in a settlement of over $1.5 billion in 2012. The case involved Abbott’s illegal efforts to promote an anti-seizure medication, Depakote, through off-label marketing, misbranding and paying physicians to write prescriptions. The settlement was one of the largest recoveries by the United States government under the False Claims Act against a pharmaceutical company. The lawsuit stems from charges that Abbott heavily marketed Depakote for treatments outside the FDA’s approved usage, including to nursing homes as a method of sedating elderly residents, including those with Alzheimer’s and dementia and, in the process, allowed nursing home facilities to maintain lower staff-to-patient ratios. Ms. McCoyd’s law suit also alleged that Abbott encouraged doctors to prescribe Depakote to young children for a variety of psychological disorders outside the FDA’s approved uses. Read more . . .
David Fischer is senior counsel at Grant & Eisenhofer. He has spent over a decade representing plaintiffs and defendants in complex litigation and antitrust litigation. Mr. Fischer’s complex litigation practice has involved federal and state civil, criminal and administrative fraud investigations and litigation. He has been involved in numerous cases involving multi-million dollar recoveries in False Claim Act actions.
Mr. Fischer represented the lead whistleblowers in qui tam action under the False Claims Act alleging fraud by Merck-Medco, national pharmacy benefit management company (“PBM”), related to services performed for federal health plans. The Government intervened in the case, which was litigated aggressively for several years, and which was settled for approximately $185 million just prior to summary judgment/trial. Read more . . .
Matthew McCoyd is of counsel at Grant & Eisenhofer, where he focuses on whistleblower and financial fraud cases. Prior to joining Grant & Eisenhofer, Mr. McCoyd served as a Senior Assistant District Attorney in DeKalb County, Georgia. His previous practice was focused primarily in white-collar crime, where he prosecuted RICO, white collar, and other complex criminal cases. Mr. McCoyd has tried well over 100 cases to verdict.
In addition to his work at Grant & Eisenhofer, Mr. McCoyd is an adjunct professor at Emory Law School, where he teaches Advanced Evidence, Cross-Examination, and Advanced Criminal Trial Skills. Next year, he will be adding Pretrial Litigation, Jury Selection/Jury Dynamics, and Litigating Identity in the Age of Scientific Advancement to his existing teaching schedule. Read more . . .
James Sugarman is an associate at Grant & Eisenhofer, representing plaintiffs in complex litigation in a variety of areas of practice, including securities class actions, shareholder derivative actions on behalf of institutional investors, Whistleblower and False Claims Act cases, antitrust suits, and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Read more . . .
Justin Victor is an associate at Grant & Eisenhofer, focusing on the False Claims Act, class action litigation and antitrust.
Previously, Mr. Victor worked as a summer associate for an international law firm in Chicago, Illinois and London, England, as well as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable T. Jackson Bedford Jr., at Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta, Georgia. Read more . . .
Jacob Kirkham is an associate at Grant & Eisenhofer, focusing on securities, class action and false claims litigation. During law school, Mr. Kirkham interned at the Georgia Attorney General’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia. He was also a research assistant to Dean David Partlett for the publication of Prosser, Wade, and Schwartz’s Torts, 12th Edition. He graduated Order of Barristers; was a Class of 2011 G. Conley Ingram Scholar; recipient of the Dean’s Public Service Award; Director-in-Chief of the Emory Law Mock Trial Society; a recipient of the Moffett Litigation Award and awarded first place for the William W. Daniel National Mock Trial Invitational. Read more . . .
Shehzad F. Roopani is an associate at Grant & Eisenhofer focusing on complex civil litigation involving federal securities laws, the False Claims Act, and corporate governance. Mr. Roopani has also represented whistleblowers in cases involving Medicare/Medicaid Fraud and Bank Fraud. Read more . . .
Oderah Nwaeze is an associate at Grant & Eisenhofer, focusing on securities and False Claims Act litigation. Previously, Mr. Nwaeze worked as a summer associate for an international law firm in New York City, as well as a legal intern with The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia. Read more . . .
Jennifer Williams is a staff attorney at Grant & Eisenhofer.
Ms. Williams attended Emory University School of Law and the Candler School of Theology in 2012 earning both her J.D. and M.T.S. in law and theological studies, respectively. In 2006, she also received a B.A. in Religion from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. Read more . . .