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The False Claims Act Relator

(353 Ratings)

Produced on: January 12, 2016

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

The relator’s role in bringing a False Claims Act case is instrumental in ferreting out fraud in the Federal programs and in assisting the Government in recovering money that is fraudulently obtained from Federal programs.  In this presentation, Sheila M. Gowan and Robert W. Sadowski focus on the types of relators bringing these cases, the nature of the conduct they uncover, and how they bring a case.


Learning Objectives:

I.     Obtain a general understanding of the relator’s role in a False Claims Act case

II.    Gain an in-depth understanding of the False Claims Act provisions relating to whistleblower cases

III.   Identify successful relator cases, the magnitude of the fraud problem, and highlight an issue that might impair a relator’s right to recover


Sheila Gowan

Sadowski Fischer PLLC

Sheila Gowan is a trial and appellate attorney specializing in complex litigation and internal investigations. She has tried a constitutional case, and employment, tort, tax and environmental cases.

Sheila was formerly Senior Litigation Counsel in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York where she was responsible for handling major complex litigations, prosecuting civil and joint civil/criminal fraud investigations for federally funded programs, and supervising civil fraud investigations and cases. She also held the positions of Affirmative Civil Enforcement Coordinator and Health Care Fraud Coordinator. While working for the government, she negotiated fraud settlements recovering over $225 million, a tax settlement recovering $5.35 million, and property settlements recovering important historical materials relating to the Kennedy Administration. She previously was an associate attorney at Proskauer Rose LLP.

While in law school, Sheila served as the Executive Articles & Research Editor for the Law Review. She received the Dean's Academic Achievement Scholarship Award, the American Jurisprudence Award Intensive Trial Advocacy and the West Publishing Company Merit Award. Her Note Civil Rico Adjudication In State Court: Is The Plaintiff Welcome? is published at 54 Brook.L.Rev. 893 Fall 1988.

In connection with her government service, Sheila received two Attorney General's Awards for Distinguished Service (2001 and 2005), the Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney (2003); FBI Director Mueller Recognition for Outstanding Prosecutive Skills and Assistance to the Bureau (2003); and The Stimson Medal - presented by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York for outstanding contributions to the Office of the United States Attorney (2007). She has also been honored by the U.S. Postal Service, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Her speaking engagements have included "Fraud: What You Do Not Know Can Hurt You and Your Organization" presented to medical center CFOs, CEOs and trustees; "The Next Step: What Should Happen After a Case has been Accepted" for the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association; "A Public-Private Partnership: The Investigation and Prosecution of a Qui Tam Case" for the Taxpayer's Against Fraud Education Fund; "Combating Fraud & Abuse in Federal Programs" presented to MBA candidates at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business; and "Rules of Engagement: How to Earn Respect, Take Control and Get the Corner Office" presented at the 2008 annual meeting of the Committee On Women In The Law of the New York State Bar Association.

She is a member of the Bar of the State of New York and is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Federal Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of Maryland, and the United States Court of Federal Claims.

Robert W. Sadowski

Sadowski Katz LLP

Robert W. Sadowski is a trial and appellate attorney specializing in qui tam cases. He is an experienced litigator, and has successfully prosecuted cases in many areas, including; elder care fraud, disability rights, wrongful termination cases, bankruptcy litigation, investment fraud, and tax fraud.

Before going into private practice, Rob held the position of health care fraud coordinator in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he was responsible for supervising all civil health care fraud prosecutions. He also supervised the investigation, litigation and settlement of fraud prosecutions under the False Claims Act.

Prior to working for the United States Attorney, Rob, worked as an Internal Revenue Service trial attorney for four years.


United States Attorney’s Office Attorney General’s John Marshall Award

United States Attorney’s Office Director’s Award for Superior Performance

Super Lawyer 2008 through present

Speaking Engagements / Affiliations: 

Rob is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School and a faculty member of Lawline. Rob frequently speaks to lawyers, accountants and health care professionals about whistleblowers and the False Claims Act, fraud topics, and healthcare law issues.


Rob is admitted to practice in New York, the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York, and the Court of Appeals for the First and Second Circuits.


Rob has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, and an LL.M in Taxation from NYU Law School.


Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund


Dean K.

Excellent overview! The presenters played off each other very well to keep the program interesting and lively.

Russ R.

Great team.

paul l.

good overview

Walter S.

Good format

Robert K.

Good presentation.

Daniel H.

Very informative for an important area.

Judd M.

Easy to listen to

Nancy K.

Very good instructors - good sense of humor -- excellent written materials!!!

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