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Anthony C. “Tony” Munter represents the courageous individuals who report fraudulent claims made against federal and state government agencies.  Mr. Munter has extensive experience in using the so called qui tam provisions of state and federal False Claims Acts to protect the rights of whistleblowers who want to stop fraud.

Tony Munter Leads in the False Claim Legal Field

Mr. Munter built one of the leading national False Claims Act practices while working for Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, LLP. He helped expand the use of these laws into new industries, beyond healthcare and defense contracting, into fraud committed by financial institutions even before the Dodd-Frank financial reforms created the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) whistleblower offices.  He also served as an attorney on False Claims Act issues for the National Whistleblower Center Legal Defense and Education Fund.

In these positions, Mr. Munter regularly advised attorneys on the special civil procedures involved in pursuing False Claims Act cases. He conducted seminars on the False Claims Act including those that delved into the practical issues lawyers face while integrating False Claims Act cases into more traditional tort claims practices.

Results for Whistleblowers and the Government

Mr. Munter’s false claims practice has resulted in successful whistleblower and government recoveries against defendants in the financial, defense, and health care industries. To date, the federal government has recovered tens of millions of dollars from cases he has filed, including a multi-million dollar settlement with a major bank accused of mortgage fraud, a settlement against a contractor accused of billing the U.S. Air Force for work done for its private clients, and a settlement against a major hospital center accused of fraudulent billing practices. He has filed cases in numerous federal jurisdictions, state courts, and with the IRS whistleblower office for tax fraud.

Due to his extensive experience and success as a leader in the field of False Claims Act law, Mr. Munter has conducted numerous seminars in the U.S. and around the world. That includes a seminar on the potential international application of False Claims Act law and the idea of individuals having the ability to sue on behalf of their governments for Integrity Action at the Open University in Budapest, Hungary. He has also worked abroad as an attorney, handling business immigration matters for premier Israeli corporate clients.

Professional Organizations and Associations

Mr. Munter serves with Integrity Action, an international anti-corruption organization, as part of the support team on the Help Desk. He is also a proud member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), and the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA) and he serves as a member of the State Advisory Panel for Special Education in the District of Columbia.

Mr. Munter is licensed to practice law and barred in Washington, DC and Massachusetts as well as the Federal District Court of the District of Columbia, The Federal District of Massachusetts, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In His Own Words:

Experience

After I went to law school, I did a stint as a hearing officer to the Massachusetts Division of Insurance Board of Appeal. Massachusetts has an unusual insurance law and if you are found preliminarily to be at fault in an accident, you can appeal that decision, so one of the people you’d see might have been me. We would determine whether or not you were greater than 50 percent at fault. If you weren’t, your insurance would stay the same, but if you were, your insurance was surcharged. Sometimes, our decisions were appealed to superior court where some of us got to defend the agency’s decisions in court. I got to do that, that was kind of fun.

Then, I went abroad for a couple of years to Israel and I managed to do corporate immigration work in Israel for some very advanced hi-tech companies that were looking to expand their businesses in the United States and needed help getting Visas for some of their top-level employees. I worked for a few years there.

I came back to the United States and about ten years ago I started work as a whistleblower lawyer. I met some people who wanted to start a False Claims Act practice. This was about ten years ago and they had a lot of whistleblower clients, but they hadn’t gotten into the False Claims Act as much as they would have liked, so they hired me to get it going. That’s when I really started getting into whistleblower law on a full-time basis, and I’ve been doing it ever since.

What Whistleblowers Should Be Aware Of

False Claims Act cases take a long time, so there may not be as much of a record for False Claims Act attorneys in this area. They don’t get resolved overnight; there’s a long period of time before anything shows up. In terms of a Yelp! situation, it’s not a situation in which people come in the door, rate an attorney, and know what’s going on in five minutes. Users would be advised to ask around, ask other attorneys, or ask a former client, which is tough because you can talk to some, but they’re going to have to have had their case resolved after a long period of time. There is no rating agency for False Claims Act attorneys.

What Made you Choose Whistleblower Law as a Career?

I’d like to tell you there was some grand plan, but I fell into it. I met a friend whose husband was a whistleblower lawyer. They wanted to get into a particular area of whistleblower law/False Claims Act and he convinced me to do it. I’m glad he did because if I didn’t like it I would have stopped doing it. It’s a fascinating area of law. Not many people really love doing this because there are some tremendous challenges involved. Many people don’t even know that it’s an area of law that they can cover. I’m trying to tell people about it because most people think they’re going to graduate law school and go work for a big, corporate law firm and ride off into the sunset, but this is an area of law where you actually get to do some good. You can sleep at night, represent your clients well, and hopefully make a living; that’s becoming increasingly hard to do. I hope people know about this area of law when they’re going to school now [because] I didn’t when I was going to school.

What Makes Tony Munter Well-Suited for Whistleblower Law?

There are some lawyers, like me, who see whistleblowers as extremely righteous, as people who are fighting very big forces. Those of us who want to do whistleblower law have to empathize with that. You have to have a personal belief that the whistleblower is somebody who deserves your respect, your time, and your effort, because these are people who are risking an awful lot to try to stop something that’s wrong. Quite often, they act purely out of being angry that something is wrong without even knowing what their rights are first; that’s why it can be dangerous to a whistleblower.

I personally empathize with these people. Some people don’t empathize with whistleblowers, but I find them to be heroic people and that’s what drives me to want to represent them; that I find somebody who is willing to stand up and say “No. You can’t keep going along to get along. You’ve got to address the safety issue. You’ve got to address the fact that our company is existing to rip off the government.” I empathize with these people. I also empathize with the fact that they’re willing to take on extremely powerful forces in order to make their case, and not everybody does. That’s how I see it and it’s why I want to do this kind of work.

When I started doing whistleblower and False Claims Act work, and this is still true, 80 percent of the cases were about health care fraud and of course I’ve done a few those…, but there’s also a range of cases that do not involve health care fraud. When I started doing this, we were one of the few organizations that regularly did cases in other areas as well. Defense contractor fraud has become pretty prevalent and there are more cases being filed on that. There is also securities fraud – you may have seen articles about major mortgage settlements. There is a pretty wide range of types of cases that I have filed and handled under the False Claims Act. That has been helpful to me to learn different ways and different theories that might work and that might make the Justice Department feel like it’s a strong case, for example, as opposed to just doing a health care fraud, although health care fraud is a very important area under the False Claims Act.

What Makes Your Approach to Whistleblower Law Unique?

Not many lawyers focus on the False Claims Act, and not many lawyers spend time on whistleblower cases… The laws are getting more complicated. Keeping up with changes in the False Claims Act and the decisions in the courts about the False Claims Act, it’s more difficult now. When I first started, the vast majority of cases filed fell into health care and the second biggest area was defense. Now, cases are brought in new areas of the government’s business. I’ve done health care cases, but I’ve done cases in other areas of law and it doesn’t scare me to bring a False Claims Act case that isn’t health care-related. I’ve had some experience doing non-health care-related False Claims Act cases, which I hope is helpful to people.

If you ask why someone would pick one False Claims Act lawyer over another, it’s a matter of your ability to work with the client; it’s a relationship issue. One attorney might be skilled in terms of talent, ability, and knowing the law, but it’s a partnership with the client – the client has to feel like they can tell you everything, so that they can come forward with all the information you need to do the case.

You have to be able to tell the client when something isn’t going to work as a case, or that they need to try and think a little harder about what happened…, that’s really the key – the ability to work with the client and draw out all the necessary facts to apply to the case. The relationship with the client can be the most important factor in dealing with a case. I might be the perfect fit for a lot of people and maybe not for others.