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Ex-Federal Prosecutors Form Whistleblower Partnership

Law360, New York (August 1, 2016, 7:37 PM ET) -- A group of former federal prosecutors have announced the Whistleblower Law Team, a partnership to assist and protect whistleblowers in reporting fraud.

Timothy McInnis, Julie Grohovsky, Thomas Fallati and Paul Brickfield will pool their government experience as well as jurisdictional resources from their practices in New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., the group said on Friday. The Whistleblower Law Team will help clients reporting fraud under the False Claims Act and through the whistleblower programs of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Internal Revenue Service and Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

"As both lawyers and Americans, we are proud to carry on this essential tradition of bringing fraud against the government and taxpayers to light," McInnis said in a statement.

McInnis works as an attorney in Manhattan at McInnis Law, a firm he founded in 1999 that focuses on helping whistleblowers. He represented a relator who in 2012 secured a $7 million settlement with Westchester Medical Center over claims that it had billed Medicaid for millions of dollars in outpatient services at its mental health center without required documentation.

For more than seven years McInnis served as an assistant U.S. attorney in New Jersey, prosecuting white collar crimes. Before that he worked for two years as an SEC enforcement attorney.

Grohovsky is an attorney in Washington, D.C., at Wu Grohovsky & Whipple PLLC, a firm she co-founded in 2010.

She represented a whistleblower in a case in which United Parcel Service Inc. paid $25 million in 2015 to settle claims that it had falsified delivery records for federal and state government packages to avoid paying refunds.

Grohovsky served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., from 1991 to 2001.

Brickfield is an attorney at his New Jersey firm Brickfield & Donahue. He represented Merck & Co. shareholders in multidistrict litigation about its alleged illegal marketing of Vioxx.

From 1984 to 1990, Brickfield served as an assistant U.S. attorney in New Jersey.

Brickfield said he and the other attorneys "have many years' experience in this field and have successfully achieved excellent results for our clients in a number of diverse whistleblower cases."

Fallati is a partner at Tabner Ryan and Keniry LLP in Albanyand before that was counsel at Paul Hastings LLP and Fulbright & Jaworski LLP.

From 2002 to 2005 Fallati was an assistant U.S. attorney in New York.