Thursday, September 20, 2012
Erika Kelton named "Whistleblower Lawyer of the Year"
Whistleblower attorney Erika Kelton, of Phillips & Cohen LLP, was named the 2012 “Whistleblower Lawyer of the Year” by a leading national whistleblower organization last week.
Kelton was awarded the honor by Taxpayers Against Fraud (TAF) for representing two whistleblowers in a qui tam lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline, a case that contributed significantly to GlaxoSmithKline’s record-setting $3 billion settlement with the U.S. government in July.
Kelton has represented whistleblowers in two of the largest health care fraud settlements in U.S. history: the Glaxo settlement, and Pfizer’s $2.3 billion settlement which covered civil and criminal charges for the “off-label” marketing of the drug Bextra.
In addition to her work on these monumental whistleblower cases, TAF also lauded Kelton’s work in helping to create and set up whistleblower reward programs at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Internal Revenue Service.