Our Story

A Partnership Since 2003

Whistleblower Law Collaborative co-founders Suzanne E. Durrell and Robert M. Thomas, Jr., joined forces in 2003 to represent whistleblowers in qui tam actions under the False Claims Act. Ms. Durrell was the former Chief of the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston, where she spent twelve years supervising and prosecuting False Claims Act cases. Mr. Thomas was a former Assistant U.S. Attorney who spent eight years in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland, where he prosecuted white-collar fraud and tried dozens of cases. Their combination of civil and criminal experience give them a unique perspective on how to build a successful whistleblower case.

An Award-Winning Practice

Over the past 20 years, attorneys Mr. Thomas and Ms. Durrell have developed one of the preeminent whistleblower practices nationwide, with clients involved in many major FCA settlements, including the largest settlements of both 2017 and 2018 and the largest intervened False Claims Act case recovery in 2022. In 2021, Boston Magazine named five Whistleblower Law Collaborative attorneys as Top Whistleblower Lawyers of 2021.  The Whistleblower Law Collaborative was named a Law360 Health Care Group of the Year in 2022 and a Best Law Firm in 2023.

Lawyers with a Passion

In recent years, the Whistleblower Law Collaborative has expanded its capacity to do this important work with the addition of Bruce C. Judge, Erica Blachman Hitchings, David W.S. Lieberman, and Linda C. Severin. These attorneys fit the mold set by co-founders Thomas and Durrell: all have prior government experience fighting fraud and share a passion for helping clients bring wrongdoers to justice.