The Public-Private Partnership Between Relator’s Counsel and Government: Everything You Never Knew You Never Knew

January 23, 2024 5:00pm

Charlene Keller Fullmer
Deputy Chief, Civil Division
USAO, Eastern District of PA

Erica Blachman Hitchings
Whistleblower Law Collaborative LLC
Former AUSA, N.D. California; Former Trial Attorney, Civil Fraud Section, USDOJ

Colette G. Mattzie
Phillips & Cohen LLP


Renée Brooker
Tycko & Zavareei LLP

This session is devoted to shedding light on the nature and context of the relationship between relator’s counsel and the government. Topics of discussion will include:

  • Exploring the relationship both when government declines to intervene, and when they intervene
  • Benchmarking which factors lead to significant changes in the cadence of this relationship?
    • E.g., the Supreme Court’s recent resolution of the circuit split over the government’s dismissal authority in the Polansky case
  • Considering practical actions that relator’s counsel may take when the government declines to intervene
  • Investigating how relator’s counsel can best reconcile the perception that their case is weak because the government declined to intervene
    • Exploring statement of interests and their efficacy