About the Firm




About the Firm

The firm was founded by Paul D. Scott, an award winning trial attorney formerly with the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.  Through its nationwide whistleblower practice, the Law Offices of Paul D. Scott, P.C. has repeatedly prevailed against large corporate defendants represented by the nation’s top legal defense firms.  Some of the numerousulti-million dollar recoveries achieved on behalf of our clients are listed below and/or in our press section.  Notwithstanding its success, the firm has adhered to its policy of taking on a select number of clients and personally advocating aggressively on their behalf.

Click here to see a partial list of successful claims by our attorneys.

 

Attorneys

Paul D. Scott

Lani Anne Remick

Jon Praed

Yasmine Mehmet

Other Counsel

 

Paul D. Scott

Former Department of Justice Trial Attorney

Paul D. Scott is a veteran trial attorney, formerly with the Civil Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. – the main office at DOJ responsible for deciding whether to join in qui tam actions filed by whistleblowers on behalf of the Government.  After joining the Department of Justice through its honors program, Mr. Scott handled a wide variety of qui tam complaints and other claims of fraud against the Government, recovering millions of dollars for U.S. taxpayers.

Awards and Distinctions

For his work at DOJ, Mr. Scott received several awards, including a letter of commendation from Attorney General Janet Reno, a Special Achievement Award, and an award from the Department of Veterans Affairs for the highest loan guarantee civil fraud recovery in the history of the agency. He also served as an instructor and lecturer at seminars for investigative agents and other Government attorneys.

Experience

False Claims Act - Since leaving the Department of Justice, Mr. Scott has maintained a successful nationwide qui tam practice with numerous multimillion dollar recoveries involving a wide variety of state and federal government programs.  Mr. Scott is also a published author of numerous articles concerning the False Claims Act and is a frequent lecturer to other attorneys in the field.

IRS Whistleblower Program – Mr. Scott has been successfully involved in representing tax whistleblowers and advancing the implementation of the tax whistleblower program. After the new tax whistleblower law was passed in December 2006, Mr. Scott was invited to attend a roundtable meeting on Capitol Hill, hosted by Senator Grassley and attended by DOJ and IRS officials, to give input on implementation of the new whistleblower program. In 2008, the IRS invited Mr. Scottt to speak at a training conference on the whistleblower program for IRS personnel nationwide. In 2011 and 2012, Mr. Scott was invited to meet with the Acting IRS Commissioner (then Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement) Steve Miller, along with others, to discuss potential improvements to the program. As Co-Chair of the IRS Tax Whistleblower Committee of the leading non-profit organization Taxpayers Against Fraud, Mr. Scott is a frequent lecturer to other attorneys in this field.

SEC and CFTC Whistleblower Programs – Mr. Scott has been actively involved from the outset with the new SEC and CFTC whistleblower programs, consulted by Senate Finance Committee staff for his views on multiple occasions prior to passage of Dodd-Frank, the law authorizing the programs. Mr. Scott was also involved in meetings with the Chairman of the SEC, with SEC and CFTC Commissioners, and with SEC staff regarding the rules implementing the new programs. Since the SEC’s adoption of its new rules, Mr. Scott has begun representing individuals with SEC claims and has been involved with Taxpayers Against Fraud in defending against legislative efforts to undermine the new whistleblower program.

Press

Mr. Scott appears frequently in the press with comments regarding the firm’s whistleblower cases and his views on the law.

Education

Mr. Scott obtained his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1989. He did his undergraduate work at U.C. Berkeley, from which he graduated with highest honors.

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Lani Anne Remick

Former Department of Justice Trial Attorney

Associate counsel Lani Anne Remick is a former Trial Attorney with the Civil Fraud Section of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. While at the Justice Department, Ms. Remick handled False Claims Act cases exclusively, with a specialty in health care fraud.

Ms. Remick was lead civil counsel at main Justice on a case leading to a $92.4 million settlement with Endovascular Technologies. Ms. Remick worked with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California to obtain the settlement which resolved civil and criminal charges relating to the company’s alleged failure to report malfunctions of a medical device.

Ms. Remick was also co-lead DOJ counsel in a nationwide case against 132 hospitals for alleged fraud against the Medicare program in connection with billing for experimental cardiac devices. The case was the first to hold that a false claim made in violation of a Medicare Manual provision regarding coverage under the Medicare Act’s “reasonable and necessary” services section violates the False Claims Act. As of the date of Ms. Remick’s departure from DOJ, more than $45 million had been recovered in the matter.

Experience

Prior to her tenure at the DOJ, while in private practice at a well-known San Francisco law firm, Ms. Remick represented relators in both federal and state False Claims Act matters. Notably, as relator’s counsel, Ms. Remick was a member of the trial team that obtained a $187.5 million settlement against the Bank of America for failing to return unclaimed property to the state. That settlement remains one of the largest recoveries to date under the California False Claims Act.

Ms. Remick has published several articles regarding the False Claims Act, and has spoken at several conferences on the topic. Ms. Remick is also admitted to practice law in Maine, where she has instructed local in-state attorneys on federal whistleblower programs and testified to the Maine State legislature regarding state false claims acts.

Education

Ms. Remick is a graduate of Princeton University and a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was a member of the Editorial Board of The University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

After law school, she clerked on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for the Honorable Franklin S. Van Antwerpen (now a Senior Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit).

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Jon Praed (Of Counsel)

Experienced Litigator/Government Service

Prior to becoming Of Counsel to the Law Offices of Paul D. Scott, Mr. Praed founded the Internet Law Group, which focused on cyber-fraud investigations and security and also provided legal services in False Claims Act whistleblower cases.

Before the Internet Law Group, Mr. Praed practiced law with Latham & Watkins, in California and Washington, D.C., where his duties also included litigation under the False Claims Act, corporate fraud and investigations.

In addition to his experience in private practice, Mr. Praed has extensive government service. In 1995, Mr. Praed was tapped by Congressman David McIntosh (2nd Indiana) to serve as the first Chief Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Government Reform and Oversight Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs. During his tenure in that position, Mr. Praed helped conduct Congressional oversight investigations into the operations of 26 Federal departments and agencies.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Praed clerked for U.S. District Court Judge John D. Tinder, in the Southern District of Indiana, and for Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard of the Indiana Supreme Court. Prior to law school, Mr. Praed also served as a Governor’s Fellow to Indiana Governor Robert D. Orr.

Mr. Praed is admitted to the bars of Washington, D.C., Virginia, California (inactive), and Indiana (inactive).

Education

Mr. Praed received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1989. At Yale, Mr. Praed was elected to the Yale Law Journal, and won Yale’s Potter Stewart Moot Court Prize in spring 1988, and Catholic University’s inter-mural Moot Court Sutherland Cup in spring 1989.

Mr. Praed earned his B.A. in political science from Northwestern University in 1986, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

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Yasmine S. Mehmet

Yasmine Mehmet is a graduate of the University of British Columbia School of Law. She completed her undergraduate work at McGill University.

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Other Counsel

The Law Offices of Paul D. Scott also associates with co-counsel and/or local counsel as necessary, depending on the particular matter.  Mr. Scott is licensed to practice law in the State of California and Ms. Remick is licensed to practice in the States of California, Pennyslvania and Maine, so the firm generally works with local counsel in other jurisdictions.   In litigating fraud claims, we also typically work in cooperation with Department of Justice Attorneys who are assigned to represent the United States in cases filed under the False Claims Act.

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Successful Claims

Examples of recoveries members of the firm have obtained under the False Claims Act include the following:

  • $31.9 million settlement with Maersk for alleged overbilling of DoD
  • $5 million payment by Shield Healthcare for alleged overbilling of Medi-Cal
  • $14 million recovery against Trelleborg for alleged price fixing in contracts with multiple federal government agencies
  • $1 million settlement with Frank March for alleged price fixing
  • $26 million recovery against APL Limited for alleged overbilling of Department of Defense.
  • $9 million recovery against Humanscale for alleged false statements to GSA
  • $1.4 million settlement with Hartmann USA, Inc. for alleged overbilling of Medi-Cal
  • $2.25 million recovered from The Home Depot for alleged Buy America Act and Trade Agreement Act violations
  • $1 million settlement with HD Supply for alleged Buy America Act and Trade Agreement Act violations
  • $1.3 million payment by highway construction contractor for alleged false representations regarding small business status and HUBZone eligibility
  • $8.5 million recovery against Catholic Healthcare West for alleged false statements in hospital cost reports.
  • $2.65 million recovery against Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic for alleged upcoding by doctors.
  • $1.2 million recovery against California Emergency Physicians for alleged upcoding charges to state and federal healthcare programs;
  • $92.4 million criminal and civil settlement with Endovascular Technologies, [a Guidant subsidiary,] for billing of adulterated and misbranded medical devices (jointly handled by Ms. Remick at DO)
  • $45+ million recovered [from 34 hospitals] for improperly billing Medicare for experimental cardiac devices (jointly handled by Ms. Remick at DO)
  • $6.4 million recovery against First Union Bank for alleged false representations made to the Department of Veterans Affairs to obtain loan guarantees  (by Paul Scott at DOJ);
  • $10.75 million recovery against Shiley Incorporated, a subsidiary of Pfizer, Inc., for alleged fraud against the Food and Drug Administration, Medicare and other Government agencies in connection with the company’s sale of defective heart valves  (by Paul Scott at DOJ);
  • $3.25 million payment by GTE for alleged improper accounting for equipment leases on Department of Defense contracts  (by Paul Scott at DOJ);
  • $6.9 million recovery against the Bank of America for alleged loan guarantee fraud by an acquired subsidiary of the company (by Paul Scott at DOJ).

Numerous additional confidential matters are pending.

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Please be advised that this site is a general information resource and is not intended to provide legal advice in your particular case.  We would be pleased to conduct a confidential review of your potential case, but by doing so we are not agreeing to act as your counsel.  A written agreement between you and the Law Offices of Paul D. Scott is prerequisite to representation.  Past successes by the firm do not guarantee future results.