David Scher is a trial-tested attorney with a particular sensitivity to client concerns while achieving important victories for employees and whistleblowers, including a $57 million False Claims Act settlement, a $466,816 Equal Pay Act verdict, and a $282,000 District of Columbia Whistleblower Protection Act jury verdict. Mr. Scher focuses his practice on qui tam, whistleblower retaliation, and discrimination cases in D.C., Maryland, California, and nationally. He represents federal and corporate whistleblowers who have reported their employer’s wrongdoing. In Browne v. University of District of Columbia, Mr. Scher won an important victory for a whistleblower who took on school administrators for deceiving the federal government. In Cooke v. United States, Mr. Scher won a hard fought trial, obtaining for his client the pay she was wrongfully denied because of her gender. In Shen v. Shinseki, he secured a rare court order prohibiting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from terminating his client, a Title 38 pathologist, while her civil rights complaint was pending.
Mr. Scher is a frequent news commentator and has appeared on local news WUSA9 (Montgomery county, Maryland), KSBW8 (Salinas, Monterey, Santa Cruz), as well as ABC World News and on Hearst Television, Inc. stations across the country. Additionally, Mr. Scher has been interviewed by Forbes.com, Politico, and the Washington Post on topics such as employment discrimination, whistleblower retaliation, free speech issues and related employment matters.
Mr. Scher affords The Employment Law Group® law firm’s clients the benefit of years of diverse legal experience. He has experience handling immigration matters, having drafted appeals leading to the invalidation of regulations potentially affecting hundreds of thousands of immigrants. He also serves The Employment Law Group® law firm’s clients by providing them with unparalleled electronic discovery expertise and a strong background in complex litigation.
A graduate of Cornell University and Fordham Law School, Mr. Scher began his career in New York and New Jersey practicing in the field of corporate commercial litigation. He then worked as in-house counsel for several major corporations, including Sony Electronics, Pearson PLC, and USWeb where he focused on Silicon Valley during the high point of the Internet boom, specializing in technology transactions, intellectual property, and commercial law. In 2003, David combined his legal and technical expertise to work as a legal consultant for Kroll On Track, providing electronic discovery consulting to top 200 law firms in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
During his career, David has negotiated multi-million dollar alliance and joint venture transactions, settled numerous cases with minimal impact to his clients, managed an eight person in-house law department, and handled the first licensing agreements for the Sony VAIO and the first hosting and application service agreements for USWeb.
Leveraging his California legal experience, David is currently heading the firm’s rapid expansion into California employment law. In sum, David can step into any case and do what needs to be done for his clients.
Fordham University School of Law
Statistics and Biometry
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
U.S. District Court - Central District of California
U.S. District Court - District of Columbia
U.S. District Court - Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court - District of Maryland
U.S. District Court - District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. Court of Appeals - 4th Circuit
No Longer a Remote Possibility, Diversity Executive Magazine, Nov-2014
States have whistleblower statutes too: A look at Oregon, New Jersey and Delaware, Westlaw Employment Journal, Nov-2014
Government Whistleblowers Deserve Payouts Too, Government Executive, Nov-2014
Grabbing the bull(y) by the horns, Bay Area Reporter, Oct-2014
FIAFEA: The Ace that is Rarely Played, NAAUSA NEWS, Oct-2014
Where the False Claims Act meets for-profit colleges: 4 hot areas for compliance, eCampus News, Aug-2014
How Defense Offsets Intersect with the FCPA, The FCPA Report, Jul-2014
Changing Tactics at the DOJ Stand to Permanently Alter the Face of Qui Tam Litigation, Bloomberg BNA Healthcare Fraud Report, Jul-2014
First-Amendment Defenses Against Whistleblowers, The Corporate Counselor, Jun-2014
Workforce Whistleblowing at the Intersection of HIPAA and the False Claims Act, Bloomberg BNA Healthcare Fraud Report, Jun-2014
After Five Years, Some Authoritative Case Law on the ADAAA’s Broad Sweep, Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report, Apr-2014
Interns at heightened risk of harassment, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Mar-2014
Corporate Counsel: You Might Want To Re-Examine That General Release, Pharmaceutical Compliance Monitor, Mar-2014
“As You ‘Like’ It”: Ascribing legal significance to social media, Employment Law Daily, Mar-2014
Proposed CMS Rules Present a New Threat to Habitual Health Care Fraud Offenders, Bloomberg BNA, Dec-2013
The False Claims Act Poses Additional Risks To Medical Device Makers, Pharmaceutical Compliance Monitor, Jun-2013
Health Care Law Expands False Claims Act Liability Under Anti-Kickback Statute, Westlaw Health Care Fraud Journal, May-2012
Blowing the Whistle, California Lawyer, Oct-2011
Grim Consequences for Spoliation of Evidence, Maryland State Bar Association Fall Newsletter, Dec-2010
LinkedIn Will Ultimately Win Its Lawsuit, Says Employment Lawyer David Scher, Legal Broadcast Network, Nov-2014
Transgender Army Employee Wins Landmark Gender Identity Case. An Exclusive Interview with David Scher, Legal Broadcast Outlet, Oct-2014
Feinstein Sends Obama a Letter Urging Action on Federal Equality, FrontiersLA, Oct-2014
Same-Sex Marriage Gets Green Light in More States, SHRM.org, Oct-2014
Center and doctors to pay out in lawsuit, The Palatka Daily News, Sep-2014
Calif. Court To Weigh If Workers’ Lies Can End Their Suits, Law360, Mar-2014
4th Circ. Says Expanded ADA Covers Temporary Impairments, Law360, Jan-2014
California Immigrant Attorney’s Win Cuts Path for Other States, Law360, Jan-2014
Litigators Say ACA, Shaky Economy Will Spur Suits in 2014, Law360, Jan-2014
ENDA Likely To Run Aground In The House, Law360, Nov-2013
Decorated Marine John Melson Explains Why He Blew Whistle On Private Contractor Drug Abuse in Afghanistan, America’s Radio News Network, Oct-2012
Attorney Dave Scher Joins us to Discuss the Lawsuit Against US Defense Contractor Jorge Scientific, America’s Radio News Network, Oct-2012
Video: Wasted Security Men Jeopardize US-Afghan Relations, The Fix: Addiction and Recovery, Straight Up, Oct-2012
Attorney: Military Contractor Whistleblowers Videotaped ‘Animal House On Steroids’ In Afghanistan, CBS New York, Oct-2012
ABC Exclusive: Video Shows Drunk, Stoned US Defense Contractors, ABC News, Oct-2012
Exclusive: Video Shows Drunk, Stoned US Defense Contractors, ABC News, Oct-2012
How to Recognize Medicare Fraud – Avoiding Whistleblower Lawsuits, Worldwide Business Research, Sep-2014
Justice Delayed: Two Case Studies in the Overburdened Administrative Court System, American Bar Association / Section of Labor and Employment Law, Nov-2013
You Put What on Your Facebook Page?!: The Array of Thorny Employment Issues Posed by Social Networking and the Internet, American Bar Association’s (ABA), Nov-2012
Social media and employment law: risks to employees and employers, DCBAR Continuing Legal Education, Oct-2012
You Put What on your Facebook Page….’ – The Array of Thorny Employment Law Issues Posed by Social Networking and the Internet, Maryland Employment Lawyers Association, Jan-2011
Equal Pay Act Victory in the Murtagh-Cooke v. NTSB Case, Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA), Jan-2009
The Economics of Electronic Discovery, George Mason University School of Law, Nov-2008
TELG Whistleblower Client Wins Settlement in Sleep Clinic Fraud Case
Law360 Reports on Armored Truck Whistleblower Case
Super Lawyers Names Six TELG Attorneys to its 2014 List
TELG Helps Two Whistleblowers Win Settlement in Physical-Therapy Fraud Case
In Win for TELG Client, Fourth Circuit Finds ADA Can Cover Temporary Injuries
Press Roundup: CCTV America Interviews TELG Principals About Edward Snowden
Press Roundup: Top Media Outlets Quote TELG’s Attorneys on NSA Leaker, IRS Scandal, Win for Firm’s Client
Super Lawyers Honors All Four TELG Principals for 2013
Law360 Quotes David Scher on Broader Role for Sen. McCaskill
Once Again, Super Lawyers Honors All Principals of The Employment Law Group® Law Firm as Top-Rated Lawyers
Amended Complaint adds Supplementary Factual Assertions Supporting Claims against U.S. Defense Contractor Accused of Defrauding American Taxpayers and Endangering Lives
Whistleblower Lawsuit Accuses U.S. Defense Contractor of Defrauding American Taxpayers
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