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David Scher is a trial-tested attorney who specializes in qui tam, whistleblower retaliation, whistleblower rewards and discrimination cases nationally, with a focus in the D.C. area and California.

As a Principal Attorney with The Employment Law Group® law firm, he represents federal and corporate whistleblowers who have reported their employer’s wrongdoing.  Since 2003, he has victories for his clients totaling over $90 million, including a $57 million False Claims Act settlement.

I have been fortunate to represent some very courageous clients that want justice as much as I do,” says Mr. Scher. “I love my practice because each case is different. It’s more than about law for me. My job is to fight for my clients like I would my own family member because I believe in them, our case and our judicial system.

Other notable wins include:

Mr. Scher is a frequent news commentator and has appeared on local news channels WUSA9 and WINK CBS, as well as ABC World News and on Hearst Television, Inc. stations across the country. He has also appeared on podcasts such as The Ring of Fire and The Bryan Crabtree Show, and as a guest presenter at events such as The Mass Tort Made Perfect Conference.

Additionally, Mr. Scher has been interviewed by MarketWatch, AARP, Forbes.comPolitico, and the Washington Post on topics such as employment discrimination, whistleblower retaliation, free speech issues and related employment matters.

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.  Since then, Mr. Scher has focused his talents on being a whistleblower lawyer that will fight for justice in qui tam, false claims act, whistleblower and rewards cases.

As one client put it, “David is like the iron fist in a velvet glove. He’s a warrior that can step into any case and do what needs to be done for his clients.

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Kickbacks and Medicare Fraud, , Nov-2017

Biggest Test Yet For Statistical Sampling In FCA Cases, Law360, Oct-2016

Whistling for the Win in California Labor Code Section 1102.5, California Lawyer, Sep-2016

Medical Technology Use Spurs New C-Suite Titles, Which Bring Opportunity and Risk, American Journal of Managed Care, Sep-2016

Berman v. Neo@Ogilvy Creates Circuit Split on Dodd-Frank’s Whistleblower Protections, Westlaw Journal Employment, Nov-2015

Transcendental: Applying existing law to protect transgender people in the workplace, Rage Monthly, Oct-2015

The Reporting Obligations Of Nurses: They Should Disclose Abuse Cases in Non-Clinical Settings, Payers and Providers, Jul-2015

Will 2015 Bring Expanded Liability for Contractors Under the FCA?, Contract Management, Mar-2015

Trends in Anti-Kickback Litigation: What Clinical Laboratories Should Know, Clinical Laboratory News, Feb-2015

Blow the Whistle, PassageMaker, Jan-2015

Choice of Forum Provisions in Federal Court: Choosing the Battlefield As an Uphill Fight for Pharmaceutical Industry Employees, Bloomberg BNA Pharmaceutical Law & Industry Report, Dec-2014

Does the war on terrorism toll the limitations period on contractor fraud?, Westlaw Journal Expert & Scientific Evidence, Dec-2014

No Longer a Remote Possibility, Diversity Executive Magazine, Nov-2014

Government Whistleblowers Deserve Payouts Too, Government Executive, Nov-2014

States have whistleblower statutes too: A look at Oregon, New Jersey and Delaware, Westlaw Employment Journal, 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 Health Care 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 Health Care Fraud Report, Dec-2013

Those irresistible coworkers, LA Daily Journal, Jul-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 Journal Health Care Fraud, May-2012

Blowing the Whistle, California Lawyer, Oct-2011

Grim Consequences for Spoliation of Evidence, Maryland State Bar Association Fall Newsletter, Dec-2010

Media Mentions

News4 interviews David Scher, attorney for Silver Line whistleblower, , Jan-1970

Ambulance firm, PRMC under federal Medicare fraud investigation, , Jan-1970

Minnesota dermatologist to pay $850,000 to settle Medicare fraud claim, , Jan-1970

What You Say Will Be Held Against You, , Jan-1970

Lawyers Share Their Favorite Podcasts, , Jan-1970

What can managers do when love blossoms between employees?, , May-2017

Mnuchin’s Former Bank Pays $89 Million to Settle Mortgage Claims, , Jan-1970

Downfall of ITT Technical Institutes Was a Long Time in the Making, , Sep-2016

Whistleblower: Collapse of ITT offers ‘a final sense of justice’, , Jan-1970

ITT Schools in the U.S. Close Their Doors, , Sep-2016

Fla. Eye Center, Owner Pay $1M For Overbilling Medicare, Law360, Sep-2016

Lake Worth eye doctor to settle Medicare fraud claim for $1 million, , Sep-2016

Eye doctor and singer — aka Anayya Von Kitten — to pay $1M to feds for Medicare overbilling, , Aug-2016

The War on Medicare Fraud, AARP Bulletin, Jun-2016

David Scher Joins Bryan Crabtree to Discuss Healthcare and the Religious Liberty Bill, The Brian Crabtree Radio Show, Mar-2016

21st Century Oncology settles whistle-blower lawsuit, , Mar-2016

Questionable Practices at Corinthian Colleges, Ring of Fire Radio, Jan-2016

Whistleblower suit against for-profit college charges schemes against students, MarketWatch, Jan-2016

David Scher Talks, “Kim Davis, Released From Kentucky Jail”, The Brian Crabtree Radio Show, Sep-2015

Legal Gay Marriage: What are the legal consequences for your business or Church?, The Bryan Crabtree Show, Jun-2015

Excelitas Stuck In $13M FCA Suit Over Switches For Military, Law360, Jun-2015

Pregnant women sue Raley’s, alleging discrimination, The Sacramento Bee, Apr-2015

Texas District Court Enjoins FMLA Same-Sex Spouse Rule, SHRM,org, Mar-2015

Anti-gay bill does not give preachers new protection, The Red Dirt Report, Feb-2015

Dave Scher WIBW Interview on LGBT Issues, KIBW, Feb-2015

Whistleblower’s FCA Claims Over Shoddy Gun Trucks Revived, Law360, Feb-2015

Suspect in federal fraud case fighting extradition, Danville Register & Bee, Feb-2015

David Scher Quoted in Law360, Law360, Jan-2015

Whistleblower talks about local defense contractor’s fraud, Philadelphia Business Journal, Dec-2014

NLRB Files Complaints Against McDonald’s, Legal Broadcast Network, Dec-2014

As RFRA Sits In Senate, Disagreements On Potential Implications Continue, MIRS News , Dec-2014

Same-Sex Marriage Gets Green Light in More States, SHRM, Dec-2014

Rule Prohibiting LGBT Discrimination Requires Some Contractor Action, SHRM, Dec-2014

AWTR Show 499: Knowing the Laws that Protect Military, Army Wife Talk Radio, Dec-2014

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

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

Reports: One Cain Accuser Got $45K, Other Got $35K, ABC News, Nov-2011

Speaking Engagements

How Your Social Media Presence Affects Your Job Search Prospects, 40Plus of Greater Washington, Mar-2017

Out of the Closet: Understanding and Responding to LGBT Workplace Discrimination, BNA Bloomberg, Oct-2015

All That Jazz: Strategies For Success When There Are Several Claims Conversing With Each Other Making A Single Work Of Art, Central Florida Gay & Lesbian Law Association, Jun-2015

Out of the Closet: Understanding and Responding to LGBT Workplace Discrimination, Central Florida Gay & Lesbian Law Association, Mar-2015

How to Recognize Medicare Fraud – Avoiding Whistleblower Lawsuits, Worldwide Business Research, Sep-2014

How to Recognize and Combat Medicare Billing Fraud, American Health Information Management Association, Mar-2015

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


Client: MC- Equal Pay Act Case

"You can have no better ally"

Client: CB-Whistleblower Retaliation Case

"Fighting for me"

Client: Whistleblower retaliation case

"Exceptional knowledge of the law"

Client: TG-Whistleblower Retaliation Case

"Iron fist in the velvet glove"

Client: KN-Whistleblower Retaliation Case

"Recommend with the highest ratings"

Client: Gender Discrimination Case

"Fight for the rights of the individual"

David L. Scher Principal

David L. Scher


Fordham University School of Law
JD (1993)

Cornell University
BS (1989)
Statistics and Biometry

"Iron fist in the velvet glove"

– Former Client, TG-Whistleblower Retaliation Case

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