Renée Brooker

Renée Brooker

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FORMER PROSECUTOR IN SENIOR LEADERSHIP POSITION AT DOJ, RESPONSIBLE FOR BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN RECOVERIES UNDER WHISTLEBLOWER LAWS, NOW REPRESENTING WHISTLEBLOWERS

  • Former Assistant Director, United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Civil Division  (2002-2017)
  • Member of Taxpayers Against Fraud https://www.taf.org/
  • Represented Whistleblowers at another prominent whistleblower firm (2017-2020)
  • Former Member of U.S. Department of Justice-appointed Independent Corporate Compliance Monitor and Auditor for Volkswagen under its Plea Agreement and Consent Decree with the United States Department of Justice (2017-2020)

Experience

  • Responsible for nearly $6 billion in False Claims Act and FIRREA (bank fraud) recoveries at the Justice Department
  • Long-time Federal Civil Prosecutor in a senior leadership position at DOJ overseeing office of prosecutors enforcing the False Claims Act and FIRREA (bank fraud)
  • Enforced these whistleblowers laws at DOJ and represent whistleblowers under:
    • The False Claims Act/The Whistleblower Law
    • The Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA)—an enforcement tool used to deter fraud by financial institutions, including bank fraud and mail and wire fraud
    • The Whistleblower Programs of the SEC, CFTC, and the IRS
    • The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)
  • Chief architect of financial fraud cases under the DOJ Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force
  • Enforced anti-fraud laws and represent whistleblowers in virtually every major industry: insurance, health care, defense contracting, government procurement, small business, financial services, pharmaceutical, tobacco, higher education and automotive industries
  • Led a team to a successful civil RICO verdict against the tobacco industry after a 9 month trial in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Former special prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia handling criminal trials
  • Prosecuted fraud in federal student aid programs affecting consumers and taxpayers, as part of an enforcement response to Congressional findings of fraud in the for-profit school industry, at the U.S. Department of Education Office of General Counsel
  • Law Clerk to Judge Noël Kramer in the District of Columbia

Awards

  • Department of Justice Commendation Award for recovering billions of dollars from financial institutions for fraudulent loan origination practices under the False Claims Act/Whistleblower Law (2016) (The “Big Lender Initiative”)
  • Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency Award for Excellence, in recognition of the $1.2 billion False Claims Act civil settlement with Wells Fargo Bank (2016)
  • Department of Justice Dedicated Service Award for “a record of outstanding actions and accomplishments” under the False Claims Act/Whistleblower Law (2015)
  • Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention for recovering hundreds of millions of dollars from the pharmaceutical industry for falsely inflated Medicare and Medicaid drug prices under the False Claims Act/Whistleblower Law (2011)
  • Department of Justice Award for prosecuting Big Tobacco under civil racketeering laws for lying to the American public about the harmful effects of smoking (2005)

Podcasts

  • Listen on your smart phone to Whistleblower Revolution Podcast, S1 Episode 4: The Prosecution Never Rests with Renée Brooker

Panelist

  • Government Investigations in the Age of COVID, Federal Bar Association Qui Tam Section (False Claims Act / Whistleblower cases) (August 11, 2020)
  • How U.S Attorneys Offices Work with Department of Justice (Parts 1 and 2), Civil Frauds in DC & Best Practices in Working with Both (False Claims Act / Whistleblower cases), Federal Bar Association Qui Tam Section (October 14 and 26, 2020)
  • What We Wish We Knew – Advice from Former Government Attorneys perspectives and insights into how government (False Claims Act whistleblower) investigations work, Taxpayers Against Fraud annual conference (October 29, 2020)
  • Bringing Home the Bounty: The Trial Lawyer’s Approach to False Claims Act Litigation: Ask the Magic 8 Ball—Predicting the Future of Whistleblower Litigation in 2021 and Beyond. As the dust begins to settle after the most contentious election year in memory, the future of qui tam litigation hangs in the balance.  A panel of former United States Attorneys and legal scholars  dissected recent trends in False Claims Act policy and discussed expectations for how the next Administration will approach whistleblower claims, Florida Justice Association (November 13, 2020)
  • Loan and Grant Fraud, Civil False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement Institute, American Bar Association (December 4, 2020)
  • American Conference Institute, False Claims & Qui Tam Enforcement conference (March 24, 2021)

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