Robert M. Thomas, Jr.

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Attorney Robert M. Thomas, Jr. represents whistleblowers in many ongoing False Claims Act/Qui Tam cases currently under seal around the country as well as clients in SEC and IRS whistleblower matters.

Robert M. Thomas, Jr. is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, and the principal and founder of Thomas & Associates in Boston, a white collar litigation firm concentrating in whistleblower representation.   Bob Thomas is a 1985 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and an experienced litigator of False Claims Act qui tam cases, as well as complex criminal and civil fraud cases.

Bob Thomas, Whistleblower Law Collaborative

He is a member of the bars of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia.  He began his career in Washington D.C. at Covington & Burling and then from 1989 to 1997 served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, where he concentrated on the criminal prosecution of white-collar fraud matters. Shortly after returning to private practice, he and his family moved to Boston where he started Thomas & Associates in 2000.

In 2005, Attorney Bob Thomas helped his clients earn a multi-million dollar relator’s share against Serono, Inc. in a case relating to off-label allegations concerning the human growth hormone Serostim. Serono pled guilty to criminal conspiracy charges related to its marketing practices and paid a fine of $136.9 million. In settlement of the government’s civil claims, initiated by whistleblowers, Serono paid $567 million in damages.

In addition to his litigation responsibilities, Mr. Thomas serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Boston University Law School, where he teaches a course on Health Care Fraud and Abuse.  He is frequently invited to speak at professional conferences on this and related topics.

Areas of Practice
  • Whistleblower Litigation
  • Health Care Fraud/FDA Violations
  • Government Contract and Procurement Fraud
  • Securities Fraud and SEC Violations
  • Tax Fraud and IRS Violations
  • False Claims Act/Qui Tam
Bar Admissions
  • Maryland, 1986
  • District of Columbia, 1987
  • Massachusetts, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts
Education
  • Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, J.D.  cum laude – 1985
  • Princeton University, B.A.  magna cum laude – 1980
Representative Cases
  • U.S. ex rel. Westmoreland v. Amgen, et al., WL 4342721 (D. Mass 2011)
  • U.S. ex rel. Westmoreland v. Amgen, et al., 652 F.3d 103 (1st Cir 2011)
  • U.S. ex rel. Westmoreland v. Amgen, et al., 738 F.Supp.2d 267 (D. Mass 2010)
  • U.S. ex rel. Gobble v. Forest Labs, et al., 729 F.Supp.2d 446 (D. Mass 2010)
  • U.S. ex rel. Westmoreland v. Amgen, et al., 707 F.Supp.2d 123 (D. Mass 2010)
Representative Clients
  • U.S. et al v. Amgen et al, 06-10972 D. Mass.
  • U.S. et al v. Elan Corp., 04-11594 D. Mass.
  • U.S. et al v. WellCare, 3:07cv1688 D. Conn.
  • U.S. et al v. Forest Labs, 03-10395 D. Mass.
  • U.S. et al. v. Pfizer Inc., 04-11780 D. Mass.
  • U.S. et al. v. Aggregate Industries, PLC, et al., 06-11379 D. Mass.
  • U.S. et al. v. St. Jude Medical, 06-11166 D. Mass.
  • U.S. et al. v. East Boston Neighborhood Health Center Corp, et al., 03-12360 D. Mass.
  • U.S. and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Metromedic Health Center, 03-11828 D. Mass.
Classes/Seminars
  • Fraud & Abuse in Healthcare (RMT), Boston University Law School, 2011 – Present
Honors and Awards
  • E.P.A. Bronze Award for outstanding contribution to the government’s efforts in United States v. Wilson & Interstate General Company
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell’s peer-rating system for over ten years
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Taxpayers Against Fraud, 2003 – Present
Past Positions
  • Hon. Walter E. Black, Jr., U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, Law Clerk, 1985 – 1986
  • Covington & Burling, 1986 – 1989
  • District of Maryland, Assistant U.S. Attorney, 1989 – 1997
  • Comey, Boyd & Luskin, 1997 – 1999
  • Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, 1999 – 2000
  • Thomas & Associates, Founder, 2000 to present
Contact Bob Thomas

Bob can be reached by phone at 617.371.0934  or by email at bob@thomasdurrell.com