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.
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
- 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
- Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, J.D. cum laude – 1985
- Princeton University, B.A. magna cum laude – 1980
- 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)
- 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.
- 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
- 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