Named Whistleblower Lawyer of the Year, VS&G partner Janet L. Goldstein has served as a qui tam lawyer for whistleblowers in False Claims Act cases and related wrongful termination lawsuits since 1989. Her work, together with that of her partners, has led to more than a billion dollars of recoveries under the False Claims Act. In 2009, 2011 and 2013, Washingtonian Magazine named her a “Top Whistleblower Attorney” in its biennial rating of best lawyers. Ms. Goldstein is rated “Superb” by Avvo.com and “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell (its highest possible peer review rating).
Ms. Goldstein was one of the founding partners of the whistleblower law firm Phillips, Cohen & Goldstein (now Phillips & Cohen). She is a veteran trial and appellate attorney who has conducted over 50 jury trials in federal and state courts. Ms. Goldstein has taught trial advocacy at Harvard Law School’s trial advocacy program, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and the University of Southern California Law Center.
As a whistleblower lawyer, Ms. Goldstein serves as the National Co-Chair of the Qui Tam Subcommittee for the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section. She is a sought after speaker who has led numerous training conference sessions for qui tam lawyers, federal and state prosecutors and law enforcement agents on the False Claims Act and procurement and health care fraud prosecutions.
Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Goldstein served for ten years as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles and the Department of Justice’s Environmental Crimes Unit where she prosecuted major defense procurement fraud, financial fraud, political corruption, racketeering and environmental crime cases.
Ms. Goldstein is the recipient of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Bronze Medal for outstanding contributions to environmental enforcement, the U.S. Department of Justice Special Achievement Award and U.S. Department of Treasury Director’s Award.
Ms. Goldstein graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University in 1974 and received her law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1977.