Who We Are
Fraud Reporting Firm is a federal law firm headquartered in Dallas, Texas that represents whistleblowers nationwide. Our firm is led by senior attorneys Dr. Nick Oberheiden and James Bell, both of whom have extensive experience in complex litigation involving allegations of fraud and other similar types of claims. In addition to Dr. Oberheiden and Mr. Bell, both of whom are licensed to practice in multiple jurisdictions across the country, we also have affiliated local counsel who extend the reach of our practice to all 50 states. If you need to report fraud to the federal government, we can help you regardless of the nature of the issue and regardless of where you live.
About Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Dr. Nick Oberheiden has been practicing law at the federal level for well over a decade. He has extensive experience on both sides of federal whistleblower claims, having represented both whistleblowers and companies accused of fraud in numerous matters pending before the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and other agencies. Dr. Oberheiden is widely recognized as an authority in the area of federal civil practice, and he has successfully represented clients across the country in a broad array of high-stakes federal matters
Meet Dr. Oberheiden, Founding Attorney.
About James Bell
James Bell is widely regarded as one of the most-accomplished lawyers of his generation, and he is well-known for securing substantial settlements and verdicts for his clients. In 2017, he secured the largest verdict in the nation. Mr. Bell takes an innovative approach to representing his clients in high-stakes litigation (an approach which he teaches to other lawyers around the country); and, when other lawyers need to litigate their clients’ cases, they frequently call upon Mr. Bell to assist them.
Meet James Bell, Senior Partner
Our Nationwide Network of Defense Lawyers, Investigators, and Subject Matter Experts
In order to efficiently represent whistleblowers across the country, we have established a nationwide network of senior attorneys who are available to provide representation to the firm’s clients on an as-needed basis. All of the attorneys in our nationwide network are highly-experienced litigators, and they all share Dr. Oberheiden’s and Mr. Bell’s vision to provide unrivaled and unrelenting representation for whistleblowers who choose to have their voices heard. We work with investigators and subject matter experts around the country as well, and our lawyers rely on these highly-skilled professionals’ expertise to help prove our clients’ allegations of fraud.
What Do You Need to Know about Fraud Reporting Firm?
If you have information about fraud and need help securing the protections (and compensation) to which you are entitled when you report what you know to the federal government, your choice of legal representation matters. Here are five reasons why whistleblowers nationwide choose the attorneys at Fraud Report Firm:
1. We Have Recovered More than $6 Billion for Whistleblowers and Other Clients
Our attorneys have recovered more than $6 billion for whistleblowers and other clients. All of our lawyers are highly-skilled advocates who have a passion for vigorously representing clients, and who are committed to helping whistleblowers hold companies and their executives accountable for fraud, waste, and abuse
2. Our Fraud Reporting Practice is Nationwide in Scope
Our fraud reporting practice is nationwide in scope. We represent whistleblowers in all 50 states; and, with our network of affiliated local counsel, investigators, and subject matter expects located in major cities around the country, we are able to immediately provide personal, one-on-one representation regardless of where our clients live and work.
3. Our Clients Work Directly with Our Senior Attorneys
When you choose Fraud Reporting Firm, you will work directly with our senior attorneys throughout your federal whistleblower case. Unlike other firms, we do not assign clients or tasks to junior associates or paralegals—in fact, we don’t employ junior associates or paralegals at all.
4. We Offer Centuries of Combined Experience on Both Sides of High-Stakes Federal Fraud Cases
Combined, our attorneys offer centuries of combined experience on both sides of high-stakes federal fraud cases. This includes experience not only representing whistleblowers and representing companies in defense of whistleblower claims, but serving as federal prosecutors for the DOJ as well.
5. We Represent Whistleblowers on a Contingency-Fee Basis
At Fraud Reporting Firm, we handle all federal whistleblower cases on a contingency-fee basis. This means that our clients never have to be concerned about paying anything out of pocket. Additionally, under various federal whistleblower statutes, we are able to collect our attorneys’ fees separately from our clients’ relator compensation awards.
FAQs: Filing a Federal Whistleblower Claim with Fraud Reporting Firm
Q: How do I know if I have a federal whistleblower claim?
In order to determine if you have a federal whistleblower claim, you will need to discuss your information with an attorney. There are strict requirements for filing a whistleblower claim (and securing whistleblower protections) under federal law; and, before you disclose what you know, you need to make sure you have done everything necessary to protect yourself and establish your eligibility for whistleblower (or “relator”) compensation.
Q: What types of federal whistleblower claims does Fraud Reporting Firm handle?
Our firm handles all types of federal whistleblower claims. This includes claims against public and private companies in sectors ranging from healthcare and consumer services to pharmaceutical and investment products. Our attorneys provide representation for claims filed under statutes including, but by no means limited to:
- Affordable Care Act (ACA)
- Clean Air Act (CAA)
- Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)
- Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA)
- Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
- False Claims Act (FCA)
- Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
- Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)
Q: Do I need to hire a law firm to handle my federal whistleblower claim?
Legally speaking, you are not required to hire a law firm to represent you in your federal whistleblower claim. However, there are still several reasons why you should engage a firm like Fraud Reporting Firm to represent you. As a whistleblower, there are steps you need to take in order to secure the protections and compensation that are available under the statutes listed above (among others); and, if you do not take all of the necessary steps – and do so in a timely manner – you could lose your statutory rights.
Q: What happens once I file a federal whistleblower claim?
Once you file a federal whistleblower claim, the federal government will investigate your claim, and it will decide whether to “intervene” and pursue charges against the company in question. If the government intervenes, and if it is successful in recovering fraudulent losses, you will receive a percentage as your relator’s award. If the government decides not to intervene, you have the option to pursue your case independently (with the representation of counsel); and, if you succeed, then you will be entitled to an even larger percentage of the amount recovered.
Q: How much whistleblower compensation can Fraud Reporting Firm help me recover?
The answer to this question depends on both (i) the specific statute under which you file your claim, and (ii) the scope of the fraud at issue. In October 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued its largest-ever whistleblower award of $114 million. This more than doubled the previous record of $50 million set just four months earlier. Other agencies have also issued nine-figure whistleblower awards in appropriate cases; however, it is also possible for whistleblower awards to be significantly lower.
Q: What information do I need to have before I contact Fraud Reporting Firm about filing a federal whistleblower claim?
Due to the complexities involved with filing a whistleblower claim and the risks involved with collecting information about alleged fraud, if you have any information, we encourage you to contact us before taking any additional steps. Our lawyers can assess your claim based on the information you currently have available, and we can walk you through your next steps while preparing your complaint if it appears that you have an actionable whistleblower claim.
Schedule a Free and Confidential Consultation at Fraud Reporting Firm Toda
For more information about Fraud Reporting Firm, or to discuss your whistleblower claim with one of our senior attorneys in confidence, please call 718-571-8324 or contact us online. We are available nationwide 24/7.