David K. Colapinto
David K. Colapinto is a nationally recognized whistleblower advocate with expertise in government fraud and qui tam cases and whistleblower retaliation cases. He has successfully represented many whistleblowers in state and federal courts and before numerous agencies.
A key attorney in several cases of national interest, Mr. Colapinto represented the leading whistleblower in a major qui tam fraud action against the drug maker Bristol-Myers Squibb, helping to recover more than $500 million for U.S. taxpayers and the government under the False Claims Act in 2007. He has also played a central role in securing whistleblower protection for FBI employees, such as the firm’s successful efforts on behalf of Fredric Whitehurst, the forensics expert who suffered recriminations after reporting poor lab practices at the bureau. He served as co-counsel in Linda Tripp’s successful lawsuit citing Privacy Act violations by the Department of Defense. An experienced litigator, he has established important precedent under the Freedom of Information Act. He is the co-author of Whistleblower Law: A Guide to Legal Protections for Corporate Employees (Praeger, 2004).
- Whistleblower Litigation
- False Claims Act and Qui Tam Litigation
- Civil Liberties
- Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts
- IRS Whistleblower Act Claims
A member of the bar in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, David Colapinto is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Court of Appeals in the Fifth, Ninth, D.C. and Federal Circuits; the U.S. District Courts for the District of Massachusetts and the District of Columbia; and before the Internal Revenue Service.
- Antioch Law School, J.D., 1987
- Boston University, B.A. History, 1984