David Colapinto

David K. Colapinto

Founding Partner

  • J.D. Antioch School of Law (1987)
  • B.S. Boston University (1984)


  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • District of Columbia


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

What Clients are Saying

“Among the most experienced and skilled attorneys practicing in the specialization of whistleblower law”

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“I couldn’t have navigated the shark invested waters whistleblower face without the passion, dedication, determination, and brilliance of my incredible attorneys.”

“…the three co-founders of the National Whistleblower Center, these are important names, Stephen Kohn, Michael Kohn and David Colapinto, thank you so much for all that you do, they broke the mold with these visionaries and we are all better for it.” – National Whistleblower Day, 2018

Linda Tripp, Retaliation Whistleblower

David's Latest Thinking

New House Whistleblower Rule Sends A Strong Message

January 4th, 2021|Government Whistleblowers, Whistleblower News and Qui Tam Blog, Whistleblower Protection|

As a new Congress convenes, the House of Representatives will have in place a new rule to protect the identity of whistleblowers who anonymously report wrongdoing to the House.  While the new rule was announced by Speaker Nancy Pelosi in response to efforts to unmask the identity of the Intelligence Community whistleblower, whose disclosures led to the impeachment of President Trump over the Ukraine scandal, it will actually strengthen bipartisan Congressional oversight. The new whistleblower rule will follow federal laws providing for whistleblower confidentiality and prohibit House Members from disclosing the identity of whistleblowers who fall under the protection of any federal whistleblower law. The rule would make the disclosure of a federal whistleblower’s identity a violation of the House’s Official Code of Conduct. When House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer proposed the new whistleblower rule in November of 2020, he stated that the purpose of the rule was to promote ...

Qui Tam Whistleblower Action Gets Boost as State Medicaid Program Halts Payments to Clinic Over Medicaid Fraud Allegations

June 15th, 2018|False Claims/Qui Tam, Whistleblower News and Qui Tam Blog|

The Medicaid program in Massachusetts has halted Medicaid payments to a Lawrence, Mass. clinic over fraud allegations that were first raised in a leading False Claims Act qui tam whistleblower action that is pending in federal court in Boston, according to a Boston Globe report. The Lawrence counseling clinic is accused of fraud for submitting Medicaid claims for payment of fees for licensed doctors and supervised therapists when in fact patients were treated by unlicensed and unsupervised nurses. The Medicaid fraud allegations were raised by a family whose daughter died while a patient undergoing treatment at the Lawrence clinic. The family filed a qui tam whistleblower action naming as defendants the clinic and its parent company, Universal Health Services, Inc., a publicly traded company that is in the Fortune 500. In June 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Universal Health Services v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar that the family ...

Senator Grassley Goes to the Senate Floor to Blast Court Decisions that Place “Bogus Restrictions” on False Claims Act Whistleblower Cases

February 13th, 2018|False Claims/Qui Tam, Whistleblower News and Qui Tam Blog|

Senator Chuck Grassley today gave a 15-minute floor speech defending the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act and he said that recent court decisions are weakening “the most effective tool to combat government fraud” by “piling on bogus restrictions that are not the law.”  Sen. Grassley pointed out that since 1986 the False Claims Act, which was originally enacted under Abraham Lincoln, has enabled the federal government to collect over $56 billion from unscrupulous contractors that have defrauded taxpayers.  Last year alone, the government collected $3.7 billion of which $3.4 billion was the direct result of False Claims Act cases filed by whistleblowers.  Grassley stated that some False Claims Act defendants are “tying in knots” the lower courts following a Supreme Court ruling last year in Universal Health Services v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar and said defendants and lower courts are misconstruing Justice Thomas’ holding that false claims must be material to the government’s ...

Our Client Received the Largest Whistleblower Reward in World History of $104 Million

Bradley Birkenfeld broke the back of Swiss bank secrecy. He was the first Swiss banker to file a case under the IRS whistleblower law. The results were unprecedented. UBS bank (at the time the largest bank in the world) had to pay a fine of $780 million. They also had to close all known U.S. accounts, and for the first time in history, the bank turned over the names of 4450 U.S. taxpayers for prosecution in the United States. Mr. Birkenfeld obtained the largest ever individual qui tam whistleblower award in history, $104 million.

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