Mr. Michael A. Sullivan
Finch McCranie LLP
Michael A. Sullivan of Finch McCranie, LLP is a former federal prosecutor with 35+ years of trial experience in complex civil and criminal cases. With a background including trials of business torts and serious injury cases, he also represents qui tam whistleblowers in cases under the False Claims Act, as well as SEC Whistleblowers, FCPA Whistleblowers, CFTC Whistleblowers, and IRS Whistleblowers.
He also recently served as Counsel to the Volkswagen AG Independent Compliance Monitor Larry D. Thompson, and coordinated with counsel across the globe to satisfy legal requirements of countries in Europe, Asia, North America, and South America.
He also conducts and supervises internal investigations for clients with business integrity issues, and he advises international and domestic clients on compliance with U.S. laws.
Mr. Sullivan was co-counsel to Relators in two of the largest health care fraud qui tam recoveries in recent years: (1) the $465 million settlement by Mylan, Inc. in 2017 for erroneously classifying its patented, brand name drug EpiPen as a generic drug to avoid its obligation to pay higher Medicaid rebates; and (2) the groundbreaking case that authorized use of statistical sampling to prove elements of FCA liability and damages, United States ex rel. Glenda Martin v. Life Care Centers of America, Inc. (E.D. TN), which in 2016 produced the largest health care fraud settlement in history against a skilled nursing facility chain.
Mr. Sullivan has worked with the False Claims Act since the late 1980s and has both defended and prosecuted cases under the False Claims Act. Mr. Sullivan helped draft Georgia’s two qui tam statutes, the 2007 “State False Medicaid Claims Act,” and the 2012 “Georgia Taxpayer Protection False Claims Act.” Since the December 2006 beginning of the new IRS Whistleblower Program, Mr. Sullivan has also represented IRS whistleblowers in submissions totaling billions of dollars. He has also worked with the IRS Whistleblower Office staff in presenting programs on best practices in pursuing IRS Whistleblower claims.
In 2009 and again in 2010, Mr. Sullivan was consulted by staff members of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee to discuss how the new SEC and CFTC Whistleblower Programs should operate. In 2011, he met with the SEC and CFTC Chairmen and senior staff to recommend changes to the proposed rules for SEC and CFTC Whistleblower claims. Mr. Sullivan is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and Vanderbilt Law School. He clerked for U.S. District Judge Marvin H. Shoob in Atlanta from 1984-86. He chairs the “Whistleblower Law Symposium” in Atlanta.