Personal Attention. Reliable Advice.

Jonathan Willens and Ed Scarvalone have practiced law in New York City for over 30 years, working in large and small law firms and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.  Our colleague Heidi Wendel has supervised False Claims Act cases for both the U.S. Attorney and the New York State Attorney General.  

All of us have handled jury trials, large matters with dozens of depositions, and appellate arguments up to the United States Supreme Court.  We apply our experience and strategic judgment to all of our cases.     

Representative Cases

U.S. ex rel. Gomez v. Total Call Mobile, Inc., 15 Civ. 8869 (S.D.N.Y.)

We represented a relator with inside information that a California-based telecommunications company and its affiliates knowingly overbilled the FCC’s Lifeline program over several years.  In 2017, our complaint resulted in a $30 million recovery for the government. 

U.S. ex rel. Kelly v. City Medical Associates, P.C., 15 Civ. 7261 (S.D.N.Y.)

The Government intervened in our client's case against a New York City cardiology practice that allegedly defrauded Medicare and Medicaid programs of more than $57 million by performing unnecessary tests, making false statements to insurers, and other misconduct.  Criminal and civil proceedings are ongoing.   

U.S. ex rel. Wendel v. NDRI, 15 Civ. 3950 (S.D.N.Y.)

In 2017, we resolved this important case on behalf of a prominent researcher who alleged fraud in the conduct of a National Institutes of Health grant.  According to the complaint, the defendant materially changed the scope of its federally funded study while making false statements to NIH, published worthless reports in public health journals and fired the whistleblower for reporting his concerns.

Bernard v. Lombardo, 16 Civ. 863 (S.D.N.Y.)

We represented the plaintiffs in an action alleging securities fraud and breach of contract against a Long Island-based businessman and his companies.  The Court entered judgment against several defendants for $1.6 million, exceeding the original amount of our clients' investment.  Our investigation also contributed to a successful enforcement action by the Securities and Exchange Commission and a federal guilty plea. 

Sealed Cases

The majority of our current cases are under investigation by the Department of Justice, the New York State Attorney General, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other agencies.  These cases involve allegations of mortgage fraud, kickbacks by a pharmaceutical company, securities fraud, international bribery, a scheme to avoid paying estate taxes, and fraud by a bank in foreign exchange transactions, among others.