Colette G. Matzzie represents whistleblowers in a wide variety of qui tam cases brought under the federal False Claims Act and similar state false claims laws. Her practice includes pursuing fraud cases that involve healthcare fraud, defense contractor fraud and government procurement fraud as well as other types of wrongdoing involving recipients of federal and state funds. Ms. Matzzie has been named one of the “500 Leading Lawyers in America” for the past six years by Lawdragon magazine based on her work representing whistleblowers. An experienced appellate litigator, Ms. Matzzie has played a lead role in litigation of whistleblower cases, arguing cases in the US District Courts and the US Courts of Appeals. Two notable victories include published decisions awarding whistleblower clients “relator shares” recognizing the whistleblower’s substantial contribution to the success of the qui tam action. She also assists counsel for other whistleblowers with qui tam litigation in the federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Matzzie has spoken at conferences on legal issues arising under the False Claims Act, healthcare and procurement fraud, and amendments to the qui tam law. Prior to joining Phillips & Cohen, Ms. Matzzie served on the civil appellate staff of the US Department of Justice for five years. In addition, she served as a trial attorney on the Justice Department’s Tobacco Litigation team. From 1995 to 1999, Ms. Matzzie was a staff attorney with Public Citizen Litigation Group where she litigated cases concerning public health and safety, access to information.