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Robert L. Vogel

Vogel, Slade & Goldstein, LLP

Washington, DC, USA


In 1990, Rob Vogel founded the Washington DC law firm that has become Vogel, Slade & Goldstein. Since that time, Mr. Vogel has represented more than 75 plaintiffs in qui tam actions that have led to hundreds of millions of dollars of recoveries for the United States treasury, as well as significant rewards for his private clients. He has handled a wide range of cases involving health care fraud, defense contracting fraud, and other kinds of procurement fraud, and affecting numerous government agencies.

From 1987 to 1990, Mr. Vogel was a trial attorney in the commercial frauds section of the Department of Justice's Civil Division. During that time, he was lead counsel for the United States in several significant False Claims Act cases, including Avco Corp. v. United States Department of Justice, 884 F.2d 621 (D.C. Cir. 1989) (court held that DOJ could issue Civil Investigative Demands while investigating allegations in a sealed qui tam complaint), and United States v. O'Connell, 890 F.2d 563 (1st Cir. 1989) (court held that employer was liable for FCA violations based on conduct of employee, even though employee was acting only for his own benefit).

Mr. Vogel has also been lead counsel for qui tam relators in cases that have resulted in significant developments in the case law in federal trial and appellate courts throughout the United States.  Mr. Vogel's cases have included United States ex rel. Siller v. Becton Dickinson & Co., 21 F.3d 1339 (4th Cir.), cert. denied, 115 S.Ct. 316 (1994) (interpreting the "public disclosure bar"); U.S. ex rel. Aflatooni v. KPS, 163 F.3d 516 (9th Cir. 1999) (same); United States ex rel. Mayman v. Martin Marietta Corp., 894 F.Supp. 218 (D.Md. 1995), and 866 F. Supp. 1243 (D.Md. 1995) (involving allegations of fraud involving a Navy contract); U.S. ex rel. Semtner v. Medical Consultants, Inc., 170 F.R.D. 490 (W.D. Okla. 1997); and U.S. ex rel. Trim v. McKean, 31 F. Supp. 2d 1308 (W.D. Okla. 1998) (involving allegations of fraud by a medical billing company).

Since 2008, Mr. Vogel has served as a co-chair of the Procurement Fraud Committee of the ABA's Public Contract Law Section. From 2002-07, he was a co-chair of the Health Care Fraud & Abuse Subcommittee, part of the Litigation Section's Committee on Criminal Litigation., ABA Comm. on Criminal Litigation. He has participated as moderator or a panelist in over 50 professional conferences and has published more than a dozen articles, including "The False Claims Act and its Impact on Medical Practices," Journal of Medical Practice Management," Vol. 26, No. 1 (July/August 2010); "The 2009 Amendments to the FCA," The Government Contractor, Vol. 51, No. 37 (October 2009); and "The Public Disclosure Bar Against Qui Tam Suits," Public Contract Law Journal, Vol. 24, No. 4 (Summer 1995). 

Mr. Vogel was graduated from Stanford Law School (J.D. 1985) and Amherst College (B.A. 1981, summa cum laude, major in Philosophy).  In 1985-86, he was a law clerk for the Honorable Frank M. Johnson, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

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