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Suzanne E. Durrell

Durrell Law Office

Milton, MA, USA


Suzanne E. Durrell

Following a distinguished twelve year career with the United States Department of Justice, Ms. Durrell established a private practice in 2003 representing whistleblowers and handling False Claims Act and other white collar civil litigation. She associates with attorney Robert M. Thomas, Jr. of Thomas & Associates in Boston for joint representation of qui tam relators. The collaboration of Ms. Durrell and Mr. Thomas in the whistleblower practice area has become known as one of the pre-eminent qui tam practices nationwide. 

Ms. Durrell is the former Chief, Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office in Boston. While there, she supervised the office's qui tam and False Claims Act litigation. She also prosecuted a number of cases, most notably, serving as the lead civil attorney on the five qui tam cases and investigation against National Medical Care, Inc./Fresenius that resulted in a then record $486 million settlement (January 2000). She received several honors including the Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service, the most prestigious recognition bestowed by the Department of Justice. She also held the position of Deputy Associate Attorney General in Washington, D.C.  Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Ms. Durrell was an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and an associate at the law firm of Hill & Barlow in Boston. 

Durrell Law Office is lead counsel in several national qui tam matters involving pharmaceutical companies and health care providers. Most recently, Ms. Durrell and Mr. Thomas represented one of the whistleblowers in the historic $2.3 billion Pfizer settlement, which was the largest health care fraud prosecution, in terms of dollars recovered, in the history of the United States, and the largest criminal fine ($1.3 billion) ever. Ms. Durrell and Mr. Thomas also represented one of the whistleblowers in the historic "Big Dig" construction case, which involved both False Claims Act claims as well as criminal indictments in connection with Boston's historic highway reconstruction project. They have numerous other cases currently under seal or in litigation. 
  
Ms. Durrell is a 1978 cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and a 1975 graduate with honors of Swarthmore College. She is a member of the bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Durrell has been rated AV by Martindale Hubbell's peer-rating system for over twenty years, which is the highest rating both for competence and for ethical practices. She is a frequent speaker at national conferences and has authored articles on the False Claims Act, including an article published in the Taxpayers Against Fraud's False Claims Act and Qui Tam Quarterly Review.

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