Shauna Itri is an attorney at Berger & Montague, P.C. in Philadelphia. She will teach a course called “Introduction to Whistleblower Acts”.
Shauna concentrates her practice on complex litigation and has substantial experience representing whistleblowers in cases involving fraud against the United States government and those involving claims brought under whistleblower reward programs with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Internal Revenue Service, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
Shauna has successfully represented whistleblowers in qui tam or False Claims Act law suits in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Shauna has worked on a series of False Claims Act cases against large drug companies for fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid drug pricing. This litigation has returned well over $1 billion to state and federal governments pursuant to the Federal and State False Claims Acts.
Shauna has also represented shareholders in complex securities class action cases, assisting in litigation that recovered millions of dollars in settlements including: In re: Adams Golf Securities Litigation, Civ. Action No. 99-371 (D. Del. 1999) (settled for approximately $17 million); In re: American Business Financial Services, Inc. Noteholders Litigation, No. 05-232 (E.D. Pa.)(settled for approximately $17 million); and Mazur v. Concord Camera et al., Case No. 04-61159 (S.D. Fla. 2004) (settled for approximately $2 million).
Shauna has published several articles about whistleblower laws and programs and has been a frequent speaker on these and other topics.
Shauna is presently an adjunct professor at Villanova University, teaching a white collar crime and corporate deviance course. Shauna was named a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star” in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by Philadelphia Magazine after an extensive nomination and polling process among Pennsylvania lawyers. She was placed on Philadelphia’s First Judicial District’s 2010 Roll of Honor for Pro Bono Service for her service in the community.
Syllabus – Introduction to Whistleblower Acts
An outline of the syllabus is listed below. Click here to read the detailed syllabus (PDF).
- Lesson 1: Introduction to the False Claims Act
- Lesson 2: The False Claims Act and Healthcare Fraud
- Lesson 3: The False Claims Act and Fraud in Areas Other Than Healthcare, Including Fraud in Department of Defense Contracting and the Financial Industry
- Lesson 4: The IRS Whistleblower Act: Reporting Tax Fraud
- Lesson 5: The SEC Whistleblower Act: Reporting Securities Fraud
- Lesson 6: Litigating Under the Whistleblower Statutes: Traps for the Unwary and Practice Pointers