Serving as a vital safeguard for public interest, whistleblowers are the public’s eyes and ears. That is why our attorneys stand for those who speak out against fraud. Whistleblowers have helped save taxpayers billions of dollars in False Claims Act settlements and judgments in 2017 alone. Exposing an employer’s fraud and abuse can seem daunting and risky. We can help.
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Whistleblower Attorneys Standing Up for Those Who Speak Out
There are many types of schemes to defraud the government from Medicare and Medicaid fraud to contract and procurement fraud to a host of other improper schemes. But they all have two things in common: stealing taxpayer money, and hoping no one will blow the whistle.
When you are ready to blow the whistle and expose fraudulent activity, our whistleblower attorneys will stand with you. Fighting fraud could come with risks such as retaliation and delayed action if you report to the wrong agency. We will guide you through the reporting process, making sure your suit or claim is filed properly and making sure your rights are protected along the way.
We Value Our Reputation for Honesty and Integrity
In the decades we have been involved in litigation, we have worked to develop and maintain our reputation for honesty and integrity. Judges respect our commitment to our clients and our resourcefulness and determination in the courtroom. Even our adversaries acknowledge our professionalism and commitment. Judges and other lawyers alike know that they can rely on our word with regard to any aspect of our cases.
We are a resourceful law firm that has a reputation for aggressively pursuing legal actions against some of the largest businesses in America, ones that have placed corporate earnings ahead of taxpayers and demonstrated a disregard for the health and safety of consumers or their workers. Galiher DeRobertis & Waxman obtains maximum results for its clients by staying involved, prepared and ready for trial.
The Galiher law firm works tirelessly to obtain the best results for its clients in every case. Through our many years of practice, however, we understand that every case is unique and any recovery is based on the particular facts of the case at hand. Prior results cannot guarantee the results in future cases.
L. Richard DeRobertis
Partner & Lead Appellate Lawyer
L. Richard DeRobertis joined the firm in 1983 and serves as the lead appellate lawyer in the firm. Rick has helped to preserve and expand the legal rights of Hawai’i workers, mesothelioma victims and consumers, and represents them in court appeals against manufacturers and large corporations.Meet Rick
Born and raised in Hawai'i, Ilana Waxman joined the Galiher team in 2007 and focuses her practice on clients with mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases. She also represents the families of children born with birth defects due to chemical exposures, Hawai'i residents suffering from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma as a result of Roundup exposure, survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and other catastrophic injury cases.Meet Ilana
Born and raised in Hawaii, Allison Aoki attended Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and Keio University in Tokyo before returning to attend the University of Hawaii for law school. Her practice focuses on representing victims of asbestos disease, pesticide exposure, and other catastrophic injuries. She approaches every case with sensitivity and determination as she works to help local families seek justice.Meet Allison
Alyssa R. Segawa
A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Alyssa Segawa’s practice concentrates on asbestos litigation, personal injury, product liability, Roundup litigation, appellate and federal practice matters. She has a particular interest in helping victims of mesothelioma seek justice through the legal system as her grandfather passed away from mesothelioma when she was 16.Meet Alyssa
Peter A. Kraus
Partner Peter Kraus focuses on toxic torts, whistleblower qui tam cases and pharmaceutical litigation. He has tried numerous asbestos, benzene exposure, and pharmaceutical cases including many multimillion-dollar verdicts and is an ardent supporter of consumer and victims’ rights.Meet Peter
Christopher L. Johnson
Chris Johnson represents plaintiffs involved in toxic tort and complex civil matters. He focuses on helping victims achieve justice after suffering catastrophic injuries from dangerous products and toxic substances. This includes people dealing with mesothelioma resulting from asbestos exposure.Meet Christopher
About Our Founder
Gary O. Galiher
Gary Galiher, the late founder of Galiher DeRobertis & Waxman, began practicing law in 1977 and started his own law firm the following year when he took on the first mesothelioma case in Hawai’i. We are proud to carry on his legacy, his personal commitment and his willingness to take on big organizations and companies on behalf of our clients.
Our Core Values
We take your case personally and put your needs first. That means you will receive individual attention from our attorneys who work as a team. We leverage our vast experience and resources to ensure you get the best possible results, even if that means going to court. No kou pono drives our resolve — everything we do is on your behalf. And at the end of the day, nothing is more important to us than honesty and integrity.
We fearlessly take on large companies on behalf of locals and win. With over $1 billion in recoveries our track record speaks for itself. For decades, we’ve negotiated substantial settlements, obtained successful verdicts at trial and have been successful at appeal.
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Do Cash-for-Whistleblower Programs Really Work?
Exchanging cash for information has been done for a long time. Only on July 30, 1778, however, did the practice become protected by law. The Continental Congress enacted the world’s first whistleblower law on that date in response to the pleas of two men jailed for alleging the commander-in-chief of the Continental Navy was corrupt. The History of Whistleblower Protection Programs During the American Civil War, fraud in government contracts was pervasive. Corrupt contractors sold the Union Army defective guns and ammunition, feeble horses and mules, and rancid food. To encourage people to come forward to inform on the corrupt contractors as available law enforcement officers were few, Congress passed the False Claims Act (FCA) on March 2, 1863. Whistleblower protection was created. The False Claims Act has been the federal government’s primary tool for combating fraud in connection with federal programs and expenditures. This is especially true since the FCA was revamped in 1986 primarily due to the abuses in the defense contracting industry. The amendments significantly expanded the role of whistleblowers, increased financial incentives, and reduced barriers to bringing actions against persons or entities alleged to have submitted fraudulent claims against the federal government. Over time, whistleblower programs...Read More
Lung Cancer Screening Boosts 20-Year Survival Rate to 80%
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in the U.S., accounting for nearly 25 percent of all deaths from the disease. Although this statistic may be grim, the results of a new international study provide hope. In the study, researchers discovered that regular screening for lung cancer using a CT scan enables early identification of the disease, in turn significantly impacting the long-term survival rate. Currently, lung cancer screening is limited to people deemed to be high risk. However, there has been some discussion regarding whether screening should be extended to people exposed to asbestos or second-hand smoke. What is the Survival Rate for Lung Cancer? According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer has a five-year survival rate of 18.6 percent. This is far lower than many other types of cancer, such as colorectal (64.5 percent), breast (89.6 percent), and prostate (98.2 percent). Survival rate refers to the percentage of people who survive a certain type and stage of cancer for a specific amount of time. By the time symptoms appear, lung cancer is often advanced. Currently, only 16 percent of lung cancer is caught early and more than half of people...Read More
Whistleblowers and Rewards: Why It Matters
In 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice recuperated $5.6 billion from False Claims Act (FCA) cases. Whistleblowers played an important role in this recovery. Who Are Whistleblowers? Private citizens, called "relators,‚Äù are allowed to file suit for FCA violations on behalf of the government. These are known as¬†qui tam¬†actions. Anyone can become a whistleblower to report fraud to federal officials. Whistleblowers have supported justice in the United States from the beginning of its history. In 1778, the Continental Congress enacted the first law protecting whistleblowers and provided funds for the successful legal defense of two men who had accused the commander of the Continental Navy of war profiteering and other crimes. During the Civil War, when dishonest dealers were selling poor-quality goods to the Union Army, President Abraham Lincoln signed the FCA in 1863, a law Congress had passed to encourage citizens to report fraud against government agencies. Since then, the U.S. government has used the FCA to deal with fraud by imposing significant penalties on anyone who submits a false claim to the government. Although the FCA also empowered the government to financially reward the people who report the misconduct, payment of these rewards was optional. In 1986, the...Read More
Nearly 150 Groups Call Better Whistleblower Protections
Prior to 2009, there were no government protections for whistleblowers who exposed wrongdoing or abuse of power with regard to government contractors and grantees. This changed when President Barack Obama signed the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009, which protects whistleblowers who expose fraud in federal contracting. The new law provided whistleblower protections to those who work for contractors, while also providing new funds for the government to investigate fraud. The Inspectors General credited the whistleblower protections with minimizing fraud and waste. However, the law has since been gutted after coming under attack. Its safeguards are outdated and no longer match global best practices when it comes to whistleblower protections. As a result, the United States’ ability to fight corruption has been weakened. Given the recent unprecedented surge in government spending, an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 has been proposed by Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. Why is an Amendment being Proposed? The proposed amendment arrives in the wake of new government spending to address the effects of COVID-19 as well as domestic priorities such as infrastructure spending, which could exceed trillions of dollars. Much of this new federal spending will go to contractors...Read More
How Does the False Claims Act Work?
Last year, whistleblowers led the way to over $1.6 billion in False Claims Act recoveries, continuing a long legacy of ordinary citizens fighting for what's right since the United States' first qui tam whistleblower law was passed in 1778. But how do whistleblower laws work, and why do they matter? Fraud on the government takes many forms, but its result is the same‚Äîhigh cost to taxpayers and damage to the foundation on which our free society is built. What's Behind Most Whistleblower Cases? Many of today’s whistleblowers operate under the provisions of the False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. §§ 3729–3733, also called the “Lincoln Law” or “FCA”), one of the federal government’s primary tools used to combat fraud. The Act’s “qui tam” provisions allow a private citizen to sue on behalf of the government. These whistleblowers, called “relators” under the FCA, may be awarded 15 to 30 percent of the government’s recovery in their case, and in 2021 alone, they received $237 million in relator share awards. What Counts as Fraud Under the False Claims Act? The False Claims Act applies to fraud involving any federally-funded contract or program, except in cases of tax fraud. That can include defense contractors,...Read More
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We provide free initial consultations. If you believe you or a loved one has a claim or a potential lawsuit, we are willing to meet with you to evaluate your claim with no obligation on your part. To learn more about your legal rights and options, please contact us to receive a free initial consultation.