February 5, 2023

Volume XIII, Number 36

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Michael A. Filoromo, III

Michael Filoromo joined Katz Banks Kumin LLP  in May 2008.  Now a partner at the firm and the President of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association, Mr. Filoromo has helped achieve successful outcomes under whistleblower laws, including a $2.4 million award for a client through the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) whistleblower program, one of the first 50 awards the SEC issued.  He regularly represents clients in claims brought under the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate whistleblower protections, the False Claims Act anti-retaliation provisions, and the anti-discrimination and retaliation protections of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and corresponding state laws.  He frequently represents whistleblowers in the aviation, nuclear, railroad, pharmaceutical, and healthcare industries. Mr. Filoromo was recognized in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America for his work in the area of qui tam law.

Mr. Filoromo has litigated cases in federal and state courts and the U.S. Department of Labor.  In 2014, Mr. Filoromo and Lisa Banks represented the former Director of Food and Nutrition Services for the District of Columbia Public Schools in a case brought under the D.C. Whistleblower Protection Act, the D.C. False Claims Act, and various constitutional and state law provisions.  The case, Jeffrey Mills v. D.C. Public Schools, resulted in a $450,000 settlement for Mr. Mills.  In 2016, Mr. Filoromo achieved one of the first reasonable cause determinations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in an aviation whistleblower case.  OSHA ordered reinstatement, back pay, compensatory damages, and attorneys’ fees, and the case resolved after an appeal.  Mr. Filoromo has also litigated whistleblower cases in federal court under state wrongful termination claims and the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Mr. Filoromo co-founded the firm’s Philadelphia office in 2015 after being elevated to partner.  in 2020, he was elected President of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association. As president, Mr. Filoromo leads an organization of appoximately 80 plaintiff-side employment attorneys, developing educational and networking events, coordinating amicus briefing on issues important to the rights of workers, and organizing policy outreach on key local and state legislation and judicial nominations.

Mr. Filoromo contributed to Whistleblower Law: A Practitioner’s Guide, a treatise published in 2016 by American Legal Media (ALM).  He also authored a chapter for the ALM book New York Employment Law, originally published in 2017.  Mr. Filoromo has also been interviewed by Cafepharma and has authored numerous articles for legal and trade publications, including Law360, the National Law Journal, the Westlaw Journal Healthcare Fraud, and the CPA Journal, and has led panel discussions on whistleblower law at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s annual employment law conference. In 2019, Mr. Filoromo was recognized as a Pennsylvania "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers.

In 2009, Mr. Filoromo graduated from the George Washington University Law School, where he was a Merit Scholarship recipient. In 2005, he received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Drexel University, graduating from the Honors College summa cum laude with first honors and receiving the highest academic achievement award.

Articles in the National Law Review database by Michael A. Filoromo, III