What do qui tam attorneys do?

Attorney James Young explains how qui tam attorneys differ from other types of lawyers.

Video Transcript

Two reasons: One is, very few cases end up getting intervened by the government.

And so if you don’t know what you’re doing–if your lawyer doesn’t know what they’re doing–and they file a case that doesn’t have the necessary components, the magic words, if you will, and doesn’t put [it] together in a way that the experts understand, it has a lower chance of getting intervened or successfully resolved. So one, I would say, for that reason.

Second is, some of the regulatory terms that are involved here–not just terms meaning words, but regulatory programs and oversight programs for Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, defense contracting–they’re highly technical and quickly evolving programs, and you need attorneys that are on top of those regulations.

So if you just go to a typical attorney, they’re not gonna know the nuances and ins and outs of those regulatory schemes. And that’s pretty important.