Janet L. Goldstein


Direct Line: (202) 537-5906

“I work hard every day to be the best whistleblower lawyer for my clients…”

“I often think about the clients whom I have represented as a whistleblower lawyer over the course my career — the nurses who challenged unsafe medical procedures and dishonest billing practices at a leading hospital; the engineer and former Vietnam War veteran who took on a major defense contractor for falsifying test results on weapon system parts; the director of operations for a security firm who spoke out against practices he believed compromised the safety and security of a U.S. Embassy. These are just a few examples. I could go on and on about the courageous individuals I have and continue to represent.

My clients rarely sought or welcomed the spotlight. Instead, they were propelled by a deep sense of right and wrong and a commitment to the public good. I draw my energy from these individuals as I seek to hold wrongdoers accountable for stealing from the taxpayer and running roughshod over those who stand in their way. I thank my clients for the opportunity to do such meaningful work.”


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • Qui tam lawyer for whistleblowers in False Claims Act cases and related wrongful termination lawsuits since 1989
  • Veteran trial and appellate attorney with over 50 jury trials in federal and state courts
  • Ten years, federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles prosecuting government contractor fraud, financial fraud, political corruption, racketeering and environmental crime
  • National Co-Chair of the Qui Tam Subcommittee for the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section
  • Guest Faculty, Harvard Law School’s trial advocacy program, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and the University of Southern California Law Center
  • Founding partner, Phillips, Cohen & Goldstein (now Phillips & Cohen)
  • Brandeis University, B. A., magna cum laude


  • Taxpayers Against Fraud “Whistleblower Lawyer of the Year” 2013
  • Washingtonian Magazine “Best Whistleblower Attorney” 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015
  • Rated “Superb” by Avvo.com
  • AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell (its highest possible peer review rating)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Bronze Medal for outstanding contributions to environmental enforcement
  • U.S. Department of Justice Special Achievement Award
  • U.S. Department of Treasury Director’s Award
  • Featured in Giantkillers: The Team and the Law that Help Whistle-blowers Recover America’s Stolen Billions, published by Atlantic Monthly Press


  • ABA Health Care Fraud Institute
  • The National Employment Lawyers Association
  • The Health Care Compliance Association
  • The ABA National Institute on the Civil False Claims Act
  • The National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units
  • The West Virginia Association for Justice
  • The ABA Environmental, Mass Torts & Products Liability Litigation Seminar
  • The ABA Procurement Fraud Committee
  • Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund’s Annual Conference