Michael A. Filoromo, III's Notable Case Successes

Chris Smith SEC Whistleblower Award (2017)
Katz Banks Kumin partners David Marshall and Michael Filoromo represented Chris Smith, the first government employee to receive an SEC whistleblower award.
Mr. Smith realized that a company was abusing SEC time-stamping rules in order to avoid paying investors the full amount they were owed. He reported the practice internally to his agency, and then to the offending company. After neither took corrective action, Smith reported his information to the SEC. Over the next several years, he aided the Commission significantly in an investigation that culminated in an $8 million enforcement action. Mr. Smith received a $2.4 million award, 30% off the enforcement action, the maximum under the program.
Read the ABA Journal’s story on Chris Smith here.

Giersdorf v. Peninsula Airways (2016)
Katz Banks Kumin partners Lisa Banks and Michael Filoromo represented pilot Ron Giersdorf in his AIR 21 whistleblower complaint after he was terminated by Peninsula Airways for raising safety concerns. The U.S. Department of Labor found reasonable cause to believe the airline violated federal whistleblower laws, and ordered reinstatement, back pay, compensatory damages, and attorneys’ fees on behalf of Mr. Giersdorf.

Mills v. D.C. Public Schools (2014)
In 2014, Jeffrey Mills was fired from D.C. Public Schools after serving as the Director of Food and Nutrition Services since 2010. Michael Filoromo worked with Katz Banks Kumin partner Lisa Banks to represent Mr. Mills, alleging constitutional violations and wrongful termination in violation of public policy, the D.C. Whistleblower Protection Act, and the D.C. False Claims Act. Mr. Mills’ employment case against the District of Columbia was settled for $450,000 plus certain non-monetary provisions.