Tirzah Lollar focuses her practice on white collar defense and government investigations, including trial work. She has defended clients in government investigations and other proceedings related to the False Claims Act, government contracts and procurement fraud, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and similar global anti-corruption legislation, tax fraud, and antitrust offenses.

She regularly represents clients before relevant enforcement authorities, including the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and Defense Criminal Investigative Service.

Experience

  • (Fed. Cl.) — Defended a government contractor in a $1.4 billion fraud trial against the United States that resulted in judgment for the government contractor on all but one claim, which resulted in a low value negotiated settlement
  • (E.D. Va.) — Defended a global supplier of communications and security products in qui tam action regarding its dealings with a government customer that resulted in favorable settlement at a small fraction of the United States' original damages claim
  • (D.C. Cir.); (D.D.C.) — Represented a government contractor in qui tam action and successfully obtained two writs of mandamus vindicating the contractor's claim of attorney-client privilege over materials created during an internal investigation led by company lawyers; subsequently won summary judgment on all counts
  • (E.D. Va.); (Fourth Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court) — Defending a government contractor in qui tam action in which, after dismissal by trial court and reversal by circuit court, the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 in favor of contractor that Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act does not suspend statute of limitation for civil fraud actions, including those brought under the False Claims Act
  • (E.D. Mich.) — Defended government contractor in False Claims Act case brought by the government alleging violations of Truth in Negotiations Act in price negotiations for alleged failure to disclose current cost or pricing data and claiming damages of potentially upwards of $400 million
  • (S.D. Tex.); (Fifth Circuit) — Defended a global supplier of telecommunications products in qui tam action regarding its provision of services to schools and libraries under the federal E-Rate program; although the district court denied a motion to dismiss, the Fifth Circuit reversed and held on an issue of first impression that funds from the E-Rate program are not "provided by" the United States for purposes of the False Claims Act
  • (E.D. Va.); (Fourth Circuit) — Obtained dismissal of qui tam against a government contractor on grounds that alleged contractual deficiencies alone do not create False Claims Act liability; the Fourth Circuit affirmed the dismissal in a published opinion that has been cited in countless False Claims Act cases since
  • (C.D. Ill.) — Successfully defended a government contractor in qui tam action where a relator sought more than $600 million in damages and penalties; relator voluntarily dismissed the suit after V&E won a parallel contract interpretation suit against the Army in which the Army adopted the contractor's interpretation of the contract, which preempted relator's claims
  • (S.D. Tex.) — Represented an individual in a large mortgage FCA case brought by DOJ in which the individual was charged with violating FIRREA by making false statements and certifications to the Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • (D.C. Cir.); (D.D.C.) — Won summary judgment in this non-intervened qui tam regarding morale, welfare, and recreation services; affirmed on appeal in first post-Escobar case in D.C. Circuit
  • (D.D.C.) — After meetings and written advocacy, persuaded the government not to intervene in this qui tam suit regarding the handling of government property during the war in Iraq; after the government declined to intervene, the relator dismissed the case
  • (D.Colo.) — Represented oil and gas company in government investigation of allegations of False Claims Act violations based on natural gas royalty accounting and reporting

Perspectives

Whistle(blowing) While You Work: How to Manage When the Fairytale Ends
Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP and Arnold & Porter Webinar
Ninth Circuit Finds Continued Government Payments Show That Alleged False Statements Are Not Material
Advisory
Current Developments in the False Claims Act
23rd Annual Government Contracting Conference - Commanding Success: Taking Charge of Change
The Case For (and Against) Privilege: Key Considerations for Corporations During Investigations
Momentum's 11th Annual A.C.E.S. Compliance Summit: Anti-Corruption, Expost Controls, and Sanctions
Effective Strategies for Dealing with a Whistleblower who is a Current or Former Employee
5th Advanced Forum on False Claims & Qui Tam Enforcement
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Recognition

Law360
Rising Star (2016)
Washington, DC Super Lawyers
Rising Star (2013-2014)
Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
Outstanding Achievement Award (2009)

Credentials

Education
  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 2004
  • BA, University of Virginia, 1999, with distinction
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • US District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • US District Court, District of Columbia
  • US District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • US District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • US Court of Federal Claims
Government and Military Service
  • Paralegal Specialist, Criminal Division, Office of International Affairs, US Department of Justice
Clerkships
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, The Honorable James C. Cacheris
Activities
  • Member, Public Contract Law Section, American Bar Association
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