Birmingham, Alabama (PRWEB) July 31, 2012
In Birmingham Magazine’s third-annual peer review survey of more than 4,000 local attorneys, Frohsin & Barger co-founder Jim Barger was given the highest accolade in the white collar area. Along with just ten other area practitioners, Jim was recognized as a “Top Attorney” for his work in government investigations and litigation.
Barger is considered an innovator in handling government investigations both as a defense attorney and as one of the few attorneys in the southeastern states who regularly guide clients through the complex area of False Claims Act whistleblower litigation. Among his most recognized accomplishments are the highly publicized acquittal at trial of Iranian-American Alex Latifi of ITAR and Arms Export Control Act violations (United States v. Latifi, 5:07-CR-00098-IPJ-PWG, N.D.A.L.), the groundbreaking reversal of the honest-services wire fraud conviction of Jeffrey Stayton on constitutional grounds (Stayton v. United States, 1:09-CV-157-WSD, M.D.A.L.), and the (U.S. ex. rel. Romeo v. Southerncare, CV-07-J-2325-S, N.D.A.L) -- the largest Alabama qui tam settlement or verdict to-date.
Also an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama School of Law, Barger teaches the upper level course on white collar practice. His legal writing is frequently cited in treatises, court pleadings, and journals, including Alabama Law Review, Boston University Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, and Columbia Law Review, and has helped shaped the professional and academic discourse regarding False Claims Act qui tam litigation. After leaving a large regional law firm in 2008, Barger and partner Henry I Frohsin -- who was also honored as a "Top Attorney" -- co-founded Frohsin & Barger, LLC together with Elliott Walthall and former federal prosecutor and IRS Special Agent Ron Brunson to concentrate exclusively on government investigations and whistleblower litigation.
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