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Jeremy Abay

Jeremy E. Abay, a partner at Lichten & Liss-Riordan P.C., represents whistleblowers, workers, consumers, and other plaintiffs in high-stakes litigation in state and federal courts.  His practice covers healthcare fraud (qui tam), wage litigation, and consumer fraud. He has obtained multimillion-dollar settlements for taxpayers, misclassified workers, and victims of consumer fraud.

 Mr. Abay has served as lead counsel in several groundbreaking cases alleging the misclassification of employees as independent contractors. In fact, he served as trial counsel in the first worker misclassification case against a gig-economy company to reach a federal jury trial. By obtaining precedential appellate court opinions, Mr. Abay has helped reshape the law towards protecting low wage workers.

Mr. Abay has also pioneered False Claims Act liability based on Medicare and Medicaid secondary payer violations. He brought the first qui tam case to successfully argue that an auto insurer could be liable under the False Claims Act for causing Medicare and Medicaid to pay claims before no-fault insurance. After the government declined to intervene, Mr. Abay reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with the auto insurer.

Mr. Abay has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Rising Star in Class Action Litigation by Super Lawyers. He is also a member of The Legal Intelligencer’s Young Lawyer Editorial Board. As a member of New Jersey’s District IV Ethics Committee, Mr. Abay is also responsible for investigating and prosecuting attorney ethics violations in Camden County. 

 Mr. Abay is also an adjunct professor at Rutgers Law School, where he teaches Whistleblower Advocacy and Deposition Advocacy. He has also guest lectured in the business torts seminar. Before his legal career, Mr. Abay worked at Johnson & Johnson and Barclay’s Capital, where he gained unique insight into corporate compliance programs.

 Mr. Abay earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law as a merit-based scholarship recipient. During law school, he served as research assistant to former Associate Dean Adam Scales, analyzing emerging trends in tort theory and insurance law. He received the Don F. D’Aqui Esquire Memorial Award at graduation for achieving the highest average in and displaying the greatest aptitude for tort law.

SAMPLE CASEWORK

Razak v. Uber Techs., Inc., 951 F.3d 137 (3d Cir. 2020) (ongoing representation of UberBLACK drivers for wage violations, leading to the first circuit court ruling that gig-economy drivers could be employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act).

Schofield v. Delilah’s Den of Philadelphia, Inc., No. 01-15-0003-4601 (AAA) (successfully argued for class treatment in arbitration, resulting in a $2 million settlement with a nightclub accused of misclassifying dancers as independent contractors).

Moon v. Breathless, 868 F.3d 209 (3d Cir. 2017) (successfully argued that an arbitration clause in an independent contractor agreement did not cover statutory wage claims).

United States ex rel. Negron v. Progressive Cas. Ins. Co., No. 14-577 (D.N.J.) (represented the whistleblower in the first case to impose FCA liability on an auto insurer for causing healthcare providers to bill Medicare and Medicaid as the primary payer, leading to a $2.4 million settlement).

United States ex rel. Joseph Perri v. Novartis Pharms. Corp., No. 15-6547 (D.N.J.) (represented former account director in whistleblower retaliation lawsuit claiming that pharmaceutical manufacturer had offered illegal discounts to PBMs to induce Medicare business).

United States ex rel. Mbabazi v. Walgreen Co.No. 19-219 (E.D. Pa.) (represented whistleblowers in qui tam action against a retail pharmacy that systematically billed Pennsylvania Medicaid without first investigating and utilizing other available insurance coverages).

United States ex rel. Jersey Strong Pediatrics, LLC v. Wanaque Convalescent Ctr., No. 14-6651, (D.N.J.) (represented whistleblower in qui tam action alleging that a skilled nursing facility systematically violated Medicaid regulations, resulting in a successful settlement).

Ashesh Shaw, et al. v. New Jersey Transit Corp., et al., No. SOM-L-000135-23 (N.J. Superior Court) (ongoing representation of putative class action involving residents and businesses whose property was destroyed by flooding caused by a disabled NJ Transit train during Hurricane Ida).

Lopez-Negron v. Progressive Cas. Ins. Co., No. A-3590-17T2 (N.J. App. Div. 2019) (represented class of policyholders in first class action to allege that an auto insurer acted in bad faith by requiring the use of Medicare and Medicaid benefits before no-fault benefits, leading to a $3.7 million settlement).

In re: Taxicab Medallion Loan Case Management Program, (Phila. Cnty. C.C.P.) (after lenders called in hundreds of loans secured by taxi medallions, helped to persuade the court to create a diversion program, leading to the cancellation of over $6.5 million in disputed debt).

IntelliSystem, LLC v. McHenry, No. 19-1359 (E.D. Pa.) (After defeating RICO claims against a lawyer and medical device distributor, obtained an award of attorney’s fees and costs).

PUBLICATIONS

Unmasking the Power of the Anti-Fraud Injunction Statute, THE CHAMPION MAGAZINE, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2024).

Cigna’s Spin on High Court Ruling Ends with $172 Million Settlement, TURNING SQUARE CORNERS, Federal Bar Association Qui Tam Section (Winter 2024).

Simon Says Protect My Reputation: Understanding Pennsylvania’s Constitutional Right To Reputation, PENNSYLVANIA BAR ASSOCIATION QUARTERLY, Vol. XCIV, No. 2 (2023).

Let the Record Reflect, There Are No ‘Usual Stipulations’, LEGAL INTELLIGENCER (Feb. 22 2023).

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Reputation Rights and Grand Juries, PENNSYLVANIA ASSOCIATION OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS, 2023 WHITE COLLAR SEMINAR (Nov. 2023, upcoming).

The False Claims Act and Dealing with Whistleblowers, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, LEVIN COLLEGE OF LAW (Aug. 2022).

The False Claims Act and Dealing with Whistleblowers, SETON HALL UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, U.S. HEALTHCARE COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM (June 2022).

Uber & Lyft: Where Are We Going, PENNSYLVANIA BAR INSTITUTE (Dec. 2017).

EDUCATION

Rutgers School of Law – Camden, J.D., 2013
Rutgers University – New Brunswick, B.A., 2009

BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS

Member, State Bar of New Jersey, 2013
Member, State Bar of Pennsylvania, 2013
Member, State Bar of New York, 2019

Admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Third Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the District of New Jersey, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Samuel Davis

Samuel Davis is committed to holding powerful government and corporate actors accountable. He represents workers, students, and other individuals in civil rights and employment matters in state and federal court.

Prior to joining LLR, Samuel was a Liman Fellow with the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, where he investigated racially biased policing in K-12 schools and litigated civil rights cases across the state, including as part of the successful team in Peltier v. Charter Day School at the U.S. Supreme Court. Before joining the ACLU, Samuel was a law clerk for Associate Justice Anita Earls on the North Carolina Supreme Court.

As a student at Yale Law School, Samuel was a student attorney in the Veterans Legal Services Clinic and a co-director of the Rebellious Lawyering conference. During his summers, he interned for a federal public defender and for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, where he worked on voting rights and criminal justice matters.

Samuel was the lead author of the ACLU’s report, “The Consequences of Cops in North Carolina Schools.” He is also the author of two forthcoming law review articles that will be published in 2024, one addressing the antidemocratic consequences of the Supreme Court’s treatment of school districts, and the other analyzing the principles of democratic equality and popular sovereignty in the North Carolina Constitution. He currently resides with his family in Jamaica Plain.

Education

Yale Law School, J.D.
Duke University, B.A. in International Comparative Studies and Political Science, magna cum laude

Bar and Court Admissions

Member, State Bar of North Carolina, 2021
Member, State Bar of Massachusetts, 2023

Admitted to practice before the Middle District of North Carolina and the Western District of North Carolina

Jack Bartholet

Jack Bartholet is a passionate civil rights and labor attorney with a zeal for legal advocacy and a deep-rooted commitment to justice. He represents a diverse array of clients in state and federal courts and is involved in a number of complex class and collective actions on behalf of workers suing large, multinational corporations.

During law school, Jack externed for the Hon. Morgan Christen on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and wrote for OnLabor, a leading labor law blog. He also wrote an unpublished book on the history and meaning of the Ninth Amendment to the United States Constitution for academic credit. Jack spent his summers working for the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office, where he worked closely with the Civil Rights Prosecution, Policy, and Criminal Appellate units to develop policies and advance cases safeguarding civil liberties, as well as for a respected social and economic justice-oriented firm, where he worked on substantial and complex appellate litigation and labor arbitrations.

Prior to law school, Jack taught English and U.S. History at a large, public high school in Massachusetts. There, he was deeply involved with his local teachers’ union and was elected to serve on the statewide Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Teachers’ Association. Prior to that, Jack served as the Executive President of the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s Student Advisory Council, Executive President of Johns Hopkins University’s student government, and editor-in-chief of the university’s student newspaper.

EDUCATION

Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2023
Johns Hopkins University, B.A. in Political Science, with honors, 2016

BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS

Member, State Bar of Massachusetts, 2023

Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

IBM Briefing at the Second Circuit

In Re: IBM Arbitration Agreement Litigation, No. 22-1728 (2d Cir.)
District Court Opinion
Plaintiffs’ Opening Brief
IBM’s Response Brief
Plaintiffs’ Reply Brief

Chandler v. International Business Machines Corp., No. 22-1733 (2d Cir.)
District Court Opinion
Plaintiff’s Opening Brief
IBM’s Response Brief
Plaintiff’s Reply Brief

Lodi v. International Business Machines Corp., No. 22-1737 (2d Cir.)
District Court Opinion
Plaintiff’s Opening Brief
IBM’s Response Brief
Plaintiff’s Reply Brief

Tavenner v. International Business Machines Corp., No. 22-2318 (2d Cir.)
District Court Opinion
Plaintiff’s Opening Brief
IBM’s Response Brief
Plaintiff’s Reply Brief

Bradley Manewith

Bradley Manewith is a partner with Lichten & Liss-Riordan, P.C.  Brad has focused his career on representing workers who have been mistreated by their employers. He has extensive experience litigating and negotiating wage and hour claims on behalf of classes of employees. Brad also regularly represents individuals with issues related to unpaid commissions and other compensation, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and workplace discrimination.

Brad has represented employees in wide variety of industries, including delivery drivers, restaurant workers, food manufacturers, and exotic dancers. He has obtained class certification and summary judgment on behalf of his clients, and he has been involved in multiple successful landmark appellate cases. Brad has recovered millions of dollars for the workers he has represented.

Brad is recognized by his peers and opponents as a highly knowledgeable and effective employment law litigator. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” for employment litigation by Illinois Super Lawyers since 2019, and was recognized as a “Rising Star”  from 2013 until 2018.  He has also been named “Leading Lawyer.”  Brad currently serves as a member of the Executive Board for the Illinois Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association.

Prior to joining Lichten & Liss-Riordan, P.C., Brad was a partner at a Chicago-based plaintiff employment law firm.

Education

University of Illinois, College of Law, J.D., cum laude
University of Illinois, B.A. in political science; B.A. in History

Bar and court admissions

Member, State Bar of Illinois, 2003
Member of the Trial Bar for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2013

Admitted to practice before the Illinois Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois and the Central District of Illinois.

COURT-AUTHORIZED NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF CLASS ACTION

O’Grady v. Merchant Exchange Prods. dba The Julia Morgan Ballroom,

CGC-15-547796 (San. Fran. Sup. Ct.)

If you worked as banquet server or bartender at the Julia Morgan Ballroom as an employee in 2011 or 2012 (or worked banquet events at the Julia Morgan Ballroom through a staffing company), you are a member of the certified class in the O’Grady case. Plaintiff claims a service charge was imposed on banquet events held at the Julia Morgan Ballroom and was kept by defendant rather than being paid to service staff who worked there between September 8, 2011 and July 1, 2019.

In order to participate in this case, you do not need to do anything. To be excluded from this lawsuit, you must either send an e-mail to juliamorganlawsuit@simpluris.com with your name, address, and the statement, “Please exclude me from the Julia Morgan Ballroom lawsuit,” or a letter containing this information to: P.O. Box 26170 Santa Ana, CA 92799. The deadline to request exclusion is April 8, 2022.

If you have any questions about this Notice or would like more information about this lawsuit, you may write, call, or e-mail Attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan of Lichten & Liss-Riordan, P.C., at (617) 994-5800, or e-mail apagano@llrlaw.com.

Matthew Carrieri

Matt is an employee- and union-side labor and employment lawyer who represents workers in wage and hour litigation, independent contractor misclassification actions, discrimination claims, and labor disputes. Matt has represented ride share and delivery drivers, construction laborers, grocery store workers, exotic dancers, and tech workers in class and individual actions against major corporations and other employers.

Prior to joining Lichten & Liss-Riordan, P.C., Matt practiced litigation and employment law at a major international law firm.

During law school, Matt was a research assistant at Harvard’s Labor and Worklife Program, where he worked on the Clean Slate for Worker Power project, and a regular contributor to OnLabor.org. He also represented refugee claimants in Massachusetts and at the Texas-Mexico border as a student attorney at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic and served as Co-Director of the International Refugee Assistance Project.

Education

Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude
New York University, M.A. Near Eastern Studies
McGill University, B.A. Middle East Studies, Dean’s Honor List; First Class Honors

BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS

Member, State Bar of Massachusetts, 2019

Member, Law Society of Ontario, 2023

Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the U.S. Court of Appeal for the First Circuit