John T. Boese

John T. Boese

  • Of Counsel
  • Litigation
  • Washington, DC
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John T. Boese is a member of the Litigation Department in Fried Frank's Washington, DC office.  He joined the Firm in 1977 after five years in the United States Department of Justice, and he became a partner in 1980.  He was a managing partner of the Washington, DC office and co-chair of the Washington, DC Litigation Department from 2001-2005.  Prior to joining Fried Frank, Mr. Boese was a trial attorney with the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice, where he was awarded a Special Commendation for Outstanding Service.  For over 35 years, Mr. Boese has assisted corporations, academic and other non-profit institutions, individuals, and state and local government entities in a wide variety of federal white-collar criminal and civil investigations and proceedings.  He is now of counsel at the Firm.

Mr. Boese is a nationally-recognized "expert" on the civil False Claims Act.  He has represented defendants in numerous False Claims Act cases brought by qui tam relators or by the Department of Justice.  His clients include corporations and institutions in a broad variety of industries.  He has represented defense contractors, hospitals, churches, construction companies, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, oil & gas companies, major retailers, import/export firms, computer manufacturers, software and computer service providers, universities, and airports in False Claims Act litigation.  He has appeared in over 40 federal district courts and argued in most of the federal circuit courts of appeal.

He is the author of the book Civil False Claims and Qui Tam Actions (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business 4th ed.), a comprehensive, two-volume treatise on the civil False Claims Act and qui tam enforcement at both the federal and state levels.  This book, updated bi-annually, was published originally in 1993, and the Fourth Edition was released in January 2011.  The book is commonly cited as authority on this subject by courts at all levels, including by the United States Supreme Court, as well as by practitioners and academics.  The book also was cited by the Securities and Exchange Commission as authority in drafting its proposed rules on whistleblower awards under the Dodd-Frank Act.  In 2007, Mr. Boese testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on behalf of the US Chamber of Commerce regarding proposed amendments to the False Claims Act.

Mr. Boese lectures frequently to private and public groups on civil and criminal fraud issues.  He also lectures on the False Claims Act at a number of law schools, including American University and George Washington University.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Boese was selected as one of "Washington's Top Lawyers" by Washingtonian magazine.

Professional Associations

Member, American Law Institute, named as an Advisor to the ALI project on Principles of Law, Compliance, Enforcement and Risk Management for Corporations, Non-Profits and Other Organizations

Co-Chair, ABA National Institute on the Civil False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement (2003-2015)

Former Chair, ABA Criminal Justice Section Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board

Vice-Chair, Debarment and Suspension Committee, Public Contracts Section of the American Bar Association (1999-2006)

Member, American Law Institute

Member, ABA Task Force on New Contractor Business Ethics and Compliance Program Regulations

Co-Chair, Qui Tam Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Section of Criminal Justice (1995–2006)

Bar Admissions/Licensed Jurisdictions

District of Columbia; United States Supreme Court; United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits; District of Columbia and Federal Circuits; United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the District of Columbia Courts of Appeals