ATTORNEYS & STAFF
We are a team of dedicated professionals, ready to do what ever it takes to win your case.
We are a team of dedicated professionals, ready to do what ever it takes to win your case.
Ms. Khawam created the Whistleblower Law Firm in Tampa, Florida after working in both the Federal government and private sector for over 15 years. She has successfully represented her clients in many legal victories and attained significant legal settlements. Notably, Natalie’s arguments created new case law, and recently a Federal Court awarded a monumental judgement of over $166 million in one of her Qui Tam cases.
The Whistleblower Law Firm represents employees from various Federal agencies, including: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Transportation Security Administration (TSA), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), United States Postal Service (USPS), U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the United States Department of Defense (DOD). The Whistleblower Law Firm is local counsel to over a dozen American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local Unions throughout the country.
Veterans and their families are of the upmost importance to Ms. Khawam. She firmly believes that it is her duty to help protect the heroes who fought to protect our life and liberty! To accomplish this goal, she has crafted a specialized team of VA accredited attorneys, including: a former VA Claims Examiner (Rater), a VA Medical Officer, an attorney from the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA), and Military Officers to assist and support Veterans. She successfully helps Veterans with increasing their disability compensation and filing appeals.
Practice Areas: Natalie exclusively practices Federal law, with a focus on whistleblower laws, including but not limited to:False Claims Act (Qui Tam), Medicare/Medicaid Fraud & Abuse, Whistleblower Protection Act (WPEA), and matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP), Office of Special Counsel (OSC), Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the Office of Inspector General (OIG).
Bar Admissions ~ Affiliations ~ Memberships: Natalie is admitted to practice in several Federal Courts across the country, including the Supreme Court of the United States of America.Ms. Khawam teaches Attorneys the False Claims Act for CLE credits in Florida. Furthermore, Natalie teaches Whistleblower laws to numerous federal government employees all over the country.
She is an active member of the Federal Bar Association, the American Bar Association (ABA), and continually sponsors the ABA’s annual Qui Tam conferences in Washington, DC. She is also honored to be an active member of the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee (MVAC) of the Hillsborough County Bar Association.Natalie also volunteers her time as a Guardian ad Litem, for the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program when she is not fiercely relentlessly advocating for her clients. She loves spending time with her son, and enjoys cooking, tennis, traveling, and swimming.
Attorney Dave Scher, partner with the Hoyer Law Group, has joined the Whistleblower Law Firm as Of Counsel, to lead the firms employment practice group. His expertise in employment law and whistleblower/False Claims Act litigation are valued additions to our experienced team.
Dave comes to the firm after serving as principal for the past decade at the Employment Law Group in Washington, D.C. He has built a reputation as a fierce advocate for his clients in whistleblower and employee wrongful termination cases. He has achieved major victories for clients totaling more than $90 million in multiple areas, including student loan fraud, medical fraud, equal pay, gender bias, discrimination, and retaliation cases.
Dave graduated from Cornell University with degrees in Statistics and Biochemistry and received his law degree from Fordham Law School. He began his career in New York and New Jersey practicing in the field of corporate commercial litigation. He then worked as in-house counsel for several major corporations, including Sony Electronics, Pearson PLC, and USWeb where he focused on Silicon Valley during the high point of the Internet boom. He has specialized in technology transactions, intellectual property, and commercial law. Since then, Dave has focused his talents on being a whistleblower lawyer who fights for justice in qui tam, False Claims Act, whistleblower, and employment cases.
Dave is also a frequent news commentator and has been interviewed by ABC Network News, Forbes.com, Politico, MarketWatch, AARP, and several local news channels in Washington and Florida.
Dave is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia, the states of New York, New Jersey, California, and Virginia; U.S. Tax Court; Court of Federal Claims; federal courts for the Eastern District of Michigan, District of Columbia, Maryland, Eastern District of Virginia, Eastern District of California, Central District of California, Eastern District of New York, and Southern District of New York; and the appellate courts for the Fourth, Fifth, and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Neil Ognibene is an attorney licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and specializes in federal employment law. He earned the degree of Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond School of Law in 2004, and the degree of Bachelor of Arts from the University at Buffalo, graduating with distinction in 2001.
Neil comes to the Whistleblower Law Firm with extensive entrepreneurial experience, wherein he previously contracted with numerous federal agencies to investigate complaints of federal employment discrimination. He also has a background in medical sales, and has proven leadership and managerial experience. Neil was once the recipient of the Chairman of the Year award for a national philanthropic organization, in association with the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity; and he continues to give back to his community by volunteering with the Knights of Columbus.
Lia Skelton is an attorney licensed to practice in Florida and currently serves as General Counsel. Lia earned the degree of Juris Doctor from Western Michigan Cooley School of Law. Lia graduated with Cum Laude distinction, was a member of the Legal Honor Society and served as a Legal Intern in Cooley’s Bankruptcy Clinic. Prior to law school, Lia received her Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Criminology from the University of South Florida. Lia has 18 years of experience in Corporate Leadership and Insurance and has several years of experience in the Diversity and Inclusion space.
John Newell currently serves as a legal intern for the Whistleblower Law Firm. He is a rising third-year student at the American University Washington College of Law, where he is also the editor for the Intellectual Property Brief and a member of the Space Law Society’s executive board.
John previously worked as a legal intern for the Civil Rights and Liberties Division of the Transportation Security Administration, where he ensured agency compliance with existing law.
John graduated from Tulane University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Economy and Philosophy and a minor in Management. He was the mascot manager for Sports Marketing and Promotions and the President of the Tulane University College Republicans. He was an intern on two major political campaigns and also a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
Angela Herchy is a VA Consultant with Whistleblower Law Firm. She started her legal career more than a decade ago working in the trial and litigation department for large bank foreclosure firms. Coming from a military family, she witnessed first-hand the challenges her own family members endured in trying to obtain VA benefits. Presently, she is proud to be a Veteran advocate for almost 10 years.
Angela attained her Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies from St. Petersburg College, with a major concentration in health care law and a minor in administrative law. She is currently involved in multiple projects focusing on veteran betterment, such as spreading awareness of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Veterans, affirmative defenses to VA loan suits, and the lack of affordable housing for Veterans.
Mavi Falabella is an Office Assistant with Whistleblower Law Firm. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2018, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and a minor in Italian Culture & Language.
While attending USF, Mavi was an active member of the Chi Omega Fraternity serving as Director of Programming on the Executive Board, represented the USF Office of Education Abroad as a GloBull Ambassador, and was the Criminology Intern for The Center for Victim Advocacy.
Stephen Golder is currently a student at the University of South Florida where he is majoring in Social Science Education with a minor in Political Science. After graduation, Stephen plans to attend Graduate School where he will study Education Policy and utilize those skills to find his way into politics with hopes to reform of Education within the American school system.
Outside of work and school, Stephen sits on the Ybor Community Advisory Board which is a Tampa based Advisory Board which partners with USF Health and the Ybor Youth Clinic to help critique research studies, phone applications and marketing strategies that are targeted to the LGBT+ community. Through this program, Stephen is active in many local charity organizations around the Tampa Bay Area.
Stephen looks forward to utilizing the skills he is learning inside and outside of the classroom to make a great impact on his State and Country.
John served as a campaign manager for two state assembly candidates for the 2016 Florida primary. As campaign manager he impressed party leadership and was given the State Event Coordinator position for the Republican National Convention (RNC) during the Presidential Campaign. After running successful campaigns in Florida, John moved to Washington, D.C. to continue his passion to influence and serve.
Since living in Washington, D.C., John has worked in both the Senate and House of Representatives specializing in Defense and Veteran issues.