Julie K. Bracker

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Marietta, GA

Bracker & Marcus LLC
 | 3225 Shallowford Road, Marietta, GA 30062
Phone: 770-772-5330
Fax: 678-648-5544
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2002
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (50%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (50%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Russian,
  • ASL
    Attorney Profile

    As a founding partner of the Bracker & Marcus LLC law firm just outside Atlanta, Georgia, attorney Julie K. Bracker devotes her practice to help protect the rights and interests of clients throughout the country who are brave enough to stand up and expose the fraud, corruption and wrongdoing they have witnessed.

    Focusing solely on False Claims Act issues, Ms. Bracker brings nearly 20 years of legal experience to the table, and she has successfully handled dozens of cases in both state and federal courts across her region, returning hundreds of millions of dollars to the taxpayers and netting millions in total recoveries for her plaintiff relator clients. Among her most notable successes, she helped secure a landmark settlement of more than $84 million involving kickbacks, Medicare, and Medicaid fraud at a hospital in Detroit, Michigan, recovered more than $13 million for Georgia Medicaid, and secured a settlement of nearly $650 million in the Taylor, Bean & Whitaker mortgage fraud case.

    A staunch advocate for justice in all cases and former president of the Georgia Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association, Ms. Bracker has used her position and affiliation with the organization to help increase awareness of the retaliation provisions contained in the False Claims Act. She routinely conducts lectures and seminars across the nation to this end.

    A 1993 magna cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University, Ms. Bracker returned to her alma mater and attended Vanderbilt University Law School on a scholarship after several years in education, where she served as curriculum coordinator for mathmatics in Atlanta's Fulton County School System. She obtained her Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2002, graduating Order of the Coif. While in law school, she served as executive student writing editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law and was a member of the Moot Court board.

    Along with all of Georgia's state courts, Ms. Bracker is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Middle Districts of Georgia, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 9th and 11th Circuits.

    Recognized for her impeccable professionalism and service, Ms. Bracker holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and she received the Women in Law award from Lawyer Monthly in 2016, 2017 and 2018. She is a founding member of the ESI roundtable, and she is an active member of the State Bar of Georgia, Taxpayers Against Fraud, and the National Employment Lawyers Association.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 50%Employment & Labor
    • 50%Employment Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Whistleblower, Retaliation

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    Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2020

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    About Julie Bracker

    Admitted: 2002, Georgia

    Professional Webpage: https://www.fcacounsel.com/false-claims-act-whistleblower-la...

    Honors/Awards:

    • AV preeminent rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2014-Present
    • Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2017-Present
    • Legal Leaders, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
    • Women in Law, Lawyer Monthly, 2016, 2017, 2019
    • 10.0 by Avvo
    • Georgia Top Lawyers, Atlanta Magazine, 2013
    • Order of the Coif, Vanderbilt Law School, 2002
    • Moot Court Board, Vanderbilt Law School, 2002
    • Executive Student Writing Editor, Journal of Transnational Law - Vanderbilt Law School, 2001
    • Coca-Cola Educator of the Year, 1998-1999
    • Teacher of the Year, Fulton County Schools, 1997-1998, 1998-1999, Teacher of the Year, 1996
    • Young Alumni Award, Vanderbilt University Peabody College, 1993
    • Alabama Youth Ambassador to the Soviet Union, 1989
    • Outstanding Promise Award, Vanderbilt University - Peabody College, 1993

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Admitted to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2019
    • National Employment Lawyers' Association - member 2015; Membership Committee 2016 to present; NELA Ambassador 2016 to present, 2015
    • Admitted to all Georgia State and Superior Courts, Georgia Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court of Georgia, 2002
    • Admitted to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2016
    • Admitted to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2009
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, 2002
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
    • United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
    • Educational Committee, Taxpayers Against Fraud (qui tam bar association), 2018
    • Taxpayers Against Fraud (TAF) qui tam bar organization (member), 2006
    • President, Georgia affiliate, National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), 2014
    • Member, Georgia affiliate, National Employment Lawyers' Association, 2013
    • Federal Bar Association, Qui Tam section, 2018
    • Active member in good standing, State Bar of Georgia, 2002

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Foundation Board of Directors, Mountain View Elementary School, 2018
    • Simpson Middle School PTSA Executive Board (Treasurer), 2020
    • Mountain View Fifth Grade Committee, Treasurer, 2019
    • Simpson Middle School volunteer, 2017
    • Vanderbilt University CoRPs program (2013 to present)
    • Burnt Hickory church of Christ, Women's Ministry co-leader, 2019

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • "The Government Knowledge Defense," (2013)
    • Georgia NELA: CLE Committee Chair and Speaker - "Litigating the Plaintiff's Employment Case" Parts 1, 2 and 3 (2011, 2012, 2013)
    • Florida NELA Spring Convention - Speaker, "The FCA: Perils and Pitfalls" (2013)
    • Florida NELA Fall Convention - Speaker, "Retaliation Claims Under the FCA" (2014)
    • Tri-State 11th Circuit Convention - Georgia Liaison, panel moderator (March 2014)
    • Taxpayers Against Fraud Educational Fund - Speaker, "Developments in Damages Law under the FCA," (2014)
    • “The Basics of E-Discovery and the Rule 26(f) Conference,” American Journal of Trial Advocacy, Vol. 37, No. 3 (Spring 2014), with Carrie Fowler; to be presented at E-Discovery Symposium, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama
    • Whistleblower Law Symposium, State Bar of Georgia CLE - Speaker, Health Law Update (March 2015)
    • NELA National Convention – Speaker, “Leadership Development, Diversity, and Succession” (June 2015)
    • Keeton, J. (October, 1992).  Effects of Bilingualism on the Lexical Decision Task.  Presentation at Vanderbilt Summer Research program
    • Cote, N., Goldman, S.R., Gjellstad, L., Keeton, J., & Millican, C.  (November, 1994).  Children's use of prior knowledge and experience in understanding informational text on nutrition.  Presented at annual meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association
    • Secules, T., Swink, J., Keeton, J., & Millican, C.  (April, 1995).  Restructuring the school day: A sixth grade classroom.  Presented at annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association
    • “Arbitration in the Corporate Context,” Columbia Business Law Review, Vol. 2003, No. l, with Larry D. Soderquist (2003)
    • Speaker, Whistleblower Law Symposium - Developments in Healthcare Law Under the FCA, 2015
    • Speaker, Labor & Employment Section Conference at Mercer Law School: Cooperating in E-discovery, 2015
    • Faculty, E-Discovery Negotiation Training: Practical Cooperative Strategies, The Sedona Conference, (March 2015), 2015
    • Taxpayers Against Fraud Annual Conference - Panel Moderator, "Privilege: Balancing the Sword and the Shield" (November 2017), Taxpayers Against Fraud, 2014
    • Speaker, NELA-Florida Annual Conference, Overview of Whistleblower Protections, 2014
    • Speaker, NELA-Florida Fall Conference, Bringing Retaliation Claims Under The False Claims Act, 2013
    • Speaker, Taxpayers Against Fraud annual conference: Countering the Government Knowledge Defense, 2013
    • Speaker, NELA-Florida Spring Conference: The False Claims Act: Perils and Pitfalls, 2013
    • Speaker, NELA-Georgia Annual CLE: Tools of the Trade: Software for Organizing Your Case, 2012
    • Speaker, National NELA Convention: Affiliate Leader's Workshop, Next Generation Leadership, 2015
    • Speaker, NELA-Georgia Annual Conference, Deposing the Company Under Rule 30(b)(6), 2011
    • NELA-GA Co-chair, Annual Conference/CLE, 2011

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • $84.5 million settlement of intervened False Claims Act case against hospital, U.S. ex rel. Felten v. William Beaumont Hospitals, 2:10-cv-13440 (E.D. Mich.)., 2018, 2018
    • $365,000 settlement, plus retaliation settlement, of intervened False Claims Act case against pharmacy improperly billing compound drugs, 2019, 2019
    • Settlement of up to $2.4 million of intervened False Claims Act case alleging that a defense contractor was supplying the U.S. military with faulty equipment, 2019, 2019
    • $390,000 intervened settlement of Medicaid billing fraud. U.S. ex rel. Bartl v. Georgia Pediatric Cardiology (N.D. Ga.), 2017, 2017
    • Settlement of up to $7.8 million with pharmacy committing billing fraud. U.S. ex rel. McCullough v. Nashville Pharmacy Services, LLC, No. 3:12-cv-0823 (M.D. Tenn.), 2016, 2016
    • $1.9 million settlement of allegations of Medicaid fraud by dermatologists. U.S. ex rel. Jimenez v. Kopchick et al., 12-cv-7211 (N.D. Ga.), 2016, 2016
    • $532,000 settlement of FCA case alleging improper and undocumented medical procedures. U.S. ex rel. Pickens v. Southern Spine & Pain (N.D. Ga.), 2016, 2016
    • $117,000 settlement in intervened False Claims Act case against pharmacy. U.S. ex rel. Smirl v. Signal Mountain Pharmacy (E.D. Tenn.), 2016, 2016
    • $520,000 settlement of kickback and fraudulent billing claims - U.S. ex rel. Brogdon et al. v. Hospital Authority of Irwin County et al., Civil Action No. 7:13‐cv‐00097 (M.D. Ga.), 2015
    • $250,000+ settlement in FCA suit against government contractors alleged to have lied about HUB Zone eligibility - U.S. ex rel. Hopson v. Air Ideal, Inc. and Kim Amkraut, No. 6:13-cv-775-Orl-37GJK (M.D. Fla.), 2015

    Representative Clients:

    • Lead relator's counsel in U.S. ex rel. Felten v. Beaumont Hospitals, settled for $84,500,000 with government intervention., 2018
    • Lead relator's counsel in $600+ million dollar government settlement against Taylor Bean & Whitaker mortgage company., 2014

    Industry Groups

    • False Claims Act
    • Whistleblower
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    Office Location for Julie K. Bracker

    3225 Shallowford Road
    Marietta, GA 30062

    Phone: 770-772-5330

    Fax: 678-648-5544

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