Zachary Kitts

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Fairfax, VA

K&G Law Group, PLLC
 | 3554 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 100
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-649-5500
Fax: 703-649-6363
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (50%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (50%)
Attorney Profile

 

Zachary Kitts is a partner at K&G Law Group, PLLC, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of qui tam litigation, employment law, business torts, and other complex civil litigation matters.  In his qui tam practice, Zach exclusively represents relators (or whistleblowers as they are sometimes called). He has prosecuted a wide variety of qui tam claims in state and federal courts across the country against health care providers, defense contractors, financial institutions and others. To date, his cases have returned more than $104 million to the public fisc, including the largest settlement in Virginia for 2018. 

Zach is widely recognized as a leading expert on state false claims act legislation and is frequently quoted in media sources; he has also testified before numerous state legislatures in favor of state alse claims legislation.  He was the principal architect behind the comprehensive 2011 amendments to Virginia's version of the false claims act, known as the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act, (Va. Code §8.01-216.1 et seq.) He was also the first to bring a retaliation claim under the VFATA against a local government entity.  Until January of 2016 he held the record for the largest non-healthcare recovery under the VFATA.

In his employment law practice, Zach represents both employers and employees in a full range of matters including wrongful termination, wage and hour, non-competition agreements, discrimination and retaliation, and other causes of action.  He received his undergraduate degree from George Mason University and his law degree from American University's Washington College of Law. 

Zach is active in numerous bar groups and is a regular speaker at Continuing Legal Education courses throughout the Commonwealth.  He is currently on the faculty of Virginia's Harry Callico Professionalism Course, which is mandatory for all new Virginia lawyers; Zach also serves on the Virginia State Bar's Standing Committee on Professionalism.

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

Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013

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  • How to Be a Successful Qui Tam Whistleblower (2018) - How to be a Successful Qui Tam Whistleblower

  • About Zachary Kitts

    Admitted: 2001, Virginia

    Professional Webpage: http://www.kglawpllc.com/attorneys/zachary-a-kitts/

    Honors/Awards:

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • District of Columbia, 2004
    • Maryland State Bar, 2002
    • Virginia State Bar, 2001
    • 2019 - present Virginia State Bar's Standing Committee on Professionalism, 2019
    • Named by my peers to the faculty of the Harry L. Carrico Mandatory Professionalism Course.  This course, which is mandatory for all new Virginia lawyers, covers topics on Professionalism and the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct. , 2017
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2008
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 2002
    • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 2004
    • U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 2004
    • Member, Fairfax County Bar Association, 2002-present
    • Past Chair, FBA Employment Law Section, 2006-2009
    • 2013 - 2019: Member of the Virginia State Bar's Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board.
    • Member, Virginia Bar Association, 2002-present
    • Member, Taxpayers Against Fraud, 2006-present, 2006

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Prepared and presented this 2018 program with David Greenspan of McGuireWoods., Moderator/Presenter, Attorney Fee Awards in Virginia, VaCLE, 2018
    • As part of VaCLE's "Practice Essentials" series, I prepared and presented this CLE with my co-presenter, John Thomas., Moderator/Presenter, Essentials of the federal False Claims Act and Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act, VaCLE, 2019
    • Author, Public Trust and the Role of Qui Tam Relators in the Regulatory Framework, Journal of Law Economics & Policy George Mason University School of Law, 2011
    • Author, In Pursuit of a Maryland False Claims Act, Maryland Bar Newsletter, 2009
    • Speaker, Virginia Attorney General's Forum on the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act, Virginia Office of the Attorney General, 2008
    • Speaker, Workplace Investigations: Tips, Techniques, and Pitfalls, Virginia Law Foundation, 2010
    • Contributing Author, Fee Agreements for Virginia Lawyers, Virginia Law Foundation, 2009
    • Author, Practice Commentary on the Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. 201 et seq., National Institute for Trial Advocacy/Lexis, Employment And Labor Law, 2007
    • Speaker, George Mason University Fall Lecture Series, 2009
    • Speaker, Show Me the Money: Court Awarded Attorney's Fees in Virginia State and Federal Courts, Virginia Law Foundation, 2011
    • First Annual Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act Seminar, Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, October 3, 2008
    • 35 Things About Employment Law Every Virginia Lawyer Should Know, Including Ethics, Fairfax Bar Foundation, February 23, 2010
    • Authored the chapter on Employment Law for this two-volume reference guide, which is published as a joint project of the Virginia Law Foundation and the Virginia State Bar., Contributing Author, The Virginia Lawyer: A Deskbook for Practitioners.
    • Contributing Author to Employment Law in Virginia, a two-volume deskbook providing a comprehensive overview of the myriad statutory, regulatory, and common law issues that may emerge from any event in the employment relationship, including a chapter on qui tam whistleblower litigation.  , Contributing Author, Va CLE, 2016

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • $20.7 million -- US ex rel. Arven v. Virginia Neurological Birth Injury Fund, et al. Case No. 1:15cv00870 (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia)., 2018
    • Donald Hanzlik v. Sima Birach, Jr., et al. 2010 WL 1695610 (E.D.Va.), 2010
    • Commonwealth of Virginia ex rel. Nisar Siddiqui v. Navy Federal Credit Union, et al., WL 4981186, 2008
    • Dellinger v. Science Applications Intern. Corp., 649 F.3d 226, (4th Cir.(Va.) August 12, 2011). , 2011
    • $4.2 Million settlement with Fredericksburg Hospitalist GroupFredericksburg Hospitalist Group and 14 Individual Defendants Pay $4.2 Million to Settle False Claims Act Case, 2017
    • Natalie R. Dellinger v. SAIC, 2010 WL 1375263 (E.D.Va.), 2010
    • United States ex rel. Ronald DeCesare v. Americare In Home Nursing, et al., 757 F.Supp.2d 573 (E.D.Va. 2010)., 2010
    • Scott v. Arrowhead Group, Inc., et al., 2007 WL 5084072, (E.D.Va. August 31, 2007)., 2007
    • Sutherland v. SOS Intern., Ltd., 541 F.Supp.2d 787 (E.D.Va. Mar 17), 2008
    • American Civil Liberties Union v. Holder, 652 F.Supp.2d 654 (E.D.Va. Aug 21), 2009
    • American   Civil Liberties Union v. Holder, 673 F.3d 245, (4th Cir. 2011), 2011
    • Home Paramount Pest Control Companies, Inc. v. Justin Shaffer, 282 Va. 412, 718 S.E.2d 762 (2011)., 2011
    • Obtained a precedent-setting jury verdict in March of 2013 under Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act in Lewis v. City of Alexandria.  This was the first anti-retaliation case brought under the newly-amended VFATA retaliation provisions., 2013
    • Zegarra v. Marco Polo, Inc., 2009 WL 143428 (E.D.Va. Jan 21), 2009

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • United States ex rel. Christine Duncan v. LS Technologies, et al., 2007 WL 4896185 (2007). Successfully prosecuted a non-intervened Federal False Claims Act case; became one of very few qui tam lawyers to have the Department of Justice award a client the statutory maximum of 30% of the government’s recovery. 
    • ESTES FORWARDING WORLDWIDE LLC v. Marcelo S. CUELLAR, 239 F.Supp.3d 918 (E.D.Va. 2017)
    • Obtained a precedent-setting jury verdict in March of 2013 under Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act in Lewis v. City of Alexandria.  This was the first anti-retaliation case brought under the newly-amended VFATA retaliation provisions.
    • Obtained the second-largest settlement in Virginia in 2012 in the amount of $18.1 million.

    Educational Background:

    • George Mason University, B.A., 1998
    • J.D., American University/Washington College of Law, 2001
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    Office Location for Zachary Kitts

    3554 Chain Bridge Road
    Suite 100
    Fairfax, VA 22030

    Phone: 703-649-5500

    Fax: 703-649-6363

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