I greatly admire the employees I represent. Some have experienced retaliation for doing the right thing by speaking out about fraud or threats to public health and safety. Others have suffered discrimination because of how they look, what they believe, or when they were born. All have decided not to accept what was done to them, even though that would be the much easier path. I am honored to fight for people who have the courage to stand up to injustice.
“I am honored to fight for people who have the courage to stand up to injustice.”
Michael Filoromo joined Katz, Marshall & Banks in May 2008. Now a partner at the firm and the President of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association, Mr. Filoromo has helped achieve successful outcomes under whistleblower laws, including a $2.4 million award for a client through the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) whistleblower program, one of the first 50 awards the SEC issued. He regularly represents clients in claims brought under the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate whistleblower protections, the False Claims Act anti-retaliation provisions, and the anti-discrimination and retaliation protections of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and corresponding state laws. He frequently represents whistleblowers in the aviation, nuclear, railroad, pharmaceutical, and healthcare industries.
Mr. Filoromo has litigated cases in federal and state courts and the U.S. Department of Labor. In 2014, Mr. Filoromo and Lisa Banks represented the former Director of Food and Nutrition Services for the District of Columbia Public Schools in a case brought under the D.C. Whistleblower Protection Act, the D.C. False Claims Act, and various constitutional and state law provisions. The case, Jeffrey Mills v. D.C. Public Schools, resulted in a $450,000 settlement for Mr. Mills. In 2016, Mr. Filoromo achieved one of the first reasonable cause determinations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in an aviation whistleblower case. OSHA ordered reinstatement, back pay, compensatory damages, and attorneys’ fees, and the case resolved after an appeal. Mr. Filoromo has also litigated whistleblower cases in federal court under state wrongful termination claims and the Food Safety Modernization Act.
In acknowledgement of his great work, Mr. Filoromo was recognized in the 2020 and 2021 editions of Best Lawyers in America for his work in the area of qui tam law, and as a Pennsylvania "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers from 2019-2020. Also in 2020, The Legal Intelligencer named Mr. Filoromo a “Pennsylvania Trailblazer,” an annual award honoring attorneys who are agents of change in their legal communities.
Mr. Filoromo co-founded the firm’s Philadelphia office in 2015 after being elevated to partner. In 2020, he was elected President of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association. As president, Mr. Filoromo leads an organization of approximately 80 plaintiff-side employment attorneys, developing educational and networking events, coordinating amicus briefing on issues important to the rights of workers, and organizing policy outreach on key local and state legislation and judicial nominations. Additionally, Mr. Filoromo serves as the Employee Vice Chair of Outreach to New and Young Lawyers Committee of the ABA's Labor and Employment Section, which promotes participation in courses aimed at young and new attorneys, and he serves as the Sarbanes-Oxley Subcommittee of the Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee Co-Chair.
Mr. Filoromo contributed to Whistleblower Law: A Practitioner’s Guide, a treatise published in 2016 by American Legal Media (ALM). He also authored a chapter for the ALM book New York Employment Law, originally published in 2017. Mr. Filoromo has also been interviewed by Cafepharma and has authored numerous articles for legal and trade publications, including Law360, the National Law Journal, the Westlaw Journal Healthcare Fraud, and the CPA Journal, and has led panel discussions on whistleblower law at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s annual employment law conference.
While in law school, Mr. Filoromo co-chaired the pro bono Criminal Justice Reform Project. He later interned with the Honorable Magistrate Judge Facciola in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, then worked with the Special Litigation Unit of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Mr. Filoromo additionally served as a research assistant for Professor Donald Braman, PhD, researching gender identity provisions in universities’ equal employment opportunity policies and helping to pilot a study on the efficacy of jury instructions in counteracting racial bias.
Mr. Filoromo is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia.