John T. Boese ('72) represents defendants in civil, criminal, debarment and exclusion cases arising from Federal fraud investigations. Boese was a partner at Fried Frank for 30 years and a former managing partner of the D.C. office.
Boese is a nationally-recognized expert on the civil False Claims Act. For over 25 years, 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 and 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. In February, 2008, Boese testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in opposition to the proposed amendments to the False Claims Act.
He is the author of the book "Civil False Claims and Qui Tam Actions (Aspen Publishers 3d 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 third edition was released in January 2006. It is commonly cited as authority on this subject by courts at all levels, as well as by practitioners and academics. Boese lectures frequently to private and public groups on civil and criminal fraud issues. He is the co-chair of the annual ABA National Institute on the Civil False Claims Act, and he moderates the “Qui Tam Lawsuits” session at the annual ABA National Institute on Healthcare Fraud and Abuse. He was co-chair of the Qui Tam Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Section of Criminal Justice from 1998 to 2006, and he is vice-chair of the Debarment and Suspension Committee of the Section on Public Contract Law. He has also lectured on the False Claims Act at the DOJ National Advocacy Center and at numerous law schools throughout the country. He is a member of the American Law Institute.
Boese was a trial attorney with the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice. He is a graduate of Washington University and SLU LAW, where he served as an editor of the Saint Louis University Law Journal and graduated magna cum laude.