The Baum Hedlund team of whistleblower attorneys is led by Mark Schlein, a former government attorney and law enforcement official. Mark joined Baum Hedlund in 2011 after a distinguished career dedicated to public service. He has been an attorney for more than 40 years.
As a government attorney, Mark investigated a wide variety of health care fraud and insurance related crimes, and participated in whistleblower litigation that resulted in the recovery of billions of dollars at the federal and state levels. As a result, Mark has extensive experience working with whistleblowers in qui tam actions brought under the False Claims Act.
While an Assistant Attorney General, Mark served as Director of Florida’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) for nine years, running the Attorney General’s false claims litigation unit. Under his direction, the Florida MFCU was nationally recognized as a leader in health care fraud enforcement, using the False Claims Act to help recover billions of dollars from corporate offenders at the federal and state level. He also developed global litigation strategies for the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units.
After a brief time as Special Deputy General Counsel in Florida’s Department of Health, Mark worked in Florida’s Department of Financial Services as police legal advisor and manager of major case investigations in the Division of Insurance Fraud. Prior to that, Mark served 18 years with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office where he commanded the patrol, criminal investigations and Special Operations Divisions. He retired as a lieutenant colonel and the Director of the Department of Law Enforcement.
Diane Marger Moore is a key member of Baum Hedlund’s team of whistleblower attorneys. She has decades of public service experience and has been a lawyer for more than 35 years. She is board-certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in civil litigation and pretrial litigation.
Diane has extensive experience in investigating and trying complex federal criminal cases. While a federal public defender for the Southern District of Florida, she handled securities fraud, mail fraud and tax fraud cases. She also served as a judicial officer in the major felony division of Indiana’s Marion County Superior Court and as a Deputy Attorney General in Indiana’s Federal Litigation Division. While a senior attorney for the Division of Insurance Fraud, a state law enforcement agency in the Florida Department of Financial Services, Diane prepared complex, high profile fraud cases for prosecution throughout the State of Florida.
Baum Hedlund’s exemplary record litigating cases involving pharmaceutical product injuries gives us the ability to investigate and uncover the deception that lies at the core of pharmaceutical fraud. Senior managing partner, Michael L. Baum, has been practicing law for 30 years. He has led the firm through thousands of pharmaceutical personal injury, wrongful death and consumer fraud cases against a long list of pharmaceutical manufacturers, such as Bayer, Eli Lilly, Forest Labs, GlaxoSmithKline, and Pfizer. Michael’s work has helped uncover harmful drug industry practices, deceptive Big Pharma marketing schemes and resulted in major consumer safety advocacy work and improved drug warning labels. He has also overseen more than a thousand transportation accident cases involving companies, such as Airbus, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Amtrak, Bell Helicopter Co., Boeing, Cessna, Delta Airlines, Ford Motor Co., McDonnell Douglas, Piper, Robinson Helicopter Co., United Airlines, and US Airways.
Our success litigating on behalf of hundreds of aviation accident victims brings yet another dimension to the way our whistleblower attorneys handle aerospace and defense contractor fraud. Senior partner and veteran trial attorney, Ronald L. M. Goldman, has been practicing law for over 50 years. He is board certified as a Civil Trial Advocate and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate, certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is also a pilot and heads the firm’s aviation disaster litigation team. Ron has handled a wide variety of sophisticated litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. He also created and taught the course on Aviation Accident Law as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine School of Law where he taught for 21 years. Ron was also involved in ground-breaking pharmaceutical litigation in the 1960s which helped pave the way for the drug product liability litigation lawyers are facing today.
Also on the team of whistleblower attorneys are Bijan Esfandiari and R. Brent Wisner, both accomplished lawyers and aggressive consumer advocates with experience successfully litigating difficult and complex cases.
Bijan Esfandiari has successfully argued against preemption (manufacturer immunity) in numerous published decisions, including at the appellate level, in drug product liability and device cases. Along with University of California Irvine Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and others, Bijan authored Supreme Court amicus briefs in support of the plaintiffs in Levine and Mensing. He has written numerous articles on preemption and co-wrote “Challenging Medical Ghostwriting in US Courts,” published in the peer-reviewed medical journal, PLoS Medicine.
Prior to becoming a plaintiff lawyer and whistleblower attorney, Brent Wisner spent two years as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Helen W. Gillmor in the U.S. District Court of Hawaii. In addition to representing whistleblowers, Brent handles class actions and consumer fraud litigation. He holds a Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) degree from Georgetown University, where he was recognized for his deep commitment to public interest law and received a pro-bono service award for completing over 750 hours of volunteer legal work.