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.