John McKnight

John McKnight

Whistleblower & Qui Tam Practice Group Co-Chair

Biography

John McKnight is a Whistleblower & Qui Tam Practice Group Co-Chair and a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in Washington, DC, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland. He received his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2011.

Mr. McKnight is experienced in the representation of clients in qui tam lawsuits under the U.S. False Claims Act and works on sealed and unsealed qui tam whistleblower cases involving fraud against the federal and state governments.  He was an integral part of the litigation team that ultimately secured an $11.3 million settlement in U.S. ex rel. Cox v. Smith & Nephew, the first Trade Agreements Act settlement involving a medical device company. In addition to the Trade Agreements Act, Mr. McKnight works on cases involving the SEC Whistleblower program, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Price Reduction Clause, the Price Adjustment Clause, Medicare procurement guidelines, and numerous other fraud-based statutes.

Mr. McKnight is a member of the Maryland Bar Association, and speaks intermediate-level Mandarin Chinese.

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Prior to joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, Mr. McKnight was an Associate at McKnight and Kennedy, LLC in Silver Spring, Maryland, which he joined following his graduation from the University of Maryland School of Law.

While at the University of Maryland, Mr. McKnight interned with the Human Rights Team at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and with United States District Court Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. (Retired) of the District of Columbia, District of Columbia Superior Court Judge William Jackson, and Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson of the United States District Court of the District of Columbia. He also participated in the University of Maryland’s International and Comparative Law Clinic in China, where he worked with actors in the Chinese microcredit industry.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., University of Maryland School of Law, 2011
  • M.F.A., The New School, 2007
  • B.A., University of Michigan, 2005

Internships

  • Honorable Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. (Retired), United States District Court, the District of Columbia
  • Honorable Judge William Jackson, Superior Court, District of Columbia
  • Honorable Judge Deborah Robinson, United States District Court, the District of Columbia

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 2011
  • District of Columbia, 2015
  • Pending admission to the CA bar

Major Cases

UNITED STATES EX REL COX ET AL v. MEDTRONIC (D.MINN.)

Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP won a more than $4.4 million qui tam settlement against Medtronic, Inc., one of the world’s largest medical device manufacturers. The whistleblower, represented by the firm and the U.S. Department of Justice, alleged that Medtronic violated the Trade Agreements Act (“TAA”) and the False Claims Act by selling products to the Government that were manufactured in countries with which the United States is not a trading partner, under contracts governed by the TAA. Read More

UNITED STATES EX REL SHERWIN v. OFFICE DEPOT [LOS ANGELES COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT]

The whistleblower, represented by Altomease Kennedy and California co-counsels, alleged that Office Depot violated the California False Claims Act by overcharging numerous governmental entities, including the city and county of Los Angeles, for office and classroom supplies, and failing to offer them the company’s “best price.” The city of Los Angeles received the largest settlement allocation of more than $11 million. Read More

UNITED STATES EX REL COX v. SMITH & NEPHEW (W.D. TENN.)

Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP won a $11.3 million qui tam settlement against Smith & Nephew one of the world’s largest medical device manufacturers. The whistleblower, represented by the firm and the U.S. Department of Justice, alleged that Smith & Nephew violated the Trade Agreements Act (“TAA”) and the False Claims Act by selling products to the Government that were manufactured in countries with which the United States is not a trading partner, under contracts governed by the TAA. Read More

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