Attorney <span>Gary W. Jackson</span>

With more than 39 years' experience as a successful litigator trying multiple multimillion dollar1 cases, Gary Jackson is a familiar name throughout the legal community of North Carolina and beyond.

There are not many lawyers in North Carolina who have as much experience handling whistleblower/qui tam cases as Gary. He has been a tireless advocate for the courageous whistleblower in North Carolina and other states. He is also a member of Taxpayers Against Fraud (TAF), a nonprofit whistleblower organization dedicated to combating fraud against the government and the American taxpayer.

Gary's experience in prosecuting qui tam2 cases includes:

  • Obtaining a $5.25 million1 settlement with a large national drugstore chain's pharmacy to recover tax dollars paid on behalf of Medicare Part D participants as the result of defendants' false submissions.
  • Representing the whistleblower and obtaining a settlement with a North Carolina clinic as the result of the defendant's false submissions to Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE.
  • Bringing whistleblower claims against a major "big box" retailer's pharmacies that routinely stored medications improperly, yet procured payment for these adulterated substances from the government.
  • Filing claims against major telecommunications companies on behalf of the State of North Carolina for failing to collect required 911 fees, resulting in the underfunding of 911 services.
  • Pursuing action against a distributor of medical products, which falsified expiration dates and source of origin for sale to Medicare and Medicaid participants.
  • Working with a relator (whistleblower) on a claim against a university. This university eventually agreed to pay $4 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act in connection with a federal grant and with regard to receiving and disbursing Title IV federal student aid funds.
  • Working on a qui tam claim against a large construction company that made hundreds of millions of dollars allegedly taking kickbacks and fooling the government for years using "sham" companies to win large contracting bids. The whistleblower, who was employed as a supervisor overseeing construction of a large building at an NC military base, alleged that the company lied about their use of small- and minority-owned businesses as subcontractors on Department of Defense (DOD) jobs.
  • Representing a whistleblower in an action against a home healthcare company for double billing Medicare and Medicaid participants.

Gary has won many awards over his career. Super Lawyers magazine has designated Gary a North Carolina "Super Lawyer3" every year since 2006 for Class Actions and Mass Torts. In 2013, 2014, and 2015, he was designated one of the "Top 100 Lawyers in North Carolina3" and in 2013 and 2015 among the "Top 25 Lawyers in Charlotte3" by Super Lawyers magazine. Gary has been recognized by Business North Carolina as a "Legal Elite3" in 2003, 2004, 2008, and 2013. He is a charter fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and holds an AV pre-eminent rating (the highest peer-review rating) from Martindale-Hubbell3.

He is frequently asked to speak throughout the country at educational programs for lawyers, and he regularly authors articles addressing current legal trends and developments.

Education

Duke University School of Law

     1979 J.D.

     1977-1979 Duke Law Journal, Staff and Editorial Board Member

Duke University

     1976 A.B. in History, magna cum laude

Post-graduate Education

     1984-1985 Harvard School of Law, Visiting Researcher

     2012 Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, Graduate

Clerkships/Teaching

     1980-1981 Law Clerk, U.S. District Judge Robert P. Aguilar (N.D. Cal.)

     2002 Senior Lecturing Fellow, Duke University School of Law

Memberships

  • Taxpayers Against Fraud (TAF)
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • American Association for Justice
    • Co-Chair, Construction Defects Litigation Group, 2002-present
    • Member, Public Affairs Committee, 2006-2008
    • Member, Publications Committee, 2007-2009
    • Business Torts Section
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
    • President, 2011-2012
    • Executive Committee, 2007-2013
    • Vice President at-Large, 2010-2011
    • Vice President - Education, 2007-2010
    • Board of Governors, 2006-2013
    • Chair, Consumer Areas of Practice Litigation Group, 2003-2005
    • Professional Negligence, Consumer Areas of Practice sections
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association
    • Board of Governors, 2006-present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Chair, Litigation Section, 2002-2003
    • Chair, International Section, 1994-1995
    • Tort Reform Task Force, Member, 2003-present, Co-Chair, 2005-2007
  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
  • Durham County Bar Association
  • Master, William Bobbitt Inn of Court, Program Chair, 2003-2005

Honors/Awards/Accomplishments

  • Mass Tort MDL Program Certificate, Duke University School of Law, Bolch Judicial Institute, 2019
  • Super Lawyers magazine's North Carolina "Super Lawyers3" for Class Actions/Mass Torts, 2006-2017
  • Super Lawyers magazine "Top 100 Lawyers3" in North Carolina, 2013-2015
  • Super Lawyers magazine "Top 25 Lawyers in Charlotte3," 2013 and 2015
  • North Carolina Open Government Coalition, Sunshine Award for Advocacy, 2015
  • Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite3," 2003, 2004, 2008, 2013
  • Fellow3, American Bar Foundation - limited to 1% of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction, 2011 — present
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Charter Fellow
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Pre-eminent Rating3
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice Kelly Crabtree Award, 2011
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice Ebbie Award, 2009

Classes/Seminars

  • “lncivility: I know it When I See it – Double Standards that Plaintiff Lawyers Face,” STLA Presentation, February 2019, New Orleans (Speaker)
  • "Courthouse Lockout: The Indomitable March of Compulsory Arbitration." STLA Annual Meeting, February 2013, New Orleans (Speaker)
  • "Adapt or Perish: Seizing New Opportunities in Challenging Times," Alabama Association for Justice Mid-Winter Conference, January 2013, Birmingham (Speaker)
  • "Expert Witnesses: Competing Views from the Plaintiff and Defense Lawyers' Perspectives," NCBA Annual Meeting, June 2010, Wilmington, NC (Speaker)
  • Civil Masters Program, NCAJ Annual Convention, June 2010, Wilmington, NC (Chair)
  • "Business Court: A Primer for Trial Lawyers," South Carolina Association of Trial Lawyers, August 2008, Hilton Head, SC (Speaker)
  • "Civility is not a One Way Street," Ohio Association for Justice Annual Meeting, May 2008, Columbus, Ohio (Speaker)
  • "Incivility: I know it When I See it - Double Standards that Plaintiff Lawyers Face," AAJ Convention, January 2008, San Juan, Puerto Rico (Speaker)
  • "A Steep Uphill Battle: Representing Homeowners, Consumers, and Policyholders in North Carolina," NCATL Annual Convention, June 2007 (Speaker)
  • "Litigation Incivility: I Think I Know It When I See It," Litigation Counsel of America Annual Meeting, June 2007, New York, NY (Speaker)
  • All-Star Panel, "Litigating Complex Cases in the NC Business Court," NCBA Antitrust Annual Meeting, May 2007 (Panelist)
  • "Litigating Construction Defect Cases," PESI Absolute Business Torts, Litigation Conference, March 2007, Las Vegas, NV (Speaker)
  • "Successful Prosecution of Construction Defect Cases in the Age of Tort Reform," AAJ Annual Convention, 2007, Chicago, IL (Speaker)
  • "Prosecuting Class Actions in Arbitration," Litigation at Sunrise, ATLA Annual Convention, July 2006, Seattle, WA (Speaker)
  • "North Carolina's Predatory Lending Laws: An Introduction," NCATL Annual Convention, June 2006 (Moderator)
  • "If You Build It They Will Come: Litigating Construction and Mold Cases," STLA Annual Conference, February 2006, New Orleans, LA (Speaker)
  • "Construction Defects in a Nutshell," Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Workhorse Seminar, February 2006, Orlando, FL (Speaker)
  • "How to Spot the Sick Building Case: A Primer in Contamination and Defect," ATLA Mid-Year Convention, February 2004, Orlando, FL (Speaker)
  • "Evaluating Toxic Mold Cases: A Primer," NCATL Mountain Magic, October 2003, (Speaker)
  • "Professionalism, Civility and the Practice of Law: Are They Related?," ATLA Annual Convention, July 2003, San Francisco, CA (Speaker)
  • "Bad Buildings and Mold - Tying It All Together," ATLA's Litigating Toxic Mold Cases, June 2003, Chicago, IL (Speaker)
  • "Construction Defects in 2002," Mealey's Conference, October 2002, Atlanta, GA (Speaker)
  • "Roundtable Discussion with Superior Court Judges," NCBA Annual Meeting, June 2002 (Program Planner)
  • "Analyzing and Proving Construction Damages in North Carolina," Lorman Education Series, May 2002 (Speaker)
  • "The Nuts and Bolts of Products Liability Litigation," NCATL, May 2002 (Speaker)
  • "Toxic Mold: A Legal Primer," Community Associations Institute's National Conference, May 2002, Dallas, TX (Speaker)
  • "Toxic Mold and Construction Defects," NCATL, March 2002 (Program Planner and Speaker)
  • "Alternative Dispute Resolution," NCATL, March 2002 (Speaker)
  • "When Bad Houses Make Good Cases," Litigation at Sunrise, ATLA Mid-year Convention, February 2002, Miami, FL (Speaker)
  • "Synthetic Stucco Litigation," Litigation at Sunrise ATLA Annual Convention, July 1999, San Francisco, CA (Speaker)
  • "Advanced Synthetic Stucco: Trial and Beyond," NCBA, May 1999 (Speaker)
  • "Synthetic Stucco Litigation from the Plaintiff's Perspective," NCBA, April 1998 (Speaker)
  • "Synthetic Stucco Class Action: Opt in or Opt Out," NCATL, September 1997 (Speaker)
  • "The Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments," NCBA, February 1993 (Speaker)

Publications

  • "Adapt or Perish," Trial (October 2010)
  • "Managing Co-Counsel Relationships," Trial (October 2009)
  • "Do Business Courts Really Mean Business?" Trial (June 2006)
  • "The Economic Loss Principle in Construction Defect Litigation," The Litigator (June 2005)
  • "Home, bitter sweet home," Trial (February 2005)
  • "Mold Liability - Mixed Signals," Realtor Magazine (December, 2004)
  • "Arbitration of Business Disputes: Friend or Foe?" Business North Carolina (June 2004)
  • "Synthetic Stucco: Litigation Alert," Realtor Magazine (January 2004)
  • "Business Plaintiffs: Not an Oxymoron," Business North Carolina (July 2003)
  • "When Bad Houses Make Good Cases," Trial (November 2002)
  • "Immediate Appeal of Class Certification Orders-Should North Carolina Follow the Federal Lead?", North Carolina State Bar Journal (Winter 2001)
  • "Evaluating and Prosecuting the 'Bad House' Case," Mealey's Construction Defects Litigation Report (September 2001)
  • "North Carolina's New International Arbitration Act," Campbell Law Observer (February 1992)
  • Monthly Editorial Guest Columnist, The Charlotte Observer (1998)

Community/Civic Activities

  • Chair, YMCA Board of Directors (Winston-Salem) (1993-1995)
  • Chair, Forsyth County Democratic Party (1991-1993)
  • Member, East Winston-Community Development Corporation Board of Directors (1993-1995)
  • Fellow, North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership (1990)
  • Member, YMCA of Greater Charlotte Public Policy Committee (1996-1998)

 

1 Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
2 Results obtained prior to joining the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin.
3 For information regarding the standards for inclusion for “Super Lawyers,” “Top 100 Lawyers in North Carolina,” and “Top 25 Lawyers in Charlotte,” visit www.superlawyers.com. For information regarding the standards for inclusion for Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite,” visit www.businessnc.com. For information regarding the standards for inclusion in Martindale Hubbell peer review ratings, visit www.martindale.com. For information regarding the American Bar Foundation’s 1% of lawyers, licensed to practice in each jurisdiction, visit www.americanbarfoundation.org/fellows

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