Stephen D. Altman Services
...to assist them in assessing their options and reaching decisions. He offers experience, unbiased judgment and a strategic, common sense approach to issues. He provides the following services:
False Claims Act Consultation
The False Claims Act (FCA) allows whistleblowers to file cases on behalf of the United States against companies that have defrauded the government and then receive a share of what the government recovers as a reward. Steve is a recognized expert in all aspects of the FCA. Steve has over twenty five years supervising FCA litigation and has provided neutral consultation to counsel for both defendants and relators. He can assist with planning and assessing investigations, developing a negotiation strategy, determining whether to go to mediation, and reviewing how to present cases to courts, mediators and the Department of Justice. Learn more about Steve's FCA consultation services.
Some cases just will not settle without a neutral person to facilitate the interaction of parties in dispute. Some cases would settle, but only after prolonged litigation. Steve has successfully mediated disputes in many areas, including contracts, workplace, business, personal injury, non-profit, and property. Based on the needs and desires of the parties, Steve uses a flexible approach that can involve facilitative, evaluative, and transformative techniques. His experience, and communication skills enable him to build trust and establish a process that focuses each party, as it improves their communication, and their realistic assessment of their circumstances and
options. By framing the discussion in a way that assists each side in making tough decisions, disputes are resolved.
Settlement counsel assist one party in planning and carrying out a negotiation or ADR process. Steve advises on the best dispute resolution option, the timing of discussions, and assessment of your case. He can perform the settlement negotiations for you, assist your presentation or moot your presentation to assist your preparation. His experience with complex negotiations, ranging from two party single issue negotiations to those that involve multiple parties and topics, all of which may be complicated by emotional issues, time pressure, or communication barriers, enables him to enhance your ability to resolve disputes.
Assistance To Nonprofits
Non-profit organizations can find themselves in the same disputes—from employee issues to contract matters—as any other company. But non-profits have a different, and sometimes more difficult, decision-making process. Unlike for-profit entities where one or two individuals can make decisions, non-profits often require input from committees, boards, memberships, donors, or other constituencies. Steve handles the negotiation or mediation so that each side understands that decisions reached may need to be presented to these constituencies for additional input. He ensures that these groups are brought into the decision-making process early, guiding the process so that input is both meaningful for the decision, yet flexible to allow for changing circumstances.
Steve offers both binding and nonbinding arbitration. Arbitration is similar to trying a case before a judge who issues a decision on the merits of the dispute. The advantages of arbitration over litigation include increased confidentiality; a presiding judge with expertise relevant to the dispute; and a faster, less formal and, therefore, less expensive process. The parties agree to the form of the proceeding. They can agree to place high and low limits on the decision, or have the arbitrator pick from the offer he thinks is most reasonable. The parties may also agree to combine processes and have the arbitrator attempt to mediate the case before he issues a decision. Steve has the proven judgment, judicial temperament, and litigation experience to move cases to prompt, appropriate resolutions. He is certified to perform arbitrations through the National Association of Securities Dealers.
Steve’s experience litigating fraud and contract cases for the United States gives him the proven expertise to provide investigative plans and settlement strategies for your case. He is available to review presentations and give a neutral assessment that the parties can use in their own review and negotiation of a particular matter. He also provides special master services to sort through discovery disputes and direct the parties to efficient and cost-effective development of cases for trial. To assist with predicting the outcome of a case, Steve conducts legal and factual case analysis and develops analysis trees. His analysis can be shared with both parties, or provided just to one side to help them evaluate a settlement proposal.
Steve uses his experience prosecuting civil fraud cases for the Department of Justice to help you design efficient investigations. He also can assist you in evaluating the results of investigations into fraud or questioned business transactions. He has assisted parties in determining what information
they need, how to obtain critical information, and
how to identify sources of the facts necessary for
effective case assessment.
In addition to serving as an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, Steve provides training on mediation and negotiation for diverse entities including government agencies, bar associations, and non-profit organizations. He offers an array of classes from one hour to full-day programs. Steve can provide training concerning False Claims Act issues, basic negotiations, negotiations for litigators, dispute resolution for non-profit organizations and selecting and using ADR processes. He can assist you and your organization in determining specific training needs. Click here to go to the Training and Publications Page.