Eric L. Young
Eric L. Young is a co-founder of McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt who has spent most of his distinguished legal career successfully combating fraud against the government. Eric has represented whistleblowers ranging from blue-collar workers to C-suite executives in the United States as well as countries abroad, such as the United Kingdom, China, Hong Kong, India, and South Africa.
Eric Young’s record of accomplishments has distinguished him as one of the nation’s leading whistleblower attorneys. As the managing partner of McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt’s whistleblower group, Eric provides experienced counsel to clients who contemplate reporting corporate fraud to the government. He regularly represents relators in qui tam actions filed under the False Claims Act, as well as clients providing information under the whistleblower programs of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Internal Revenue Service.
Eric was honored as one of two “Lawyers of the Year” for 2020 by the Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund, the foremost organization dedicated to fighting fraud against the government and advocating for stronger whistleblower protections. The award was based on Eric’s representation of three whistleblowers in two separate False Claims Act cases against two of the nation’s largest drug manufacturers. Both cases were hard-fought and required substantial investments of time and resources before they resulted in significant settlements.
Eric has represented clients in some of the nation’s largest whistleblower lawsuits brought under the False Claims Act, including:
In addition to his considerable litigation experience, Eric has served as an expert witness on whistleblower issues to guide others in this area of the law. He was retained as an expert in one of the largest whistleblower cases filed with the IRS. The matter involved an award of more than $100 million to American banker, Bradley Birkenfeld, who reported the Swiss-based bank, UBS, for engaging in business practices that helped its clients evade tax liability in the United States.
When the IRS whistleblower office implemented a mandatory award program under section 7623(b) of the IRS code, Eric represented the first whistleblower to receive such an award. His client, an accountant for a Fortune 500 company, received $4.5 million for providing information about the company’s tax evasion scheme. The client’s identity was protected from disclosure throughout the process, and the individual remains anonymous to this day. Eric has further distinguished himself as one of a select few attorneys who have successfully secured a number of multi-million dollar whistleblower awards from the IRS.
The media often seek Eric’s opinion when a high-profile whistleblower case makes the headlines, and his commentary on whistleblower-related issues has been published on sites including Forbes, The Hill, and the Delaware Business Court Insider. Eric has also been quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Accounting Today.
Eric has also spoken to numerous industry organizations about whistleblowing. He participated in a roundtable organized by the International Ethics Standards Board of Accountants to discuss proposed changes to the code of ethics that would allow accountants to report suspected fraud. He also gave a presentation to members of the Anti-Corruption and FCPA Compliance Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in India.
In addition to his groundbreaking work representing whistleblowers, Eric has represented employee benefit plans in class action cases involving securities fraud, anti-trust violations, and health care fraud, including: In re Diamond Foods, Inc. Shareholder Derivative Litigation, No. CGC-11-515895 (Cal. Super.); Barbara L. McLay Trust v. Veolia Environment S.A., No. 11-cv-9526 (S.D.N.Y); United Food and Commercial Workers Union v. Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc., No. 14-cv -01243 (D. Colo.) (consolidated with No. 14-cv-1402); In re: Treasury Antitrust Securities Action Antitrust Litigation, No. 15-cv-2673 (S.D.N.Y.); and In re: Avalanche Biotechnologies Securities Litigation, 15-cv-03185 (N.D. Cal.).
Earlier in his career, Eric served as general counsel to the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 1776, one of the largest local unions in the country. In that capacity, Eric represented over 24,000 members in contract negotiations and labor arbitrations involving nearly 100 collective bargaining agreements.
Eric Young is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
In his spare time, Eric enjoys fishing, participating in triathlon competitions, and watching his son, Jack, play sports.