Douglas W. Baruch is a litigation partner resident in the Washington, DC and New York offices. Doug represents corporations and individuals in a variety of complex civil and criminal litigation and enforcement matters, ranging from investigations and subpoena compliance to federal and state court litigation and appeals, with an emphasis on cases arising under the False Claims Act (FCA) and Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA).
He represents clients in the full spectrum of industries that are targeted for civil fraud enforcement by federal, state, and private parties (qui tam relators), including government contractors, aerospace and defense businesses, financial institutions, healthcare entities, and federal grant recipients. Doug also has an extensive commercial litigation practice. In addition, he has handled numerous international arbitration matters, acting as counsel to domestic and foreign corporations in a variety of International Chamber of Commerce and ad hoc arbitrations.
Doug writes and lectures extensively on various aspects of the FCA and FIRREA. He is co-author of Civil False Claims and Qui Tam Actions (Wolters Kluwer, 5th Ed.), the comprehensive, two-volume treatise that frequently is cited by federal and state courts as an authority on the False Claim Act. The treatise provides an extensive history of the federal law, an in-depth analysis of its liability, qui tam, and damages provisions and the case law interpreting them, extensive perspectives on FCA practice and procedure, and a survey of state and local false claims laws. Doug also writes a chapter in the Settlement Agreements in Commercial Disputes treatise entitled, “Settlement Considerations Under the Federal Civil False Claims Act” (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business).
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Doug led the FCA and FIRREA practice at another global law firm.
Ranked, False Claims Act, Nationwide, Chambers USA (2022)
Top Legal Talent, Washingtonian (2017, 2018)
Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll, DC Access to Justice Commission and DC Bar Pro Bono Center (2018)
Team leader, Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for Excellence in Litigation, American Immigration Lawyers Association (2018)
Recommended, Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration and Government: Government Contracts, The Legal 500 US (2019)
Member, Aerospace and Defense Editorial Advisory Board, Law360
Member, Board of Directors, Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
Member, Board of Directors, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law