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Reuben Guttman is a director at Grant & Eisenhofer. His practice involves complex litigation and class actions.  He has represented clients in claims brought under the Federal False Claims Act, securities laws, the Price Anderson Act, Department of Energy (DOE) statutes and regulations, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and various employment discrimination, labor and environmental statutes. He has also tried and/or litigated claims involving fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, antitrust, business interference and other common law torts.


Mr. Guttman has been counsel in some of the largest recoveries under the Federal False Claims Act, including U.S. ex rel. Johnson v. Shell Oil Co., 33 F. Supp. 2d 528 (ED Tex. 1999), where over $300 million was recovered from the oil industry. He also represented one of the six main whistleblowers in litigation resulting in the government’s September 2009, $2.3 billion settlement with Pfizer Pharmaceutical.  Cases brought by Mr. Guttman under the False Claims Act on behalf of a European whistleblower resulted in a $13 million settlement with a Department of Defense contractor. He is currently lead counsel in three pending False Claims Act cases where the United States Department of Justice has intervened on the side of his whistleblower clients.   


Mr. Guttman served as lead counsel in a series of cases resulting in the recovery of more than $30 million under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Cases brought by Mr. Guttman on behalf of nuclear weapons workers at “Manhattan Project” nuclear weapons sites resulted in congressional oversight and changes in procurement practices, and dread disease compensation legislation, affecting the nation’s nuclear weapons complex and its workforce. In addition, he served as lead counsel in litigation brought on behalf of prison workers in the District of Columbia, which resulted in injunctive relief protecting workers against exposure to blood-borne pathogens. Mr. Guttman served as lead counsel in a mediation before the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, resulting in work place standards and back pay for minority employees at a large Texas oil refinery.


Mr. Guttman is the author and/or editor of numerous articles, book chapters, and technical publications and his commentary has appeared in Market Watch, American Lawyer Media, AOL Government, and Accounting Today. His article, Pharmaceutical Regulation in the United States; A Confluence of Influences, was published in Chinese by the Peking University Public Interest Law Journal, Vol 1, Page 187 (2010).  He is co-author of Gonzalez v. Hewitt, SEC v. HG Pharmaceutical, and U.S. ex Rel Rodriguez v. Hughes which are case files published by the Emory University Law School Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution (2010) and used to train law students and practicing attorneys. He has appeared on ABC Nightly News, CNN, Bloomberg News, and has been quoted in major publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, USA Today, Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News and national wire services including the Associated Press,  Reuters and Bloomberg.


In addition to his writings, Mr. Guttman has testified before committees of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate on the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). In 1992, he advised President-elect Clinton’s transition team on labor policy and worker health and safety regulation.

Mr. Guttman earned his law degree at Emory University Law School graduating in 1985, and his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Rochester in 1981. He is a Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Emory University School of Law Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution and has been a Team Leader for Emory Law School’s Kessler- Eidson Trial Techniques Program. As part of a U.S. State Department program in conjunction with the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution, he has been one of five visiting professors at Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City training Mexican Judges and practitioners on oral advocacy and trial practice. He is a contributing editor of a soon to be published text book on trial practice for Mexican practitioners.


Mr. Guttman is a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. He has been a guest lecturer at a number of universities including Jao Tong University in Shanghai, Peking University in Beijing and Renmin University in Beijing. In 2006 he was invited by the Dutch Embassy in China to share his expertise with experts in China about changes to the nation’s labor laws. He is a Co-Founder of Voices for Corporate Responsibility,, and founder of and


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Practice Areas


  1. Class Action: 50%
  2. Litigation: 50%

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • William J Lasko

    I endorse this lawyer. I have know Mr. Guttman for some time now. He is through and very comprehensive. Ruben is very diligent and leaves no stone unturned.


    William Lasko Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Debra G. Speyer

    As chairperson of the American Association for Justice business torts section, I have come to know Reuben Guttman as an outstanding whistleblower attorney. He twice spoke at the business torts sections meetings on Whistleblowing and remedies under the federal false claims act and the Dodd Frank regulations. He also spoke to my business law class at Drexel Law School where I am an adjunct professor and was rated by the class as one of our best guest speakers..


    Debra Speyer Securities & Investment Fraud Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


DCActive 198805/24/2015
GAActive Member in Good Standing 198510/07/2015

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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
DirectorGrant & Eisenhofer, PA2007 - Present
Visiting ProfessorUniversidad Panamericana in Mexico City2010 - 2010
Emory School of LawSenior Fellow and Adjunct Professor2010 - 2011
Guest LecturerRenmin University in Beijing2007 - 2007
Visiting ProfessorEast China University of Politics and Law2006 - 2006
Guest LecturerPeking University in Beijing2006 - 2006
Guest LecturerJao Tong University in Shanghai2005 - 2005
Consulting EditorWarren, Gorham & Lamont1998 - 1998
Consulting EditorTechnomics Publishing1998 - 1998
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Environmental Management in Healthcare FacilitiesAdvisory Board Member1998 - 1999
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PennsylvaniaMember1992 - Present
New Jersey BarMember1991 - Present
Pennsylvania BarMember1991 - Present
U.S. District for the Western District of MichiganMember1990 - Present
U.S. District Court for the Nothern District of GeorgiaMember1990 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of ColumbiaMember1988 - Present
District of Columbia BarMember1988 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember1985 - Present
National Institute for Trial AdvocacyFaculty MemberN/A
The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)MemberN/A
Voices for Corporate ResponsibilityCo-FounderN/A
United States Court of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, and Eleventh CircuitsMemberN/A
The American Association for JusticeFounding MemberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
U.S. ex rel. Johnson v. Shell Oil Co., 33 F. Supp. 2d 528 (ED Tex. 1999)Over $300 million was recovered from the oil industry
Fair Hous. Council v. Montgomery Newspapers, No. 97-1051N/A
Blessing v. Sirius XM Radio Inc., 09 CV 10035 (HB)N/A
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Publication NameTitleDate
Whisteblowerlaws.comBlow the Whistle on Privatizing Medicare2011
Whisteblowerlaws.comGuidance for Complaints Under Seal2011
Whistleblowerlaws.comSEC Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Rules Due Wednesday2011
Whistleblowerlaws.comSEC Whistleblower Rules Don’t Require Internal Reporting2011
Whistleblowerlaws.comSupreme Court Hands Two Victories to Big Pharma2011
Whistleblowerlaws.comWhy We Need a Pharma Safety Board2011
Whistleblowerlaws.comBlowing the Whistle on Bribes Abroad2011
Whistleblowerlaws.comThe Chamber Will Challenge the SEC Whistleblower Regs2011
Accounting TodayMedicare Decides It Takes a Thief to Catch a Thief2011
Corporate CounselDon't Muzzle the Whistleblowers2011
Yahoo FinanceVoices for Corporate Responsibility Says Proposed Law Requiring Whistleblowers to Report Fraud Internally Would Conceal Wrongdoing2011
whistleblowerlaws.comDid False Claims Cause the Government to Guarantee a Loan to Solyndra?2011
whistleblowerlaws.comA Message For The Press and For Those “Occupying Wall Street”2011
Grant & Eisenhofer P.A.Corporate Integrity Agreements: Asking the Companies to Police Themselves, Please2011
ACS BLOGThe Schindler Decision: Now It’s Congress' Turn2011
ACS BlogWhy Fighting Government Contract Fraud Makes a Difference2011
American Constitution SocietyMissing an Opportunity to Protect Patients and Save Dollars2011
Whistleblowerlaws.comUnions Should Fight Fraud2011
Grant & Eisenhofer P.A.Changes to the False Claims Act2010
Grant & Eisenhofer P.A.Pharmaceutical Regulation in the United States: A Confluence of Influences2010
Public Interest Law Journal, Peking UniversityPharmaceutical Regulation in the United States: A Confluence of Influences2010
The Emory University Law School Center for Advocacy and Dispute ResolutionGonzalez v. Hewitt2010
The Emory University Law School Center for Advocacy and Dispute ResolutionSEC v. HG Pharmaceutical2010
The Emory University Law School Center for Advocacy and Dispute ResolutionU.S. ex Rel Rodriguez v. Hughes2010
Whistleblowerlaws.comGetting Real on Reality2010
Whistleblowerlaws.comMore Healthcare Money Means More Fraud2010
Whistleblowerlaws.comActing Presidential2010
Whistleblowerlaws.comPaying Attention to What Big Pharma Says2010
Whistleblowerlaws.comKagan Versus Palin2010
Whistleblowerlaws.comBP, Toyota and Big Government2010
Whistleblowerlaws.comGetting Around to Appointing Judges2010
Whistleblowerlaws.comDoctors and Conflict of Interest2010
Whistleblowerlaws.comNew Rights to Blow the Whistle on Securities Fraud2010
Whistleblowerlaws.comTransparency in the Gulf2010
Whistleblowerlaws.comJustice Denied2010
Whistleblowerlaws.comThe Tragedy of the Clemens2010
Whistleblowerlaws.comSEC Comment Period Closes2010
Whistleblowerlaws.comWhistleblower Rights Bill Fails2010
Trade Regulation TalkFalse Claims Act Amendments Expand Liability for Private Sector2009
Whistleblowerlaws.comFDA Nominees Need to Focus on Drug and Device Safety2009
Whistleblowerlaws.comWhat is a Psychopharmacologist?2009
Whistleblowerlaws.comIt’s all about conflict of interest2009
Whistleblowerlaws.comOn the FDA Transparency Task Force2009
Whistleblowerlaws.comWho is Paying for Drug Ads?2009
Whistleblowerlaws.comMedia and Corporate Oversight2009
Whistleblowerlaws.comFalse Claims Act Amendments Expand Liability for Private Sector2009
Taxpayers Against Fraud False Claims Act & Oui Tam Quarterly ReviewThe Interplay Between the False Claims Act, Securities Fraud, and ERISA,2005
Executive Compensation ConsiderationsInside the Minds: Winning Legal Strategies for Structuring Executive Compensation Plans2005
AFL-CIO Annual Attorneys ConferenceLitigating Large Scale Opt-In Actions Under the Fair Labor Standards Act2000
AFL-CIO Annual Attorneys ConferenceEthical Issues Involving Labor Unions and Class Actions2000
Employee Rights QuarterlyThe False Claims Act: Holding Employers Accountable for Workplace Rights2000
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration: Guidance for ComplianceEnvironmental Management and Healthcare Facilities1998
UnknownThe Dormant Commerce Clause and Interstate Transportation of Waste1993
Supreme Court Upholds Preemptive Powers of OSH ActMedical Waste1993
Supreme Court Holdings Benefit Landfill and Incinerator OperatorsMedical Waste1992
Impact of OSHA Bloodbourne Disease RuleMedical Waste1992
UnknownConflict Resolution and Public Policy1990
Congressional Quarterly's Editorial Research ReportsAt Issue: Should Congress Pass Legislation That Would Extend The Asbestos Hazard Energy Response Act To All Public and Commercial Buildings1990
National Journal of Asbestos in Buildings LitigationEPA Dialogue May Result in Rules for Commercial Buildings1989
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of RochesterHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Webinar on New Whistleblower RemediesUsing New Developments In Whistleblower Laws To Your Client's Advantage2011
WASHINGTON WHISTLEBLOWER ASSEMBLY:Is the Government Making the Most out of Whistleblower Statutes?2011
The Virginia Bar Association 13th Annual Corporate Counsel Fall ForumThe New SEC Whistleblower Regime2011
NELA 2011 Twenty-Second Annual ConventionRepresenting Whistleblowers Under The False Claims Act2011
National Civil Rights Access to Justice ForumChallenges by the Courts: Examining Compulsory Arbitration to Class Certification2011
Deposition Skills:NorthwestDeposition Skills: Northwest2011
ACCESS TO JUSTICE FORUMAre Federal Courts a Fair and Accessible Forum?2011
ACCESS TO JUSTICE FORUMDebate on Tort Reform After Viewing of Documentary 'Hot Coffee'2011
Rule of Law ConferencePanel III - Drug Enforcement Challenges in the U.S.2010
Bloomberg TelevisionDodd-Frank Whistleblower Rules2010
The International Conference on Labor Disputes Resolution SystemProtecting the Rights of Workers and Their Unions2006
Labor Standards under Economic Globalization conferenceProtecting the Rights of Workers and their Unions in a Global Economy: the United States Experience2006
Balancing the Rights of Employer and EmployeeLabor and Employment Dispute Resolutions Systems in the United States2006
AFL-CIO Annual Attorneys ConferenceTitle VII Class Actions after Citgo2001
International Union Attorneys, ConferenceStrategic Use of Worker Injury Protection Laws in Organizing: Private Rights of Action under State and Federal Law, and Organizing and Litigating Employment Discrimination Cases.2001
McGraw Hill CompaniesDOE's Environmental Cleanup1998
American Hospital Association and InfolineSuccessful Strategies for Managing Healthcare and Labor Costs1991
Haztech International ConferenceWaste in the Steel Industry1990
AFL-CIO Attorneys ConferenceLife After DeBartlo: An Analysis of Non-Proscribed Avenues of Secondary Activity and New Employer Counter-Offensives1990
Midwest Political Science AssociationRepresentation Campaigns and the Future of Labor: A Legal and Theoretical Perspective1988
American Political Science AssociationThe Asbestos Model: Labor and Citizens Groups and a Multi-Pronged Approach to Regulatory Change1987