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Matthew J. Sullivan

Chicago Litigation Lawyer.

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  1. Should I have an attorney to file a whistleblower action against a company owner who is committing bankruptcy & tax fraud?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Ronald Lee Burdge
    2. Bruce Givner
    3. Matthew J. Sullivan
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with the previous answers that you should talk to an attorney who specializes in this type of law. Whether you have a claim is likely to depend what type of fraud is at issue and you will need to describe the specifics of the fraud to the attorney. Tax fraud is carved out of the federal false claims act, so I think it is unlikely that that could be a basis for a claim. See 18 U.S.C. 3729(d). That may or may not be the case for the various state false claims statutes. I also tend to...

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  2. Claims for ineffective assistance of counsel norms?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Carmen Mae Roe
    2. John Charles Hafley
    3. David Brian Snyder
    4. Matthew J. Sullivan
    4 lawyer answers

    It is pretty hard to get a conviction overturned on appeal or in a post-convictin proceeding for ineffectiveness of counsel. Not only must the conduct of the lawyer be shown to be objectively unreasonable but the mistake must have probably affected the result of the trial. This is an argument that is made constantly in criminal appeals but it is only successful in exceptional circumstances. Significantly, it is often the latter part of the standard that prevents reversal. That means if...

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