REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 23, 2016) -  The Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) today announced that Jeffrey F. Ryan is nominated as a finalist in the 2016 CAOC Awards in the Consumer Attorney of the Year category. Ryan's nomination stems from his work to recover money for taxpayers deceived by corporate fraud.

Lawyer Jeffrey F. Ryan, led a team of lawyers, including Niall P. McCarthy and Justin T. Berger, who represented Dane Smith, a former vice president for a worldwide technology company VMware, in a whistleblower case. Smith came to Ryan and alleged that VMware overcharged the federal government for goods and services in excess of what it charged its corporate clients. He was later fired and feared for his life.

Ryan and his team of attorneys worked on the case for nearly five years. The federal government joined the whistleblower case after four years based on the strength of the evidence Ryan's team gathered. In 2015, VMware agreed to, and paid, $75M in damages to the US government, effectively returning taxpayers money. Mr. Ryan and his team earned nearly 20% qui tam award for their client. In February 2016, Ryan moved to binding arbitration to secure the damages awarded to Smith.

"The amount of courage it took for my client to come forward was incalculable; he did so at the risk of his professional and personal reputation," states Jeffrey F. Ryan. "I share this award with my courageous client and the incredible efforts of Niall McCarthy, Justin Berger and others who worked tirelessly to see justice prevail. Now the fight continues as we seek damages for Dane for the retaliation he suffered from his employer for reporting the fraud internally and was subsequently blackballed by his employer throughout the industry."

The winners will be announced at CAOC's Annual Installation and Awards Dinner Nov. 12, to be held in conjunction with CAOC's 55th Annual Convention at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.

The Law Offices of Jeffrey F. Ryan is an association of attorneys licensed to practice law before all of the courts in the State of California, with a focus on business litigation in the areas of employment law, business disputes, trade secret and intellectual property law, and insurance bad faith cases. The firm also handles the negotiation of severance packages for executives. The Law Office of Jeffrey F. Ryan acts in the best interests of its clients, the law, and the courts at all times.

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