Shelley Slade

Shelley R. Slade


Shelley R. Slade is a member of Vogel, Slade & Goldstein, LLP. Ms. Slade’s practice focuses primarily on the representation of qui tam plaintiffs in False Claims Act actions involving pharmaceutical companies and pharmacies. She was recognized as a Best Lawyer in the 2020 Edition of Best Lawyers in America for her work in qui tam law. Since 2007, the Washingtonian Magazine consistently has named her a “top whistleblower attorney” in their ratings of best lawyers. In 2013, she was named “Whistleblower Lawyer of the Year” by Taxpayers Against Fraud for her work on a qui tam, off-label marketing case against Pfizer that resulted in a $491 million recovery for the government.

Ms. Slade has testified in hearings before the U.S. Congress, the New York City Council and the National Association of Attorneys General on the False Claims Act and related issues. She serves on the President’s Council of Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund, a national, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the effectiveness of the False Claims Act’s qui tam provisions.

Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Slade served in 1998 and 1999 as the Senior Counsel for Health Care Fraud for the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. In that position, she coordinated the Civil Division’s health care fraud enforcement efforts with other government agencies and the private sector, handled related policy and legislative matters, and instructed Department of Justice attorneys and investigators on the investigation and prosecution of false claims act matters. Between 1990 and 1997, she investigated and litigated cases under the False Claims Act. Between 1984 and 1990, she practiced law at the D.C. law firm, Arnold & Porter. In 1989, the D.C. Bar named Ms. Slade Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year for her work assisting immigrants obtain amnesty under the Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.
Ms. Slade has served on the Boards of Directors of the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation, the Potomac Conservancy, Taxpayers Against Fraud and the Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund.

Ms. Slade graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1980, where she majored in Near Eastern Studies. She obtained her law degree from Stanford University in 1984.

Board Member since 2020.