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Vincent “Vince” McKnight, Jr., is the Managing Partner of Sanford Heisler Sharp’s Washington, D.C., office and Co-Chair of the firm’s Whistleblower Practice. He also represents clients in employment discrimination and wrongful discharge cases. Vince represents whistleblowers in sealed and unsealed False Claims Act/qui tam suits under investigation by the United States and other governmental stakeholders. 

Vince represented a whistleblower against Network Appliance (NetApp) for overcharging the Government in violation of the Best Price Clause. This resulted in a $128M settlement that was the largest GSA procurement fraud settlement in history at the time. 

He successfully prosecuted a series of actions alleging that office products companies (Staples, Office Depot) were illegally selling products from non-compliant countries such as China to the U.S. government in violation of the Trade Agreements Act and General Services Administration (GSA) policies. Vince served as co-counsel in United States ex rel Cox v. Smith & Nephew, alleging that Smith & Nephew also violated the Trade Agreements Act when it illegally sold medical devices from Malaysia and China to the U.S. Government. 

Vince is lead counsel in U.S. ex. Rel. Burgess v. Navistar, currently pending in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. DOJ has partially intervened in this matter, alleging that Navistar overcharged the Government by millions of dollars in contracts for vehicles used by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

In the Summer of 2018, Vince was on the Sanford Heisler Sharp trial team that obtained a $1.25M verdict against Professor Geert Bekaert and Columbia University on behalf of Professor Enrichetta Ravina. 

Vince litigated the case in which the DC Court of Appeals first departed from the employment-at-will doctrine—the assumption that employment is for an indefinite amount of time and may be terminated at any time—in the District of Columbia, Adams v. Cohchran. 

Vince has participated as a panelist at conferences hosted by Taxpayers Against Fraud and the Practicing Lawyers Institute focusing on issues under the False Claims Act. Vince has consistently received a rating of “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell and was selected as one of the organization’s “Best Lawyers in America” He has also been honored as a “Top Lawyer in Maryland” by the Legal Network and as “Top DC Lawyer” in Super Lawyers. 

Last updated Sep 2020