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Mr. Shoemaker represented the family of a 41 year old woman who died as a result of a physician's negligence. After a lengthy mediation, he obtained a settlement for the woman's family in the amount of $2.1 million dollars. The unique aspect of this recovery was that it occurred in a state which limited recovery for pain and suffering in medical cases to approximately $900,000, which the defendants readily agreed to pay. The decedent was a housewife and did not have substantial earnings, yet Mr. Shoemaker made use of a nationally renowned economics expert and obtained an additional settlement for economic damages (on which there was no limit) in the amount of approximately $1.2 million dollars for a total recovery of $2.1 million.

Mr. Shoemaker represented an executive in a False Claims Act case who was fired after reporting false claims submitted by his employer under a government contract. Mr. Shoemaker brought claims for a qui tam recovery as well as a claim for wrongful termination under the False Claims Act. As a result of the case, substantial sums were returned to the U.S. Treasury and Mr. Shoemaker's client received a substantial six figure recovery.

In another wage and hour case, Mr. Shoemaker represented a group of employees in a service business who did not receive overtime to which they were entitled. Mr. Shoemaker's clients obtained a recovery in excess of $240,000

Mr. Shoemaker represented a woman who was fired shortly after rebuffing a supervisor's sexual advances. He obtained a total recovery for his client in the amount of approximately $185,000.

One of Mr. Shoemaker’s clients was among the eight successful relators in the government’s 2009 False Claims Act recovery against Pfizer in the amount of $2.3 billion. This client received a substantial seven-figure recovery.

Mr. Shoemaker represented the family of a 37 year old man who was in an institution with severe depression and suicidal tendencies. Tragically, the man succeeded in killing himself. Mr. Shoemaker represented the man's family in a wrongful death action and obtained a significant six figure recovery for the man's wife and children.

In the representation of federal employees, an attorney's willingness to appeal a case out of the administrative EEO/MSPB case resolution system is critical to obtaining significant settlements during the administrative process. Like many practitioners in this field, Mr. Shoemaker has successfully resolved many cases in the government's administrative hearing and settlement process. Unlike many practitioners in the field, however, Mr. Shoemaker is willing to appeal cases to U.S. District Court (for jury trial) when he is not satisfied with the administrative result. Mr. Shoemaker has appealed eight such cases in which the government made an administrative finding adverse to the employee or in which no settlement offer was made at all during the administrative process. On appeal to U.S. District Court, he obtained the following results in these eight cases:
    In two cases, Mr. Shoemaker obtained six-figure recoveries for his clients;
    In one case Mr. Shoemaker obtained a $90,000 recovery for his client;
    In one case, Mr. Shoemaker represented a terminated government employee who was reinstated to his job and awarded $17,000 in fees and costs;
    In two cases, Mr. Shoemaker's clients received recoveries of approximately $15,000 and $40,000, respectively;
    Two cases resulted in no recoveries.

The important point here is not just the individual recoveries themselves, but Mr. Shoemaker's willingness to take these cases to federal court when circumstances warrant. When government counsel knows that their opponents are willing to take the matter out of the administrative case resolution process to federal court, there is a greater likelihood of a favorable settlement early in the administrative process.

In another ADA case, Mr. Shoemaker represented a policeman who was injured apprehending a criminal. The policeman could no longer work as a patrolman and his employment was terminated. Contending that the city had other positions that would have sufficed as an accommodation for the policeman, Mr. Shoemaker brought an action under the Americans with Disabilities Act and obtained a six-figure recovery.

In another ADA case, Mr. Shoemaker represented an employee who was diagnosed with cancer. The company terminated the employee not long after hearing of the employee's cancer diagnosis. Mr. Shoemaker got the employee reinstated to his position as well as payment of attorney's fees.

Mr. Shoemaker represented an executive in a case involving wrongful firing in breach of an employment contract. After a lengthy arbitration, judgment was entered in Mr. Shoemaker's client's favor. The client was reinstated to his position with back pay.

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