Harry Litman

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Harry Litman is Of Counsel with the law firm of Constantine Cannon. Mr. Litman has extensive litigation experience in courts around the country, from state trial courts to the U.S. Supreme Court.  He is listed in “Best Lawyers in America,” (in 3 separate categories — Commercial Litigation, White Collar Criminal Defense, and Qui Tam Law), “Who’s Who in American Law,” and “Who’s Who in America.” His practice focuses primarily on representing whistleblowers in qui tam lawsuits brought under the Federal and various state False Claims Acts.

Prior to joining Constantine Cannon, Mr. Litman practiced at whistleblower firm Phillips & Cohen LLP from 2001 to 2015, specializing in False Claims Act litigation. He separately maintained his own law practice, acting as lead counsel in several significant whistleblower cases and representing corporations and individuals in federal and state courts around the country, including two cases in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Litman was lead counsel for the relator in Washington v. EDMC, a False Claims Act case against a for-profit education chain. The case resulted in the largest settlement ever in an FCA case involving the U.S. Department of Education. He was counsel for Richard Cordray, then director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in contemplated litigation against President Trump to prevent Cordray’s termination. Litman represented Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy in a successful effort to prevent indictment on federal charges. He also served as co-counsel by appointment of the Department of Justice in two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

From 1998 to 2001, following nomination by the President and unanimous confirmation by the Senate, Mr. Litman served as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. As United States Attorney, he launched and directed a number of law-enforcement initiatives, while overseeing a 20 percent increase in federal prosecutions and personally litigating cases in both the district court and the court of appeals. In July 2000, Mr. Litman was nominated by the President to a federal judgeship on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

From 1993 until 1998, he served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice, with responsibility for issues of constitutional law and prosecutorial policy. He was simultaneously a Special Assistant United States Attorney litigating federal cases in the Eastern District of Virginia. In 1990, Mr. Litman became an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of California (San Francisco). Prior to that, he worked in private practice.

Mr. Litman graduated in 1986 from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he was editor-in-chief of the California Law Review. Before law school and while a law student, Mr. Litman worked as a sportswriter for Associated Press. Following law school, Mr. Litman served as a law clerk to Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court; and Justice Anthony Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Litman has taught at Berkeley Law School, the Georgetown Law Center, Princeton University, Rutgers University School of Law, the University of Pittsburgh Law School, the U.C.L.A. School of Law, the University of San Diego Department of Political Science, and the Department of Justice Advocacy Institute, and has published several articles on federal law and practice.  As a writer, Mr. Litman contributes to numerous newspapers and publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post.  Mr. Litman also appears regularly as a commentator on current legal news on MSNBC, CNN, and other networks.

Mr. Litman is admitted to the bar in California and Pennsylvania.

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  • California
  • Pennsylvania

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Anthony Kennedy's Supreme Court retirement threatens abortion rights even if Roe survives USA Today (July 5, 2018).
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The Supreme Court Line That Trump Cannot Cross CNN (July 3, 2018).
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Loss of Top Centrist Will Hit Higher Ed Hard The Hechinger Report (June 28, 2018).
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Kennedy's final opinion was a last stand for the decent Republican Party that put him on the Supreme Court LA Times (June 28, 2018).
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Your cell phone, your privacy Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (June 25, 2018).
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Giuliani is Acting More like the Mob Lawyers He Used to Fight Washington Post (June 19, 2018).
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Trump’s Corrupt Use of the Pardon Power Lawfare (June 19, 2018).
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The Justice Department’s Inspector General Deserves Some Credit Washington Post (June 14, 2018).
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The AT&T Merger Decision and the Wages of Trump CNN (June 13, 2018).
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Actually, Kennedy's Masterpiece Cakeshop opinion doesn't conflict with his gay rights legacy LA Times (June 5, 2018).
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President Trump Thinks He’s a King New York Times (June 3, 2018).
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Rosenstein and Wray Have only One Real Weapon: Resignation Washington Post (May 25, 2018).
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Mueller’s Investigation Isn’t Going to Wrap Up Soon, and Trump is Still in Peril Los Angeles Times (May 16, 2018).
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Flipping Michael Cohen Lawfare (May 16, 2018).
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What Michael Cohen's Conduct Reveals CNN (May 15, 2018).
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Can Trump Resist a Subpoena? Washington Post (May 8, 2018).
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Too Bad Rudy Doesn't Lie As Well As Trump New York Times (May 3, 2018).
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In Court, Trump’s Fortunes Are Plummeting CNN (April 26, 2018).
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Rod Rosenstein Has Made Two Critical Missteps Washington Post (April 23, 2018).
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Comey's No Angel, but Unlike Trump, He's Not a Threat to the Republic Los Angeles Times (April 16, 2018).
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It's Trump who is attacking 'all we stand for’ Los Angeles Times (April 11, 2018).
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Trump's One-Night Stand Turns Into a Legal Nightmare New York Times (April 9, 2018).
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Trump’s a ‘subject’ and not a ‘target’ of the Mueller probe? The White House shouldn’t celebrate yet. Los Angeles Times (April 4, 2018).
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Trump’s Lawyer is in Legal Peril. Washington Post (April 3, 2018).
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We may know why Paul Manafort has kept quiet. But his bet is still risky. Washington Post (March 28, 2018).
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Stormy, don’t worry about violating your NDA CNN (March 25, 2018).
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Andrew McCabe Will be Fine, but the Rule of Law is Taking a Big Hit Los Angeles Times (March 19, 2018).
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Mueller Picks Up Momentum Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (February 23, 2018).
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Now we know for sure: The Russia story is no 'hoax' Los Angeles Times (February 16, 2018).
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Trump’s Obstruction of Justice is Far More Extensive than Nixon’s Washington Post (February 12, 2018).
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Target Trump Los Angeles Times (January 23, 2018).
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Don’t Expect Trump to Testify Anytime Soon Lawfare (January 22, 2018).
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How Mueller will use ‘Fire and Fury Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (January 6, 2018).
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The odds that Mueller will recommend impeachment have increased, but removal remains a long shot Los Angeles Times (December 29, 2017).
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It’s the perfect time to fire Robert Mueller Los Angeles Times (December 19, 2017).
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Robert Mueller is walking down the money trail Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (December 11, 2017).
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If he did nothing wrong, why did Michael Flynn Lie? Los Angeles Times (December 3, 2017).
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Michael Flynn’s guilty plea: 10 key takeaways New York Times (December 1, 2017).
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The Russia probe has entered Phase 2 Los Angeles Times (November 17, 2017).
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Can Trump pardon his way out of trouble after the Manafort indictment? Los Angeles Times (October 30, 2017).
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Why George Papdopoulos is more dangerous than Paul Manafort New York Times (October 30, 2017).
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Trump will fire Robert Mueller eventually. What will happen next? Los Angeles Times (September 21, 2017).
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All the President’s Defenses
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Lawfare (September 10, 2017).
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Is Russia investigator Robert Mueller on a ‘fishing expedition? Los Angeles Times (August 17, 2017).
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Trump's war on leaks is really a war on whistleblowers
(with Molly Knobler)
CNN.com (August 9, 2017).
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Why did Don Jr.'s emails surface? Because Robert Mueller is already changing Washington's lying ways Los Angeles Times (July 14, 2017).
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Don’t worry, the FBI won’t give up the Russia investigation Los Angeles Times (May 12, 2017).
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‘Lincoln’s law’: The most important Supreme Court case under the radar Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (June 13, 2016).
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The video of revelers cheering 9/11 that no one got to see New York Post (December 3, 2015).
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