On Tuesday, September 16th, Stuart F. Delery officially stepped into the Number 3 position at the Department of Justice as he formally became the Associate Attorney General of the United States. Since 2012, Delery has strongly advocated for the False Claims Act in his role as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division. Delery takes over for Tony West, who stepped down from the position after serving for two years. Joyce Branda, a long-time False Claims Act advocate who has been a member of the Department of Justice’s Civil Division for more than thirty years, will fill Delery’s former position.
On his first day in office, Delery addressed attendees – including James Hoyer partners Elaine Stromgren, Jesse Hoyer and Jillian Estes – at the Fourteenth Annual Taxpayers Against Fraud Conference in Washington, D.C. As he has done before, Delery celebrated the tremendous contributions of whistleblowers and their attorneys in pursuing rigorous and taxing False Claims Act cases for the sake of returning money to the American taxpayers.
Delery specifically recognized the tremendous personal and professional challenges that whistleblowers can face, while lauding those who choose to take the courageous step to come forward. Delery also stated that it is most helpful to the government when whistleblowers come forward with factually strong cases, are very cautious about the use of privileged documents, and abide by the seal requirements for the duration of the case.
James Hoyer partner Jesse Hoyer attended Delery’s speech. “It’s really encouraging that Mr. Delery would spend his first day in this new role speaking to False Claims Act attorneys,” Hoyer said. “It’s a clear signal from Delery that he plans to be actively involved with whistleblower cases in this role, so it’s great to have an ally in such a senior office.”
James Hoyer congratulates Associate Attorney General Delery on the promotion to his new position. We look forward to many years of continuing the invaluable public-private partnership of the False Claims Act.