Law Firms Spohrer Dodd And Rodziewicz Law Represent Whistleblower To Expose Illegal Medical Practices In Collaboration With U.S. Department Of Justice
$1.7 Million-Dollar Voluntary Settlement to be Paid by Medical Group to Resolve False Claims Act Violations by Orlando-Based Doctor’s Network
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 16, 2018 – Jacksonville trial firm Spohrer Dodd and Daytona Beach firm Rodziewicz Law represent Mrs. Holly Loebl, a Physician’s Assistant and former employee of FWC Urogynecology LLC. She was concerned when she witnessed improper and illegal conduct by the company. After she reported this illegal conduct to management, she was quickly terminated. In court papers, she alleged that her former employer defrauded patients and therefore federal healthcare programs like Medicare and Tricare “…by submitting claims for payment that were for procedures not ordered, and not performed…” under the False Claims Act, among other abuses.
With evidence provided by Loebl, the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida took over the case and negotiated a $1.7 million-dollar settlement with the defendant corporation. Loebl will receive a percentage of that settlement for bringing the case to the attention of authorities.
According to Robert Spohrer, senior partner at Spohrer Dodd, “Our client acted as a ‘private attorney general’ in bringing this case on behalf of all taxpayers.” Adding, “This statute, known as the Lincoln Law dates back to the Civil War when the government was defrauded by military suppliers overcharging for goods. Today the two biggest industries implicated are health care and military suppliers. The U.S. Attorney’s office has recovered billions of dollars for taxpayers using this law.”
Co-Counsel David Rodziewicz, added: “Cases like these are important because our system of healthcare reimbursement works on the honor system. If an enterprise cheats on their billing, as alleged, we all lose through wasted tax dollars.”
The case is not over, as the attorneys continue to pursue Mrs. Loebl’s claims for wrongful termination by retaliation under the False Claims Act and other employment law violations.
We were honored to learn that trial attorneys Robert Spohrer and Matthew Spohrer won a $13.5 million verdict in federal court for a client who lost the lower part of his arm in an extremely unfortunate and avoidable commercial meat saw accident.
This case, in which an industry leader of commercial kitchen equipment must now take responsibility for its use of a dangerous and obsolete blade guard design, is a sobering reminder that workplace injury claims are not necessarily barred by workers’ compensation laws.
Bob Spohrer Discusses Southwest Airplane Tragedy
Spohrer Dodd supports the NAACP as a longtime sponsor of their Freedom Fund Dinner
Jacksonville, Fla., Nov. 16, 2017 – Spohrer Dodd was proud to be a part of the NAACP’s 52nd Freedom Fund Dinner on Nov. 14. For the seventh year, the law firm sponsored the annual fundraising event, which recognized Jacksonville’s citizens who have spent their time furthering the NAACP’s initiatives through education, government, business, community service and more.
“This was an uplifting and empowering event and one we look forward to being part of each year to recognize the NAACP volunteers who strive to make our community a better place to live,” said Robert Spohrer, president and CEO of Spohrer Dodd. “We are thankful for the dedication of the NAACP members to advancing civil rights, justice and equality. We are also thankful to them for educating our city on racial discrimination and their commitment to protecting the civil rights of minorities.” Read More
Spohrer Dodd is a proud sponsor of BikeCon 2017
Bike safety event takes place on Saturday, Nov. 4
Jacksonville, Fla., Nov. 2, 2017 – Spohrer Dodd is proud to be a sponsor of BikeCon 2017, a bike safety event taking place this weekend at the Orange Park Mall. The Kiwanis Club of Clay County teamed up with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office Bike Squad and Safe Kids of North Florida to create the community event where 300 bike helmets will be given away for free.
“As personal injury attorneys who handle cases involving bicycle accidents, we have seen the injuries that could have been avoided with proper, functioning safety equipment,” said Robert Spohrer, senior partner, president and CEO of Spohrer Dodd. “We are happy to be part of an event like this that is focused on keeping kids safe.” Read more
Spohrer Dodd is a proud sponsor of Southern Legal Counsel’s 40th Anniversary Celebration
Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, will be keynote speaker
Jacksonville, Fla., Oct. 18, 2017 – Southern Legal Counsel is celebrating 40 years of service on Saturday, Oct. 21 and Spohrer Dodd is proud to sponsor the event that celebrates their work and its impact on society. Morris Dees, a pioneer in civil rights law and co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, will be the keynote speaker and will discuss using the law to combat hate and bring lasting positive change. Robert Spohrer, senior partner, president and CEO of Spohrer Dodd, was instrumental in securing the renowned speaker to mark the organization’s milestone anniversary.
“Morris Dees has an incredible story to tell and is just an inspiration to all of us who either work directly with or provide pro bono services to help those in need of civil legal representation,” said Spohrer. “I have known Morris for many years and I am still in awe of his work. He is the perfect person to help the Southern Legal Counsel celebrate their impact over the last 40 years. Both this organization and Dees have influenced and affected so many people throughout the years with their legal accomplishments.” Read More
Firm partner becomes newest Board Certified Aviation Law Attorney on the team
Spohrer Dodd would like to congratulate firm partner, Keith Maynard, on becoming the newest Board Certified Aviation Law Attorney on its team.
Board Certification is The Florida Bar’s highest evaluation of attorneys’ competency, experience and professionalism in the areas of law approved for specialization. Even if an attorney does meet the stringent application criteria; judges and other lawyers must evaluate the lawyer as to character, ethics and professionalism; and the lawyer must pass a rigorous examination before officially earning board certification. Read More
Public warning – Demand proof of proper wheel installation
Spohrer Dodd has earned a reputation for winning complex claims where fault is not obvious. But recently, our client was injured when his entire wheel came off at highway speeds, only minutes after being serviced at a local dealership. Our investigation found that the mechanic failed to tighten the lug nuts with a torque wrench to ensure that the manufacturer’s specifications were met. While we believed this to be a rare occurrence, we were surprised to hear of similar circumstances, and this simple mistake can have tragic consequences. We caution the public to demand proof that their wheels are properly tightened to the value reflected in the vehicle’s manual. Read More
Partners and attorneys at Spohrer Dodd named to Super Lawyers annual lists
Spohrer Dodd is proud to announce their partners and attorneys have been named as outstanding lawyers by Super Lawyers. Three of the partners were chosen for the Super Lawyers list and two attorneys were named to the list of Florida Rising Stars.
Roger Dodd was once again named as a Super Lawyer in the transportation/maritime category, Robert Spohrer was named as a Super Lawyer in the personal injury category and Barry Newman was named as a Super Lawyer in the aviation and aerospace category. Galen Bauer was named to the Florida Risings Stars list for his work in the personal injury general category and Jay Howanitz was named in the personal injury products category of the Florida Rising Stars list. All the attorneys have been named to the lists for consecutive years. Read More.
Spohrer Dodd is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the law firm’s formation
Ten years ago, Roger Dodd and Robert Spohrer entered into a partnership and created Spohrer Dodd, P.L. Now known as Spohrer Dodd, the partners, attorneys and staff are celebrating ten years of successful representation of hundreds of families and for the contributions the firm has made to the community.
“I am so proud of all the firm has accomplished over the past ten years, especially for the positive impact we have been able to make on the lives of hundreds of families,” said Spohrer. “When we started this firm, we made a decision to be the law firm that digs deeper and utilizes the resources of experts to find out what really happened and who is legally at fault. Through our dedication and intensive investigations, we have been able to get significant restitutions and answers for our clients.”
Spohrer said the firm’s success have also allowed them to significantly contribute to the community. The firm’s financial success has permitted them to actively support numerous organizations including Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Southern Legal Counsel and the Boy Scouts of America. They not only support the organizations through donations, but also by providing pro bono services and volunteering. Read More.
Spohrer Dodd Paralegal named Treasurer of the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc.
Jacksonville, Fla., June 19, 2017 – Jennifer M. Heape, a certified paralegal and Florida registered paralegal at Spohrer Dodd, has been elected to the position of treasurer for the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc.’s executive board. Heape will begin her term for the statewide organization on July 1. She has been a member of the First Coast Chapter of the organization since 2011 and is excited to make the move to the state level.
“I am honored to have been chosen to serve at the state level alongside some of the best paralegals in the business,” said Heape. “Through networking and CLE events, PAF has allowed me to gain knowledge from my peers. As a result, this knowledge has allowed me to better serve my clients. I look forward to assisting other paralegals in reaching their professional goals.”
Heape is the immediate past president and current first vice president of the First Coast Chapter of PAF, which she joined in the first year the local chapter was formed. As an active member of the local board, she has served as president, first vice president and DAL-school/student liaison. Heape served on the FSCJ Paralegal Studies Advisory Committee from 2013 to 2016. She was an integral part of the 2014 PAF Spring Seminar Planning Committee and was a featured speaker at the 2017 FSCJ Paralegal Studies Program CLE Professional Event.
Heape earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of North Florida, a paralegal certificate at the University of North Florida in their Legal Studies Program and has been in the legal field for more than 20 years. She began her career with the State Attorney’s office and joined Spohrer Dodd in 2011 as paralegal to senior partner Robert Spohrer. Heape has a wealth of knowledge in a variety of legal genres and currently handles complex personal injury cases, including aviation crashes.
The Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. (PAF) was formed in 1976 and has approximately 1,000 members statewide. PAF’s mission is to enhance the professional standards for paralegals, offer legal education opportunities to its members and encourage a high order of ethical and professional attainment. (Read More)
Paralegal named second vice president for local chapter of Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc.
Sarah Shedlarski, Florida Registered Paralegal at Spohrer Dodd, has been appointed second vice president of the board of directors for the 2017-2018 First Coast Chapter of the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. Shedlarski was elected to the position after serving as secretary on the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 board of directors for the organization and will take over the position in June.
“I am honored to serve alongside some of the best in my profession,” said Shedlarski. “This organization helps all of us to be better at our jobs and better serve our clients. I look forward to serving on the board and helping others in my profession reach and exceed their career goals.” Read More
Spohrer Dodd provides scholarships to Florida Coastal Law school students
For the ninth year in a row, Spohrer Dodd held a closing argument competition at Florida Coastal School of Law with the student winners receiving cash scholarships from the firm. The competition was held in the law school’s courtroom and the top eight students from the school’s mock trial team competed for the chance to win. Read More
Robert Spohrer, senior partner at Spohrer Dodd, has been named a 2017 Lawyer of the Year
Jacksonville, Fla., April 12, 2017 – Robert Spohrer, senior partner in the law firm of Spohrer Dodd, was named the Best Lawyers® 2017 Medical Malpractice Law-Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year” in Jacksonville. Spohrer is among 33 Jacksonville attorneys who were chosen for the Lawyer of the Year designation by a vote of their peers in The Best Lawyers in America©, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.
In addition to being chosen for the Lawyer of the Year designation, Spohrer was also named in the Best Lawyers® list for aviation law and personal injury litigation for plaintiffs.
Attorneys are nominated for Best Lawyers and Lawyer of the Year by their peers and inclusion is determined through exhaustive peer reviews. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be included in the list. Best Lawyers has provided the annual referral guide for more than 30 years and has proven to be a leading benchmark of the very best legal counsel in the country. The guide assists those in need of legal services to identify the best qualified attorneys to represent them. For more information, visit www.bestlawyers.com. (Read More)
Roger Dodd, partner at Spohrer Dodd, has written a new book focused on depositions
Jacksonville, Fla., March 23, 2017 – Roger Dodd, partner in the law firm of Spohrer Dodd, has co-authored a new book titled “Cross-Examination for Depositions.” Dodd wrote the book with his son, Matthew Dodd, founding partner of Dodd Law Firm, P.C. in Montana. The book is a guide for attorneys to maximize their effectiveness at depositions. Read More
Monday on First Coast Connect we discussed the recently completed federal hearings into the sinking of cargo ship El Faro with Glenn Jackson and Jill Jackson-d’Entremont, whose brother Jack Johnson was one of the 33 crew members who was killed in the disaster . The family’s attorney Bob Spohrer, maritime legal expert Rod Sullivan and Florida Times-Union reporter Sebastian Kitchen also discussed the hearings. Dr. Ruby Satpathy from Baptist Heart Specialists told us about a unique heart procedure to replace an aortic valve without opening the chest and without general anesthesia and Cole Pepper talked about the latest sports news.
Spohrer Dodd Trial Attorney admitted to practice law in the High Court of Kenya in Nairobi
Barry Newman, partner in the law firm of Spohrer Dodd, has been admitted to practice law as a foreign advocate before the High Court of Kenya in Nairobi. Kenya Attorney General Githu Muigai approved Newman’s application to allow him to appear with Muthoga Caturu & Co. before the Kenyan courts on behalf of two United Kingdom residents who were injured in the crash of a sightseeing helicopter while visiting Kenya. Only lawyers admitted as advocates of the High Court of Kenya, have the right of audience before Kenyan courts. Read More
In Studio Interview on First Coast Connect
Dec. 16, 2016- Monday on “First Coast Connect,” guest host Ryan Benk spoke with Dr. Bob Summers, CEO of the Mental Health Resource Center in Jacksonville.
“When a family or a company is affected by an airline crash, it can be difficult to receive proper legal help, especially when it happens in a foreign country. Local law firm Spohrer Dodd has a great deal of experience dealing with international air crashes.” Read more
El Faro Safety Equipment Questioned – News4Jax WJXT
Dec. 14, 2016- The horror the crew of the El faro went through as the Jacksonville-based cargo ship sank is something families members say they’ll never forget. Details of the ship’s final hours and minutes detailed in the 510-page transcript of audio from the ship’s bridge released by the National Transportation Safety Board released Tuesday were painful for the crew’s loved ones, and brought up issues that they and lawyers representing them want addressed.
“Our expert found in the lifeboat not would you expect, which would be commercial life jackets with whistles and lights on them” Spohrer said. “They found recreational-like ski vests, like what you might have on a fishing boat.” Read more
This video features Steve Browning as he discusses concerns about tire safety and consumer options.
Contact Lens Cleaner Causing Blindness
Acanthamoeba Keratitis (AK) can cause blindness in your eye and can be caused by No Rub contact lens solutions. This video shows the cause and result of AK.
The dangers associated with lead paint exposure still exist today. Roger Dodd discusses the dangers of lead chips and dust from lead paint.