Ground Zero False Claims

The case that started the False Claims revolution.

False Claims Book

The Definitive Guide to Whistleblower Litigation.

Supreme Court Victory

Victory in 9-0 Supreme Court Ruling.

Whistleblower Saves Chinooks

Flight critical gears replaced in all Army Chinooks.

Ohio Supreme Court Success

Court rejects $300 million Trust case.

Flight Controls Corrected

The Navy's and Marine Corps' primary attack fighters.



When Experience Matters

Helmer, Martins, Rice & Popham Co., L.P.A. has prosecuted False Claims Act cases on behalf of whistleblowers longer than any law firm in America. We are frequently consulted by attorneys throughout the country regarding False Claims Act cases, and sometimes join with them to help present their clients’ cases. Since 1984, we have lectured, authored treatises, written articles, litigated, and lobbied for the rights of whistleblowers who come forward to protect the public treasury. Our book, False Claims Act: Whistleblower Litigation, is the first book written specifically to help whistleblowers and their attorneys successfully navigate the many procedural hurdles of the False Claims Act.


For nearly 30 years, our law firm has focused on litigating the toughest and most complex cases. We have represented whistleblowers in dozens of qui tam False Claims Act cases. Five of our cases were featured in front page articles in the Wall Street Journal, a sixth on the front of the New York Times, and four on the television show, 60 Minutes.


False Claims Act cases in which we have represented whistleblowers have led to the return or more than $1 Billion to the United States Treasury, with proportional amounts to our clients. We have successfully argued cases before both the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Court of Ohio, and numerous courts of appeals.


On four occasions we have been requested by the United States Senate and House of Representatives to present testimony about how to strengthen and modernize the False Claims Act. Our suggestions have led to changes in the law eventually signed by both President Ronald Reagan and President Barack Obama.

Our Featured Cases


Ground Zero False Claims Case

False Claims Case


Whistleblower Saves Chinooks

False Claims Case


Arleigh Burke Class Destroyers

False Claims Case


Super Hornet Flight Controls

False Claims Case


Oil Royalties Recovered

False Claims Case


Israeli Jet Engine Scandal

False Claims Case


Millions Recovered in Rigging

False Claims Case


Chemical Plant Explosion

Environmental Case

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"There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the Government."

− Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack

"Nobody ever knows why he gets the dirty job. But any society is held together by the efforts…yes, and the sacrifices of only a few."

− James A. Michener, The Bridges at Toko-Ri

"Laws are the very bulwarks of liberty; they define every man’s rights, and defend the individual liberties of all men."

− J.G. Holland

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False Claims Act Webinar

On September 16, 2015, Helmer Martins partner James B. Helmer, Jr. will present a webinar with Bloomberg BNA entitled “False Claims Act Recent Developments.” Presenting the seminary with Mr. Helmer will be Joseph E. B. “Jeb” White, a partner …

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What is the False Claims Act

The False Claims Act is a federal statute that, among other things, allows a person with knowledge of false claims made to the United States or fraud against the United States to file a court case.  After the False Claims Act case is filed …

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Protecting Our Elderly

Nursing home residents left to wallow in urine and feces soaked beds; a resident suffering from an open bedsore the size of a cantaloupe when persistent and purposeful under staffing leaves residents unturned …

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