Mark H. Schlein

Mark H. Schlein: Attorney with Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C.

Biography

Mark H. Schlein is Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman’s top false claims and whistleblower protection attorney. Throughout a career spanning over 40 years as a police officer and a lawyer, Mark has been committed to public service and protection. His unique experience as an urban police officer and attorney makes him particularly effective fighting fraud against the government.

While a government attorney, Mark participated in whistleblower litigation resulting in the recovery of billions of dollars at the state and federal level since 1993. As a result, Mark has extensive experience working with whistleblowers in qui tam actions brought under the False Claims Act.

Mark began his career in the Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO) as a deputy in the patrol division. In a career spanning 20 years, he commanded virtually every major operational component of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. This included the patrol division, the criminal investigations division and the special operations group which consisted of S.W.A.T., the aviation unit, marine unit, dive team, traffic, homicide, and the mounted patrol.

Mark also served as Accreditation Manager for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). In that capacity he directed a broad revision of the department’s operating policies and procedures which resulted in BSO becoming the country’s 68th fully accredited law enforcement agency. He retired in 1993 as a lieutenant colonel and the Director of the Department of Law Enforcement.

In 1994, Mark was asked by Florida Attorney General Robert A. Butterworth to head the Florida Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) – the only agency in state government that is both a certified state police agency and a law firm. The MFCU became a nationally recognized leader in health care fraud enforcement, utilizing a civil enforcement strategy to complement arrest and criminal prosecution as a deterrent to health care fraud.

Using civil remedies such as the False Claims Act, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit was able to recover billions from corporate offenders on the state and federal level. Mark directed a staff of 143, including 14 Assistant Attorney Generals and over 90 sworn criminal investigators that conducted thousands of criminal investigations, made over 1300 arrests and litigated hundreds of civil cases.

Mark managed the successful settlement of multimillion dollar health care fraud cases, and helped develop global litigation strategies for the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units.

At the end of his tenure with the Florida Attorney General’s Office, Mark entered private practice in the white-collar crime and healthcare fraud group at one of Florida’s largest and most respected law firms. While there he represented clients who were under investigation by federal, state or local authorities.

After a brief time as Special Deputy General Counsel in Florida’s Department of Health, Mark started work in Florida’s Department of Financial Services as police legal advisor and manager of the major case squad in the Florida Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF). DIF is a state law enforcement agency with a staff of 196, including 150 sworn investigators, three attorneys and support staff located in eight bureaus throughout the state. In fiscal year 2009/10 the Division of Insurance Fraud received 12,820 referrals and made 1042 arrests. The Major Case Squad is a special unit of detectives who investigate complex, high profile cases assigned by the Chief Financial Officer or the DIF Director. As a member of the Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman whistleblower protection team, Mark is able to give each whistleblower he represents an in depth understanding of their situation, a unique perspective on the best strategy to implement in their case, and highly dedicated representation due to his broad experience and background.


Awards and Honors: Florida Davis Productivity Team Award, issued while serving as Special Counsel to Florida Department of Health, 2007 Guardian Ad Litem Program Family Law Volunteer of the Year (while working as an Assistant Attorney General) Listed, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™ Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar


Areas of Practice (3)

  • Qui Tam Litigation
  • Whistleblower Litigation
  • Consumer Fraud

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
310-207-3233  Phone
310-820-7444  Fax
www.baumhedlundlaw.com
www.airplanecrash-lawyer.com
University Attended:
University of Pennsylvania, B.S. (Economics), 1967
Law School Attended:
New York University, J.D., 1970
Year of First admission:
1971
Admission:
2017, General Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; 1971, New York; 1994, Florida; 2004, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida; 2016, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; 2014, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; Not admitted in District of Columbia
Memberships:
New York Bar Association Florida Bar American Association for Justice: Leader’s Forum; Products Liability Section; Qui Tam Litigation Group; Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP) Florida Association of Police Legal Advisors Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund Co-Chair – American Association for Justice’s Qui Tam Litigation Group, 2014-2015 Florida’s Criminal Justice Chief Executive Institute, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Tallahassee Florida
Special Agencies:

Law Enforcement Experience: Florida Department of Financial Services 2007 – 2011 Lt. Colonel/Division of Insurance Fraud Police Legal Advisor Manager, Major Case Squad While working for DIF, Mark investigated a broad variety of insurance related crimes including agent fraud, mortgage fraud, PIP fraud, workers compensation premium fraud and health care fraud. Florida Department of Health 2006 – 2007 Special Deputy General Counsel Personal Services Contract Mark was asked to develop a special prosecutions unit to resolve a large backlog of pending investigations against licensed corporate and individual health care providers who violated department rules and regulations. Florida Attorney General’s Office 1993 – 2003 Director, Florida Medicaid Fraud Control Unit 1994 – 2003 Assistant Attorney General Mark developed the only agency in state government that is both a police agency and a law firm. The Florida Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) became a nationally recognized leader in health care fraud enforcement. Florida Attorney General Special Counsel 1993-1994 Mark investigated special cases assigned by the Attorney General involving consumer fraud and fraud against the government. Broward County Sheriff’s Office, 1975 – 1993 Director, Department of Law Enforcement Mark went on to command virtually every major operational component of the BSO, including the patrol division, criminal investigations division, and special operations group (consisting of S.W.A.T, Aviation Unit, Marine Unit and Dive Team, Bomb Squad, Crime Scene and Crime Lab, and Mounted Patrol).

Languages:
English
Birth Information:
1946
ISLN:
903976006
Hobbies & interests:

Legal Teaching Position:

Adjunct Professor of Law, St. Thomas University, School of Law, Miami, 1980-1983

Instructor:

Presented national seminars on managing criminal investigations and contemporary issues in law enforcement. Instructed groups of high ranking military and police officials from a variety of countries including the former Soviet Union, Columbia and El Salvador on due process and police organization and management.


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    • Recommended 5.0/5.0 Rated on 04/05/16 in Labor and Employment.

      I could not be happier with the results my attorney, Mark Schlein, and Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman obtained for me in my whistleblower case.{newline} {newline}Mark knows the system well enough that we was able to move between the different governm... Read more

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      I could not be happier with the results my attorney, Mark Schlein, and Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman obtained for me in my whistleblower case.{newline} {newline}Mark knows the system well enough that we was able to move between the different government agencies and contact the right people to succeed in getting the government to get involved in my case.{newline} {newline}He fought for me not only in explaining all the technical details of my case, but he also fought for me to get more of my share when the government was tryin Read less

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    • Recommended 5.0/5.0 Rated on 09/03/14 in Labor and Employment.

      Mark kept me informed on the status of my case, I would highly recommend him. He is excellent and I received a substantial sum of money because of his expertise.

      Mark kept me informed on the status of my case, I would highly recommend him. He is excellent and I received a substantial sum of money because of his expertise. Read less

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