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Katya Valasek

Katya Valasek

Podcast episodes

Behind the Scenes of Whistleblower Litigation

Episode #60
September 18, 2023

David Lieberman, a 2008 graduate of Columbia Law School, represents whistleblowers who provide information to the federal government about their employer's fraud against the government. He discusses workings of whistleblower cases under the False Claims Act, a Civil War era law that's newly under attack as unconstitutional. David discusses whistleblower motivations, how he counsels them about the risk of coming forward, and the intricate journey from filing a case under seal to working collaboratively with the Department of Justice to potential settlements of $100 million or more.

Decoding Commercial Law at a Tech Giant

Episode #59
September 11, 2023

Pia Biswas, a 2010 graduate of the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, is a commercial lawyer at Microsoft. The company's legal department, her business unit's needs, and Pia's daily work reflect the complexity you'd expect from a huge company with diverse product offerings. While legal strategy and document drafting is an essential part of her job, she views herself as a business advisor too.

Family Matters: Dollars, Decisions, and Dealing with Divorce

Episode #58
September 4, 2023

Whitney Lallas, a 2019 graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, is a family law attorney in Maine. She shares her journey into family law, influenced by her interest in psychology and math. The emotional and financial aspects of her work figure prominently into what she likes about her work, as well as what's challenging. She provides insights into handling prenuptial agreements, child-related matters, and dealing with hidden assets. Whitney also explains her eat-what-you-kill compensation structure and emphasizes the significance of maintaining work-life balance.