What we do.
We represent scientists from all over the country who are accused of research misconduct. Our experience and expertise in the field allow us to protect the reputations and livelihoods of those conducting groundbreaking scientific research and to protect the integrity of important scientific breakthroughs, and the data supporting them.
We also represent institutions that are confronted with allegations of research misconduct within their ranks and must conduct inquiries, and possibly investigations, into those allegations. We assist hospitals and universities in ensuring that their policies are up to date and in compliance with the requirements of the Office of Research Integrity (ORI). And we help ensure that those policies are vigorously implemented in the conduct of inquiries and investigations, so that institutions remain in the good graces of federal funding authorities.
Who We Are
Meet our experienced team that will represent you:
Pitfalls for Principal Investigators: Seven Ways to Avoid Misconduct Allegations
With the recent outpouring of research and academic misconduct allegations raising a dark cloud over scientific scholarship, Principal Investigators, or PIs, should be on high alert to ensure their labs – and their grant funding – are not tainted by poor lab practices, misbehaving postdocs, or other common missteps. Here is a list of seven ways that PIs can proactively protect their labs and their reputation from future misconduct allegations.
Indiana Professor Pleads Guilty After Scheming Millions from the National Science Foundation
Indiana engineering professor Dr. Qingyou Han plead guilty to charges of mail and wire fraud this month after a Grand Jury indicted him based on allegations that he and his wife, Lu Shao, engaged in a long-term scheme to defraud the government by applying for and using Federal grant money from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for personal expenses.
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Considers Breach of Contract Award For Researcher
Institutions and researchers alike will be watching the outcome of a case pending before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court addressing whether a longtime cancer researcher can recover the full cost of rebuilding and operating her research lab (estimated at over $10M) as damages for breach of contract and the closure of her lab (The case is SJC-12688).
—Bruce A. Singal
“In the 30 years I have been handling research misconduct cases—both for accused scientists and investigating institutions—they have become increasingly common and complex. The need is greater than ever now for teams of experienced lawyers and scientists to confront the legal and scientific issues that these cases present. I am pleased that our research misconduct department, fortified by teams of scientists, ably meets this need.”
Secured three separate findings of “no misconduct” to close institutional misconduct proceedings brought against preeminent mathematician, psychologist, and kinesiologist, respectively, based on allegations of self-plagiarism and text recycling brought by Massachusetts and New York universities.
Secured a finding of “no misconduct” to reverse preliminary findings of research misconduct made against board-certified pediatric surgeon after completion by large California hospital of institutional investigation into allegations of falsification/fabrication.
Secured a finding of “no misconduct” on behalf of faculty member accused of manipulating and falsifying data in two articles published in leading national publication.
Secured favorable supervision agreement after extensive negotiations with the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) on behalf of a Ph.D. researcher twice accused of research misconduct and facing significant debarment from federal funding.
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