John Karl Wins Landmark Whistleblower Case Against the District of Columbia

On January 16, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed a $300,000 verdict in favor of Christina Conyers Williams in a case brought against the District of Columbia under the DC Whistleblower Protection Act. Williams v. Johnson, App No. 12-7074, – F.3d —, 2015 WL 220989. The jury found that the District retaliated against her because of her truthful testimony before the D.C. Council in response to questions posed by D.C. Council member David Catania about a non-performing contract for computer software. 

The Court of Appeals affirmed the jury’s finding that Williams had been “constructively” discharged, that is forced to leave her position as a manager in the Addiction Prevention and Recovery Administration (“APRA”) in the D.C. Department of Health when APRA took away all of her duties. John Karl served as lead counsel. Please follow this link to see the complete jury verdict form.

Williams’ Motion for the Award of Reasonable Attorney’s Fees is pending.