Mychal Wilson, Esq. - Qui Tam & Entertainment Attorney, The Law Office of Mychal Wilson
Century City Legal Eagle, Mychal Wilson soars when it comes to freedom of expression and creativity. He fights for this right professionally as a lawyer and personally as an actor/producer. His entire life has been devoted to this principle, and along with this freedom comes the creativity and the responsibility that encompasses such virtues.
As a relator (a private person), under the False Claims Act, Mychal utilized his Capitol Hill upbringing, courage and savvy legal skills to become a key "Whistleblower" against his former employer Bristol-Myers Squibb ("BMS"). Mychal worked closely with the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ"), and in September 2007, the DOJ announced an astounding $515M settlement with BMS to resolve allegations of illegal drug marketing and pricing. "Bristol-Myers Squibb behaved egregiously," said Charles Siegel, WK partner and lead counsel. "Here's a Fortune 500 company that sought to increase its market share and improve its bottom line at the expense of taxpayers and the neediest of patients. We applaud Mychal for his courage and tenacity to come forward and do the right thing. It was a privilege to be part of this case." Mychal is now a member Qui Tam attorney for Taxpayers Against Fraud ("TAF") and serves as counsel on several sealed Qui Tam cases.
Recently, in December 2011, one of Mychal's cases settled which involved mammoth device company Medtronic settling with the United States Justice Department for $23.5 million. Medtronic solicited physicians for the studies and registries in order to convert their business from a competitor's product and/or persuade the physicians to continue using Medtronic products. Each of the studies and registries required a new or previous implant of a Medtronic device in each patient, and in each case Medtronic paid participating physicians a fee ranging from approximately $1,000 to $2,000 per patient. "Patients who rely on their healthcare providers to implant vital medical devices expect that those decisions will be made with the patients' best interests in mind," said Tony West, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division. "Kickbacks, like those alleged here, distort sound medical judgments with financial incentives paid for by the taxpayers."
Coupled with prior acting/producing experience and legal experience at Miramax Film Corp. and the Independent Film & Television Alliance (I.F.T.A.), Mychal starred/produced "The Gristle" which aired on HBO, Cinemax, Starz! and is distributed on Video/DVD by Warner Home Video. Currently, Mychal represents "Going Deep" which is a reality series based on the race into the abyss (Mariana Trench) where his client is competing against Avatar director James Cameron, Virgin's Richard Branson and the Chinese government.
Mychal, a member of the California State Bar, frequently lectures on matters concerning the motion picture and television industry. Mychal is also a member of the American Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Beverly Hills Bar Association. Additionally, Mychal has served as a business consultant for the West Angeles Community Development Corporation (West Angeles CDC).