Chat with a Lawyer: Richard E. Condit on Whistle-blower Protection
Meet Richard E. Condit
Richard Condit became “of counsel” to Mehri & Skalet in 2015. He heads the firm’s Whistleblower Law practice, including cases involving whistleblower retaliation, disclosures to the SEC and other federal agencies, and false claims or fraud against the government or its contractors. Mr. Condit has over 25 years of experience working with whistleblowers of diverse backgrounds in a wide variety of industries, representing lawyers, doctors, bank executives, firefighters, social workers, police officers, engineers, and laborers. The subject matter of the issues raised by whistleblowers Mr. Condit has worked with are equally diverse, covering such problems as fraud against the government, nuclear safety, environmental protection, bank fraud, food safety, mortgage fraud, securities law or regulatory violations, public transit safety, and many others.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Condit worked at the Government Accountability Project (GAP) for eight years (1987-1995) before rejoining the organization in 2007. In his first stint at GAP, Mr. Condit helped develop the organization’s environmental whistleblower and citizen enforcement programs. After returning to GAP in 2007, Mr. Condit served as Senior Counsel, leading the organization’s in-house litigation of whistleblower and open government cases.
Mr. Condit has also spent time in Colorado as the Legal/Toxics Director of the Land and Water Fund of the Rockies (now Western Resource Advocates), and more than five years as Counsel to the Chemical Weapons Working Group (CWWG), which led an international effort to require the U.S. Army to safely dispose of stockpiled chemical warfare agents. As General Counsel for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), Mr. Condit led the group’s whistleblower litigation efforts.
Mr. Condit is an adjunct faculty member of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. For the past seven years, he has taught Whistleblower Law and Practice in the classroom and through the school’s highly regarded clinical program.
A licensed attorney in the District of Columbia, Mr. Condit is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, District of Colorado, and Southern District of Indiana. He has appeared before U.S. Courts of Appeal in numerous circuits. Mr. Condit regularly practices before the U.S. Department of Labor and has presented whistleblower cases to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel and U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board. He has also been permitted to practice pro hac vice before other federal and state courts and agencies.
Mr. Condit graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (1980), and received his Juris Doctorate from the Antioch School of Law (1986).