“Mr. Peak reviewed my case in terms of my well-being and protection. I had little knowledge of the workings of an FCA case and Mr. Peak answered all of my questions and put me at ease.” – Former client
Nathan M. Peak | Partner
Mr. Peak has been a litigation attorney at Ashcraft & Gerel since joining the firm in 2007. He has litigated a wide variety of cases in that time, but now focuses 100% of his practice representing whistleblowers by bringing and litigating cases under the federal False Claims Act, various state false claims acts, the SEC whistleblower provisions, and whistleblower retaliation claims. Mr. Peak has helped build a robust FCA practice at Ashcraft & Gerel and has represented whistleblowers or “relators” in a wide array of FCA cases, including healthcare fraud, Medicare/Medicaid billing schemes fraud, Stark Law violations, Anti-Kickback Statute violations, managed care fraud, GSA defective pricing fraud, Trade Agreements Act violations, and other cases involving specific statutory violations which entail payment of taxpayer money.
Mr. Peak has been lead or co-counsel in a number of FCA cases across the country that both the U.S. government has intervened in, and likewise has extensive experience successfully litigating FCA cases in which the U.S. government declined to intervene. A list of those cases include, U.S. ex rel Bukh v. Guldmann, Inc. (pending in the Middle District of Florida); U.S. ex rel Barker v. Columbus Regional Healthcare System (pending in the Middle District of Georgia); U.S. ex rel Thomas v. Education Affiliates (District of Maryland); U.S. ex rel Saldivar v. Fresenius Medical Care (pending in the Northern District of Georgia); U.S. ex rel Kerr v. APS Healthcare (District of Nevada); U.S. ex rel Niland v. Ztek Corporation (Southern District of California).
Mr. Peak received his J.D. from American University Washington College of Law, in Washington, D.C. and his undergraduate degree was received from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. Peak is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia and Maryland.
During law school, Mr. Peak was awarded a Marshall-Brennan Fellowship for his tireless work teaching constitutional law to high school students in the District of Columbia. He also participated in the Washington College of Law Criminal Justice Clinic, where he represented disadvantaged clients who faced criminal charges in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Outside the Courtroom
Mr. Peak loves cycling and running. Never one to quit moving, he also travels with his wife whenever they can.
- B.A., Drake University, 2002, cum laude and with University Honors
- J.D., American University Washington College of Law, 2005
- District of Columbia
- United States District Court for the District of Columbia
- United States District Court for the District of Maryland
- United States District Court for the District of Colorado
- United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- District of Columbia Bar Association
- Maryland State Bar Association
- Maryland Association of Justice
- Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
- Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund (TAF)