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Royston "Rory" Delaney

Rory Delaney has more than twenty years’ experience in the practice of law and has appeared before the federal court, state courts, the National Association of Securities Dealers, and the United States District Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. 

For the last ten years, Rory has concentrated his practice on representing whistleblowers in qui tam matters. Recently Rory along with his partner Chuck and a number of co-counsel, prosecuted a whistleblower case against Amgen, the world’s largest biotechnology company. [1]   The whistleblower, a former sales representative and marketing executive reported that the company was overfilling vials of its blockbuster anemia drug Aranesp.  The complaint alleged that the company encouraged sales reps to use this “liquid kickback” as an inducement to doctors. 

The case was filed in 2006 and unsealed, or made public, in 2009.  Several states intervened in the case, but the federal government did not at that time.  From 2009 through October 2011 the case went into litigation overdrive with numerous motions to dismiss, numerous amendments to the complaint and a successful appeal to the First Circuit.  After two years of scorched-earth litigation, Amgen announced that it had reached an agreement with the federal government to settle the Westmoreland case and several other sealed cases. Thereafter, Amgen paid $762 million to the federal government in 2012.

Education and Experience

Rory Delaney graduated from the University of Cambridge, England with a degree in law in 1990.  He worked as a solicitor for the global law firm of Freshfields, Bruckhaus, Deringer in their London and Paris offices between 1992 and 1994 and subsequently Steptoe & Johnson, Rakisons in London until 1996. That year he became a barrister of the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn and concentrated his practice on criminal litigation, defending serious crimes and prosecuting on behalf of the Crown and Her Majesty's Customs and Excise.

Recently, Rory argued the appeal against conviction of United States v. Anthony Burnett (08-1224) before the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. In another case before the First Circuit, Mr. Delaney wrote the original argument in the appeal of United States v. Alvarez-Cuevas (03-2387) concerning a point of first impression under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. In a published decision the Court of Appeals overturned the appellant’s sentence and remanded the case back to the district court in Puerto Rico.

Bar admissions

2003, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

2003, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

2002, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

1996, Barrister of the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn

1994, Solicitor enrolled to practice in England and Wales


French and German


Taxpayers Against Fraud
National Whistleblowers Legal Defense and Education Fund
Suffolk Lawyers for Justice
Boston Bar Association
The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
Magdalene College, University of Cambridge

[1] The team included the law firms of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, PLLC, Suzanne E. Durrell, Esq and Robert M. Thomas, Esq.

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