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Scientific Misconduct

Scientific or research misconduct allegations include charges of plagiarism, fabrication or falsification of data in the context of scientific research supported by federal funds. The stakes in these cases are high. Those accused risk serious damage to their reputations in the scientific community, the loss of research funds and perhaps even the destruction of their careers. Scientific advancement itself can be a casualty of such cases because the ultimate sanction of debarment effectively terminates, or seriously impairs, a scientist's ability to conduct further scientific research for a period of time. Scientists accused of research misconduct have many rights to a fair process to ensure a thorough examination of the allegations and a careful analysis of the issues, as well as the protection of confidentiality.

Paul S. Thaler

Paul S. Thaler is one of the country's preeminent attorneys in the scientific misconduct field. With over 20 years of experience in the field, Paul is recognized across the United States for his work in scientific misconduct matters. He has represented scientists and institutions in about one-third of the U.S. and Canada and is well-known in the scientific community for obtaining successful results for his clients. Through his representation, Paul not only works to ensure a fair process for the scientists, but he also zealously advocates on their behalf for a fair result.

Paul represents individuals, universities and hospitals. When representing an institution, his focus is on ensuring the investigation process is handled correctly, safeguarding the integrity of the institution's research and reputation and protecting it from litigation. As an adjunct professor himself at American University since 1999, Paul is sensitive to the issues confronting both professors and the employing universities. This sensitivity affords him a unique perspective in handling the scientific misconduct cases. In 2013, Paul was the only attorney in private practice invited to present to the 20th Anniversary Conference for the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) which oversees investigations in scientific misconduct on behalf of the federal government.

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