Mary Jane Wilmoth


Mary Jane Wilmoth

Mary Jane Wilmoth is the firm’s managing partner, and works closely with the partners at KKC, specializing in environmental and nuclear whistleblower protection, Qui Tam/False Claims litigation, and labor and employment law. She joined the firm in 1992, and works on cases and hearings that involve complex nuclear and environmental regulations. In her efforts to assure such safeguards are upheld in the American workplace, she has helped to strengthen whistleblower rights in licensing and enforcement proceedings with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She has also defended whistleblowers at the Environmental Protection Agency in actions before the Department of Labor.

Ms. Wilmoth is a Trustee at the National Whistleblower Center Legal Defense & Education Fund and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Whistleblower Center. She also writes for and manages the Whistleblowers Protection Blog.

Curriculum Vitae

Practice Areas

  • Whistleblower Rewards
  • Whistleblower Protection

Bar Admissions


  • District of Columbia


  • J.D.  Franklin Pierce Law Center (1992)
  • B.A.  George Mason University (1989)


Successful Legal Advocacy

Ms. Wilmoth’s major contributions to whistleblower law and protections include:

  • In the Matter of Georgia Power Company, 37 NRC 96 (1993). Established standard for NRC licensing proceedings related to the character and competence of nuclear managers.
  • Hobby v. Georgia Power Co.Case No. 90-ERA-30 (U.S. Dept. of Labor), No. 01-10916 (11th Cir. 2002) (argued).  Co-counsel in judicial and administrative litigation over a ten-year period establishing numerous precedents in Labor Department corporate whistleblower cases regarding liability and damages available to high ranking corporate officers. Having obtained over $5,000,000 in total damages, this case continues to represent the largest financial victory by any nuclear/environmental whistleblower.
  • Mosbaugh v. Georgia Power Co., 91-ERA-1 (ALJ Oct. 30, 1992) (co-counsel at hearing and on appeals). Established key precedent governing when a whistleblower can engage in one-party taping to document misconduct. Whistleblower was ordered reinstated with full back pay after being fired for taping conversations of corporate executives conspiring to violate safety rules.
  • Opthof v. Ashland Chemical Co., 94-CAA-7 (ALJ May 8, 1995). Co-counsel. Prevailed at merits hearing on behalf of wrongfully discharged chemical engineer.
  • Linda Tripp v. Department of Defense,  104 F. Supp.2d 30 (D.D.C. 2000), 99-2554 (2001)  173 F.Supp. 2d 58 (D.D.C. 2001), 193 F.Supp.2d 229 (D.D.C. 2002), 01-157 (D.D.C 2002) 219 F.Supp.2d 85 (D.D.C. 2002),  99-2554 (D.D.C. 2002)  257 F.Supp.2d 37 (D.D.C. 2003), 194 F.R.D. 344 (D.D.C. 2000) and  200 F.R.D. 140 (D.D.C. 2001).  Co-counsel for precedent setting litigation on behalf of nationally recognized whistleblower. Case resulted in one of the largest Privacy Act settlements ever awarded by the U.S. government.
  • Dr. Frederic Whitehurst v. FBI (administrative and judicial proceedings in 1993-98). Successfully represented first nationally recognized FBI whistleblower.  Case resulted in President Clinton ordering the Attorney General to establish whistleblower protections for FBI employees for the first time. See Memorandum of President William Jefferson Clinton, Vol. 62 Federal Register No. 81, p. 23123 (April 14, 1997).  In addition, the case achieved the accreditation of the FBI crime laboratory and the re-opening and/or review of thousands of criminal cases tainted by fraudulent laboratory procedures.  Dr. Whitehurst obtained a final million-dollar plus settlement to resolve allegations of violations of the Privacy Act and other federal laws.