Why We Represent Whistleblowers
Whistleblowers perform a vital public service by having the courage to report fraud and misconduct.
They assume great risk and need aggressive and highly skilled attorneys to ensure that their careers are protected and that they are fully eligible to obtain all the benefits to which they are entitled under law, including monetary rewards. Their cases can be grueling, the stakes are high and the opposition is never less than formidable. They need experienced whistleblower representation.
At Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, we’ve earned our reputation as the premier whistleblower advocates by winning such decisions for nearly 30 years. The laws at play are complex, but the reasons for our success are not. In case after case, we’ve provided whistleblower representation to our clients with the legal expertise and grit to beat even the toughest foes in court. At Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, we realize that standing up for the public interest often demands personal courage. We also know that whatever your job, you don’t leave behind your rights and duties as a citizen when you step in the workplace door.
Our dedication to assisting whistleblowers led us to holding a leading role in shaping the federal laws that protect and reward whistleblowers. The partners at Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto worked pro bono with Congress to ensure that strong whistleblower protection provisions were included in major reform legislation including the Dodd-Frank Act, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Consumer Product Safety Act, the federal stimulus laws, and the Civil Rights Tax Relief Act. We are often called upon to testify in Congress to defend whistleblowers and advocate for effective legislation.
We provided pro bono legal services to submit significant comments to reshape the draft rule proposal to the Securities Exchange Commission for the Dodd-Frank whistleblower program. Many of our comments were adopted by the SEC resulting in program rules much more favorable for whistleblowers than originally proposed. The proposal adopted by the Commission establishes the right of corporate compliance officials and directors to obtain rewards, permits employees under certain circumstances to obtain awards by contacting the SEC directly, and ensures that employees who “participated” in a fraud, but did not “plan and initiate” the fraud could obtain rewards.
KKC has advocated changes to the Internal Revenue Service whistleblower award program to oppose proposed rules that would restrict the ability of whistleblowers to obtain awards from the IRS Whistleblower Office. KKC’s comments and advocacy to improve the IRS Whistleblower program seek to restore the IRS whistleblower award law as Congress intended it so that whistleblowers are encouraged to report major tax frauds and illegal offshore tax shelters exceeding $2 million.
In addition, the partners at Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, LLP have written the leading books on whistleblower law, and have led the development of the practice area of whistleblower law. Beginning in 1985 with the first legal treatise on whistleblowing, and continuing through 2013, we have published eight groundbreaking books covering the full range of whistleblower law.
The Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself is the first consumer guide to whistleblowing. It covers nearly all federal and state laws, and contains the twenty one rules for whistleblowers. It is the most comprehensive and widely-read guidebook for whistleblowers as well as other attorneys. The third and most recent edition will be released in early 2017.
Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, LLP is the leading whistleblower law firm. Contact us to have one of our whistleblower attorneys review your case.