Why We Represent Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers perform a vital public service by having the courage to report fraud and misconduct.

Whistleblowers assume a considerable risk and need aggressive and highly skilled whistleblower attorneys. As some of the most experienced whistleblower attorneys in the world, Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto works to ensure whistleblowers obtain all to which they are entitled under law, including monetary rewards. Whistleblower cases can be grueling, the stakes are high, and the opposition is never less than formidable, which is why we represent whistleblowers.

Experienced whistleblower attorneys – Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto earned its reputation as premier whistleblower attorneys by winning for whistleblowers for over 30 years. The whistleblower protection and reward laws at play are complex, but the reasons for the firm’s success are not. In case after case, Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto provided whistleblower representation to its clients with the legal expertise and grit to beat even the fiercest foes in court. Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto’s attorneys know that standing up for public interest demands personal courage.

Leading role in shaping the federal laws that protect and reward whistleblowers – Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto is dedicated to assisting whistleblowers. This dedication led us to a leading role in shaping the federal laws that protect and reward whistleblowers. The partners of Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto work pro bono with Congress to ensure that significant reform legislation includes strong whistleblower protection provisions. These reforms include 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. Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto often testifies before Congress to defend whistleblowers and advocate for effective whistleblower legislation.

Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto provides pro bono legal services. These services include submitting comments critical to reshaping the draft rule proposal to the Securities Exchange Commission for the Dodd-Frank whistleblower program.

Many of the rule-making comments from Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto partners, submitted during the original SEC rule-making period to set up the SEC Whistleblower Program, were adopted by the SEC. The adoption of these comments resulted in program rules more favorable for whistleblowers than those originally proposed.

Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto partners worked closely with the National Whistleblower Center for several years promoting enhancements to the IRS whistleblower program. The enhancements would permit full and open communication between the IRS Whistleblower Office and whistleblowers. Due to a broad reading of other provisions in the tax code concerning taxpayer secrecy, this type of communication did not exist. This successful pro bono advocacy resulted in the passage of the Taxpayer First Act in 2019. The change will facilitate the cooperation between whistleblowers and the IRS necessary to fully prosecute tax frauds.

Previously, Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto successfully advocated for changes to the IRS Whistleblower Program to restore it to work as Congress intended, to encourage whistleblowers to report significant tax frauds and illegal offshore tax shelters.

We wrote the book on whistleblower law – Additionally, the partners at Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, LLP wrote the leading books on whistleblower law and pioneered the development of the practice area. Beginning in 1985 with the first legal treatise on whistleblower law, and continuing through 2017, we have published eight groundbreaking books covering the full range of whistleblower law.

The New 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 thirty 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 released in July 2017.

Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, LLP is the leading whistleblower law firm. Contact us to have one of our whistleblower attorneys review your case.

Whistleblower Attorneys

Stephen M. Kohn – Founding Partner

Michael D. Kohn – Founding Partner

David K. Colapinto – Founding Partner

Mary Jane Wilmoth – Managing Partner

Todd Yoder – Associate Attorney

Kelsey Condon – Associate Attorney

Maraya Best – Associate Attorney

Siri Nelson – Legal Fellow

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