Winning for Whistleblowers


Our clients have risked their careers and reputations to report fraud and misconduct. Since 1984, Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto has done its best to provide our clients with the best possible representation.

We are proud that our advocacy on behalf of our clients has resulted in our clients saving the taxpayers billions of dollars in systemic ways that benefit the public. Our bottom line is using our years of experience and legal expertise to ensure that our clients can cause the change they desire and obtain the rewards they deserve.

In September 2014, our efforts were recognized by the prestigious National Law Journal which named Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto as one of the “Top 50 Elite Plaintiffs” law firms in the entire United States. Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto was the only firm with an exclusively whistleblower protection and reward law practice named to this inaugural list.

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Winning the largest whistleblower reward in history

Bradley Birkenfeld

Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto fought for a $104 million dollar award for whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld.

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Holding big banks accountable for mortgage fraud

Robert Harris

Obtained multi-million dollar settlement for whistleblower Robert Harris, whose allegations contributed to the multi-billion dollar federal government settlement with banks that wrongfully foreclosed on residential mortgages, fueled the financial “meltdown” and forced millions of Americans out of their homes.mortgages, fueled the financial “meltdown” and forced millions of Americans out of their homes.

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Recovering billions of dollars in delinquent taxes

Bradley Birkenfeld

Represented IRS Whistleblower whose disclosures led the recovery of more than $5 billion from delinquent taxpayers and $780 million from UBS Bank.

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Ending illegal no-bid contracting

Bunnatine Greenhouse

Achieved a major victory and settlement for top civil contracting officer Bunnatine Greenhouse at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who blew the whistle on Halliburton’s illegal multi-billion dollar no-bid contracts for the reconstruction of Iraq.

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Fighting fraud in defense contracts

Harry Barko

In Barko v. Halliburton, prevented Halliburton from throwing out major False Claims qui tam case documenting millions of dollars in Iraq War contracting fraud.

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Holding big pharma accountable for ripping off medicare

Daniel Richardson

In Richardson v. Bristol Myers Squibb, won one of the largest pharmaceutical False Claims qui tam cases in U.S. history, resulting in civil payments to government of more than $500 million dollars and multi-million dollar recovery for the whistleblower.

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Holding for-profit schools accountable for misleading students

Ronald D. Irwin

Represented a recruiter employed at a for-profit university, and obtained multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of relator and United States in qui tam lawsuit.

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Stopping the sale of defective body armor

Dr. Aaron Westrick

In Westrick v. Second Chance Body Armor, KKC stopped sales of defective bulletproof vests to police departments across the United States. Ongoing qui tam cases have resulted in over $50,000,000 in recoveries for the United States, to date.

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Global whistleblowing

Fighting Corruption

Commencing in 2007, when the firm’s partners met with leading ministers of the Republic of Hungary advocating on behalf of international whistleblowers, Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto has played a major role in increasing Global Whistleblower Protections. The importance of protecting global whistleblowers was highlighted by the firm’s historic victory on behalf of the leading Swiss Banking whistleblower, whose disclosures triggered massive multi-billion dollar tax compliance.

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Stopping hush money payments to whistleblowers

Joe Macktal

In Macktal v. Brown & Root, established national precedent prohibiting corporations from paying whistleblowers money for silence, and in federal cases involving environmental or nuclear violations.

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