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Leading whistleblower firm Zuckerman Law has successfully represented whistleblowers under the False Claims Act and the Dodd-Frank SEC whistleblower program. The firm has a licensed Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner on staff to enhance its ability to investigate complex financial fraud and report it to the SEC. As the SEC has limited resources, it is important to prepare a submission that identifies the core violations and persuades the SEC that the matter will likely lead to a successful enforcement action. The whistleblower lawyers at Zuckerman Law work to frame and draft whistleblower disclosures in a manner that grabs the SEC’s attention, and we have substantial experience assisting the SEC in investigations.
The whistleblower lawyers at Zuckerman Law aim to quickly provide the highest-quality representation. Timely reporting is critical to maximizing the potential of an SEC award. The attorneys will also use lessons drawn from our previous experience representing SEC whistleblowers to offer critical guidance on how to:
- maximize the probability of recovering an award; and
- maximize the award percentage.
There are many types of whistleblower retaliation laws (from nuclear safety to corporate fraud) that provide whistleblowers with varying protections and remedies. These laws often have complicated procedural requirements that require an experienced attorney to navigate through the legal process. Moreover, each whistleblower award program has different rules and procedures that dictate:
- how to submit a tip;
- the percentage of the award;
- how the agency will communicate with whistleblowers and their attorneys after submitting the tip; and
- how to appeal an award determination.
For example, the SEC Whistleblower Program allows whistleblowers to report anonymously if represented by an attorney and offers whistleblowers an award of 10-30% of the total sanctions imposed as a result of their tip.
The SEC Whistleblower Office often works directly with whistleblowers (unless they reported anonymously) and their attorneys to understand and investigate the fraud. If the SEC denies an award, whistleblowers may file an appeal in an appropriate United States Court of Appeals within 30 days of the determination.
Alternatively, the IRS Whistleblower Program does not allow whistleblowers to report anonymously and offers whistleblower awards of 15-30% of tax proceeds collected as a result of their tip. The IRS Whistleblower Office almost always limit its communication with whistleblowers and their attorneys (section 6103 of the IRC prohibits the unauthorized disclosure of tax information, which limits what the IRS can share with whistleblowers), which has been a recent criticism of the program. If the IRS denies an award, whistleblowers may file an appeal in the United States Tax Court within 30 days of the determination.
In sum, whistleblowers should make sure that they are hiring an attorney that specializes in the specific area of whistleblower law that applies to their claim. Whistleblowers should look at the practice areas of the law firm and the biographies of its attorneys to determine if there is a good match. Some aspects of our experience that set us apart include:
- Matt Stock is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner and former KPMG external auditor. As an auditor, Mr. Stock developed an expertise in financial statement analysis, internal controls testing and fraud recognition, and he uses his auditing experience to help IRS, CFTC and SEC whistleblowers investigate and disclose complex financial frauds to the government. He is often quoted in the Wall Street Journal about whistleblower rewards programs.
- Both Eric Bachman and Jason Zuckerman served on the Department of Labor’s Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee, which makes recommendations to the Secretary of Labor to improve OSHA’s administration of federal whistleblower protections.
- Jason Zuckerman was recognized by Washingtonian magazine as a “Top Whistleblower Lawyer” in 2018, 2017, 2015, 2009, and 2007 selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America® in the category of employment law (2011-2020), and selected by his peers to be listed in SuperLawyers (2012 and 2015-2020) in the category of labor and employment law. is rated 10 out of 10 by Avvo, based largely on client reviews, and rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell based on peer reviews.
- In 2019 the National Law Review awarded Zuckerman Law its “Go-To Thought Leadership Award” for their analysis of whistleblower rights.
- Eric Bachman, Chair of the Firm’s Discrimination Practice, has substantial experience litigating precedent-setting employment cases. His wins include a $100 million settlement in a disparate impact Title VII class action and a $16 million class action settlement against a major grocery chain. Having served as Senior Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and as lead or co-counsel in numerous jury trials, Bachman is trial-tested and ready to fight for you to obtain the relief that you deserve.
- The firm has published extensively on whistleblower rights and protections, and regularly speaks nationwide at seminars and continuing legal education conferences. We blog about new developments in whistleblower law at the Whistleblower Protection Blog.
- Eric Bachman and Jason Zuckerman served in senior positions at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, the federal agency charged with protecting whistleblowers in the federal government. At OSC, they oversaw investigations of whistleblower claims and obtained corrective action or relief for whistleblowers.
For more information about whistleblower rewards and bounties, contact the SEC whistleblower lawyers at Zuckerman Law at 202-262-8959.
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Zuckerman Law has successfully represented whistleblowers both under Dodd-Frank Act’s SEC Whistleblower Program and under the False Claims Act. The firm employs a certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner to help whistleblowers disclose complex financial frauds to the government. Finally and perhaps most importantly is that Zuckerman Law quickly provides clients with the highest quality service. Timing is imperative for any whistleblower who wants to obtain an SEC whistleblower award. If you’re aware of a violation of federal securities law, call the lawyers at Zuckerman Law today for a free confidential consultation.