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Whistleblower Lawyer Will Speak at PLI Seminar About Corporate Whistleblowing


Whistleblower lawyer Jason Zuckerman will speak at a Practicing Law Institute seminar about corporate whistleblowing on June 26, 2018. To register for this seminar, click here.

This program will offer expert insights into recent whistleblower developments that have shaped the current risk landscape in this rapidly evolving area.  Leading whistleblower law experts, including current and former regulators, will provide in-depth perspectives on recent regulatory and legal developments, including the current and future direction of the federal whistleblower bounty and protection programs, what to expect in regulatory enforcement developments in the coming year, best practices in responding to whistleblower reports, and key ethical considerations when attorneys blow the whistle.  This program will also examine in detail how the enforcement of the relevant whistleblower laws has changed under the current administration.

The seminar will address a wide range of new developments under whistleblower retaliation and whistleblower rewards, including the following developments:

  • Current priorities and agendas of the SEC, CFTC, and Department of Labor’s whistleblower programs
  • Trends and issues the private plaintiffs’ whistleblower bar are seeing
  • Best ethical practices when attorneys and other gatekeepers blow the whistle




Michael Delikat – Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP


Sarah E. Bouchard – Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Christopher Ehrman – Director, Whistleblower Office, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Arian M. June – Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debra S. Katz – Katz, Marshall & Banks, LLP

Sean X. McKessy – Phillips & Cohen LLP

Jane A. Norberg (Invited) – Chief, Office of the Whistleblower, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Steven J. Pearlman – Proskauer Rose LLP

Eugene Scalia – Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Jordan A. Thomas – Labaton Sucharow LLP

Teri M. Wigger – Assistant Regional Administrator, Whistleblower Protections Program , U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA

Jason Zuckerman – Zuckerman Law


Program Schedule

1:30  Opening Remarks
Speakers: Michael Delikat
1:45  Government Regulator and Whistleblower Law Update
•     Updates on the SEC and CFTC whistleblower programs
•     Recent bounty awards, scrutiny of employee  confidentiality agreements, and retaliation actions
•     Department of Labor Whistleblower Program update
•     Case law update and important decisions from the past year
Moderator: Steven J. Pearlman
Speakers: Christopher Ehrman, Jane A. Norberg, Teri M. Wigger

3:00  Whistleblowers’ Bar: Current Trends and Perspectives 
•     What new issues and clients are top plaintiff’s whistleblower lawyers encountering?
•     How are employers responding to this evolving environment?
•     What is the next wave of whistleblower claims?
•     How can both whistleblower and company counsel best prepare and protect their clients based on
these new developments?
Moderator: Jason Zuckerman
Speakers: Sarah E. Bouchard, Debra S. Katz, Jordan A. Thomas

4:00  Networking Break

4:15  Who is Blowing the Whistle Now? Ethical Considerations When Gatekeepers Blow the Whistle

  • Ethics and SEC attorney conduct rules when attorneys or other gatekeepers blow the whistle
    •     Ethical issues in investigating gatekeeper whistleblower complaints
    •     Strategies for asserting or defeating the privilege in attorney-whistleblower cases, Bio-Rad and related
    cases: the ethical considerations
    •     Attorney-whistleblowers and the SEC bounty program: best practices in light of ethical concerns
    Moderator: Michael Delikat
    Speakers:   Eugene Scalia, Arian M. June, Sean X. McKessy


Jason Zuckerman, Principal of Zuckerman Law, litigates whistleblower retaliation, qui tam, wrongful discharge, and other employment-related claims. He is rated 10 out of 10 by Avvo, was recognized by Washingtonian magazine as a “Top Whistleblower Lawyer” in 2015 and selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America® and in SuperLawyers.