Whistleblowing & Retaliation

Whistleblower claims are on the rise, thanks to the proliferation of federal and state laws like the Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank acts that prohibit retaliation against employees who raise complaints about allegedly unlawful activities by their employers. For employers, this new environment poses compliance and litigation challenges. Our interdisciplinary whistleblowing and retaliation team defends employers in sensitive whistleblower matters at all levels of the administrative and federal process. We also help clients develop and implement compliance and risk mitigation programs.

Our lawyers advise employers on proactive steps to maximize compliance, while simultaneously mitigating the risk of whistleblower complaints and litigation. We guide clients through private resolutions of potential disputes, and provide creative solutions to minimize cost and undue government intervention. We also audit existing compliance structures and help employers develop and implement programs to encourage would-be whistleblowers to raise compliance concerns internally.

Our interdisciplinary team includes lawyers with backgrounds in government, including former high-ranking lawyers from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the US Department of Justice (DOJ). Some team members are former US attorneys and assistant US attorneys, or former assistant district attorneys. Our government experience gives us a strategic understanding of all levels of government prosecutions, and provides enhanced credibility when dealing with government attorneys and officials.