The Whistleblower Blog is an editorially independent news and information source, sponsored by a pro bono public service project by Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, LLP. The blog highlights important news, legal developments and policy issues critical to whistleblowers and their advocates, both in the United States and internationally. The contributors to this blog are respected leaders in their fields, including the authors of key whistleblower law books, current and former legal professors, spokespersons before Congressional committees and other public bodies, directors of non-profit whistleblower advocacy groups, and prominent attorneys specializing in representing/assisting whistleblowers in the United States and throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.
The contributors to the blog include attorneys who obtained the largest whistleblower reward ever granted to an individual employee in the history of the United States ($104-million-dollar reward to a UBS bank whistleblower) and have won numerous landmark cases in court and before administrative agencies. The contributors played a key role in molding the final rules approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission governing the Dodd-Frank Act reward laws and they have proposed statutory protections for whistleblowers included in many leading whistleblower protection laws, such as the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, the Dodd-Frank Act and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The contributors are often called to testify on behalf of whistleblower rights before Congressional committees, and at the invitation of various U.S. Embassies and international NGOs have lectured and made presentation to high-ranking international leaders in numerous countries, including Hungry, the Czech Republic, Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Poland, Israel and South Korea.
As experts in whistleblower protection and anti-fraud litigation, contributors to the blog have represented whistleblowers under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act (permitting whistleblower rewards for reporting fraud against the government), the Securities Exchange Act (permitting whistleblower rewards for reporting securities violations), the Commodity Exchange Act (permitting whistleblower rewards for reporting commodities fraud), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (permitting whistleblower rewards for reporting foreign bribery or the failure of publicly traded corporations to have adequate internal controls over spending monies overseas), and the Internal Revenue Act (whistleblower rewards for reporting tax fraud or the underpayment of taxes). They have also won major cases under other whistleblower rights laws, including the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, the Privacy Act, the Whistleblower Protection Act, the FBI Whistleblower Protection Act, the Energy Reorganization Act, the Clean Air Act, the Solid Waste Disposal Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act and under state whistleblower reward laws and wrongful discharge statutes.
Among the books authored by the contributors are: The Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protection Yourself (rated by PEN USA as one of the ten most important whistleblower books ever written); Whistleblower Law: A Guide to Legal Protections for Corporate Employees (highly praised by the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee); American Political Prisoners: Prosecutions under the Espionage and Sedition Acts (with a forward by noted U.S. historian Howard Zinn); Concepts and Procedures in Whistleblower Law (highly praised by the former President of the AFL-CIO), Jailed for Peace (recommended by Booklist) and Protecting Environmental and Nuclear Whistleblowers: A Litigation Manual (the first-ever legal book written on whistleblower law – published in 1985).
The contributors are leaders in the non-profit whistleblower advocacy community, serving as directors and officers of the National Whistleblower Center and the National Whistleblower Legal Defense and Education Fund. The contributors also “re-discovered” the original whistleblower protection law enacted by the Continental Congress in 1778, the subject of a TEDx talk, and which sparked the enactment by the U.S. Senate of Whistleblower Appreciation Day.
The blog’s pro bono sponsor, the law firm of Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, has been recognized as one of top plaintiffs’ law firms in the United States and it is one of the oldest and most effective whistleblower advocacy law firm in the world. In 2014, the National Law Journal named KKC as one of only fifty law firms in the United States to obtain the distinction as one of “America’s Elite Trial Lawyers.” The firm was the only exclusively whistleblower rights law firm to be named by the Journal as one of America’s top law firms. In 2013, KKC was featured on Bloomberg-TV as a leading whistleblower law firm. The show featured interviews of the partners and important clients whose cases have had major national impact. KKC has consistently obtained the highest peer review rating, AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell, and is regularly recognized by Super Lawyers® (2007-2014), and the by the Washingtonian Magazine’s “Best Lawyers” (2007, 2009, 2011-2014). In July 2003, KKC was listed in on the National Law Journal’s “Plaintiffs’ Hot List” as a “go-to team for when the going gets tough.”
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