Don’t Leave Money on the Table

Don't Leave Money on the Table


Assisting the government or exposing a fraudster could make you eligible for a substantial reward, which depends on your cooperation, involvement in the investigation, and other factors.

The integration of reward provisions into whistleblower laws has led to a significant increase in tips and successful cases. Empowering and protecting whistleblowers ensures their safety, while offering rewards may encourage those with compelling evidence to step forward. Additional benefits may include attorney’s fees, damages, reinstatement and backpay.

This chapter covers the essentials for qualifying for a reward, the factors determining the award percentage, the agency’s perspective on financial compensation, and the research supporting the effectiveness of reward laws. The author, Stephen Kohn, has experience winning some of the largest whistleblower rewards in history for his clients —including several over $100 million.

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Rules 16 – 25 cover the specific laws and procedures governing all major reward laws.

The criteria for judging the amount of an award is located at 17 C.F.R. § 240.21F-6 (SEC) and 17 C.F.R. § 165.9 (CFTC).


Rule 1 and the Conclusion include numerous citations to the effectiveness of whistleblower reward laws.

Rules 16 – 25 detail how the major reward laws work, and the procedures necessary to quality for a reward.

Checklist 1, found in Rules for Whistleblowers, also lists the major reward laws.

Alexander Dyck, Adair Morse, and Luigi Zingales, “Who Blows the Whistle on Corporate Fraud?” University of Chicago Booth School of Business Working Paper No 08-22 (2009).

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What's Inside

This books covers all federal and state laws regarding whistleblowing, including protections, rewards, and procedures for whistleblowing.

Meet the Author

Stephen M. Kohn is considered the world’s leading authority on international whistleblower law, and behind some of todays modern whistleblower rules.

Introduction: The Revolutionary Roots of Modern Whistleblowing

Law Library

The Law Library is a free companion to the Rules for Whistleblowers, complete with relevant whistleblower cases and important links and resources.

Speaking Engagement

Stephen Kohn enjoys speaking to universities of all sizes, students and professionals, the media, general public, and government officials.

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