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David K. Colapinto
David K. ColapintoFounding Partner
  • J.D. Antioch School of Law (1987)
  • B.S. Boston University (1984)


  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • District of Columbia


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

What Clients are Saying

“Among the most experienced and skilled attorneys practicing in the specialization of whistleblower law”

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Linda Tripp

“I couldn’t have navigated the shark invested waters whistleblower face without the passion, dedication, determination, and brilliance of my incredible attorneys.”

“…the three co-founders of the National Whistleblower Center, these are important names, Stephen Kohn, Michael Kohn and David Colapinto, thank you so much for all that you do, they broke the mold with these visionaries and we are all better for it.” – National Whistleblower Day, 2018

Linda Tripp, Retaliation Whistleblower

David’s Latest Thinking

DeVos Pick Puts at Risk Veterans and Whistleblowers at For-Profit Colleges

September 8th, 2017|False Claims/Qui Tam, Whistleblower News and Qui Tam Blog|

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has selected a former dean at DeVry University (a for-profit college) to lead the Department of Education’s Student-Aid Enforcement Unit, which was established to combat fraud in higher education. This appointee has no background in law or regulatory enforcement, which likely means more fraud and abuse in federal student loan programs as a result in lax enforcement. But this pick also signals there are real risks to veterans who attend, and whistleblowers who work at, for-profit colleges. Having represented whistleblowers at several for-profit colleges I have seen clients suffer severe whistleblower retaliation after they reported fraud on federal programs.  Many whistleblowers in the for-profit college industry are counsellors or management officials who reported fraud out of a desire to protect students and ensure that educational requirements are followed by these schools. Widespread fraud in the for-profit college industry drains federal dollars from students attending traditional colleges, ...

President Obama’s Whistleblower Legacy (Part Three)

January 24th, 2017|Whistleblower News and Qui Tam Blog, Whistleblower Protection|

Now that Donald Trump is officially the 45th President of the United States and a new administration has commenced, wouldn’t it be nice if all federal employees (including intelligence agency employees) had the right to a jury trial in federal court on their whistleblower retaliation cases? President Barack Obama promised to support that essential reform to the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) when he ran for office. In 2007, candidate Obama answered “yes” in response to a survey from the National Whistleblower Center (NWC), which asked: (1) “Do you support protecting whistleblowers under the framework of H.R. 985 (which passed the House on March 14, 2007 by a vote of 331-94)?” and (2) “If elected, do you promise to advocate for the passage of a law which would give employees who are illegally terminated for blowing the whistle the same procedure and substantive protections as other wrongfully discharged employees under laws ...

President Obama’s Whistleblower Legacy (Part Two)

January 17th, 2017|Whistleblower News and Qui Tam Blog, Whistleblower Protection|

This is the second of a multi-part blog series about President Barack Obama’s legacy on whistleblower rights. Today, we focus on where whistleblower rights stood when President Obama took office. If anyone is going to objectively consider what went right and what went wrong to protect whistleblowers under President Obama, we need to first examine what whistleblower rights existed in 2009, before he took office. For good reason, there were extensive efforts underway to reform and improve whistleblower laws affecting corporate and private industry employees as well as federal government employees and government contractors in the years preceding President Obama’s election in 2008. Over time, whistleblower rights that had been enacted by Congress were targeted by judicial decisions and government policies mostly aimed at favoring businesses and concentrating government power to protect national security in the wake of the 9/11 tragedy. On paper, there were some great sounding whistleblower laws, ...

Our Client Received the Largest Whistleblower Reward in World History of $104 Million

Bradley Birkenfeld broke the back of Swiss bank secrecy. He was the first Swiss banker to file a case under the IRS whistleblower law. The results were unprecedented. UBS bank (at the time the largest bank in the world) had to pay a fine of $780 million. They also had to close all known U.S. accounts, and for the first time in history, the bank turned over the names of 4450 U.S. taxpayers for prosecution in the United States. Mr. Birkenfeld obtained the largest ever individual qui tam whistleblower award in history, $104 million.

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