Stephen M. Kohn - Top Whistleblower Attorney

Stephen M. Kohn

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Doctor of Jurisprudence
Northeastern University 84'

Master of Arts
Brown University 81'

Bachelor of Science
Boston University 79'
Magna Cum Laude 

District of Columbia

U.S. Supreme Court
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What Clients are Saying

Bradley Birkenfeld - Largest Whistleblower Reward in History

“The only lawyer on my side was Steve Kohn. He was as smart as they come and feisty as a pit bull. Steve was convinced the government owed me a fat reward, and he was going to get it, or die trying.”

"An absolutely first rate lawyer. . . keenly interested in utilizing the law as a rational instrument of social change and improving the quality of life for the weak, the poor and the unpowerful."

A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., Former Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

"[Steve Kohn] is an outstanding person, with a very keen mind, a true gift for research, an extremely capable writer, and an eloquent speaker."

Howard Zinn, Author, A People's History of the United States
Roger Wensil - A Client of Michael Kohn

"I want to try to express my feelings of gratitude for what you are doing for me, but I'm not sure that words will do the job . . . The bureaucrats almost won; not because they were legally right, but rather, because they have the power and influence to be able to crush any resistance . . . You are rendering a great service, not only to individuals like myself, but to our country a well."

William Sanjour

"Steve Kohn is the nation's outstanding whistleblower lawyer."

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

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“When I had to blow the whistle it was very very difficult. I was lucky I had my daughter and I was lucky I had Stephen Kohn in my life. . .he [Stephen Kohn] dragged me across the finish line . . . he stayed with me, he kept me going . . .”

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.

Stephen Kohn’s Successful Legal Advocacy

Latest Book: Rules for Whistleblowers

Rules for Whistleblowers - Cover

"If you’re among the 34% of Americans who have seen wrongdoing at their job, you may want to add this book to your Christmas wish list. Just don’t let your boss catch you reading it."

The Wall Street Journal

"For the past 25 years, Kohn’s been in the trenches fighting the whistleblower wars. The lessons learned from those wars have been distilled in this book."

"With the Holy Bible in one hand and Mr. Kohn's Whistleblower Handbook in the other, my wife crushed a powerful corporation."

"Top ten books about whistleblowers"

PEN Center, USA

"Vastly shrewd and practical, but it also offers an astute long view of American whistle-blowing."

The Boston Globe

"This book arms the whistleblower with the vital ammunition needed to effectively document corruption, while guiding them in how to Read More"

Whistleblower Law Books

Stephen Kohn wrote the first ever legal law book on whistleblower law and is one of the most published authors on whistleblower law. He has taught classes on whistleblower law at the Northeastern University School of Law, as well as Antioch School of Law.