Standard Whistleblower Attorney Fees

The law firm of Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto is dedicated to representing whistleblowers worldwide. We undertake most of our cases on a “contingency” basis, in which we agree to represent whistleblowers in exchange for obtaining a percentage of a final recovery. In these cases, our clients are not required to pay any upfront attorney’s fees and owe us nothing if we are unable to obtain a recovery or award on their behalf. In this manner we are able to represent whistleblowers regardless of whether they can afford attorney’s fees and our firm is incentivized to obtain the largest possible recovery. For more information on searching for a whistleblower attorney visit “How Do I Find a Whistleblower Lawyer?”

Kohn, Kohn, and Colapinto also represent whistleblowers and whistleblower advocacy organizations, such as the National Whistleblower Center, on a pro bono basis. Our pro bono docket is dedicated to marshaling our years of experience to advance the rights of whistleblowers.

Since its founding in 1988, Kohn Kohn and Colapinto has functioned as a private law firm that practices law in the public interest. The firm does undertake a small number of representations on an hourly basis. We also use the “fee-shifting” provisions of numerous whistleblower laws to require that corporations that retaliate against whistleblowers pay the whistleblower’s attorney’s fee. The starting point for setting our hourly rate is based on the “Laffey Matrix” as calculated in Salazar v. District of Columbia, 123 F. Supp. 2d 8, 13 (D.D.C. 2000). This Maxrix sets a standard market fee in the District of Columbia but does not take into consideration the expertise of the firm’s partners. This Matrix was established in a number of court precedents setting the reasonable hourly rates for attorneys who represent clients in “fee-shifting” statutes. It is based on an Attorney’s years of practice and is adjusted annually for inflation. The rate is adjusted to fully compensate the firm’s attorneys based on their expertise and years of experience beyond the 20-year floor set by the Maxtrix. See Purdue v. Kenny, 130 S.Ct. 1662 (2010). To view the firm’s whistleblower attorney fees, please see the chart below:

Years Out of Law School *
Law Clerk
1-34-78-1011-1920-2425-2930 +
6/01/19- 5/31/20$203$372$458$661$747$899$1,022$1,181