Stephen M. Kohn is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading whistleblower and qui tam attorneys. He won the largest ever individual whistleblower reward/qui tam payment for UBS whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld ($104 million reward for Mr. Birkenfeld). His record of winning whistleblower cases dates back to 1984, and he was peer-review rated by the National Law Journal as one of the 50-top plaintiff’s lawyers in the United States, the only whistleblower rights lawyer to achieve this distinction.
His successful advocacy has resulted in landmark precedents in whistleblower and qui tam law. He helped draft key whistleblower legislation and regulatory rules, including those incorporated into the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Dodd-Frank Act, the IRS Qui Tam whistleblower amendments, and Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act.
He is the author of the first legal treatise on whistleblowing and is the world’s most published author on whistleblower protection. His most recent book is The New Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself. In 1988 he helped found the National Whistleblower Center, where he currently serves, pro bono, as the Chairman of the Board of Directors.
In his book Lucifer’s Banker, Swiss bank whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld describes his initial encounters with Steve Kohn: “The only lawyer still on my side was Stephen Kohn, and he wasn’t getting paid . . . 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.” Four years later, Mr. Birkenfeld obtained that largest individual whistleblower reward in history, $104 million.