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SEC Whistleblower Attorneys

The SEC whistleblower attorneys at Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto have a track record of successfully representing SEC whistleblowers who report violations of federal securities law. Such violations include manipulation of securities, ponzi schemes, insider trading, abusive naked short selling, money laundering, and other market manipulation.

We keep our clients’ identities confidential and have helped them receive significant rewards resulting in over $125 million in preliminary or final rewards. Since the firms inception, our SEC whistleblowers have triggered over $1.5 billion in recoveries under the securities laws and related criminal laws. In fact, one of our clients received one of the top 10 largest awards ever given by the SEC.

Our team’s extensive experience in winning cases, combined with our in-depth knowledge of securities law, sets us apart as leading SEC whistleblower attorneys. Our lawyers were actively involved in the creation of the Dodd-Frank Act, having met with all five SEC Commissioners to present detailed reports and proposals for effective whistleblower protections.

If you have original, timely, and credible information that could lead to sanctions against a company or individual, get in touch with Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto today for a confidential case review. We’ll be able to help you understand your rights and file a confidential whistleblower claim.

Hiring an SEC Whistleblower Lawyer

When choosing an SEC whistleblower lawyer, it’s important to look for someone with experience handling SEC whistleblower cases, as the process can be complex and nuanced. You should also look for a lawyer who is familiar with the laws and regulations governing SEC whistleblower claims, and who has a good track record of success in these types of cases.

Additionally, it may be helpful to find an SEC whistleblower lawyer who is able to keep your information confidential and has a good understanding of the risks and rewards associated with being a whistleblower. You should also make sure that you feel comfortable working with the lawyer and that they are responsive to your needs and concerns.

For over 30 years, we’ve been helping clients navigate the process of filing anonymous claims and winning substantial awards. Please get in touch with our whistleblower law firm for a free and confidential case evaluation if you believe you have a case.

Focused on Protecting ESG Whistleblowers

Our firm is on the forefront of representing whistleblowers who disclose information of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) violations or financial frauds putting investors at risk. Former SEC acting chair and commissioner Allison Herren Lee, now Of Counsel at Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, leads our ESG whistleblower practice area and is ready to serve and protect whistleblowers, and help them seek rewards under the Dodd-Frank Act and SEC Whistleblower Program. If you’re an ESG whistleblower seeking to report a concern, contact our law firm today to speak confidentially with Allison Lee.

Allison Lee - Of Counsel - Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto LLP

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“[Whistleblowers] display extraordinary bravery to expose fraud and wrongdoing, and to shine light in some very dark places. In doing so, they reinforce our fundamental values – that the rule of law matters, and no one is, or should be, above the law… They help create transparency, and from transparency flows crucial accountability.”

Whistleblowers Fight Tremendous Odds and Deserve Better
Statement by Allison as SEC Commissioner, September 23, 2020
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Our Firms SEC Whistleblower Cases

  • Top 5 SEC Awards Granted

    We've prevailed in multiple SEC whistleblower cases, resulting in over $125 million in preliminary or final rewards.

  • Alex "Sasha" Chepurko Qui Tam and False Claims Act Whistleblower

    Alex Chepurko was just 21 years old when he faced off against a $100 million nationwide criminal enterprise. The first whistleblower to simultaneously file claims under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, Dodd-Frank Act, and IRS whistleblower law, the lead prosecutor called him “the hero” for documenting numerous criminal violations.

    In April 2020, Chepurko obtained a $69.6 million judgment on behalf of the United States under the False Claims Act. His claim to obtain a whistleblower award from the Government is still pending.  In 2018, CBS TV profiled his case in their show Whistleblower.

Whistleblowing Works

“I want to note our appreciation to whistleblowers who, sometimes at great risk to their livelihood, report suspected securities laws violations to the SEC. Our whistleblower program has been a success because of their efforts. Working together, we have stopped frauds and prevented losses for countless investors”

Mr. Jay Clayton, Chairman, SEC

“The SEC whistleblower program…has rapidly become a tremendously effective force-multiplier, generating high quality tips, and in some cases virtual blueprints laying out an entire enterprise, directing us to the heart of the alleged fraud.”

Chairman Mary Jo White, Securities and Exchange Commission, Remarks at the Securities Enforcement Forum, Washington DC (October 2013)

Additional Resources

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  • January 24, 2023

    On January 24, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a $28 million award to joint whistleblowers who alerted the agency to ongoing fraud, allowing the SEC to return millions of dollars to harmed investors. Qualified SEC whistleblowers, individuals who voluntarily disclose original information that contributes to the success ...

  • January 19, 2023

    On January 19, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) awarded $18 million to three whistleblowers who separately made disclosures which contributed to the success of  the same enforcement action. The whistleblowers’ voluntary disclosures led to millions of dollars being returned to harmed investors. Qualified SEC whistleblowers, individuals who voluntarily ...

  • January 13, 2023

    On January 12 and 13, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued three separate whistleblower awards totaling over $6.2 million. The awarded whistleblowers voluntarily provided original information to the SEC that led to successful enforcement actions. Through the SEC Whistleblower Program, the SEC pays out monetary awards to qualified ...

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Frequently Asked Questions

The SEC whistleblower reward program provides monetary “rewards” to individuals or groups of individuals who’s information leads to a successful action against another company or individual in violation of the Securities Exchange Act.

This may include insider trading, ponzi schemes, unregistered securities, and other fraud against investors or market manipulation. Rewards are between 15 and 30 percentage of the total sanctions collected from the fraud.

SEC awards are determined based on the quality and timeliness of the information provided by the SEC whistleblower. The more credible and timely the information, the greater the rewards. However, there are several other factors that are used to determine award amounts, including such criteria as the whistleblowers’ connection to the fraud, the depth and quality of information provided to the SEC, or whether someone has already blown the whistle.

In most cases, an SEC whistleblower attorney will agree to represent whistleblowers in exchange for obtaining a percentage of a final recovery, which could be in the hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars. Clients are not required to pay any upfront attorney’s fees and owe nothing if the firm is unable to obtain a recovery or award on their behalf. In this manner, attorneys can represent whistleblowers regardless of whether they can afford attorney’s fees.

Under the SEC Whistleblower Program, it is illegal for employers to retaliate against a whistleblower for engaging in a protective activity, such as reporting fraud. Retaliation might include terminating, demoting, discriminating or harassing a whistleblower. Securities law states that SEC whistleblowers may assist the SEC in any investigation or proceeding based on the information submitted in the claim, and receive protection from retaliation. And those who have been retaliated against may report their concerns to the SEC, and potentially bring an enforcement action against the company.