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What is the 911 Number for Corporate Fraud?
You won’t find it in the appendix of your Employee Handbook. It’s not in the fine print on your graduate degree. There’s nothing that can prepare you for the moment you realize you’re bearing witness to a crime and you don’t know who to turn to. You feel compelled to do the right thing because people are getting hurt. You take a deep breath and go to the “Powers That Be” because you honestly believe they’ll stop the crime and punish the bad guys. Only, when you do, the “Powers That Be” turn against you. You’re the messenger and the messenger IS the bad guy as far as they’re concerned. So what do you do?
I was incredibly lucky to have the good fortune to have found Jason Pickholz when it happened to me. In [date redacted for confidentiality purposes], the SEC received almost 4,000 whistleblower tips. Due to limited resources, only a fraction of those tips are investigated. The SEC selected my case for investigation due to Jason’s exceptional ability to: 1) gather the evidence, 2) construct the case from the facts and the evidence, and 3) articulate the gravity, complexity, and magnitude of the crime.
I knew I had to find an attorney, but trust and confidentiality were major concerns, so it was critical this person didn’t have any conflicts of interest. My first thought was to consult an academic – someone in the non-profit realm. My research led me to a distinguished SEC law professor and department chair who also happened to be an author and regular columnist in a nationally syndicated newspaper. We had a brief conversation and he was kind enough to tell me….“there’s a guy in New York you really need to speak with…he’s THE guy when it comes to this”…. And he was right!
There’s no way to predict the outcome of the investigation, but I sleep better at night knowing I did the right thing and knowing I found the absolute best person to bring the case to light and to ultimately stop anyone else from getting hurt.
When I started realizing that my employer was probably committing fraud, I wasn’t sure where to turn. Although I was aware of the SEC’s whistleblower program, how to potentially pursue such a case seemed daunting, and the fear of repercussions, should my employer find out, was overwhelming. After mulling the issue for a little while I happened to learn about Jason Pickholz through an article in the press. After studying his website and learning about his vast and unique experience in the field, I decided to contact him.
I laid out my case for Jason, but also expressed my strong concerns and hesitation with regards to moving forward. Jason was extremely patient and thorough in walking me through the pros and cons of filing a case. He took the time to listen to my story and gave me his very balanced assessment of the situation. He carefully walked me through the process, and explained how any risk of being exposed could substantially be eliminated through diligence and discipline in the process. At no point did I ever feel any pressure to move forward. I took great confidence from his advice and we started preparing the filing shortly thereafter.
While I would probably be considered a fairly sophisticated client in this matter, I was very impressed with the effort Jason put into the preparation of the filing. In particular, I was extremely impressed with his way of thinking through the various strategic options for presenting the story, and making sure that it didn’t get buried in a myriad of facts and information that I at the outset felt should be relevant. Jason is incredibly collaborative, but also firm in his advice. Most clients, including me, will have their own views and have the potential to possibly be self-destructive, but Jason will not let that happen, and that is what I was ultimately looking for in my counsel. His expertise is indisputable.
We ended up filing a very impressive and substantial document, and I would strongly encourage anyone considering going down this path to consult with Jason first.
When my original story broke in Canada, an international business writer reached out to me to do a more detailed story about my scenario. During our discussions the concept of filing a whistle blower complaint with the SEC came up. I was hesitant being Canadian and truly foreign to the concept. however the business reporter suggested I speak with Jason Pickholz. He had dealt with Jason and found him to be very down to earth and trustworthy.
Right from my first conversation with Jason I felt at ease and confident in his skills and expertise. Once I decided to file a SEC complaint I worked closely with Jason over the coming weeks. Jason made the entire process very easy and straight forward. His experience reassured me that I had made the right decision to move forward with his law firm. It was clear to me right from the start that my case was a priority for him.
Jason has made the entire process very simple. His calm style and experience has kept me truly focused on the ultimate goal of correcting a wrong. I am truly thankful that Jason is my lawyer during this process.
My family and I have had more than our share of hiring legal professionals in our life, both large firms and individual lawyers. As anyone can imagine, there are pros and cons to both, so I tread very carefully in the decision on who to hire in representing my legal interests. I can unequivocally attest that Jason Pickholz has truly brought all the pros and none of the cons to this process for me. With Jason, you get the professional output of a large firm and the personalized service of a sole practitioner. I can only describe the latest submission on my behalf as “cathartic”. Jason told my story as if he was a close friend living every moment of it right along with me, while simultaneously hitting every pertinent point and legal angle as if he was working with a huge staff and other top lawyers in a giant firm.
I found Jason Pickholz online while researching whistle blower cases and how to remain anonymous and I’m glad I did. He explained everything in detail and was able to put me at ease throughout the fact gathering process. With his experience and expertise we put together a detailed document to explain the possible fraud involved while keeping my identity hidden. This put me at ease throughout the process and is the main reason why I would recommend Jason to anyone else in my shoes going forward. He was very trust worthy and detailed in explaining everything, and made sure I was comfortable throughout the process!!!
I was defrauded by one of the fastest rising investment bankers, who used his political clout to have me indicted for a crime that I did not commit to ruin my credibility so that if I blew the whistle on the fraud he was committing it would fall on deaf ears.
[Redacted]* the whistleblowers motion we filed was so compelling that federal agents got behind my story, which led to charges being filed against the investment bank, my indictment being dismissed, and being listed for a pending award. As a result of my whistleblowers motion prepared and filed with Jason Pickholz, the investment bank was shutdown and the owner has been bard from practicing investment banking.
I would definitely recommend Jason Pickholz to anyone who wishes to receive legal services in his many areas of expertise, and in blowing the whistle against those who commit fraud.
*[Redacted to comply with the NY Rules of Professional Conduct regarding endorsements.]
[Legal clarification: the SEC’s Enforcement Division obtained judgments against certain defendants. Those judgments are currently on administrative appeal to the Commission. If/when the Enforcement Division prevails on the appeals and collects on those judgments, the Office of the Whistleblower will post a Notice of Covered Action enabling an award claim to be submitted.]
Jason Pickholz is a stellar attorney and a clear [redacted]* in matters involving securities litigation and SEC matters. His keen intellect, creativity and years of experience make him the ideal partner for any client navigating the complexities of the SEC whistleblower program. Moreover, his responsiveness and easygoing nature make him an absolute pleasure to work with.
*[Redacted to comply with Rule 7.4(a) of the NY Rules of Professional Conduct.]
3 Questions I Answered About Jason Pickholz And Knew It Was Time To Blow The Whistle
One day I found myself in a simple yet complex legal and moral dilemma. I asked myself “Should I talk to an Attorney and see if I have a Whistleblower case or maybe just hire an attorney to get a better understanding about my 2 for 1 dilemma and sort out my options?”
While searching for SEC Attorneys on Google I was amazed by the amount of marketing and online presence of large law firms that all claimed to represent Whistleblowers. I was viewing reviews, articles, and even Whistleblower survivor guides that were appearing within my search results and were originating from very long distances, across several states from my actual location. I was expecting to see various pdf files, journals, and SEC agency related websites. Some of those results I expected to see did appear, but to my surprise there was almost no content that offered information or simple suggestions that would help a Whistleblower qualify an Attorney or firm that claims to represent Whistleblowers.
Within my search results every Attorney or law firm seemed to offer the best representation for Whistleblowers in the nation. I also searched for ideas on the types of questions I should ask or keep in mind before I decide on Consul. The purpose of this review is to share 3 key questions that might be of value for future Whistleblowers when it comes time to “Dare And Compare” SEC Attorneys and why I chose to work with Jason Pickholz.
1. Is the attorney I am about to call specialize only in SEC Whistleblower cases?
As you pass through all the eye catching and celebrity style websites of various law firms, be on the lookout to see if you come across the same Attorneys and law Firms stating to specialize in SEC Whistleblower cases and at the same time the firm is marketed in other areas of law outside the scope of securities fraud. If you come across firms that do market their business in that manner, I highly recommend that you continue with your search and scratch those Attorneys or law firms from your call list. In practice, Whistleblowers should expect working 15-20 hours a week with their attorney until the work product is adequately thought out, reviewed, tested, and then deemed “bulletproof.” The formalities, qualifications, verifications, rules, guidelines, and paper work truly require a specialist in SEC Whistleblower cases. With Mr. Pickholz as Consul I realized how Whistleblowers could be persuaded by all the dominant online presence of other firms and Attorneys. A very large law firm already has so many moving parts and if the firm does specialize in various areas of law a simple mistake such as not filing the claim according to the specialized protocol created by the SEC for submissions could then become “Gone With The wind.” Mr. Pickholz always shared and dedicated the time I needed and the amount of time that was necessary due to the nature of such precision that SEC Whistleblower cases require. The amount of time he dedicated for me surpassed my expectations and I never felt rushed nor felt like our discussions on the phone needed to end at a certain time. Jason was more than patient with me, he explained to me the Whistleblower process, and was extremely flexible with his schedule. I felt that we were a great match working together since we were always focused on the quality of our discussions regarding securities fraud. He was also a tremendous mentor walking me through what type of information is relevant for Whistleblower claims and helping me maintain concentration on that topic.
2. Does the Attorney I am about to call have SEC awards, relevant publications, defense & offense SEC litigation experience, authored securities fraud books, and a featured peer among the Whistleblower legal community?
If you are about to call an Attorney who doesn’t meet “all the above”, keep searching. As a Whistleblower I understood the risk and I also understood that coming forth with extremely sensitive information to the US Government positioned me in unchartered territory and was way out of my comfort zone. Future Whistleblowers will come across the same scenario, I suggest having a sports like mentality, you want someone on your team who can shoot and score. In [date redacted for confidentiality purposes] The Pickholz Law Firm was the first and is the only legal practice in the United States that has won an award appeal to the commission in Washington. Teaming up with an Attorney who made history in the specialty of SEC litigation had more influence than the fancy online presence of big law firms. In fact, I suggest you Google Mr. Pickholz, go to his website, and view the actual Whistleblower testimonials who were former clients of Jason Pickholz. My takeaway and experience while working with the Jason Pickholz Law Firm is the level of integrity and the quality of the work at which the firm operates.
3. Is the Attorney I am about to call willing to put “skin in the game?”
One characteristic about the large SEC Whistleblower law firms who have that heavy online presence that did not appeal to me was the fact that there didn’t seem to be a central person who would have been accountable for my case or someone to stand behind stand the work product. If I had chosen to work with a large law firm it seemed like the work product would have derived from a variety of Attorneys within the firm. I definitely wanted to avoid the possibility of a junior associate or less experienced attorney working on my case. With Jason Pickholz you know who is putting pen to paper and you know he is the only one working on your case and leading the charge. His attention to detail, thoroughness, and time he dedicated to my case far exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend that all future Whistleblowers consult with Jason Pickholz during the decision making process for Consul so they have reference to what is superb professionalism, quality, service, and proper time dedicated to clients.
Choosing to stand as a Whistleblower takes exceptional courage; it’s disruptive, isolating, and disorienting to say the very least. Without a doubt, choosing the right SEC Whistleblower attorney to represent me, and tirelessly go through the entire process alongside me, was one of the most difficult decisions of my life – simply because I understood the consequences of choosing the wrong counsel. From the outset, Jason Pickholz of The Pickholz Law Offices proved himself to be the very best person to represent me – unequivocally.
The intangibles I never anticipated were what truly set Jason apart. Here – exactly here – is where absolutely no one compares to Jason. When I first read Jason’s initial draft of my complaint, I realized someone finally listened, someone finally heard me. Jason understood and captured every detail of my complaint as well as the broader implications of it – reading it was nothing short of cathartic.
Jason’s sustained commitment and availability gave me continual reassurance, and peace of mind, throughout the entire process – believe me, it’s a marathon, and not a sprint. If you don’t think your attorney needs to be a trusted and straightforward friend and confidant, before long you will – choose Jason.
When I decided to become a whistle blower I called Jason Pickholz first. Jason has been with me every bit of the way during the whole process of becoming a whistle blower. He put me at ease and moved my case forward very quickly. He was thorough and very on point with everything pertaining to my case and I found no need to speak with any other attorneys. I have no regrets and am very grateful I found Jason Pickholz to represent me.
Jason Pickholz brings an expert level understanding to a complex area of the law and approaches each matter with the thoughtfulness & creativity one seeks in their advocate.
I was greatly impressed with Jason’s knowledge of the law and negotiating skills. I followed every shred of Jason’s advice and it paid off huge.
He’ a real pro.
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