Looking For An Accomplished SEC Whistleblower Lawyer?
Performing a simple search for an accomplished SEC whistleblower lawyer will result in a long list of websites for lawyers offering their services. Many of those websites try to convince potential whistleblowers of their status as an SEC whistleblower law firm by using descriptive but uninformative superlatives or calling themselves “The ____ SEC Whistleblower ____” [fill in the blanks]. While attempting to convince you that they are “the best” SEC whistleblower attorney, a careful examination may reveal that many of those websites consist of little more than generic promotional information. Often they are the same kinds of generic statements that could apply to many lawyers.
With all of this noise on the Internet, it can be difficult to find the accomplished SEC whistleblower lawyer you are seeking. But there are some things you can look for.
Questions To Consider When Seeking An Accomplished SEC Whistleblower Lawyer
Lawyer websites are designed to sound impressive to potential clients. To help you figure out if a particular attorney is really an accomplished SEC whistleblower lawyer, there are a couple of questions that you might want to consider:
- Does the lawyer actually have the history and experience to represent you in this type of legal situation? Can he/she provide you with tangible evidence of their experience and understanding of your situation and how it applies to the SEC? Or does he or she seem mainly interested in the fees he or she may earn if you win an SEC whistleblower award? While the potential to receive an award is certainly an attraction of the program, and lawyers are entitled to get paid for their work, a truly accomplished SEC whistleblower lawyer’s primary focus should be on understanding a particular client’s needs and interests, and how best to achieve that specific client’s goals, not on the potential payoff to the lawyer or their firm.
- Is the lawyer truly focused on representing you and handling the unique aspects of your situation, or does he or she seem more determined to persuade you to quickly sign with them, so they can submit a formulaic application to the SEC and move on? Do you feel like the SEC whistleblower lawyer will be there for you when you need him or her, or do you get the sense that you will get lost in their bag of clients while they turn their attention to finding their next SEC whistleblower reward candidate?
- What real “SEC” and/or “SEC whistleblower” accomplishments can the lawyer demonstrate to you? Lots of lawyers claim to be able to handle all aspects of any legal case you may have. Some may claim or imply that they are SEC whistleblower experts because some part of their career touched on some kind of whistleblower situation. However, not all whistleblower cases are the same. There are IRS whistleblowers, criminal whistleblowers, False Claims Act whistleblowers, and other kinds of whistleblowers. Each type of whistleblower program has its own rules and procedures, and each federal agency is different. Experience representing clients in one area of the law, or before other agencies, is not the same as experience representing clients in SEC Enforcement investigations and/or as SEC whistleblowers. Likewise, previously working for an agency is not the same as representing numerous clients, over a lengthy career, in Enforcement investigations conducted by that agency.
Jason R. Pickholz — An Accomplished SEC Whistleblower Lawyer
Jason R. Pickholz was one of the first lawyers in the world to win an SEC whistleblower award for a client. He was also the first lawyer ever to win an award on appeal to the full Commission in Washington, D.C. Inside Counsel magazine named this victory as one of the five key events of the SEC whistleblower program.
Mr. Pickholz has been representing clients in SEC Enforcement cases for over 22 years. His SEC whistleblower clients have included employees, officers, directors, and others in cases involving financial institutions, investment firms, and public companies listed in the Fortune Top 20, Top 50, Top 100, and Top 500, and the Forbes Global 2000.
Additionally, he is a co-author of the two-volume book Securities Crimes published by Thomson Reuters, a leading legal publisher. He is also the sole author of the book’s comprehensive chapter on the SEC whistleblower program, which he updates annually.
Mr. Pickholz has also lectured and taught continuing legal education courses for lawyers on the SEC whistleblower program.
In recognition of his achievements, Mr. Pickholz’s legal peers nominated and elected him to be a Fellow of The New York Bar Foundation. Being elected to the Fellows is an honor that is granted to just 1% of the 72,000 attorneys in New York State Bar Association.
If you would like, please feel free to click on the firm’s Testimonials link, or click here, to see what some of Mr. Pickholz’s actual clients have to say about his skills, abilities, and his commitment to them.
If you would like to speak with an SEC whistleblower lawyer, you can call our offices at 347-746-1222. Your initial conversation of up to one hour is free of charge, and you are under no obligation to hire Mr. Pickholz or The Pickholz Law Offices when it is finished.
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