Jason R. Pickholz is one of the first lawyers ever to win an SEC whistleblower award for a client. He is also the first lawyer to successfully convince the Securities and Exchange Commission to grant his client an SEC whistleblower award over an initial recommendation by its staff to deny any award. This was the first time in the history of the SEC Whistleblower Program that the Commission overruled an adverse Preliminary Determination by its Claims Review Staff. (See official SEC Award here.) Inside Counsel Magazine named this as one of the “Five milestones in the Dodd-Frank whistleblower reward program“. As an SEC whistleblower lawyer, Mr. Pickholz has represented employees, officers, and directors in cases involving financial institutions and public companies listed in the Fortune Top 20, Top 50, Top 100, and Top 500, and the Forbes Global 2000.
Mr. Pickholz is a co-author of the two-volume book, Securities Crimes, published by leading legal publisher Thomson Reuters, and is the sole author of the book’s 87 page chapter on “The SEC Whistleblower Award Program”.
Among his many speaking engagements, Mr. Pickholz has taught a continuing education course for lawyers on “Incentives and Protections for the Modern Whistleblower”, chaired a program before an international audience where he spoke on “The SEC Whistleblower’s Perspective”, and was invited by a leading university to teach a lecture on SEC whistleblowers and white collar crime titled “When Bad Things Happen To Good People”.
For over 20 years, Mr. Pickholz has been representing clients before the SEC and other government and regulatory agencies. In addition to SEC whistleblowers, Mr. Pickholz has represented clients before the SEC, U.S. Attorney’s offices, the U.S. Department of Justice, state authorities including the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and the New York Attorney General’s office, FINRA and other self-regulatory organizations, FinCen (the U.S. Treasury Department), the Internal Revenue Service, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Among his other notable cases, Mr. Pickholz was counsel in the first anti-money laundering case brought by FinCen and the NYSE together against an NYSE member firm, was counsel in the first disciplinary case brought by FINRA, and was counsel in two cases that Crain’s New York Business referred to as among the largest stock fraud cases of the early 21st century involving New York-based companies.
Prior to founding The Pickholz Law Offices, Mr. Pickholz was a partner at two different national law firms. He began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Kevin Thomas Duffy, United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York. He obtained his J.D. degree from NYU School of Law, and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Colgate University.
In recognition of his achievements, in 2015 Mr. Pickholz was nominated by his peers and elected as a Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation, an honor that is limited to 1% of the 74,000 lawyers in the New York State Bar Association.
You can contact Mr. Pickholz by calling 347-746-1222. Your initial consultation of up to one hour is free of charge.
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