What To Look For When Seeking An Experienced SEC Whistleblower Lawyer
When looking for an experienced SEC whistleblower lawyer, simply doing a Google search can leave you overwhelmed. With the growth and maturation of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC’s”) Whistleblower Award Program and the SEC’s announcements of several multi-million dollar awards to whistleblowers, increasingly attorneys are designating themselves as supposedly experienced SEC whistleblower lawyers, to convince you to hire them. Many of these lawyers have created pages or sections on their websites with generic promotional information in an attempt to convince you that they are the best SEC whistleblower attorney or SEC whistleblower law firm, so that you will hire them.
However, before you decide to hire a lawyer to represent you as an SEC whistleblower, you should ask a few simple questions.
Questions To Ponder When Seeking An Experienced SEC Whistleblower Lawyer
- Does your potential lawyer have the proficiency to represent you in this type of legal situation? Or, does the lawyer seem to be more (exclusively) interested in the fees he/she may earn if you win an SEC whistleblower award?
- Does the lawyer seem more interested in representing you and focusing on the unique aspects of your situation, or in simply trying to convince you to sign with them? Do you get a premonition that once you hire them, you will get lost in their stable of clients while they go looking for their next client or SEC whistleblower reward candidate?
- What actual “SEC” and/or “SEC whistleblower” experience does the lawyer have? Many lawyers claim to be able to handle all aspects of any legal case you may have. Others claim or imply that they are whistleblower experts. However, all whistleblower cases are not the same. There are IRS whistleblowers, criminal whistleblowers, False Claims Act whistleblowers, and so forth. The SEC has its own rules and procedures that are unique, not only to the SEC in general, but specifically to the SEC whistleblower program as well. Experience representing clients in one area of the law, or before other agencies such as the IRS, is not the same as experience representing clients in cases before the SEC and/or as SEC whistleblowers. Likewise, previously working for an agency, such as the SEC, is not the same as representing numerous clients, over a lengthy career, in front of that agency.
Jason Pickholz: An Experienced SEC Whistleblower Lawyer
The founder of The Pickholz Law Offices, Jason 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 milestones of the SEC whistleblower program.
Mr. Pickholz has been representing clients in SEC cases since 1995. He is a co-author of the two-volume book Securities Crimes. In recognition of his achievements as a lawyer, he was nominated by his legal peers and elected to be a Fellow of The New York Bar Foundation, an honor that is granted to just 1% of attorneys in The New York State Bar Association.
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