Wondering whether to speak with a New York City SEC whistleblower attorney? You may have heard about the Securities and Exchange Commission whistleblower award program, but you may be uncertain as to whether what you discovered is something that the SEC will be interested in hearing about. It can feel a bit overwhelming, we know. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do that might make the initial process a little bit easier for you.
First, think about what you know. Sounds funny, right? Well, not necessarily. Even if you know that you have uncovered a corporate fraud or a violation of the securities laws, remember that now you have to explain it to someone who has no idea what is going on at your company because he or she does not work there. Organizing your thoughts first might make your initial conversation with a New York City SEC whistleblower attorney more productive. You might want to think about questions like what parts of the fraud did you personally see happen? What parts did you hear about because someone else told you? Who did the bad things, and did anyone else help them or know what they were doing? These are just a few questions you might want to think about to organize your thoughts and to help make the most of your time speaking to a New York City SEC whistleblower attorney.
Second, is the fraud something to tell the SEC about? This is a question that a lot of people may have. Some people know that the SEC investigates frauds involving securities or the stock markets. But what a lot of people do not realize is that the SEC can and does investigate and bring cases for a lot of other things. A “public company” is a company that issues stocks that are bought and sold by people on a public exchange like the NYSE or NASDAQ. An easy way to think about it is if you work for company X, and people buy and sell shares of company X on the NYSE or NASDAQ, then your company is probably a “public company”. The SEC investigates lots of things involving public companies. For example, if a public company lies in its financial statements, or commits a fraud to hide its losses in its books and records, the SEC can investigate that. You can click here for a list of some other things that the SEC investigates. If you are still not certain, that is ok. A New York City SEC whistleblower attorney can help you figure out if the SEC might be interested in hearing about what you have discovered.
Third, what New York City SEC whistleblower attorney do you want to talk with? That may be the most confusing question you have right now. There are a lot of lawyer and law firm web sites out there, all claiming to be the “best”. If you are getting hung up trying to figure out which one is “the best”, you might want to consider that the one who is the best for someone else may not be the one who is the best for you. Only you can decide which one is best for you. Think about what qualities you are looking for in your lawyer. It can be hard to get advice on this because, understandably, you may not want to discuss your situation with your friends or colleagues. Some of The Pickholz Law Offices’ clients have written about their experiences on our Testimonials page. If you think it might help, please feel free to take a look at what they have to say by clicking here.
Fourth, remember that a New York City SEC whistleblower attorney may be able to help you even if you do not live or work in New York City. At The Pickholz Law Offices, we have represented clients from many states other than New York. If you are curious, you can see examples of the kinds of things we have helped clients with on our Our Cases & Results page.
Fifth, if you are still uncertain, you can call and speak with a New York SEC whistleblower attorney to find out if he or she is the right lawyer for you. Keep in mind that your initial conversation with a lawyer is not only to convince him or her that you have a case — it is also an opportunity for you to ask questions to try to figure out if that lawyer is the right one for you.
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