New York City Whistleblower Attorney
What to Look for in a New York City Whistleblower Attorney
If you have information about corporate fraud or securities violations and are considering reporting it to the Securities and Exchange Commission, you are probably looking for a New York City whistleblower attorney. That is a good idea, since the SEC whistleblower program has a lot of complicated rules regarding eligibility for an SEC whistleblower award. It also has a lot of rules that could disqualify someone from receiving an SEC whistleblower reward.
In addition to helping you understand and follow the SEC whistleblower rules, there are many other things that a New York City whistleblower attorney can help you with. For example, under the rules for the SEC whistleblower program, if you want to proceed anonymously, you are required to be represented by an SEC whistleblower lawyer.
A New York City whistleblower attorney can also help you write your complaint to the SEC, interact with the SEC Staff on your behalf, assist you during meetings and telephone calls with the SEC, draft your written application for an SEC whistleblower award, and appeal an initial award decision if it doesn’t go your way.
As you consider which SEC whistleblower attorney to hire, here are a few things to consider:
- Does the attorney have extensive experience representing individuals in SEC case?
Knowing about, or having read about, the SEC whistleblower program is not the same as having real experience representing actual SEC whistleblowers. There are many SEC whistleblower lawyers who will be eager to take your case, but you will want to be sure they have plenty of experience representing individuals specifically in SEC whistleblower cases. This can be tricky because the SEC whistleblower program was only created in 2010, which is not a long time ago in legal terms. Once you find a lawyer who has experience in SEC whistleblower cases, you might also want to check their experience in representing individuals in SEC cases before 2010 when the SEC whistleblower program was created.
Jason R. Pickholz, the founder of The Pickholz Law Offices, has extensive experience with SEC whistleblower cases. He has represented SEC whistleblowers in cases involving financial institutions and public companies listed in the Fortune Top 20, Top 50, Top 100, Top 500, and the Forbes Global 2000. Prior to becoming an SEC whistleblower lawyer, for almost two decades Mr. Pickholz represented many individuals in SEC cases. For some examples of the types of cases Mr. Pickholz has handled, please click on the Our Cases & Results link or click here.
- Does the attorney have a history of success?
While thousands of whistleblower tips are presented to the SEC each year, only a handful of those cases result in an SEC whistleblower award for the client.
Mr. Pickholz was one of the first SEC whistleblower attorneys to win an SEC whistleblower award for a client. He was also the first lawyer ever to win an SEC whistleblower reward for a client on appeal to the full Commission in Washington, D.C. Inside Counsel magazine named this achievement as one of the milestones of the SEC whistleblower program.
- Has the attorney received public recognition from other lawyers and judges?
There are lots of sites that claim to “rate” lawyers, but do you really know what their ratings are based on? Lots of lawyers are not even mentioned on those sites or lists. Are they really “social” sites where lawyers in the same law firm or who are friends swap top rankings to boost each other up? On what basis are the owners or operators of that web site or list qualified to judge and rank a lawyer’s professional skill?
Wouldn’t it be more useful to you to know what a particular SEC whistleblower lawyer’s peers actually think about him or her? In addition to being referred to as having set a milestone by a leading lawyers’ magazine, Mr. Pickholz was nominated and elected by his peers to be a Fellow of The New York Bar Foundation - an honor only 1% of the NY State Bar Association’s 74,000 members receive. His clients have been referred to him by other lawyers (see here), journalists, and law professors (see Client Testimonials here).
If you would like to speak with a lawyer at an SEC whistleblower law firm, please give us a call at 347.746.1222. Your initial conversation with Mr. Pickholz of up to one hour is free of charge, so what have you got to lose?