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The SEC Whistleblower Award Program & Your NY Whistle Blower Law Firm

Have you found yourself in a situation where you’ve discovered corporate fraud, accounting and reporting fraud, or other securities violations at a public company or financial institution that aren’t being fixed or reported?  Are you wondering what to do about it?  Which government agency to report it to?  And, what type of SEC whistleblower award you might be eligible for if you do?  These are the types of questions that an experienced, dedicated NY whistle blower law firm can help you with.

While many people are aware of the SEC and what it is generally responsible for regulating, they are often not aware of the SEC whistleblower award program and/or how it works.  Through the SEC whistleblower program, if an individual voluntarily provides original information about a fraud or other securities violation at a public company or financial institution (i.e., a bank, accounting firm, broker/dealer, etc.) to the SEC, and the SEC brings a successful action based in part or in whole on that information, in which it collects more than $1 million, the SEC is required to give the eligible whistleblower(s) an SEC whistleblower reward of between 10% - 30% of the amount collected, if all other conditions are met.

Becoming an SEC whistleblower can involve more than simply filing an SEC whistleblower complaint.  Once you’ve decided to become a whistleblower, you may need to:

  • File certain SEC whistleblower forms;
  • respond to follow-up questions from the SEC Staff;
  • submit a written application for a reward grant upon completion of the SEC’s case;
  • as well as, other potential steps that might arise during the course of the SEC’s investigation into your whistleblower tip.

Additionally, the type and quality of information you provide, and the extent of your cooperation with the SEC, can have an effect on the granting and size of an SEC whistleblower award that you might be eligible to receive.

An experienced SEC whistleblower lawyer can guide you through the process of being an SEC whistleblower.

Founded with the goal of creating a NY whistle blower law firm capable of providing the same high quality representation as the big firms, but with the personal attention to clients uniquely possible in a small firm, The Pickholz Law Offices was one of the first law firms to win an SEC whistleblower award for a client.

We were also the first law firm ever to successfully convince the full Commission in Washington to grant a client an SEC whistleblower award over an initial recommendation by the SEC 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.  Inside Counsel magazine named our victory as one of the milestones of the SEC whistleblower program.

As an NY whistle blower law firm, The Pickholz Law Offices’ clients have included employees, officers, directors, and others in SEC whistleblower cases involving financial institutions and public companies listed in the Fortune Top 10, Top 20, Top 50, Top 100, Top 500, and the Forbes Global 2000.

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If you are looking for an SEC whistleblower attorney, please give us a call at 347.746.1222.

Your initial conversation, up to one hour, is free of charge and is for the purpose of helping you decide if you would like to hire The Pickholz Law Offices as your NY whistle blower law firm.  You are under no obligation to hire us as your SEC whistleblower law firm when your initial consultation is concluded.

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The Pickholz Law Offices represents U.S. and international clients in securities and white collar cases. The Firm has helped whistleblowers report frauds to the SEC, CFTC, and IRS, and has defended clients in investigations by the SEC, CFTC, DOJ, FINRA, and other financial and securities enforcement regulators.

The Firm’s founder, Jason Pickholz, is the author of the two-volume book Securities Crimes, has appeared on tv and radio, and has taught continuing legal education courses. A former BigLaw partner, he has been representing clients in financial and securities fraud cases since 1995. In recognition of his many achievements, Mr. Pickholz was elected by his legal peers to be a Fellow of The New York Bar Foundation, an honor limited to just 1% of all attorneys in the New York State Bar Association.

Mr. Pickholz has been counsel in many high-profile cases. He was the first attorney ever to win an SEC whistleblower award on appeal to the Commission, which Inside Counsel magazine called one of the five key events in the history of the SEC whistleblower program. On the defense side, Mr. Pickholz has defended clients in the SEC’s COVID-19 investigations, the CFTC’s cryptocurrency cases, and a former US Senator, among others.

If you want to speak with a CFTC, IRS, or SEC whistleblower lawyer, or with a white collar defense lawyer, you can call the Firm at 347-746-1222.

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