Since its creation in 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC’s”) SEC Whistleblower Program has become a mature program that the SEC’s Chair described as having “had a transformative impact on enforcement” of the U.S. securities laws. With the SEC announcing numerous multi-million dollar awards to whistleblowers, many law firms are seeking to brand themselves as an SEC Whistleblower Law Firm NYC, to encourage potential SEC whistleblowers to engage them.
You may have come across generic statements on law firm websites to the effect that they are the best SEC Whistleblower Law Firm NYC. Simply performing a Google search for an SEC Whistleblower Law Firm NYC could leave you more confused than when you started.
Some Questions You Might Want To Consider …
Before you even select your attorney, you probably want to determine if a potential SEC whistleblower law firm has your best interests at heart, or whether it only cares about the fee it can earn by winning an SEC whistleblower reward. Some of the questions you may want to consider when seeking an SEC whistleblower attorney might include:
- Does the law firm really care about you and your case, or simply the chance to file a claim with the SEC?
- Does the law firm seem to be more interested in the fee it may receive if you are granted an SEC whistleblower award, than in your situation and what you are going through?
- Is the law firm more interested in convincing you to retain it, than in asking questions to truly understand the facts of your case and what you hope to accomplish?
- Does the law firm genuinely empathize what you are going through, and does it seem to want to make sure that you understand the process and are comfortable with it before you begin?
- Do you believe that the law firm will continue to care about you after it has convinced you to hire it and filed your tip with the SEC, or do you get the sense that you may get shunted aside as the firm goes looking for its next score?
Once you’ve satisfied yourself with answers to those questions, you might then move on to…
- What is the firm’s actual SEC whistleblower case experience?
Many law firms often claim to be able to handle cases related to all sorts of general law, plaintiffs’ law, or whistleblower cases. Is it truly an “SEC whistleblower law firm” focusing primarily on SEC whistleblower cases, or does it strike you as a jack-of-all-trades?There are many different types of whistleblowers: IRS whistleblowers, False Claims Act whistleblowers, and so forth. The type of whistleblower, the relevant law, and the Federal Agencies that enforce each are distinctive and unique. Those agencies maintain their own rules, have their own cultures, and have developed their own processes for doing things. Experience representing clients before some other agency is different from representing clients in SEC Enforcement investigations.
- Does the law firm have prior experience representing individuals in SEC cases before 2010?
The SEC whistleblower program was created in Summer 2010. In terms of the legal profession, that is not that long ago.So what did the lawyers and the law firm do before there was an SEC whistleblower program? Did they have extensive experience representing individuals in SEC Enforcement investigations before 2010, or has the firm only recently jumped on the SEC bandwagon? Keep in mind that working for an agency is not the same as representing many different clients, over many years, in front of that agency.
Who We Are
The Pickholz Law Offices was one of the first law firms in the country to win an SEC whistleblower award for a client.
We were also the first law firm ever to win an award on appeal to the full Commission in Washington, D.C. Inside Counsel magazine named this groundbreaking victory as one of the five milestones of the SEC whistleblower program.
People from all over the United States have hired The Pickholz Law Offices to be their SEC whistleblower law firm. Our SEC whistleblower clients have included employees, officers, directors, and others in cases involving financial institutions, securities and investment firms, and public companies listed in the Fortune Top 20, Top 50, Top 100, and Top 500, and the Forbes Global 2000. Please feel free to click on our client Testimonials link, or click here, to see what some of our clients have to say about us.
Since the inception of our law firm, our motto has been “Because every case is the most important to the client involved”. We understand that and take it seriously.
Jason R. Pickholz, the founder of The Pickholz Law Offices, has been representing individuals in SEC Enforcement investigations for over 20 years. He is a co-author of the two-volume book Securities Crimes published by Thomson Reuters, and is the sole author of the book’s comprehensive chapter on the SEC whistleblower program. In recognition of Mr. Pickholz’s achievements, he was nominated by his peers and elected to be a Fellow of The New York Bar Foundation, an honor bestowed upon just 1% of New York State attorneys.
How To Contact Us
If you would like to speak with an SEC whistleblower lawyer, you can call our offices at 347-746-1222. Your initial conversation of up to one hour is free of charge, and you are under no obligation to hire The Pickholz Law Offices when it is finished.
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