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Renowned Whistleblower Expert Available for Interviews in Pittsburgh

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Washington, D.C. April 26, 2011. On May 4, 2011, Executive Director of the National Whistleblowers Center (NWC), Stephen M. Kohn will be in Pittsburgh and available for interviews regarding the most recent developments in whistleblower protections.
In July 2010, Congress enacted powerful new whistleblower protections as part of the historic Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform legislation, which significantly expanded the ability for corporate insiders to qualify for rewards. Under these laws corporate whistleblowers can obtain multi-million dollar financial rewards for disclosing violations of the Securities and Commodity Exchange Acts. The reward provisions - which cover trillions of dollars in financial transactions - have sparked fierce opposition from the Chamber of Commerce. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is expected to publish final rules governing the whistleblower procedures within the next 30 days.

NWC Executive Director Stephen M. Kohn was directly involved in the efforts to have Congress protect corporate whistleblowers and has met with each of the five SEC Commissioners regarding the proposed whistleblower rules. Mr. Kohn is also the author of The Whistleblower's Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What's Right and Protecting Yourself (Lyons Press, 2011), which explains how whistleblowers can qualify for large monetary rewards. As of 2010, whistleblowers have been paid $2.7 billion in rewards under the False Claims Act.

Over the past 27 years, Mr. Kohn has also represented many of America's most controversial and important whistleblowers, including Bunnatine "Bunny" Greenhouse (who blew the whistle on the no-bid contracts awarded to Halliburton for the Reconstruction of Iraq), Linda Tripp (in her Privacy Act complaint concerning the government's illegal release of personal information about Ms. Tripp) and Dr. Frederic Whitehurst (who disclosed widespread forensic fraud in the FBI crime lab and exposed misconduct in the World Trade Center and Oklahoma City bombing cases).

To arrange an interview with Mr. Kohn, please contact Lindsey M. Williams at or (202) 342-1903.