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Special Seminar: The NEW Corporate Whistleblower Protections and Reward Provisions

 July 25th - New York, NY
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

CLE Credit Available*

Learn how to use the new corporate whistleblower laws and regulations to effectively represent employees, combat fraud, and qualify for large whistleblower rewards.  The seminar will explain the new anti-retaliation rules governing corporate employees and the financial reward provisions that require the SEC to pay large financial awards to qualified whistleblowers.  Gain insight into how whistleblower protection laws can be integrated into your law practice as powerful legal tools for maximizing your client's ability to have their case heard before a jury and obtain entitlement to large monetary rewards.

Hear from leading whistleblower attorneys who were extensively involved in the Dodd-Frank rulemaking process.  On May 25th, the SEC adopted whistleblower rules that fundamentally changed and enhanced the right of employees to obtain legal protection and large financial rewards.  The NWC and its legal staff were extensively involved in this process.  Many of the NWC's proposals were adopted by the Commission, and the Final Rules cited to NWC formal comments forty-four times.  The new regulations will prove an invaluable asset in the representation of corporate whistleblowers.

The seminar will take place on Monday, July 25, 2011 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan in New York, NY.  The regular price for the seminar is $295 with early bird discounts (register on or before July 15th) and reduced fees for ARS members and whistleblowers.  For early bird discounts and more information, including agenda and faculty click here.

To REGISTER click here.

*For CLE credit contact (202) 342-1903 or


Take advantage of this special opportunity to participate in a discussion with the new SEC Whistleblower head. If you enroll in this CLE, you will also be permitted to participate in an hour-long session with Sean McKessy, Chief of the new SEC Whistleblower Office, free of charge. Mr. McKessy will be speaking at a National Whistleblowers Center event at the Willard Intercontinental in Washington, DC. You can participate in person or by teleconference. Mr. McKessy will provide an explanation of the new office and will be able to answer questions. For more information on the McKessy session, click here.

  Regular Price: $295 

Early Bird Discount Prices (Register on or before July 15th):


$ 150            Attorneys

For discount code contact (202) 342-1903 or

                     Join the ARS online today and receive the ARS member seminar rate
                     Contact Estelle S. Kohn for more information at
                     (202)-342-1903 or

$ 95             Attorney Referral Service (ARS) Members        

For discount code contact (202) 342-1903 or

$75              Whistleblowers

                    For discount code contact (202) 342-1903 or

*Financial aid policy available

Seminar Agenda:



The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act: The New Financial Rewards for Whistleblowers

One Hour 

Part I: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

      A.  Commodities Exchange Act
            Section 748

          a.  Commodities qui tam
          b.  Confidentiality
          c.  The Commodity Futures Trading Commission Rules
          d.  Retroactivity
          e.  No Mandatory Arbitration
           f.  How to file a claim          
          g.  Pitfalls and warnings             

      B.  Securities Exchange Act
           Section 922(a) & Section 924

          a.  Securities qui tam          
          b.  The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act          
          c.  Confidentiality
          d.  The SEC Rules
          e.  No Mandatory Arbitration
           f.  Retroactivity
          g.  How to file a claim
          h.  Pitfalls and warnings

Part II: Other Major Federal/State qui tam Laws: FCA/IRS/State

      A.    False Claims Act, amended

                   31 U.S.C. § 3729-3732

      B.    IRS/Tax Whistleblower Rewards Provision


The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act: The New Anti-Retaliation Provisions

One Hour

Part I: Anti-Retaliation Provisions

      A.  Securities Exchange Act

      B.  Commodities Exchange Act

      C.  Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Amendments     

                   Section 922(b), 922(c), & Section 929A

           a.  Rating Organizations
           b.  Statute of Limitations
           c.  Jury Trials
           d.  No mandatory Arbitration
           e.  Subsidiary Coverage

      D.  Consumer Protection Board Employee Protection


How to Litigate a Whistleblower Case: An Overview of the Major Rules Governing Whistleblowing

One Hour

Part I:  How to Litigate a Whistleblower Case:  Overview of Major Rules

      A.  Identifying the best federal or state law

      B.  How to determine whether a financial rewards provision applies
           to your case

     C.  What is protected activity (reporting to supervisors, the
          government, the press)

     D.  How to prove your case:  discovery and evidence collection

     E.  The prima facie case and the burden of proof

     F.  How to prove discriminatory motive

     G.  Damages and attorney fees

     H.  Contracts, Settlement and Arbitration

      I.  Does Whistleblowing Work?



Seminar Materials:

Registrants will receive course materials that consist of the new Dodd-Frank SEC Regulations and The Whistleblower's Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What's Right and Protecting Yourself (Lyons Press, 2011). The Handbook contains specific chapters on new rewards laws including the Dodd-Frank rewards and anti-retaliation provisions, False Claims Act rewards and anti-retaliation provisions, and IRS rewards provisions. Registrants will receive free download upon registration. 

Seminar Faculty:

Stephen M. Kohn (Executive Director, NWC)

Stephen M. Kohn is one of the nation's leading advocates for corporate and government whistleblowers and will be traveling directly to Seattle to present this seminar. Mr. Kohn has successfully represented whistleblowers for over 27 years and is responsible for many of the set whistleblower precedents today. From 1984 to 1988, Mr. Kohn formerly served as Clinical Director of the groundbreaking whistleblower rights clinic at the Antioch School of Law and he is the author of the first legal treatise on whistleblowing, Protecting Environmental and Nuclear Whistleblowers: A Litigation Manual (NIRS, 1985). Since then, he has authored or co-authored six books on whistleblower law, including: Whistleblower Law: A Guide to Legal Protections for Corporate Employees (Praeger, 2004); Concepts and Procedures in Whistleblower Law (Greenwood Press, 2000); The Whistleblower Litigation Handbook (Wiley Law, 1991); The Labor Lawyers Guide to the Rights and Responsibilities of Employee Whistleblowers (Greenwood Press, 1988) and the recently released The Whistleblower's Handbook: A Step-By-Step Guide to Doing What's Right and Protecting Yourself (Lyons Press, 2011). Mr. Kohn was the principal author of the NWC's rulemaking petitions and personally met with all five SEC Commissioners and the responsible Commission staff.

Stuart D. Meissner (The Offices of Stuart D. Meissner LLC)

Stuart D. Meissner, Esq. is the Founding Member and Manager of the Law Offices of Stuart D. Meissner LLC. Previously, he was the Assistant Attorney General in the Financial Crimes and Securities Investor Protection Bureaus in the State of New York Attorney General's Office and an Assistant District Attorney for Manhattan. Mr. Meissner is an expert in the field of securities whistleblowing.

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