The National Whistleblower Center’s (NWC) Legal Assistance Program helps whistleblowers exercise their rights in two ways: (1) offering education about the basics of whistleblower law and procedure through trainings and workshops, reports and regular postings to our website , blog and social media channels; and (2) connecting whistleblowers with qualified attorneys through our legal intake system.
Legal Intake System
Working in close partnership with nonprofit law firm the National Whistleblower Legal Defense and Education Fund (NWLDEF), NWC provides a secure intake form that allows whistleblowers to submit basic information about their case on a highly confidential basis. Once a whistleblower has completed and submitted the intake form, attorneys working for NWC and the NWLDEF will review it and determine whether it is case that may be suitable for an attorney in NWC’s Cooperating Attorney Network, one or more attorneys in its Directory of Whistleblower Attorneys, or (in a small number of cases) attorneys working for the NWLDEF. NWC is not a law firm and does not represent whistleblowers in legal matters, although it sometimes provides communications support and other non-litigation assistance for individual whistleblowers to whom it is connected through the legal intake system.
The Importance of Securing a Qualified Attorney
Whether whistleblowers elect to use NWC’s legal intake system or choose to find a qualified attorney through other means, what matters is that they have made the decision to get legal help. Securing whistleblower protections and rewards requires navigating through an extensive and complex set of laws and procedures. NWC strongly recommends obtaining representation of qualified counsel to help with this sometimes arduous process. In some cases, an attorney may be willing to work on a contingency fee basis, i.e., to receive a fee only if the whistleblower obtains a financial settlement or judgment.