Legal Assistance Program

Matching Whistleblowers With Qualified Attorneys

The National Whistleblower Center partners with the National Whistleblower Legal Education and Defense Fund (NWLDEF) to match whistleblowers with qualified attorneys.

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Our topmost priority is protecting whistleblowers, including securing for them, whenever possible, top-flight attorneys to help them navigate through a complex legal environment.

Through its Legal Assistance Program, the National Whistleblower Center helps those who may have witnessed criminal activity by corporations or governmental bodies to decide whether and how to step forward and report the wrongdoing to authorities.

Whistleblowers are protected and rewarded under an extensive body of U.S. laws, including but not limited to the:

  • False Claims Act / qui tam (which regulates fraud in Medicare, Medicaid and other government procurements);
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (which regulate foreign bribery);
  • Dodd-Frank Act (which regulates fraudulent statements to shareholders and the public by publicly-traded companies);
  • Lacey Act (which regulates illegal trade in wildlife, fish, and plants);
  • Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (which regulates illegal discharges of pollution into the ocean by U.S.-flagged vessels as well as foreign-flagged vessels that enter U.S. ports and navigable waters).

Many of these laws provide for confidential reporting to law enforcement, preservation of the whistleblowers’ anonymity and rewards to the whistleblowers when their information leads to civil or criminal penalties. The laws protect and reward whistleblowers regardless of whether they are employed by the wrongdoer and regardless of whether the whistleblowers are U.S. citizens.

NWC educates whistleblowers inside and outside the U.S. about the risks and rewards of doing the right thing in the face of wrongdoing. Throughout this website, you will find extensive information about laws protecting whistleblowers against retaliation and providing for financial rewards. NWC also makes available on this website the Whistleblower’s Handbook, a detailed guide to whistleblowing authored by leading whistleblower attorney (and NWC Board Chairman) Stephen Kohn. Perhaps most importantly, NWC provides a confidential web portal for whistleblowers to submit basic information about the wrongdoing they have witnessed and to be connected to a qualified attorney.

Given the complexity of whistleblower law and the importance of minimizing risk to safety and livelihoods, NWC recommends that whistleblowers work with a qualified attorney before distributing information about wrongdoing.

Your privacy is important to us. We consider all communication to the Legal Assistance Program to be strictly confidential.  Attorneys working with NWC’s partner organization, the National Whistleblower Legal Defense and Education Fund (NWLDEF) will review the information provided. In addition, if you do not wish to submit this form online, you may print it out, fill in the answers and send it via postal service.

It is the strict policy of NWC and NWLDEF that the confidential report you submit remains confidential. We consider the submission and content of this form to fall within the confines of the attorney-client and work product privileges and will treat the information we receive accordingly. Please understand that although we consider your communication with us to be privileged, we are not your attorneys and do not represent you.

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If you hire an outside attorney to represent you, the NWLDEF will have no further involvement with your case. Furthermore, it is up to you to independently evaluate the quality of any attorney/law firm you may hire, even if that attorney is affiliated with the NWLDEF. An introduction to an attorney or law firm does not constitute an endorsement of the attorney or law firm. The NWLDEF’s review of your form is a pro bono public service.

Please read the FAQ page for more information.

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Practice Areas Listed in Directory Corresponding Code Practice Areas Listed in Directory Corresponding Code
Civil Rights CR Military Whistleblowers MilW
Corporation – Sarbanes Oxley Whistleblowers SOX National Security Employees NSE
Discrimination EEO EEO Nuclear Safety Whistleblowers NSW
Occupational Safety Whistleblowers OSHA Dodd-Frank Act D-FR
Educational/Higher Education Whistleblowers EDU Privacy Act PA
Environmental Health and Safety Whistleblowers EHSE Securities and Exchange Commission Whistleblower SEC SEC
Security Clearance SC Fair Labor Standards Act FLSA
False Claims Act/ qui tam FCA State Statutory or Common Law Claims SS/CLC
Federal Employee Whistleblowers FEW Tax Whistleblower TW
Food Safety Whistleblowers FSW Transportation – Trucking T-T
Fraud Whistleblowers FW Transportation – Rail T-R
Government Contractor Whistleblowers GCW Transportation – Air T-A
International Clients INT Transportation – Trucking, Rail, Air T-TRA
Medical Whistleblowers MedW Veterans Affairs Hospital Workers VAHW
Wildlife Whistleblowers WL

Attorneys – Get Listed in the National Whistleblower Center’s Whistleblower Attorney Directory

If you are a licensed attorney in good standing with your bar and interested in being listed in the NWC’s Whistleblower Attorney Directory contact us here:

Learn more about the Whistleblower Attorney Directory.

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