Whistleblower Leadership Council

The Whistleblower Leadership Council's members are distinguished whistleblowers, leading advocates for increased whistleblower protections and experts in whistleblower law. The Council provides advice to the National Whistleblower Center and recommends whistleblower issues or cases to the NWC for support. 

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Stephen M. Kohn

Stephen M. Kohn is one of the nation’s leading whistleblower attorneys. A founding director of the NWC, he is the author of eight books on whistleblower law, including The New Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself (Lyons Press, 3rd Edition 2017). He is a practicing whistleblower attorney and serves pro […]

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Jane Turner

Turner successful fought her removal, and won a historic victory for all FBI whistleblowers before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [link].  She challenged her retaliation in federal court, and won a unanimous jury verdict in her favor, obtaining the largest compensatory damage award permitted under the law for federal employees.  Jane […]

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Dr. Frederic Whitehurst

Dr. Frederic Whitehurst is a former FBI scientist who “blew the whistle” on misconduct within the FBI crime lab, resulting in extensive reforms being made. He was America’s first successful FBI whistleblower. His case exposed forensic fraud in the FBI crime lab and subjected it to outside oversight for the first time. In 1997, Kohn, […]

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Reverend L. William Yolton

Rev. L. William Yolton is the Executive Director, Emeritus, of the Center on Conscience and War, former chair of the Human Rights Committee at the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, and the former co-chair of the Coalition for Virginians with Mental Disabilities.

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Bradley Birkenfeld

The award was obtained by attorneys from the law firm of Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto after three years of litigation before the IRS Whistleblower Office and recognized Mr. Birkenfeld’s numerous contributions to the public interest. Mr. Birkenfeld was the first international banker to blow the whistle on illegal off shore accounts held in Switzerland by U.S. Citizens. His […]

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Bunnatine Greenhouse

After a prolonged and highly contentious legal battle, her attorneys forced the Army Corps to fully settle the case, agreeing to provide Ms. Greenhouse full compensation for all of the damages she suffered and agreeing to pay her attorney’s fees and costs. Ms. Greenhouse’s disclosures resulted in major reforms prohibiting no-bid contracts. There has been […]

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William Sanjour

One of the lead whistleblowers in the Reagan Administration EPA scandals, Mr. Sanjour consistently advocated for public access to environmental information. Mr. Sanjour served in the EPA under four U.S. presidents. Although controversial when it was decided the precedent setting Sanjour decision is now widely accepted and has been cited to favorably by judges such […]

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Dr. Aaron Westrick

Dr. Westrick is the subject of a one hour documentary featuring highlights of his case and the scandal behind the sale of faulty Zylon vest. The CBS show “Whistleblower” featuring Dr. Westrick aired Friday, August 17, 2018 and is  online at: https://www.cbs.com/shows/whistleblower/ Whistleblower attorneys Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto represented Dr. Westrick in a False Claims qui tam complaint filed […]

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