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SEC Whistleblower Program

The whistleblower lawyers at Phillips & Cohen have won more SEC awards than any other law firm.

And no one knows the SEC whistleblower program better than Phillips & Cohen partner Sean McKessy, who was the Chief of the SEC Office of the Whistleblower for five years.

In that position, Mr. McKessy helped set up the whistleblower office and guided SEC policies for handling whistleblower claims and making whistleblower awards. He also played a key role in the SEC’s aggressive efforts to protect whistleblowers from retaliation.

Adding to the firm’s firepower is Phillips & Cohen partner Erika Kelton. She represented the international whistleblower who received the largest SEC whistleblower award — more than $32 million — as well as two other whistleblowers who received significant SEC whistleblower rewards.

The international client said, in advice to other whistleblowers, that Phillips & Cohen’s “honest opinion in forecasting the various scenarios in my case was extremely valuable. Their extent of knowledge from a legal perspective is overwhelming. The firm has a great team of brilliant minds that work together.”

The firm has a great team of brilliant minds that work together.

We have over two decades of experience pursuing whistleblower cases in the financial services industry. Before the Dodd-Frank Act created the SEC whistleblower program, Phillips & Cohen brought  a landmark whistleblower case that was the first to expose the practice of “yield-burning” in the municipal bonds market. More than 20 Wall Street investment banks — including Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch — paid over $220 million to settle the False Claims Act charges against them.

Our lawyers know what it takes to build a strong whistleblower claim to submit to the SEC.

No matter where you are located or how complex the fraud is, Phillips & Cohen has the experience and resources to pursue the best  outcome for your whistleblower claim. We can take on anyone violating securities or anti-bribery laws, whether it’s a multinational company, a hedge fund or one of Wall Street’s largest banks. Phillips & Cohen will guide you through the process from start to finish.

International Whistleblowers

The SEC may be a US regulator, but its reach is worldwide. Phillips & Cohen has established an office in London so we may better serve whistleblowers from around the world, including those aware of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.

In fact, our whistleblower client who received the largest SEC whistleblower award is not a US citizen and resides outside the US.

No matter where you are located, Phillips & Cohen will confidentially review your claim free of charge. Our staff is multi-lingual, so please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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