POGO does not endorse or recommend any of these organizations. This is a list of resources that may be useful to whistleblowers seeking assistance. Each firm makes its own fee arrangements—please inquire about up-front retainers as compared to a contingency fee arrangement.
The law firms listed below have experience working with whistleblowers and federal employees.
Bernabei & Kabat is a Washington, DC, law firm that has been recognized nationally in employment law, sexual harassment law, whistleblower law, and civil liberties & civil rights matters.
Contact Info: (202) 745-1942 // 1775 T Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
Compass Rose Legal Group has a diverse practice area tailored to former, current, and prospective civilian federal employees, defense contractors, members of our active duty and reserve military, and journalists. The firm’s foundation rests on its proven experience and professionalism while zealously providing legal representation for its clients. Notably, it’s attorneys are uniquely qualified to perform in these areas, having years of experience working on such matters within the Federal Government as well as the private sector.
Contact Info: info@CompassRosePLLC.com, 202.570.4896 // 1250 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. , Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036
Mark Conrad is an experienced litigator who spent 27 years as a criminal investigator for United States Customs’ Office of Investigation and Office of Internal Affairs and 5 years as a professor of criminal justice. Mr. Conrad now has his own practice and is also a part of LEOAC (Law Enforcement Officers Advocates Council), which seeks to offer representation to law enforcement agents and to assist whistleblowers and those facing adverse actions by their agencies. Mr. Conrad, based in Texas, specializes in defending Homeland Security employees. LEOAC is based in California.
Contact Info: (832) 990-4062 // 28106 Doverbrook Dr., Huffman, Texas 77336
Constantine Cannon represents whistleblowers under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, the IRS Whistleblower Law, and the vast array of other federal and state whistleblower laws. They have offices in New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, and London, and have worked cases from almost every state.
Contact Info: Phillip Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org, (212) 350-2774 // 335 Madison Avenue, 9th Floor New York, NY 10017
The Employment Law Group is a law firm recognized as a leader in employment law litigation, and has become one of the leading national law firms representing individuals victimized by those who abuse positions of authority in business and government. Specialize is workplace discrimination/harassment, Qui Tam cases, nuclear, wrongful termination and wage litigation. Based out of DC, LA, and San Francisco.
Contact Info: (202) 331-3911 // 888 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006
Elitok and Hartnett at Law, PLLC provides provide individualized, client-centered, professional legal services at affordable rates. The firm specializes in individual and business immigration matters and representing employees in a wide range of employment rights litigation.
Contact Info: (202) 965-0529 // 1101 30th St., NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20007
Government Accountability Project (GAP) is driven by its mission to protect the public interest and promote government and corporate accountability by advancing occupational free speech, providing legal defense to whistleblowers and empowering citizen activists. The Project advises public agencies and legislative bodies about management policies and practices that help government deal more effectively with substantive information and concerns, while protecting the jobs and identities of those who provide this critical information.
Contact Info: (202) 457-0034 // 1612 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006
Guttman, Buschner & Brooks PLLC is a law firm with expertise in litigation under the False Claims Act, employment, environmental, corporate governance actions, complex commercial litigation and other common law rights of action. Reuben Guttman is a founding partner and is a leading whistleblower attorney. He represents clients in claims brought under the Federal False Claims Act, securities laws, the Price Anderson Act, and various employment discrimination, labor and environmental statutes.
Contact Info: (202) 386-9500 // 1920 L Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036
Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli & Brewer is a law firm serving Oakland, San Francisco, Berkeley, Hayward, Walnut Creek, and all of Northern California. Their attorneys have successfully represented whistleblowers in the past and they specialize in personal injury, employment law (including Whistleblower and wrongful termination), business law, and medical malpractice. Based in California.
Contact Info: (866) 675-1929 // 1999 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA 94612
Hanford Challenge is an organization that works to hold the Hanford Site in Washington State accountable. This goal is accomplished through protecting whistleblowers, promoting discovery of common ground among traditional opponents, conducting environmental sampling, and generating creative resolutions and collaborative opportunities for improving the cleanup. Hanford Challenge works closely with concerned employees, insiders, retired employees, and whistleblowers to assure that their voices can be safely heard within the Department of Energy and contractor communities. Dialogue is the preferred method of issue resolution, however, Hanford Challenge uses litigation when necessary.
Contact Info: (206) 292-2850 // 2719 E Madison St #304, Seattle, WA 98112
Katz, Marshall & Banks is a boutique employment, whistleblower and civil rights law firm specializing in the representation of plaintiffs in the areas of employment law, sexual harassment law, Sarbanes-Oxley (a law that increased punishments for fraudulent financial activity, independence of outside auditors, and oversight role of board of directors) and other whistleblower claims, disability law, and civil rights and civil liberties matters. The firm has been recognized as leading employment and whistleblower firm.
Contact Info: (202) 299-1140 // 1718 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009
Kerr & Wagstaffe is a law firm that provides representation in trial and appellate matters in a wide variety of cases, representing plaintiffs and defendants. The firm handles cases involving complex commercial litigation, class actions, intellectual property, insurance policyholder rights, employment, victim’s rights, government law, the First Amendment/Anti-SLAPP/Defamation, and trust litigation.
Contact Info: (415) 858-6979 // 101 Mission St., 18th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105
Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto is a Washington, DC, law firm focused on whistleblower protection. The firm specializes in False Claims Act, corporate whistleblowers, government whistleblowers, environment and health, FOIA, national security, and Congressional hearings.
Contact Info: (202) 342-6980 // 3233 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20007
Mehri & Skalet is a law firm that has experience with the False Claims Act and Qui Tam suits and specializes in civil rights and fraud cases.
Contact Info: (202) 822-5100 // 1250 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036
National Employment Lawyers Association is a database of lawyers across the country that work to advance employee rights and for equality and justice in the workplace.
Contact Info: (415) 296-7629 // 2201 Broadway, Suite 402, Oakland, CA 94612
National Security Counselors (NSC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public interest law firm, focused on national security employment law (including whistleblowing, security clearances, Inspector General and Congressional investigations, pre-publication review, etc.) and information and privacy law (including FOIA, Privacy Act, classification/declassification, and federal recordkeeping issues). NSC is based in Maryland and operates nationally and overseas, generally representing current and former government employees and contractors, journalists, and academics.
Contact Info: (301) 728-5908 // 4702 Levada Terrace, Rockville, MD 20853
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) is an organization that works nation-wide with government scientists, land managers, environmental law enforcement agents, field specialists and other resource professionals committed to responsible management of America’s public resources. Resource employees in government agencies have unique responsibilities as stewards of the environment. PEER supports those who are courageous and idealistic enough to seek a higher standard of environmental ethics and scientific integrity within their agency.
Contact Info: (202) 265-PEER (7337) // 2000 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
Phillips and Cohen is a law firm that represents whistleblowers in Qui Tam, IRS, SEC, Medicare fraud and CFTC (U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission) cases. Services provided nationally and around the world, based out of DC and San Francisco.
Contact Info: (202) 833-4567 // 2000 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036
Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP is a public interest law firm representing individuals and groups against corporations and governmental entities. The firm also represents individual citizens when a corporation is committing an act of fraud against the U.S. Government. The firm specializes in employment discrimination, Title VII, ERISA, and wage and hour cases; representation of executives and attorneys; qui tam and whistleblower matters; consumer fraud; housing discrimination; mass torts; complex civil litigation; and, appellate litigation.
Contact Info: (202) 499-5200 // 1666 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20009
T.M. Guyer, Ayers & Friends, P.C. is a law firm that represents whistleblowers and employees who have been retaliated against for doing the right thing, including new TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program, a U.S. program to purchase assets and equity from financial institutions to strengthen the financial sector), Recovery Act and Stimulus Plan whistleblowers.
Contact Info: 1(888) 866-4720 // 116 Mistletoe Street, Medford, OR 97501
The Warren Benson Law Group is a law firm that has filed hundreds of False Claims Act lawsuits alleging fraud by government contractors. Specializes in Qui Tam cases and have prosecuted in over 30 states. Based out of LA, San Diego and Anchorage and responsible for precedent setting QT cases.
Contact Info: 1(800) 844-4406 // 620 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
The Whistleblower and Source Protection Program (WHISPeR) at ExposeFacts provides critical legal support for whistleblowers and media sources in the national security and human rights arena. Their model encompasses affordable legal protection, public advocacy, investigative journalism, and the latest in encryption technology. The program is led by Jesselyn Radack, who focuses on the issues of secrecy, surveillance, torture, drones, and defending against allegations of mishandling classified information.
Contact info: email@example.com, 910 17th Street, NW Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20006
Wilkenfeld, Herendeen, & Atkinson are civil rights lawyers specializing in employment law. They specialize in cases where employees have been discriminated against, sexually harassed, or retaliated against. Based in DC.
Contact Info: (202)765-2253, firstname.lastname@example.org // 1731 Connecticut Avenue NW, Third Floor, Washington, DC 20009
Mark S. Zaid, P.C. is a law firm that handles security clearance issues, first amendment prepublication review, federal personnel actions, Office of Inspector General investigations, and whistleblowing complaints. Based in DC.
Contact Info: (202) 454-2809 // 1250 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC, 20036
Zuckerman Law is a law firm that litigates whistleblower retaliation, qui tam, wrongful discharge, discrimination, non-compete, and other employment-related claims, and authors the Whistleblower Protection Law Blog. Recently, Jason Zuckerman worked at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, the federal agency charged with protecting whistleblowers in the federal government. In addition, he served on the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee, which makes recommendations to the Secretary of Labor to improve the fairness, efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency of OSHA’s administration of whistleblower protections.
Contact Info: (202) 262-8959 // 1629 K Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20006
Zuckerman Spaeder is a law firm that has represented both individuals and companies in whistleblower claims. Works with government ethics/political law and white collar and government investigations. Based in DC with offices in NY, Baltimore, and Miami.
Contact Info: (202) 778-1800 // 1800 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20036