Concepts and Procedures in Whistleblower Law
Litigator, teacher, and scholar Stephen Kohn presents a comprehensive, unified examination of the 35 federal laws that protect whistleblowers and their rights, plus the common law protections available in each of the 50 states. For the first time in one easily accessed volume, readers will find the basic principles upon which all whistleblower law is premised. Mr. Kohn lays out the basic legal principles applicable to almost every whistleblower case, such as the scope of protected activity and who qualifies for protection. He shows what constitutes discriminatory conduct, what type of evidence demonstrates that improper retaliation occurred, the burdens of proof on both the employee and employer, how to calculate damages and attorney fees, common settlement and fundamental procedural issues, and much more, all in meticulously documented detail and a readable, engaging style.
Built upon Mr. Kohn’s extensive practical experience and his scholarly research and teaching, not only is the book an essential resource for study and analysis of whistleblowing issues, but it is also a step-by-step guide for conceptualizing and litigating them. Attorneys with specialties in a wide range of fields involving whistleblower law and related policy issues will find a thoughtful, comprehensive examination, and an immediately applicable courtroom aid. It will also be important for human resource executives, labor union officers and attorneys, government contractors, and recipients of government grants, university and government libraries, federal agency executives and specialists, public interest and good government organizations–and many others who have become fascinated by this relatively new, but long-time coming, branch of the law, how it developed, and how it is being applied today.
About the Author
STEPHEN M. KOHN is a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, LLP, and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the National Whistleblower Center. He is the former Director of Corporate Litigation for the Government Accountability Project. Nationally recognized for his scholarship and litigation on behalf of whistleblowers, Kohn in 1985 authored the first legal text on whistleblower law. He is the author of Concepts and Procedures in Whistleblower Law (Quorum, 2000).
Stephen M. Kohn is the nation’s leading whistleblower rights attorney. He represented UBS Swiss banker Bradley Birkenfeld, and won the largest reward ever paid to an individual whistleblower: $104 million dollars obtained under the IRS tax fraud whistleblower rewards program. His record of winning whistleblower cases, at trial and on appeal, dates back to 1984. Many of his court victories have become landmark precedents in modern workplace law.
A respected scholar as well as a litigator, he has testified in Congress on behalf of whistleblowers and worked with the Senate Judiciary and Banking committees to draft corporate whistleblower protections under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Dodd-Frank Act and Whistleblower Protection Act. He is the author of the first legal treatise on whistleblowing and is the world’s most published author on whistleblower protection. He is a partner in the Washington D.C. law firm of Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, and serves pro bono as the director of the National Whistleblower Center. He currently specializes in whistleblower cases filed under the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the IRS tax fraud whistleblower rewards law, the Securities Exchange Commission’s whistleblower program and qui tam whistleblower laws.
- Hardcover: 542 pages
- Publisher: Quorum Books (October 30, 2000)
“My personal advice to any whistle-blower is to make sure his or her lawyer has a copy of Kohn’s book and has read it.”-Rachel’s Environment & Health News
?My personal advice to any whistle-blower is to make sure his or her lawyer has a copy of Kohn’s book and has read it.?-Rachel’s Environment & Health News
“Every whistleblower must read this book.”-National Whistleblower Center
“Stephen Kohn’s new book on whistleblowing, Concepts and Procedures in Whistleblower Law, is a masterpiece. The book is an invaluable resource, which clearly and concisely explains the complex maze of regulations and laws governing whistleblowing. Comprehensive, well organized and readable, it is simply the best legal text ever written on the subject.”-Victoria Toensing Founding Partner, di Genova & Toensing
“Workers who stand up for their co-workers and the public good against lawbreaking employers are among the unsung heroes of our society. Stephen Kohn’s book gives workers, their unions, and their lawyers all the tools they need to make sure that when the whistle is blown, the wrongdoer and not the whistleblower gets punished.”-John J. Sweeney President American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organization
“Stephen Kohn’s new treatise on Whistleblower Protection Law provides a critical resource in a vital area. Whistleblowers help protect us all in countless ways–they expose dangerous environmental conditions, unsafe work practices, consumer rip-offs, and fraud on the government. Kohn’s scholarly, yet common-sense treatment of this subject, pulls together the existing amalgam of scattered labor and employment laws that protect whistleblowers and give the practitioner a reliable and effective tool for navigating these waters.”-Gerard M Waites Partner O’Donoghue & O’Donoghue
“There are at least three reasons why every lawyer should buy and read this book. First, Steve Kohn is America’s premier lawyer on whistleblower issues. Second, whistleblower law protects vital freedoms of speech, conscience and petition–you should read this book to help understand how those freedoms are endangered by big government and corporate America. Third, Steve Kohn knows how to write about the law–he shows you why he has achieved his notable courtroom successes, and sets out clearly what every lawyer and every whistleblower needs to know.”-Michael E. Tigar Professor of Law American University
S.O.S. A first hand review from a survivor :
This book is indispensible to an employee who is beaten down by the corporate world for reporting a violation in good faith of unethical or unlawful matter . I was cast into the stormy sea of politics without a hope of survival until I was tossed this book; my only life preserver in a corrupt world.
Regards and my respect to the author ;
Whistleblower Lesson #1 – Buy this book TODAY!
If you’re a whistleblower, and you are not familiar with Concepts and Procedures in Whistleblower Law by Mr. Kohn, you are at a serious disadvantage already. I had no idea what I was up against. I was getting clobbered by the system at every turn. The information in this book evens the playing field quickly.
Mr. Kohn leads you through the maze of mistakes that you’re going to make, and allows you to gain control of your situation.
It’s written for everyone to read. I read it overnight.
When you get done reading it, get a copy for your lawyer.
The amount of information contained in this book will assist both of you immediately. A RARE find. Thank you Mr. Kohn.