"Whistleblowers" serve an important function in today's society, and various laws provide monetary awards for those willing to take a stand to report abuse, fraud and misconduct against the government. We represent whistleblowers under various federal and state statutes, including the federal False Claims Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

The False Claims Act, which prohibits persons or companies from defrauding the government, includes a "qui tam" provision that allows people not affiliated with the government to report fraudulent activity by filing actions on the government's behalf, a practice commonly referred to as "whistleblowing." Fraudulent activity reported in these whistleblower cases involves fraud to government programs such as those relating to health care (such as Medicare or Medicaid), the military, government spending, or student loans and education funding. A successful whistleblower under the False Claims Act may be entitled to a percentage of any damages the government recovers as a result of the whistleblower's lawsuit.

Similarly, under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pays awards to whistleblowers who voluntarily provide the SEC with original information that leads to a successful enforcement action resulting in sanctions over $1 million. Under this Act, a whistleblower may recover between 10 to 30 percent of any monetary sanctions over $1 million.