Federal Whistleblower Attorney
Do You Need to Blow the Whistle? Our Attorneys Can Communicate with the Federal Government on Your Behalf
Fraud, waste, and abuse cost the federal government trillions of dollars annually. Eliminating these would eliminate the federal deficit several times over, and it would help restore lost confidence in our nation’s federal programs and institutions.
While completely eliminating fraud, waste, and abuse is not realistic, whistleblowers can help reduce the federal government’s (and taxpayers’) fraudulent losses. Each year, whistleblowers initiate civil and criminal enforcement cases that lead to billions of dollars in federal recoveries. If you believe that you may be able to serve as a whistleblower, your first step is to speak with an experienced federal whistleblower lawyer.
Federal Whistleblower Attorneys with Prior DOJ Experience
As a potential federal whistleblower, informed decision-making is critical. You need to be confident that you are making the right decisions, and you need to be able to rely on your attorney’s advice without reservation.
At Oberheiden P.C., we have extensive experience representing federal whistleblowers. We also have extensive experience handling federal whistleblower cases at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and other federal agencies. Our team includes several former U.S. Attorneys, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, and DOJ trial lawyers, all of whom are extremely well-versed in the federal whistleblower statutes, regulations, and procedures.
When you need to blow the whistle, this is the level of experience you want on your side. While you will work directly with a senior federal whistleblower lawyer at Oberheiden P.C. throughout your case, all of our attorneys and consultants (many of whom are former high-ranking federal agents) will lend their insights as needed. We are committed to helping federal whistleblowers expose fraud, waste, and abuse—and we do what is necessary to protect our clients while ensuring that their voices are heard.
We Assist Federal Whistleblowers With Exposing All Forms of Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
We represent individuals who need to expose all forms of fraud, waste, and abuse to the federal government. Regardless of the information you have in your possession, our whistleblower lawyers can use their experience to determine if you qualify for protection (and perhaps financial compensation) under federal law. Our federal whistleblower practice includes representing individuals in cases involving matters including (but not limited to):
- Federal rebate program fraud
- Food and drug fraud
- Fraud, waste, and abuse within the federal government
- Government contract fraud
- Medicare fraud
- Other forms of healthcare fraud
- Pharmaceutical fraud
- Railroad fraud
- Securities fraud
- Tax evasion and tax fraud
With our attorneys’ experience, we are able to handle whistleblower complaints filed with all federal agencies. Our attorneys and consultants have worked inside many of these agencies—and their insights gained from this experience enhance our capabilities as counsel for federal whistleblowers. We represent federal employees, private-sector employees, former employees, and other individuals in federal whistleblower matters involving:
- Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
- National Security Administration (NSA)
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
- U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (DHHS OIG)
- U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
- Other Federal Offices, Agencies, and Departments
5 Important Facts for Federal Whistleblowers
If you are thinking about blowing the whistle or have questions about becoming a federal whistleblower, there is a lot you need to know. While you will want to sit down with a federal whistleblower attorney to discuss your specific circumstances in detail (and in complete confidence), here are five key facts for all federal whistleblowers:
1. Federal Whistleblowers are Entitled to Confidentiality and Protection Against Retaliation
If you qualify as a federal whistleblower, you are entitled to confidentiality. The government will be required to protect your identity in most circumstances, and your federal whistleblower lawyer will be able to assist with protecting your identity as well.
Federal whistleblowers are also entitled to protection against retaliation. Whether you work for the government or in the private sector, once you qualify as a whistleblower, your employer cannot fire you (or take other adverse employment action) based on your decision to blow the whistle.
2. Federal Whistleblowers are Entitled to Compensation Awards in Some Circumstances
Under the False Claims Act and other federal whistleblower statutes, federal whistleblowers are entitled to compensation awards in some circumstances. Our attorneys can determine if you qualify for a whistleblower award; and, if you do, we can assist with securing your award from the federal government at the appropriate time.
3. You Shouldn’t Have to Pay Anything Out-of-Pocket to Hire a Federal Whistleblower Lawyer
As a federal whistleblower, you shouldn’t have to pay anything out of pocket for your legal representation. Most whistleblower attorneys provide representation on a contingency-fee basis, which means that your legal fees (if any) are based on the amount you receive from the federal government for your services as a whistleblower. The False Claims Act also entitles whistleblowers to recover attorney fees on top of their compensation awards.
4. There are Many Ways a Federal Whistleblower Attorney Can Help You
Once you hire a federal whistleblower lawyer, there are many ways that your attorney will be able to help you. For example, when we work with federal whistleblowers, our representation typically involves:
- Helping whistleblowers determine if they have sufficient information to come forward;
- Helping whistleblowers determine what additional steps they need to take (if any) before coming forward;
- Preparing and filing whistleblowers’ complaints with the appropriate federal agencies;
- Working with federal authorities during their investigations and when making decisions regarding intervention; and,
- Ensuring that whistleblowers’ rights are fully protected, and taking legal action to enforce whistleblowers’ rights when necessary.
With all of that said, when you contact us, you are under no obligation to move forward with filing a whistleblower complaint. Our first job, and in some respects our most important job, is to help you make an informed decision about whether to come forward. If you decide to move forward, then we will do everything necessary to assist you. If you decide not to move forward for any reason, we will continue to hold your identity and information in strict confidence.
5. Coming Forward is the Right Thing to Do When You Have Information About Fraud, Waste, or Abuse
When you have information about federal fraud, waste, or abuse, coming forward is unquestionably the right thing to do. Wrongdoers need to be held accountable, and exposing wrongdoing can help prevent similar misconduct in the future. Whistleblowers play an important role in the federal government’s efforts to combat fraud, waste, and abuse—and, if you are able to serve as a whistleblower, your decision to come forward could have far-reaching implications well into the future.
FAQs: Working with a Federal Whistleblower Attorney
When should I talk to a federal whistleblower attorney?
You should talk to a federal whistleblower attorney if you have (or believe you may have) information about fraud, waste, or abuse involving a federal contract, program, or agency. An experienced federal whistleblower will be able to help you decide if it makes sense to come forward—and, if so, will be able to guide you step-by-step through the process.
Do I need a federal whistleblower attorney to report fraud, waste, or abuse to the government?
While you don’t need a federal whistleblower attorney to report fraud, waste, or abuse to the government, it is in your best interests to seek legal advice before moving forward. You must meet certain requirements to qualify as a whistleblower; and, if you don’t qualify, you may not be entitled to protection.
How much does it cost to hire a federal whistleblower attorney?
It should cost you nothing out-of-pocket to hire a federal whistleblower attorney. You should be able to get started with a free initial consultation; and, if you decide to move forward with blowing the whistle, your attorney will most likely represent you on a contingency-fee basis.
What should I do if I have concerns about retaliation as a federal whistleblower?
If you have concerns about retaliation as a federal whistleblower, you should discuss your concerns with an attorney promptly. Federal whistleblower statutes prohibit retaliation; and, if you experience unlawful retaliation, you are entitled to clear remedies.
What are my next steps if I need to blow the whistle?
If you need to blow the whistle on fraud, waste, or abuse, you should schedule a free initial consultation with a federal whistleblower attorney. Your attorney will be able to walk you through all of your next steps while providing the advice and representation you need to effectively assist the federal government.
Schedule a Confidential Consultation with a Federal Whistleblower Attorney
Are you thinking about blowing the whistle? Or, do you have questions about what it takes to blow the whistle on fraud, waste, or abuse with the federal government? If so, we strongly encourage you to get in touch. To speak with a federal whistleblower attorney in confidence as soon as possible, please call 888-680-1745 or request a free initial consultation online now.