Texas Whistleblower Attorney
Report Fraud, Waste, or Abuse to the Federal Government with the Help of a Texas Whistleblower Attorney
The federal government relies on whistleblowers to report fraud, waste, and abuses of authority. If you are aware of wrongdoing in the public or private sector, you may qualify as a whistleblower—and you may be able to help the federal government take action to protect consumers or recover taxpayer losses. A Texas whistleblower attorney at Oberheiden P.C. can help.
440 Louisiana St #200
Houston, TX 77002
With offices in Texas, we represent whistleblowers nationwide. Our team of whistleblower lawyers includes several attorneys who used to oversee federal investigations and law enforcement actions at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Attorney’s Offices around the country. If you need to blow the whistle, we can assist you with coming forward, and we will represent you at no out-of-pocket cost.
Federal Agencies that Accept Whistleblower Complaints
Our attorneys handle whistleblower complaints filed with all federal agencies. While the DOJ handles many types of federal whistleblower complaints, several other federal agencies also have whistleblower programs. Depending on the type of fraud, waste, or abuse of authority you need to report, you may need to contact a specific agency besides the DOJ—and our attorneys can determine which agency you will need to contact should you decide to blow the whistle.
Some of the federal agencies that handle whistleblower complaints in Texas include:
- Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
- Department of Defense (DOD)
- Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (DHHS OIG)
- Department of Justice (DOJ)
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
As former DOJ prosecutors, U.S. Attorneys, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys, many of our lawyers have experience working with these agencies to investigate and prosecute federal violations. Our team also includes a network of consultants who used to work at many of these agencies, among others. As a result, we know the whistleblower complaint process inside and out, and we rely on our knowledge and experience to provide effective and efficient whistleblower representation.
10 Common Examples of Whistleblower Complaints
What type of wrongdoing do you need to report to the federal government? Fraud, waste, and abuses of authority can take many different forms—all of which have the potential to cause substantial harm to consumers, taxpayers, and the U.S. public at large. Some of the most common types of whistleblower complaints include those involving:
- Abuse of authority and corruption by federal personnel
- Defense contract fraud
- Dodd-Frank Act violations
- Food, drug, and cosmetic testing and marketing fraud
- Medicare and Medicaid fraud
- Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) violations
- Securities fraud
- Tax evasion and tax fraud
- TRICARE fraud
- Wrongdoing by the NSA or CIA
Again, these are just some of the most common examples. Regardless of the information you have in your possession, if you believe that this information may be useful to the federal government, we strongly encourage you to speak with a Texas whistleblower attorney at Oberheiden P.C.
10 Important Facts to Know About Serving as a Federal Whistleblower in Texas
Before you report wrongdoing to the federal government, it is critical to ensure that you qualify for protection as a whistleblower. This means working with an experienced Texas whistleblower attorney. Here are 10 more important facts to know about serving as a federal whistleblower in Texas:
1. It Is Important that You Take Action Promptly
If you believe that you may be able to serve as a federal whistleblower, it is important that you take action promptly. To secure whistleblower status, you may need to be the first to report the information that you have in your possession.
2. Talking to an Attorney Does Not Obligate You to Come Forward
When you speak with a Texas whistleblower attorney at Oberheiden P.C., you are under no obligation to come forward with your complaint. As your legal counsel, our first job is to help you make an informed decision about whether to serve as a federal whistleblower.
3. Coming Forward is the Right Thing to Do
While it is up to you to decide what to do with the information that you have, it is important to understand that coming forward is the right thing to do. Even if someone else tries to tell you otherwise, reporting fraud, waste, or an abuse of authority to the federal government is unquestionably the right choice.
4. Federal Whistleblowers Are Entitled to Confidentiality
When you serve as a whistleblower, you are entitled to confidentiality under federal law. The federal government must protect your identity in nearly all circumstances—and, while there are limited exceptions, these exceptions don’t apply in most cases.
5. Federal Whistleblowers Are Entitled to Protection Against Retaliation
In addition to confidentiality, whistleblowers are also entitled to protection against retaliation. If your employer discerns your identity, terminating your employment (or taking any other adverse employment action) based on your decision to blow the whistle will be a clear violation of federal law.
6. Federal Whistleblowers Are Entitled to Compensation Awards in Some Cases
Federal whistleblowers are also entitled to compensation awards in some cases. If you become eligible for an award after you come forward, your Texas whistleblower attorney at Oberheiden P.C. can help you collect it from the government.
7. Talking to a Texas Whistleblower Attorney is the First Step
No matter what information you have in your possession, talking to a Texas whistleblower attorney is the first step. Your attorney will help you make informed decisions about what to do next.
8. Hiring a Texas Whistleblower Attorney Costs Nothing Out-of-Pocket
Regardless of whether you choose to come forward, your Texas whistleblower attorney at Oberheiden P.C. will represent you at no out-of-pocket cost. If you choose not to come forward, you will owe us nothing.
9. Your Attorney Will Work with the Federal Government on Your Behalf
If you choose to come forward, your attorney will work with the federal government on your behalf. This is often a complex and time-consuming process, so it is important to have experienced legal representation.
10. You Can Arrange an Initial Consultation at a Time that Works for You
If you are interested in speaking with a Texas whistleblower attorney at Oberheiden P.C., you can arrange an initial consultation at a time that works for you. We can schedule your appointment in the evening or on the weekend if you need to wait until after hours.
FAQs: Blowing the Whistle as a Public-Sector or Private-Sector Employee in Texas
Q: How do I decide whether to blow the whistle?
Deciding whether to blow the whistle isn’t easy. But, an experienced attorney can help. If you have information that you believe may be of use to the federal government, we strongly encourage you to speak with a Texas whistleblower attorney at Oberheiden P.C.
Q: Do I need to file a report with my employer before I contact the federal government?
No, you do not need to file a report with your employer before you contact the government—and in many cases you should not do so. If you have information about wrongdoing at your company, organization, or agency, you should consult with an attorney promptly regarding your next steps.
Q: What legal fees does a Texas whistleblower attorney typically charge?
Our attorneys represent whistleblowers on a contingency-fee basis. This means that we do not charge any out-of-pocket fees or costs. If you receive a whistleblower award from the government, we will receive a percentage of your award as compensation for our representation.
Q: Is it worth hiring a Texas whistleblower attorney?
Yes, it is absolutely worth hiring a Texas whistleblower attorney if you have information about wrongdoing within your company, organization, or agency. It is imperative that you make informed decisions in this scenario, and an experienced attorney will be able to guide you forward with confidence. As we’ve discussed, hiring an attorney costs nothing out-of-pocket (and your attorney will maintain strict confidentiality), so there is no reason not to seek experienced legal representation.
Q: Can I get a free consultation with a whistleblower attorney in Texas?
Yes, we provide free consultations to all potential whistleblowers in Texas and throughout the country. The purpose of our free consultations is to help potential whistleblowers better understand their circumstances and assess their eligibility for the whistleblower protections that are available under federal law. If you choose to move forward with filing a whistleblower complaint after your free initial consultation, we will represent you on a contingency-fee basis as discussed above.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Texas Whistleblower Attorney at Oberheiden P.C.
With extensive experience representing whistleblowers throughout Texas and nationwide, the attorneys at Oberheiden P.C. are your choice if you need experienced whistleblower representation. We will protect all information you share with us, and we will not contact the government on your behalf unless you expressly authorize us to do so. To learn more in a free, no-obligation consultation with a Texas whistleblower attorney, please call 713-597-3388 or tell us how we can get in touch online today.