Washington DC Whistleblower Attorney
We Help Whistleblowers Expose Fraud, Waste, and Abuse in Washington DC
Our attorneys help whistleblowers expose all forms of fraud, waste, and abuse. Whether you work for the federal government, a federal contractor, or have a different role in the private sector, if you have information that the government would want to know, it is important that you speak with a Washington DC whistleblower attorney about coming forward.
At Oberheiden P.C., we have extensive experience representing whistleblowers. Our attorneys also have extensive experience working inside the federal government. As former U.S. Attorneys, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, and trial lawyers at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), several of our attorneys investigated and prosecuted fraud, waste, and abuse for the government before entering private practice.
Our Washington DC Whistleblower Attorneys are Committed to Exposing Wrongdoing, Protecting Taxpayers, and Establishing Accountability
All of the attorneys in our federal whistleblower practice are committed to helping those who are willing to come forward for the greater good. We are passionate about exposing wrongdoing, protecting taxpayers, and establishing accountability—and we know that, as a potential whistleblower, you are too. We also understand that you may have lots of questions and concerns, and we are more than happy to explain everything you need to know so that you can make informed decisions about your next steps.
When you schedule an initial consultation at Oberheiden P.C., you will meet one-on-one with a whistleblower lawyer who has the experience needed to guide you forward. During your initial consultation, your lawyer will:
- Answer Your Questions – If you have specific questions, your lawyer will be more than happy to answer them. We encourage you to create a list to make sure that you ask about everything you want to know.
- Review the Information You Provide – Your lawyer will review the information you provide to determine whether it is sufficient to qualify for whistleblower protection. If you would need additional information in order to secure protection as a whistleblower, your lawyer will work with you to assess the options you have available.
- Assess Your Eligibility for Whistleblower Protection – Along with having adequate information, you may need to meet other requirements in order to qualify as a whistleblower under the relevant federal statute. Your lawyer will assess all pertinent statutory requirements to help you make informed decisions about your next steps.
- Explain the Process – When you are thinking about blowing the whistle in Washington DC, it is important to know what you can expect if you decide to move forward. With this in mind, your lawyer will explain the process of dealing with the relevant federal agency (or agencies) in detail.
- Discuss Our Contingency Fees and Next Steps – Your lawyer will also discuss our contingency fees and go over your next steps for engaging our firm to represent you. However, you are under no obligation to move forward. At this stage, this is purely for your information.
After your initial consultation, you may or may not have all of the information you need to decide whether you are prepared to blow the whistle. That’s completely fine, and it is to be expected in many cases. In the days that follow your initial consultation, your lawyer will continue to communicate with you regularly—answering your questions, providing advice, and helping you get to the point of making an informed decision about whether to move forward.
Regardless of whether you decide to blow the whistle, we will protect your identity, and we will not share your information without your authorization. If you decide not to move forward for any reason, we will keep your identity and information strictly confidential—and you will not owe us any fees or costs.
What You Can Expect if You Decide to Move Forward
If you decide to move forward, we will work quickly to prepare and file your whistleblower complaint. First-to-file rules apply in some cases; so, depending on the federal statute under which you will be filing, time could be of the essence.
Once you make the decision to serve as a federal whistleblower, your Washington DC whistleblower attorney at Oberheiden P.C. will:
- Prepare and File Your Whistleblower Complaint – Your lawyer will prepare and file your whistleblower complaint in accordance with all applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. Generally, qui tam lawsuits must be filed under seal in order to preserve whistleblowers’ confidentiality and the confidentiality of the information they provide.
- Prepare and File Your Disclosure Statement – Along with your whistleblower complaint, you will also need to submit a disclosure statement that provides evidence to substantiate your allegations of fraud, waste, or abuse. Your lawyer can assist with assembling the necessary evidence and packaging it for submission to the federal government.
- Work with the Federal Government on Your Behalf – After filing your whistleblower complaint and disclosure statement, your lawyer will work with the federal government on your behalf during its investigation. Your lawyer will also serve as your liaison to ensure that you understand what the government needs from you and that you are able to communicate with federal agents and prosecutors effectively.
- Advise You Regarding the Government’s Decision on Intervention – Upon completing its investigation, the federal government will decide whether to intervene and pursue enforcement action or give you the option of pursuing your qui tam lawsuit independently. Your lawyer will explain what the government’s decision means for you and advise you regarding your next steps.
- Continue to Advise and Represent You Through the Conclusion of Your Whistleblower Case – Regardless of whether the government intervenes, your lawyer will continue to advise and represent you throughout the remainder of the process. Your lawyer will continue to stay in close communication, and you will be able to get in touch whenever you have questions or concerns.
We will provide these same services (among others) regardless of the type of fraud, waste, or abuse you need to disclose. From healthcare fraud and securities fraud to government contract fraud and abuses of authority within the federal government, we have the experience and capabilities required to handle all types of federal whistleblower cases efficiently, and our attorneys have worked with (and in many cases within) the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and all other major law enforcement agencies in Washington DC.
FAQs: Blowing the Whistle on Fraud, Waste, and Abuse in Washington DC
Are there specific procedures for serving as a federal whistleblower?
Yes, there are specific procedures you need to follow in order to qualify as a federal whistleblower. Simply submitting information about fraud, waste, or abuse to a federal agency is not enough. A Washington DC whistleblower attorney at Oberheiden P.C. can explain the steps you need to take to secure protection as a whistleblower based on the type of information you need to disclose.
Should I file a report internally before filing a whistleblower complaint with the government?
While reporting the issue internally might seem like the right thing to do, this can be risky in some cases. As a result, it is best to consult with a Washington DC whistleblower attorney before you decide on your next steps. In many cases, going directly to the federal government will be the best choice both for protecting yourself and for establishing accountability.
Can I be fired for filing a whistleblower complaint in Washington DC?
You cannot legally be fired for filing a whistleblower complaint in Washington DC. Federal whistleblower laws (and the District of Columbia False Claims Act) prohibit retaliation against whistleblowers. Illegal forms of retaliation include not only termination of employment, but demotions, pay deductions, job reassignments, harassment, and other prohibited personnel practices.
How important is it to come forward with information about fraud, waste, or abuse?
It is extremely important to come forward if you have information about fraud, waste, or abuse. These cost the federal government (and U.S. taxpayers) trillions of dollars per year, and the government relies on whistleblowers to help it identify targets for civil and criminal enforcement actions. With this in mind, if you believe that you may be able to serve as a federal whistleblower, you should speak with a Washington DC whistleblower attorney as soon as possible.
What should I look for in a Washington DC whistleblower attorney?
When choosing a Washington DC whistleblower attorney, relevant experience is a key consideration. This includes not only experience representing whistleblowers, but also experience investigating and prosecuting whistleblower complaints on behalf of the federal government. At Oberheiden P.C., our federal whistleblower team includes several former DOJ attorneys, and we have a proven track record of providing effective legal representation for federal whistleblowers nationwide.
Speak with a Washington DC Whistleblower Attorney in Confidence
Do you need to know more about serving as a federal whistleblower? If so, we strongly encourage you to speak with one of our attorneys in confidence. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a Washington DC whistleblower attorney at Oberheiden P.C. as soon as possible, give us a call at 888-680-1745 or tell us how we can reach you online today.