Book Review

JurisdictionUnited States,Federal
Pages26
CitationVol. 36 No. 5 Pg. 26
Publication year2023
Book Review
Vol. 36 No. 5 Pg. 26
Utah Bar Journal
October, 2023

September, 2023

Book Review

Rules for Whistleblowers:

A Handbook for Doing What's Right by Stephen Kohn

Reviewed by Mark Pugsley

I began filing whistleblower tips with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) about twelve years ago when Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act, which established the SEC's whistleblower award program. I have since learned that practicing whistleblower law is a lonely business - not many people in the country do what I do - so I was interested in reading about the experiences of Stephen M. Kohn, who is a fellow member of the national whistleblower bar (The Anti-Fraud Coalition TAF.Org). His new book is titled Rules for Whistleblowers: A Handbook for Doing What's Right.

Stephen Kohn is an experienced whistleblower attorney who practices in Washington D.C. He is a named partner at the firm Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto LLP and has represented clients who obtained significant awards, including the largest ever Internal Revenue Service (IRS) whistleblower reward of $104 million. In this book, Kohn delves into the world of whistleblowers, shedding light on the challenges they face and providing guidance on how to navigate the complex landscape whistleblowers and their lawyers assume in exposing wrongdoing while protecting the rights of their clients.

The book begins with an overview of whistleblowing, explaining its importance in promoting transparency and accountability in both the public and private sectors. Kohn emphasizes the moral imperative for individuals to step forward and blow the whistle on corporate fraud, corruption, and other illicit activities that harm society at large, and in the process qualify for a substantial award.

Kohn offers a step-by-step guide on how to become a whistleblower - providing essential tips on gathering evidence, maintaining anonymity, and ensuring protection from retaliation. The book contains thirty-seven rules for whistleblowers, including the following nuggets:

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• Don't Leave Money on the Table (Rule 4);

• Protect Yourself (Rule 7);

• Should You Tape [Your Conversations]? (Rule 9);

• Know the Limits of [Company Whistleblower] Hotlines (Rule 10);

• Don't Let the Lawyers Throw You Under the Bus (Rule 11);

• Don't Fear NDA's (Rule 14); and

• How to Afford a Lawyer (Rule 37).

The book highlights the common traps and challenges facing...

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