The Fund operates a free-of-charge Attorney Referral Program (ARP) that seeks to match whistleblower with attorneys willing to take on their cases. Whistleblowers seeking assistance can fill out a secure intake form and submit basic information about their cases on a confidential basis. This form permits the ARP to determine whether they have an attorney within their network who may be interested in representing the whistleblower.
The intake form, and all communication with the Fund, are protected under the attorney-client privilege to the fullest extent permitted under law. This review is conducted free of charge on a pro bono basis and is managed by an attorney licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia. The Fund is independent of the NWC, but provides legal representation to the NWC and helps fundraise for the NWC.
Because of the difficulty of matching whistleblowers with attorneys, we strongly recommend that all whistleblowers continue to try to locate an attorney while your case is under review. Also, in the strongest possible terms, we recommend that you obtain a copy of Rules for Whistleblowers. This book will help you understand the laws that may protect you and will help you explain to prospective attorneys the merits of your case.
Always remember you are NOT represented by an attorney until and unless you have a signed written representation agreement with an attorney. Also, always be aware that all whistleblower laws have a statute of limitations that requires claims be filed in a timely manner. Missing a filing deadline can result in your losing your case. Thus it is imperative that you learn about your rights and continue seeking counsel even though you have submitted an intake to our program.
Neither the National Whistleblower Center nor the Whistleblower Legal Defense and Education Fund can provide legal advice as part of the Attorney Referral Program (“ARP”) intake process. To ensure the independence of the referral process, neither the Fund nor the NWC refer cases to themselves or attorney-employees or directors of these organizations. To directly contact the attorney trustees of the fund, please visit our About Us page and select an attorney.