Protecting Whistleblowers.
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Stephen M. Kohn

Fund Trustee

Stephen M. Kohn is one of the nation’s leading whistleblower attorneys. A founding director of the NWC, he is the author of eight books on whistleblower law, including  Rules for Whistleblowers:  A Handbook for Doing What’s Right (Lyons Press 2023).  An attorney licensed in Washington D.C., he became a Trustee of the Fund in 1997.

Mr. Kohn also serves pro bono as the Chairman of the Board of the National Whistleblower Center and is a partner in the whistleblower law firm Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto.  His primary litigation focus includes representing whistleblowers under the Anti-Money Laundering laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the IRS whistleblower law, the Dodd-Frank Act, the False Claims Act, and reward laws covering SEC whistleblowers.  In 2012, the Kohn represented the first whistleblower to obtain a financial reward over $100 million ($104 million awarded to UBS whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld).  He has obtained two of the top ten awards given to whistleblowers under the SEC’s Dodd-Frank program.  His client Howard Wilkinson exposed the largest money laundering scandal in history ($230 billion laundered from Russia and former Soviet Republics into Western banks), resulting in over $2.5 billion in penalties paid by the Danske and Deutsche Banks.  In 2022 he led the campaign to enact the AML Whistleblower Enhancement Act, providing mandatory rewards for whistleblowers who report violations of the Bank Secrecy Act and U.S. sanctions requirements.

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The Fund attorneys manage the Attorney Referral Program on a pro bono basis. But in order to ensure the fairness of the referral process, no intakes are referred to them for representation. If you would like to contact the Trustees of the Fund or the Directors of the National Whistleblower Center, please reach out to them directly. Intakes from international whistleblowers are processed under a separate program.