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When you’re facing a federal issue, you need an attorney whose going to be available 24/7 to help you get the results and outcome you need. The value of working with the Spodek Law Group is that we treat each and every client like a member of our family.

Federal Whistleblower Attorneys

In 1989, the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) was implemented to shield federal whistleblower employees from retaliation for exposing governmental waste, illegality and corruption.

Such repercussions could include discrimination against whistleblowers who apply for federal jobs or pay cuts, demotions or replacement for whistleblowers who are federal employees.

Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA)

A whistleblower is someone who lawfully discloses information about corrupt government activities. Here are some examples of what a whistleblower might reveal:

  • Endangerment of public health and safety
  • Abuse of authority
  • Violation of laws, rules and regulations
  • Mismanagement of funds
  • Mismanagement in general
  • Information about waste, abuse and mismanagement
  • Research-related censorship

The WPA prohibits certain federal employees from taking action against employees or employment applicants who receive whistleblower protection under 5 U.S.C. § 2302(b)(8).

George FernandezGeorge Fernandez
14:16 30 Apr 24
Excellent 10 out of 10, Helped resolve my case. Jeremy explained everything and made everything easy to understand.
21:33 24 Apr 24
If you are looking for a lawyer that listens, is aggressive where needed, and holds his word above all else, Todd is the best pick. I had hired multiple attorneys prior to hiring the Spodek Group for a white collar case. The first thing that stood out to me was the cost, as anyone going through the process and dealing with the system, money was tight at that time - especially after hiring and firing multiple lawyers. The cost was not as high as others which was definitely a plus. Todd's intake process was also unlike other attorneys. He took the time to actually listen. He cared. He was trying to put himself in my shoes while I was explaining the situation to him and he really took the time to understand the whole situation. Other lawyers will give you 15 mins and send you a retainer agreement. Not Todd, I think he spent almost two hours with me as I was explaining everything.Not only was he great during the onboarding process, he was supportive and very informative through the entire plea process and eventually sentencing. After hiring him, I asked if I should hire a prison consultant, he told me to save my money as he would do everything they would. He was right and held up to his word. Later on I would hear from others that went with the prison consultants that they were a waste of money - I am glad I listened to Todd!When it came time for sentencing, two days prior to sentencing, the prosecutor tried increasing my proposed prison time by almost double - apparently a normal move. Todd and his team worked with me non-stop through the weekend prior to sentencing to ensure that I was not given additional prison time. Again, he took the time to listen and came up with a strategy to explain the case with great detail.Unfortunately, I did plead guilty as that was my best option. Todd and his whole team wrote up nearly 300 pages of a summary of what happened and why I should not be given prison time. If I breakdown the amount I spent with Todd versus the amount of work that I saw being done, I am shocked I was not charged four times as much. The other benefit was, a lot of criminal defense lawyers were just a single attorney with a paralegal or two. Todd had a team of people that I dealt with (5-7 people that I interacted with), but he was ALWAYS accessible. It would never take him more than an hour to reply unless he was in court.I was sentenced to prison and I was emotionally distraught. Todd and his team did whatever they could even after sentencing to make sure I was alright. He personally stayed in touch with my family to ensure I was doing alright and offered support to them. Most lawyers would consider the job complete at sentencing, not Todd.After prison, Todd still spent time with me to make sure I was on the right track and avoiding any potential risks in the future. He has also been giving advice on how to navigate probation etc and has not been looking at the clock for billing.Although I wish I had never been arrested in the first place, I am glad I had Todd and his team in my corner. Without them I likely would have had to spend a lot more time in prison than I did.Thank you, Todd, and the entire Spodek Law team, for helping turn what was a nightmare into a manageable situation!
Yelva Saint-PreuxYelva Saint-Preux
19:26 19 Apr 24
I am immensely grateful to the entire team at Spodek Law Group for their unwavering dedication and exceptional expertise throughout my case. From our initial consultation to the final resolution, their professionalism and tireless advocacy made all the difference. Their strategic approach and attention to detail instilled confidence in me every step of the way.Thanks to their hard work and commitment, we achieved a truly favorable outcome that exceeded my expectations. Not only did they navigate the complexities of my case with precision, but they also provided invaluable support and guidance during what was undoubtedly a challenging time. I cannot recommend Spodek Law Group highly enough, especially attorneys Todd Spodek and Claire Banks; they are beacons of excellence in the legal profession.YSP.
Katherine SunKatherine Sun
18:08 18 Apr 24
my lawyer is Alex Zhik. Efficient, patient and professional
Nun yaNun ya
17:48 18 Apr 24
Todd, Ralph and Alex are amazing. Helped my husband get from a double digit number with multiple charges to a single digit, by the time I blink he will be out. They very professional and help with all your needs. They dealt with my anxiety and worry very well and they understand that your family member needs to get home as soon as possible.
Keisha ParrisKeisha Parris
20:45 15 Mar 24
Believe every single review here about Alex Z!! From our initial consultation, it was evident that Alex possessed a profound understanding of criminal law and a fierce dedication to his clients rights. Throughout the entirety of my case, Alex exhibited unparalleled professionalism and unwavering commitment. What sets Alex apart is not only his legal expertise but also his genuine compassion for his clients. He took the time to thoroughly explain my case, alleviating any concerns I had along the way. His exact words were “I’m not worried about it”. His unwavering support and guidance were invaluable throughout the entire process. I am immensely grateful for Alex's exceptional legal representation and wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone in need of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Alex Z is not just a lawyer; he is a beacon of hope for those navigating the complexities of the legal system. If you find yourself in need of a dedicated and competent legal advocate, look no further than Alex Z.
Taïko BeautyTaïko Beauty
16:26 15 Mar 24
I don’t know where to start, I can write a novel about this firm, but one thing I will say is that having my best interest was their main priority since the beginning of my case which was back in Winter 2019. Miss Claire Banks, one of the best Attorneys in the firm represented me very well and was very professional, respectful, and truthful. Not once did she leave me in the dark, in fact she presented all options and routes that could possibly be considered for my case and she reinsured me that no matter what I decided to do, her and the team will have my back and that’s exactly what happened. Not only will I be liberated from this case, also, I will enjoy my freedom and continue to be a mother to my first born son and will have no restrictions with accomplishing my goals in life. Now that’s what I call victory!! I thank the Lord, My mother, Claire, and the Spodek team for standing by me and fighting with me. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have the opportunity to work with this team. I’m very satisfied, very pleased with their performance, their hard work, and their diligence.Thank you team!
K MarK Mar
01:37 25 Jan 24
I recently had Spodek Law Group represent me for a legal matter in NYC and I am thoroughly impressed with their services.Alex Zhik secured the best possible outcome for my case.It was a seamless journey from the initial consultation to the resolution of my legal matter. From the moment I spoke to Todd about my case, his enthusiasm to help was evident, setting a positive tone for the entire experience. The efficiency and professionalism displayed by the team is commendable.A particularly noteworthy aspect of their service is their user-friendly portal to upload your documents/evidence. This not only simplified the process, but showcases their commitment to streamline the client experience.Lastly, in an industry where legal fees can often be a concern, I found their pricing to be very reasonable, making needing legal assistance feel accessible and stress-free.I am grateful for their support and wouldn't hesitate to turn to them again in the future.

Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA)

In 2012, the WPEA was established to strengthen protections for federal employees who become whistleblowers. The fortified WPEA sets forth the scope of shielded disclosures and establishes that protection against retaliation cannot be revoked for any of the following reasons:

  • Disclosure was made to someone who was complicit in the reported wrongdoings.
  • The wrongs being reported were disclosed previously.
  • Questionable motives exist on the part of the whistleblower.
  • Disclosure occurred when the employee was not on duty.
  • Disclosure occurred while the employee was on duty, but only if the employee can prove that a personnel action was taken in retaliation for that disclosure.
  • Too much time has passed since the reported events occurred.

The WPEA increased penalties for those who violate federal whistleblower protections and created the position of Whistleblower Protection Ombudsman.

In 2013, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) established a pilot program to protect employees of federal contractors, subcontractors, grantees and subgrantees from being demoted, dismissed or discriminated against because they made a protected whistleblower disclosure. In 2016, Congress amended the Act to make these protections permanent.

Whistleblower Ombudsman

Based on the 2012 WPEA, a Whistleblower Ombudsman was appointed to familiarize federal employees with protections granted under the Act. Employees were told that retaliatory measures were illegal and advised of their rights and remedies should retaliation occur.

Characteristics of a Good Whistleblower Case

The strongest whistleblower cases are based on sound and well-documented evidence of serious governmental misconduct or government fraud. Good cases can also be made for those who have suffered retaliation after participating in a protected whistleblower activity.

Whistleblowers are afforded both protections and rewards under the federal and state False Claims Act (FCA). This whistleblower law rewards private citizens who blow the whistle on individuals and entities that knowingly submit false or fraudulent claims for payment to the government.

Good whistleblower cases typically involve these matters:

  • Healthcare fraud
  • Medicare fraud
  • Medicaid fraud
  • Billing fraud related to any federally-funded contract or program

Whistleblower rights cases are complicated. If you believe that your rights have been violated or that you have experienced retaliation, consult with an experienced whistleblower attorney to determine whether you have a case.

Financial Incentives

If you file a federal whistleblower lawsuit involving fraud against the government, you could receive up to 30 percent of the total amount the government recovers.

Whistleblower rewards can be lucrative. If the government receives a recovery of $100 million, you could receive a reward between $15 and $30 million. Government fraud whistleblowers have received rewards of over $2.2 billion to date.

An experienced federal whistleblower lawyer can tell you whether your case merits for a reward. To qualify, you must comply with a series of required steps:

  • Whistleblower lawsuits must be filed by a lawyer.
  • Lawsuits must be filed under seal.
  • Whistleblower lawsuits must be served on the U.S. Attorney General.
  • The lawsuit must include all of the whistleblower’s evidence.
  • Whistleblower lawsuits must be contained on a secret court docket where access is restricted to the government and your lawyer.

Employer Retaliation Protection

The FCA includes strict anti-retaliation measures among its strong whistleblower rights and protections. If you are targeted with consequences for blowing the whistle, you can file a personal lawsuit to receive compensation for any damages that resulted from the retaliation:

  • Recovery of your job
  • Two times the amount of your lost wages
  • Reimbursement for attorneys’ fees and litigation costs
  • Compensation for mental and emotional suffering
  • Compensation for a damaged reputation

An experienced federal whistleblower attorney can help you get all the compensation for which you qualify. Schedule a no-charge consultation now to learn about the merits of your case.

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