The federal government only joins about 150 whistleblower cases a year so it is vital that don’t try to move forward with your case without a private lawyer. If you do not present a well-framed legal and factual case, there is very little chance the government will consider your case over the myriad other cases before them. Your best chance to get your case properly filed and presented is with the help of an experienced whistleblower attorney. Below are the first two steps we recommend you take if you believe you have a case.

1. Organize your case’s story and details. 

False Claims Act lawyers are looking for clients who have “done their homework.” It is very important for you to “pitch” your False Claims Act case as simply as possible. After this step, you’ll have a simple organized story, an inventory of evidence in hand, and a list of potential interviewees for government investigators to talk to should they decide to further explore this case.Read More

2.  Determine your case’s legal arena.

Research today’s whistleblower programs (FCA, IRSSEC & CFTC) and State False Claims Acts to best understand your case’s legal needs.

3. Search our membership to hire an experienced whistleblower attorney.

You want an attorney who knows the pitfalls of False Claims Act, IRS, and SEC litigation, and how to avoid them.  You want someone on your team who understands that the government is not the enemy, and who also understands how your case can be leveraged and expanded to achieve a maximum impact.  No one covers False Claims Act, SEC, IRS and CFTC legal developments with the same intensity as Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund. Our plaintiffs-only listserv unites the whistleblower bar and is a key source of real-time developments in the whistleblower arena.  Search our membership directory to find a specialized attorney to contact about your case.

  • Here are some additional considerations when hiring your attorney: 
    • Don’t pay attorney’s fees up front. Read More
    • Research and evaluate the firm. Read More
    • Consider law firms beyond your city and state Read More

***As a reminder, TAFEF staff members do not represent any clients in cases.