Whistleblower Protection

Tollefsen Law has litigated cases on whistleblower protection in federal courts to the Supreme Court and the Department of Labor to the Appellate Review Board. It focuses on cases dealing with financial fraud. Most of these claims are grounded in the Sarbanes Oxley Act, the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, or Dodd-Frank. Our whistle protection law practice focuses on representing whistleblowers who report financial fraud, companies that support whistleblowing, and companies that desire to create a healthy control environment that supports whistleblowers and suppresses financial fraud through well-designed controls.

TL’s whistleblowing practice is headed by John Tollefsen who is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Controls Specialist. We can provide experienced whistleblower attorneys to help guide the whistleblower through this difficult experience. Tollefsen Law works primarily on whistleblowing claims involving financial fraud.

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State and federal law provide whistleblower protection in several situations. This page provides a starting point for research on the topic.

Whistleblower protection

The bottom line: Whistleblower protection laws, although well intended, are often poorly drafted and offer little protection against intelligent retaliation. If the employer is not sophisticated, it may fire the whistleblower and take actions sanctioned by the statutes. Sophisticated employees find many ways to retaliate that cannot be proven.


Federal Law

Whistleblower Protection for Public Employees

Whistleblower Protection under the False Claims Act (Qui Tam)

Whistleblower Protection not effective under Sarbanes Oxley

Protection for Environmental Whistleblowers

Dodd-Frank, SOX, and SEC Whistleblowing

Whistleblower Protection under the False Claims Act

Limits on Legal Fees for SEC Bounty program


State Law



Reporting Alcohol and Immigration Violations occurring on employer’s premises is not “Whistleblowing” Handam v. Wilsonville Holiday Partners, LLC (Or.App. Jan 28, 2009)

New York

Lawyer-whistleblower-Aug12 – Article from NY Bar Journal discussing issues raised when a lawyer acts as whistleblower against client.


Reporting discrimination  is protected whistleblowing.Hollenback v Shriners Hospital 2009.

Washington State False Claims Act Mirrors the Federal Act But Limited to Medicaid Fraud


International Whistleblower Protection


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