As the complexity of whistleblower cases has grown over the past decade, and the interpretation of stringent compliance laws such as Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank have occurred, the need for counsel with considerable experience in intricate, high-profile whistleblower matters involving potential financial exposure, bounty provisions, and termination of senior executives becomes essential. While many lawyers understand the law and burdens of proof, Vinson & Elkins team comprises lawyers who grasp the intricacies of the underlying tax, accounting, legal, and personnel management issues of whistleblower cases and how they are interpreted by judges.
Whistleblower cases can harm a company
beyond any potential judgment — damaging its brand, reputation, and market capitalization. Because we understand the damage these cases can do to our clients’
businesses, we make every effort to manage exposure under whistleblower protection
provisions and federal statutes, including Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank, False
Claims, Energy Reorganization, and Title VII. Our practice extends beyond
responsive action to developing internal compliance procedures, counseling, and
preventative training of management teams. We also counsel clients on
transferring employees, hiring and re-hiring employees, or negotiating an exit.
Because many of these matters involve different disciplines and practices, we
tap into our firm’s subject-matter authorities in tax, accounting,
international trade, environmental, and safety
issues as we investigate internal and external whistleblower complaints
or pursue litigation.
When whistleblower issues arise, our
clients have relied on our seasoned Whistleblower Counseling and Defense
practice to carefully navigate the process. These clients depend on us as
trusted advisors with sound and seasoned
judgment. Our experience and skill
allows us to inspire confidence from the board to senior executive staff, and
our team is there for our clients every step of the way.