NYC Whistleblower Lawyer
If you’re thinking about blowing the whistle on securities or commodities fraud but aren’t sure what to do next, get the answers you need by consulting with a New York City whistleblower lawyer today.
It takes a lot of courage to step forward and become a whistleblower. Encountering fraud in the commodities or securities industry puts you into a difficult situation: Do you do the right thing and report it but endure the risks, or do you stay silent and allow investors to be put at risk?
Thankfully, the Dodd-Frank Act made this decision substantially easier for would-be whistleblowers. Whether you need to submit a tip to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), you can blow the whistle and be both rewarded and protected.
Maximizing your reward and protecting your rights requires working with legal counsel throughout the process, however. And that’s where we come in. Meissner Associates knows all the ins and outs of whistleblower law, and an NYC whistleblower lawyer from our firm can guide you through the process and onto the financial reward you’ve earned.
You Can Be an Anonymous Whistleblower
The Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley Acts provide whistleblowers with the protections they need and deserve. You’re even allowed to submit a whistleblower form to the SEC and CFTC anonymously—as long as you work with a whistleblower attorney.
By working with our New York City-based firm, your tip will not need to have any of your personal information on it. Instead, it will be filed under our firm’s name, so that whether the SEC or CFTC investigates or not, your identity will not be compromised during the process.
Additionally, while our office is conveniently located in Manhattan, we have additional meeting places available so that you don’t have to worry about being seen coming and going from a whistleblower law office.
Whistleblowers Are Rewarded
The SEC and CFTC both reward whistleblowers under what are essentially the same rules and guidelines. If you provide evidence of securities or commodities fraud, then you might be able to claim a whistleblower reward if the following conditions are met:
- Your information was submitted voluntarily
- Your information was original and unknown to the SEC or CFTC previously
- The SEC or CFTC investigation must result in a successful enforcement action
- Sanctions in excess of one million dollars are recovered
By working with an NYC whistleblower attorney, you can receive a confidential tip evaluation ahead of time to determine if all of the above are likely to be met. We will also act as an intermediary between you and the SEC or CFTC so that you have the opportunity to assist in the investigation.
Doing so can increase the amount of money you receive as your whistleblower bounty, which will be somewhere between 10 and 30 percent of the sanctions recovered. Your whistleblower lawyer will also advise you as to whether you are likely to face any criminal liability for the fraud being reported, as well as how that could affect your whistleblower reward.
Whistleblowers Are Protected from Retaliation
As a whistleblower, you will enjoy robust legal protections provided by the Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley Acts. For example, if you are an employee of the entity committing the fraud in question, you cannot be subjected to an adverse employment action for reporting the violation of a federal anti-fraud provision.
This means that as a whistleblower, you cannot be harassed, fired, demoted, threatened, micromanaged, or blacklisted in retaliation for the investigation and sanctions. If you are, your NYC whistleblower lawyer could help you obtain a whistleblower retaliation settlement that includes any of the following that apply:
- Double back-pay and lost future earnings
- Reinstatement to your previous position
- Reimbursement for the cost of litigating the retaliation
- Special damages to cover mental anguish and lost quality of life
Report NYC Fraud to the SEC or CFTC
Whether you’ve encountered fraud in the financial industry or the futures industry, our whistleblower lawyers can help you report it to the SEC or CFTC. Even if you’re unsure as to whether what you’ve witnessed or deduced is actually illegal, we can help you make the call and determine how best to proceed.
Listed below are just a few of the different types of fraud that might lead to a substantial whistleblower reward, and our lawyers can help you expose any of them:
- Insider trading
- Money laundering
- Naked short selling
- Inadequate corporate disclosures
- FCPA violations, such as foreign bribery
- EB-5 visa fraud
- Pyramid schemes
- Market manipulation
- Commodities fraud
- Securities violations
Connect with a New York City Whistleblower Attorney
Meissner Associates has the practical experience, the in-depth knowledge, and the personal attention and dedication you want on your side when becoming a whistleblower. Exposing fraud and reporting it to the SEC and CFTC are nerve-wracking experiences fraught with risk, and our NYC law firm knows how to ensure your rights are protected.
Our attorneys are responsible for helping secure some of the largest whistleblower bounties on record, and our founder even helped write the rules and regulations in Dodd-Frank that protect and reward whistleblowers. When you work with us, all of this legal knowledge and experience will be put to work on your behalf.
Arrange a free, confidential tip evaluation performed by an NYC whistleblower lawyer today. There’s absolutely no risk and no cost involved, so fill out the form at the bottom of the page or call us at 1-866-764-3100 to get started today.