When deciding to become a lawyer (legal-eagle) there are many options from which to choose. Tax lawyer, criminal lawyer, personal injury lawyer and family lawyer to name a few. On the other hand, you don't hear much about a son or daughter informing their parents they plan to become a "whistleblower" lawyer - what?
What In The World Is A Whistleblower Lawyer?
The fact is that a "whistleblower lawyer" is not a common practice in the legal community; but the money is good if you can make your case in the courts. However, first let's determine who a "whistleblower" is. They are people who, on their own time or working for a company, expose wrongdoing, misconduct, dishonesty, or any other illegal activity that occurs in an organization.
"Alleged" fraud or misconduct can float to the surface in many ways:
** Violation of local, state or federal law
** Violation of rules on any level of government
** Violation of safety and health laws in any profession
** Verbal or written threats to public interest
What Are Steps Involved For A Whistleblower Lawyer?
First your legal protector (lawyer) will inform the "whistleblower" that they are protected from being given a "pink slip" or demoted in any way from their employment in bringing a claim to the forefront. Your "whistleblower" lawyer will be guided by three steps:
#1 - Gathering evidence
#2 - Presenting evidence and submitting same
#3 - Insuring a government investigation occurs
#4 - The decision
If successful there will be "big-bucks" on the table. Think: $530 million in 2011 alone!