Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s lawyers defend clients in sensitive and complex whistleblower proceedings under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Federal Rail Safety Act and other federal statutes, as well as against private claims in state or federal court. Government legislation and regulation surrounding whistleblower protection are on the rise, causing a similar rise in whistleblower and retaliation claims against companies. Our lawyers are well versed in the legislative and regulatory landscape affecting whistleblowers and are able to guide companies through sensitive investigations and proceedings while mitigating any adverse impact on the companies and their business operations. When warranted, we collaborate with, and involve lawyers from, our litigation and corporate practices to give our clients comprehensive advice on these matters.
We also assist companies with—
- retaliation and whistleblower avoidance procedures, including drafting, counseling and implementation of confidential complaint procedures, forms and agreements related to corporate fraud or workplace safety issues
- development and implementation of ethics and document retention policies
- counseling and investigations regarding complaints of corporate fraud, retaliation and other policy violations.