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Examining New SEC Whistleblower Program Developments and the Scope of Corporate Whistleblower Protection Post-Digital Realty

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Produced on December 18, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 2m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Business, Corporate, & Securities

Course Description

In its 10th year, the SEC whistleblower program has had a monumental impact on investor protection and corporate compliance.  Since the inception of the SEC whistleblower program, whistleblower tips have enabled the SEC to recover more than $2.5 billion in financial remedies, most of which has been or is scheduled to be, returned to harmed investors. Moreover, the SEC has paid approximately $676 million to whistleblowers, including a record $114 million awards paid in October 2020.

Steven Pearlman of Proskauer Rose and Jason Zuckerman of Zuckerman Law will discuss new developments in SEC whistleblower rewards and protections, including the 2020 amendments to the rules governing the SEC whistleblower program.



Learning Objectives:

  1. Address the 2020 amendments to the SEC whistleblower rules
  2. Discuss the impact of the SEC whistleblower program on corporate compliance and enforcement of the federal securities laws
  3. Assess the scope of Dodd-Frank whistleblower protection post-Digital Realty
  4. Evaluate the best practices for companies to respond to whistleblower disclosures and tips for whistleblowers to maximize the chances of recovering an SEC whistleblower award
  5. Identify practical consider for litigating whistleblower retaliation cases where there are parallel government investigations 

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Faculty

Jason Zuckerman

Zuckerman Law

Jason Zuckerman is Principal of Zuckerman Law and represents whistleblowers in whistleblower retaliation, whistleblower rewards claims.  His practice focuses on representing senior executives and senior professionals in high-stakes whistleblower retaliation cases, including SOX claims, and representing whistleblowers before the SEC, CFTC and IRS.

He serves as Plaintiff Co-Chair of the Whistleblower Subcommittee of the ABA Labor and Employment Section’s Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee, and in 2012, the Secretary of Labor appointed Zuckerman to serve on the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee. 

Zuckerman’s broad experience includes practicing employment law at a national law firm and serving as Senior Legal Advisor to the Special Counsel at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, the federal agency charged with protecting whistleblowers in the federal government. In 2012, the Secretary of Labor appointed Zuckerman to serve on the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee, which makes recommendations to the Secretary of Labor to improve OSHA’s enforcement of federal whistleblower protection laws.

Zuckerman authors the Whistleblower Protection Law Blog and was recognized by Washingtonian magazine as a “Top Whistleblower Lawyer,” listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the category of employment law, and listed as a SuperLawyer at SuperLawyers.com.  Zuckerman graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University and received his law degree from the University of Virginia.



Steven J. Pearlman

Whistleblowing & Retaliation Group.

Steven J. Pearlman is a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department and co-head of the Whistleblowing & Retaliation Group. Steven’s practice covers the full spectrum of employment law. He has successfully tried cases in multiple jurisdictions and defended what is reported to be the largest Illinois-only class action in the history of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Reporting to boards of directors and their audit committees, he routinely conducts sensitive investigations arising from myriad types of whistleblower complaints and has testified in defense of investigations in federal court.

Chambers describes Steven as an “outstanding lawyer” who is “very sharp and very responsive.” Steven was 1 of 12 individuals selected by Compliance Week as a "Top Mind."  Earlier in his career, he was 1 of 5 U.S. lawyers selected by Law360 as a "Rising Star Under 40" in the area of employment law and 1 of "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch" selected by Law Bulletin Publishing Company. Steven is a Burton Award Winner (U.S. Library of Congress) for "Distinguished Legal Writing." He was elected as a Fellow to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Steven has served on Law360’s Employment Editorial Advisory Board, is a member of Compliance Week’s Advisory Board, and is a Contributor to Forbes.com. He has appeared on Bloomberg News (television and radio) and Yahoo! Finance and is regularly quoted in leading publications such as The Wall Street Journal.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has engaged Steven to serve as lead counsel on amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court and federal circuit courts. He was appointed to serve as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois in employment litigation matters. He has presented with the Solicitor of the DOL, the Acting Chair of the EEOC, an EEOC Commissioner, and heads of government whistleblower programs (SEC, CFTC, and OSHA).

In addition, the RAND Corporation, one of the world’s leading think-tanks, selected Steven to speak at an exclusive symposium comprised of some of the most influential thought leaders and policy makers, including top officials at the SEC, on whistleblower laws and related policy issues on the eve of the issuance of the regulations to the Dodd-Frank whistleblower provisions.





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Molly M.

Excellent speakers and perfect level of information.

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Erik S.

Exceptionally well done.

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Bradford G.

It was terrific. Thank you.

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