Roles of a Whistleblower Attorney

The job of a whistleblower lawyer is first to determine what the facts are that your client has, advocate those facts as strongly as you can to the government and then often to explain the government’s position and procedure back to your client. This can often be pretty intricate and is very serious to the client and very serious to the government.

As a result, a whistleblower lawyer will be need to assume a variety of different roles including the ones below. To learn more about filing a whistleblower case call and schedule a free consultation today.

Confidant

A whistleblower lawyer must be prepared to talk to your client a lot because for quite a while your client can’t really talk to anyone else about it and that can be frustrating. You want to have some idea of why your client is upset and you want to be able to counsel your client correctly as to what the next step or steps might be.

Investigator

In addition to a confidant, an attorney will also have to spend quite a bit of time investigating. Clients sometimes have a lot of material that they want you to review. So you may have to spend a significant portion of time investigating the facts.

Watchdog

Beyond the first two roles a whistleblower attorney also acts as something of a watchdog. Sometimes you get people coming to you with claims that just don’t make any sense and don’t work. You have to be able to tell them that their case is not going to work, or not going to make sense. Nobody enjoys having to tell clients that, but certainly people can be upset for any number of reasons and they don’t always add up to fraud against the government. However an attorney has a duty to tell people when they think that they don’t really have much of a case.

Hiring a Whistle blower Attorney

What are the Keys to Establishing a Strong Attorney/Client Relationship

You have to set realistic expectations with clients. Clients read the papers and see cases that have collected huge amounts of money on behalf of the whistleblower. As whistleblower attorneys, We all want our clients to make hundreds of millions of dollars, but the reality is that these cases require time and collections are usually real money to clients, but they’re usually not monopoly fantasy money. You have to be up front with a client about the fact that they are not going to be hitting the lottery. They’re going to have to work a bit on the case; they’re going to have to sweat it out for a while.

They have to understand that you’re not there for a short-term discussion with them, you’re there as their attorney to guide them through a very difficult process. It’s not something that you can sugarcoat. You’ll have clients who are in a situation that they feel may be perilous to their career and you can’t tell them that everything is going to be alright tomorrow morning.

What Factors Should Be Considered When Looking For the Best Whistleblower Attorney for Their Case?

Enthusiasm for the case is a big deal. I used to judge car crash cases for the Division of Insurance of Massachusetts. We would come in and somebody would do a whole case in as few as five to ten minutes to determine who was at fault in a car crash. For that you didn’t need to have a long-term relationship with the person coming in the door. For [whistleblower cases], you need both a long-term relationship with the client and you need to be enthusiastic about the case. You have to think that the case is going to go somewhere, realistically. If you discover something bad about the case as you’re going along, you’re going to have to present that and figure out whether there’s a way around it or whether it’s detrimental to the case.

You want an attorney who is excited about doing the case because these cases are challenging, complicated, and they take time to put together. If you’re a whistleblower, you want to hear somebody on the other line who finds the case fascinating, interesting, and worthwhile, and know that as a result they’re going to drive themselves to think of every fact that bears on the case to the best they can.