Whistleblower Investigations and Litigation

When an employee raises a concern about potential illegal conduct at a company, the company and its board often face a host of legal challenges that cut across several disciplines. Debevoise’s uniquely collaborative approach enables the firm to help its clients successfully navigate all of these challenges. Debevoise’s white collar and regulatory defense lawyers have extensive experience in conducting internal investigations on behalf of companies and boards. Drawing on their deep experience in government and dealing with regulators on behalf of clients, they are able to provide wise counsel and sound judgment about voluntary disclosures and cooperation with regulatory bodies. Working with the white collar and regulatory lawyers handling the investigation, commercial litigators are frequently called upon to defend False Claims Act suits and other collateral litigations that often accompany regulatory matters. Likewise, employment litigators are frequently called upon to advise on dealings with the whistleblower and defend any retaliation claims the whistleblower may bring. Subject matter expertise from non-litigation practices, such as tax, securities and many others, is also often brought to bear. Debevoise is uniquely able to ensure that all of these efforts by lawyers across many practices are coordinated and efficient.

Debevoise also routinely helps clients implement whistleblower protection policies and internal processes for addressing whistleblower complaints.