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Jason Zuckerman

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Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Washington, DC

Zuckerman Law
1629 K St NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-262-8959
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012, 2015 - 2022
Licensed in Washington DC Since: 2001
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor: Employee
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Whistleblower Lawyer Jason Zuckerman

Described by the National Law Journal as a “leading whistleblower attorney,” Jason Zuckerman is privileged to represent whistleblowers in whistleblower retaliation and whistleblower rewards claims.  His practice focuses on securing awards for whistleblowers disclosing fraud to the SEC and CFTC and litigating whistleblower retaliation cases, including Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower retaliation claims.

Zuckerman has established favorable precedent under a wide range of whistleblower protection laws and obtained substantial compensation for his clients and recoveries for the government in whistleblower rewards and whistleblower retaliation cases.   Zuckerman has a reputation for zealously representing clients in a variety of employment-related cases, including those related to the following:

Zuckerman’s broad experience includes 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 DOL’s Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee to make recommendations to improve OSHA’s enforcement of federal whistleblower protection laws.

During his service at the OSC, Zuckerman oversaw several high-profile investigations, including a whistleblower retaliation case resulting in the removal of an Inspector General. He played an active role in the agency’s implementation of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, expanded the agency’s outreach program, and drafted amicus curiae briefs on key issues concerning federal employee whistleblower rights and protections.

Leading Whistleblower Lawyer

Frequent Speaker on Corporate Whistleblower Rewards and Protections

Zuckerman has lectured extensively on whistleblower protection laws, including Sarbanes-Oxley and False Claims Actactions, and has written several articles on whistleblower rights. He has trained judges, senior government officials, and foreign delegations from more than 30 countries about whistleblower rights and protections.

Zuckerman co-authored a chapter on litigating whistleblower cases for Whistleblowing: The Law of Retaliatory Discharge, drafted a chapter on the D.C. Whistleblower Protection Act for the D.C. Practice Manual, and is a contributing author to The International Handbook on Whistleblowing Research.

For more than 15 years, Zuckerman has been a contributing author to an annual update on the whistleblower protection provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act published by the ABA Fair Labor Standards Legislation Committee.

Zuckerman’s articles have been cited in various treatises and in federal court opinions on the scope of Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower protection and the use of company documents to disclose fraud to regulators.  Recently an SEC Commissioner cited Zuckerman’s article on the SEC whistleblower program in a statement about proposed amendments to SEC whistleblower rules.

Zuckerman serves as Co-Chair of the Whistleblower Subcommittee of the ABA Labor and Employment Section’s Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee and served as Co-Chair of the National Employment Lawyers Association’s Whistleblower Committee, Co-Chair of the Sarbanes-Oxley Subcommittee of the ABA Labor and Employment Fair Labor Standards Legislation Committee, Co-Chair of the Whistleblower Committee of the District of Columbia Bar’s Labor and Employment Section, and member of Law 360’s Employment Editorial Advisory Board.

Effective Advocate Working to Strengthen Whistleblower Rights and Protections

In addition to shaping whistleblower protection law through successful outcomes for clients, Zuckerman has worked with whistleblower advocates to draft and lobby for passage of whistleblower protection laws and advocate for more effective and vigorous enforcement of whistleblower protection laws. Zuckerman drafted portions of the 2009 amendments to the D.C. Whistleblower Protection Act, which is now the strongest public sector whistleblower protection statute at the state level, and testified at a hearing about those amendments.

In conjunction with the Government Accountability Project, Zuckerman drafted a petition for rulemaking to the Department of Labor to combat corporate muzzling of whistleblowers. That petition resulted in OSHA issuing new guidance on settlement approval in whistleblower cases.

Zuckerman’s recommendations for improving OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program are cited in Congressional hearing testimony and a top-to-bottom review of the program, and comments that he co-authored are cited in final regulations implementing the whistleblower protection provisions of the Energy Reorganization Act and six environmental statutes.

In 2011, he led a coalition of whistleblower advocates in meetings with the SEC Chairman, two other Commissioners, and senior SEC staff to offer the whistleblower perspective on proposed regulations implementing the whistleblower reward provision of the Dodd-Frank Act.  Zuckerman advocated for rules prohibiting the use of confidentiality agreements to bar whistleblowing to the SEC.

Zuckerman has drafted amicus curiae briefs in leading whistleblower retaliation cases, including in Palmer v. Canadian Nat’l RailwayPowers v. Union Pacific Railroad, Johnson v. Siemens, Bonds v. Leavitt, and Welch v. Chao, and his publications about whistleblower rights are cited in Financial Statement Fraud: Prevention and DetectionManaging Risk in Communication Encounters: Strategies for the Workplace, and Nonprofit Financial Management: A Practical Guide.

In 2021, Zuckerman represented the Co-Chairs of the Senate and House Whistleblower Protection Caucus in an amicus curiae brief concerning the contributing factor causation standard in SOX whistleblower cases.

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Practice Areas
  • 100%Employment & Labor: Employee
Focus Areas

Employment Law - Employee, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment

Selections

9 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2012, 2015 - 2022

White Papers

About Jason Zuckerman

First Admitted: 2001, Washington DC

Professional Webpage: https://www.zuckermanlaw.com/attorneys-profile/jason-zuckerm...

Verdicts/Settlements

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Frequently quoted by leading business and legal periodicals, including Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Forbes, The National Law Journal, CFO, BNA's Daily Labor Report, The Washington Post, Investment Adviser Week, Fiscal Times, Human Resources Executive Online, HR Magazine, TaxAnalysts, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Houston Chronicle, HR News, New Jersey Law Journal, cyberFEDS, HR Executive, Washington Examiner, Workforce Management, ABA Journal, CCH's Labor and Employment Law, Law360 other print and electronic media

Honors/Awards

  • Super Lawyers in the category of Labor and Employment Law, 2012 and 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America® in the category of Employment Law, 2011-2015
  • Rated 10 out of 10 by Avvo
  • Top Whistleblower Lawyer, Washingtonian magazine, 2009
  • AV Preeminent® rating of 4.6 out of 5.0 by Martindale-Hubbell, 2014
  • Pro Bono Award, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Top Whistleblower Lawyer, Washingtonian magazine, 2007
  • Avvo Client's Choice Award, Wrongful Termination, 2014
  • Top Whistleblower Lawyer, Washingtonian magazine, 2015

Bar/Professional Activity

  • OSHA Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee, 2012
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Co-Chair, Whistleblower Committee of the District of Columbia Bar's Labor and Employment Section
  • Co-Chair of the Sarbanes-Oxley Subcommittee of the ABA Labor and Employment Fair Labor Standards Legislation Committe, 2010
  • Virginia
  • Maryland
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • Co-Chair of the National Employment Lawyers Association’s Whistleblower Committee, 2007
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Co-Chair of the Whistleblower Subcommittee of the ABA Labor and Employment Section’s Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee, 2010
  • Member, Law 360’s Employment Editorial Advisory Board, 2009
  • United States Supreme Court

Educational Background

  • Georgetown University, Honors: Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, 1996

Videos

  • If you have original information about securities fraud, accounting fraud or foreign bribery, call the SEC whistleblower attorneys at Zuckerman Law to find out if you might be eligible for a SEC whistleblower award or SEC whistleblower bounty. To learn more about SEC whistleblower awards and whistleblower protections, call the SEC whistleblower attorneys at Zuckerman Law at 202-262-8959 or visit our website at www.zuckermanlaw.com. Attorney AdvertisingInformation in this video is provided and intended for general informational purposes only. The information herein is not offered as legal advice. Access to, or receipt of, information on this site is not intended to, and does not, create an attorney-client relationship with the Zuckerman Law Firm or any of its attorneys. No one should rely upon any information contained in this video without first seeking professional legal advice., SEC Whistleblower Rewards and Bounties, Finance, 2016
  • Whistleblower Rewards and Bounties, 2016
  • How Can a Whistleblower Get an Award from the SEC Whistleblower Program?, 2017

Industry Groups

  • Accountants
  • Attorneys
  • Auditors
  • Banking
  • Cybersecurity
  • DoD Contractors
  • Energy
  • Federal Contractors
  • Financial Services
  • Health Care
  • Pharmaceuticals
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Office Location for Jason Zuckerman

1629 K St NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006

Phone: 202-262-8959

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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