If you are a whistleblower considering bringing a claim under any of the various reward provisions discussed on this website, then the first (and perhaps most important) decision you will make is the selection of a law firm. You need to find a law firm that will do excellent work, that has the resources to pursue potentially complicated and expensive litigation, and that you can trust. Many law firms advertise themselves as having expertise in qui tam litigation or other types of whistleblower cases. And many of those law firms have impressive looking websites. So, how can a whistleblower make a wise choice? Here are some tips to consider.
Different law firms really are different, and your choice of a law firm can have a significant impact on the outcome of your matter. We recommend that you contact a few different firms before making a choice. At Tycko & Zavareei LLP, we believe that we compare very favorably to other firms, and we want you to be comfortable when you choose us as your qui tam attorneys. So, we don’t mind the competition.
When you are comparing whistleblower lawyers, find out where they went to law school, how long they have been practicing law, and what experience they have. Law is a complex, skill-based profession. Some lawyers really are better than others, and credentials are one way for you to determine that difference. At Tycko & Zavareei LLP, our qui tam attorneys are all top graduates of top law schools, and our partners have decades of experience handling the most complex matters. We believe that we practice law at the highest level of skill and sophistication, and that our clients benefit from this.
Don’t assume that all firms offer the same deal. Almost all whistleblower cases are handled on a contingency-fee basis. This means that the law firm does not bill you for its time. Instead, the law firm is paid a percentage of whatever it is able to recover on your behalf. But not all law firms offer the same terms. Wouldn’t you rather keep more of the recovery for yourself? At Tycko & Zavareei LLP, we offer very competitive terms, and are often able to tailor our contingency fee agreements to the needs of the specific client.
Whistleblower litigation can be a long, expensive, time-consuming process. Does the law firm you are considering have the resources necessary to stick with it, and see it through? At Tycko & Zavareei LLP, we have a team of qui tam attorneys and paralegals that can deploy very aggressively when needed, and we have the financial resources and stability to fund necessary litigation expenses for whistleblower cases.
Some law firms are what are affectionately referred to in the profession as “mills.” Their business model is to sign up as many cases as possible, to then devote limited resources to each case, and to hope that some small percentage of them end up as easy “hits.” If you contact an attorney who seems eager to have you sign a retention agreement before he or she has done any serious investigation or analysis of your case, you are probably dealing with a “mill.” At Tycko & Zavareei LLP, we follow a different model. We devote substantial time and resources to investigating whistleblower cases up-front, before we make a decision about whether to take on the client. We take on only a small number of new whistleblower clients each year. And we commit ourselves to doing the best that we can for those clients.
If you are a whistleblower with a serious, significant case, then we want to hear from you. Learn about our firm, our qui tam attorneys, and how we would handle your matter. Then, talk to a few other attorneys. We are confident that you will notice the difference, and that you will ultimately choose Tycko & Zavareei LLP.