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Thought leadership isn't something that we periodically do, it's a fundamental part of our organizational DNA. We have always felt it was our duty to speak out against corporate wrongdoing and to speak up for whistleblowers. So when it comes to the SEC Whistleblower Program, we write, speak, tweet, post, moderate and educate more than any other firm in the world.

January 24, 2022
Jordan Thomas’s Army of Whistle-Blowers
The New Yorker
Inspired and encouraged by our courageous clients, Jordan Thomas agreed to participate in a no holds barred interview with The New Yorker. Described as “[p]erhaps the foremost attorney representing such [SEC] whistle-blowers,” the extended profile explores his extraordinary life, legal career, and whistleblower clients.
In The News
January 4, 2022
Five Senior SEC Alumni Launch the Nation’s First Law Firm Exclusively Dedicated to Representing SEC Whistleblowers
Move Reflects a Bullish View of the SEC Whistleblower Program and its Future New York, NY January 4, 2022—Established by five former senior SEC attorneys, SEC Whistleblower Advocates PLLC is the nation’s first law firm exclusively dedicated to representing SEC whistleblowers. The founders are Jordan Thomas, Chair, (former SEC Assistant Director), Richard Levine (former SEC...
In The News
November 18, 2021
Compliance Officer Sues As Whistleblower
On November 18, 2021, online service/publication Regulatory Compliance Watch published an article by Carl Ayers entitled “Compliance officer sues as whistleblower.”  As the title suggests, the article focuses on a lawsuit brought by a former compliance officer who worked at J.P. Morgan Chase, alleging she was terminated after “she repeatedly tried to address material misconduct...
In The News
November 15, 2021
Telework Emboldens Tipsters
Jordan Thomas, prominent whistleblower attorney and former SEC official who helped set up the agency’s whistleblower program a decade ago, was tapped for his perspective on the current state of the program by Matt Robinson and Benjamin Bain in a Bloomberg article published on November 15, 2021. For its fiscal year ended September 30, 2021,...
Articles & Perspectives
November 5, 2021
SEC Names New Whistleblower Program Chief
On November 5, 2021, for the Wall Street Journal, Mengqi Sun reported on the SEC’s new whistleblower program Chief: Nicole Creola Kelly.  “Cree,” an SEC veteran with 20+ years of experience, replaced acting Chief Emily Pasquinelli, who had been in the role since the departure of long-time Chief Jane Norberg in April 2021. Prominent whistleblower...
In The News
August 6, 2021
SEC Pauses Enforcement of Some Whistleblower Program Rules
The Wall Street Journal
A very welcome development for SEC whistleblowers was reported in the Wall Street Journal on August 6, 2021 by reporter Mengqi Sun. Attorney advocate Jordan Thomas was quoted regarding the subject and result, toward which he has extended considerable effort and personal resources. In a nutshell, the development was an announcement by SEC Chairman Gary...
In The News
August 5, 2021
SEC Whistleblower Actions Create Agency Rift, Halt Lawsuit
On August 5, 2021, reporter Al Barbarino released a follow-up article on about the SEC’s approach to two rules amendments enacted late last year. Earlier in the week, Mr. Barbarino reported on a statement released by SEC Chairman Gary Gensler revealing that he had directed agency staff to prepare revisions to the amendments for...
Articles & Perspectives
August 2, 2021
SEC to Review Controversial Whistleblower Rule Changes
In a sign that the SEC has started to hear the chorus of concerns about two rules amendments enacted late last year that disincentivize would-be whistleblowers, the Commission announced on August 2, 2021 its intent to potentially revise them. As reported by Al Barbarino on, SEC Chairman Gary Gensler released a statement that he...
Articles & Perspectives
July 7, 2021
Former Enron Executive: SEC Whistleblower Program Is a Game Changer
The Wall Street Journal
Jordan Thomas was tapped for his perspective in a July 7, 2021 Wall Street Journal article by Mengqi Sun. The article is a profile on Sherron Watkins, the former Enron executive who blew the whistle on the now-defunct energy giant for its use of complicated off-balance-sheet vehicles to conceal hundreds of millions of dollars in...
Articles & Perspectives
June 27, 2021
Bankruptcy Process Affects Whistleblower’s Big Payout
On June 27, 2021, the Wall Street Journal published an exposé by Mark Maremont on how a successful whistleblower under the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) program could still walk away with nothing. Jordan Thomas was quoted on the matter. The article discussed the case of John McPherson and his whistleblowing about a company...
Articles & Perspectives
June 21, 2021
What It’s Like to be a Wall Street Whistleblower
On June 21, 2021, Jordan Thomas was one of several whistleblower attorneys to comment in an in-depth Institutional Investor article by Leah McGrath Goodman entitled “What It’s Really Like to Be a Wall Street Whistleblower.” The article centers on the story of Eugene Ross, a former Bear Stearns broker with celebrity clients including Lily Cates....
Articles & Perspectives
May 28, 2021
Roundtable Discussion on Whistleblowing Featuring Jordan Thomas
On May 28, 2021, Jordan Thomas was a featured panelist on a webinar presented by the Canada-based Anti-Corruption Law Program (“ACLP”).* The webinar was conducted in a roundtable discussion-format and had an international panel of heavy-hitters on the subject of whistleblowing from the worlds of business and law.** Jordan’s contributions – primarily coming at the...
Webinars, Videos & Podcasts
March 19, 2018
Whistleblowers Represented by Jordan Thomas Earn Largest SEC Whistleblower Awards in History
New York, NY (March 19, 2018) – The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that it will award a group of whistleblowers more than $83 million, the largest awards announced since the SEC Whistleblower Program was established seven years ago. Represented by Jordan Thomas, the whistleblowers’ tips led to a landmark enforcement action that resulted in Merrill...
In The News
March 20, 2018
Once an SEC Regulator, Now Thriving as a Lawyer for Whistleblowers
The New York Times
In a profile piece published in The New York Times, Whistleblower Practice Chair Jordan A. Thomas talks about his decision to travel “the road not taken,” and how it has benefited those in difficult professional positions. After dealing with a traumatic upbringing and seeking emancipation from his parents at the age of 15, Thomas went...
In The News
July 29, 2019
2019 Half-Time Report
The SEC Whistleblower Program: Where Wall Street Answers to Main Street
We are pleased to bring our clients and friends a midyear report to highlight key awards, trends and issues of import in the SEC whistleblower arena. It’s an exciting time for whistleblowers, and, by extension, investors at large. Since the program’s roll-out, the Commission has received nearly 30,000 tips from 119 countries. Most remarkable, as...
Articles & Perspectives
May 30, 2019
NPR Features Jordan Thomas on Planet Money Podcast, “The Whistleblower Whisperer”
NPR Planet Money
Leading SEC whistleblower attorney Jordan Thomas was featured on NPR’s Planet Money podcast.  In the episode “The Whistleblower Whisperer,” Jordan tells Planet Money co-host Jacob Goldstein about his work representing whistleblowers who provided evidence to the SEC that led to landmark enforcement actions against Wall Street’s biggest banks, including Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan.  Jordan also...
In The News
October 5, 2018
Jordan A. Thomas Named Whistleblower “Lawyer of the Year”
Press Release
New York, NY – October 5, 2018 – [Jordan Thomas][prior firm][‘s] is pleased to announce that its leading SEC whistleblower attorney Jordan A. Thomas, a principal architect of the SEC Whistleblower Program who established the nation’s first law practice exclusively focused on SEC whistleblowers, has been named a 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” by the Taxpayers...
In The News
Named one of the top whistleblower practices/attorneys in the country by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR and The New Yorker
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