Whistleblower and Victim Representation
Sher Tremonte advises whistleblowers who have witnessed fraud or other criminal conduct on how to navigate complicated legal terrain, safeguard against retaliation, and, where possible, secure substantial monetary awards. We have advised whistleblowers in connection with violations of statutes governing securities, commodities, and taxes. Our team is staffed by a former senior trial counsel for the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, a former federal defender, and a current FINRA arbitrator, making us fluent in the language of regulatory authorities. We use this knowledge to translate our clients’ reports into credible, compelling claims that convince the government to intervene and, where appropriate, provide an award.
The firm also represents victims of financial crimes, including wire fraud, mail fraud, and securities fraud. Our lawyers serve as driven, empathetic advocates, combining strong litigation skills and a keen strategic eye with an abundance of compassion for clients suffering emotional and financial harm. Whether pursuing a multimillion-dollar restitution order or whistleblower award from the SEC, we help victims attain outcomes that satisfy their goals and provide them with closure.
- Recovered millions for a retired music industry executive and his wife who exposed a financial advisor’s multi-victim Ponzi scheme to the DOJ and SEC and brought successful legal proceedings in FINRA and federal court. Represented the Ponzi scheme victim in an investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, in civil litigation, and in related bankruptcy proceedings.
- Obtained a $13.5 million whistleblower award from the SEC on behalf of a financial advisor and represented the whistleblower in a related appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
- Represented the audit committees of both a registered investment advisor and a private equity portfolio company to conduct an internal investigation regarding financial reporting issues at the portfolio company that were identified by a former controller who claimed whistleblower status.
- Obtained a temporary restraining order that froze 17 bank accounts across the United States in connection with an alleged international fraud and money laundering scheme after our client had lost over $1 million to fraudsters.