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Experienced Whistleblower Protection

For more than a decade, we’ve litigated whistleblower (qui tam) actions in federal and state courts across the country. We at Leonard Trial Lawyers have substantial experience litigating cases under the Federal False Claims Act and under various state false claims acts, including related proceedings for retaliation and other employment torts.

The Illinois Whistleblower Act prohibits employers from retaliating against employees in the following ways:

  • Retaliating against employees for revealing information about the business
  • Retaliating against employees who refuse to follow orders that would violate state or federal laws
  • Establishing rules or policies that prevent employees from giving information about illegal activities to government or law enforcement agencies
  • Making any threats of retaliation against employees

If you believe you were retaliated against in any of the ways listed above, we can help determine if you have a case and hold your employer accountable.

Representing Clients Even When Government Prosecutors Will Not

We bring a trial lawyer’s perspective to these matters with an innovative approach to pursuing cases even after federal and state prosecutors have chosen not to intervene. We recognize that it is the rare qui tam action that will result in government intervention, instead of focusing on the quality of the case.

We’ve also developed a consortium of law firms with whom we collectively file and litigate these types of actions. This collaborative approach ensures that defendants are appropriately matched where resources and attorney expertise are concerned.

Let Us Defend Your Rights

If you believe you were illegally retaliated against after reporting a colleague, employer, or company for violating workers’ rights or breaking the law, we can help. Call us at 312-815-6572 or contact us online to set up your initial consultation today.

What is your experience in representing whistleblowers? | Michael Leonard

From Michael's interview for the Masters of the Courtroom series on

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cases I can give you a good recent

example we represent an individual who

had complained internally to the Chicago

Transit Authority about what she

believed to be illegal activities and

then was fired shortly thereafter and

after a multi-year battle we finally

were able to get the case to trial here

in a Circuit Court of Cook County and

after trying that case before a jury for

a week week and a half the jury awarded

a substantial money award to our client

the plaintiff but to show the

difficulties of being invisible or we

then had to fight at the Appellate level

for several years before the Illinois

Pell Court in Illinois Supreme Court

just to get our whistlebar into position

to finally get paid so that really was

an example of a very rewarding but

taxing case which kind of shows the

dedication you need to the client to The

Whistleblower over a long period of time