Title: Founding Partner
Company: Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto
Location: Washington, D.C., United States
Stephen M. Kohn, JD, Founding Partner at Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in whistleblower retaliation, whistleblower rewards and false claims act/Qui Tam whistleblowers.
Mr. Kohn earned a Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude from Boston University in 1979. From there he received a Master of Science from Brown University in 1981. In 1983, he became a student law clerk with the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, remaining until 1984. Aspiring to become a lawyer, Mr. Kohn continued to receive a Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University in 1984. Upon completion of his degree, Mr. Kohn was admitted to practice law in the states of Pennsylvania in 1985, New Jersey in 1986, and The District of Columbia in 1988. He was also admitted to practice law with the Supreme Court of the United States, United States Tax Court, United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Federal Circuits, and for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
In 1984, Mr. Kohn started his career as a director of corporate litigation at the Government Accountability Project, remaining until 1988. In 1988, he founded the National Whistleblower Center and also became the chairman of the board of directors, where he remains to this day. He also became a founding partner with Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto in 1988 and remains with the firm to this day. Along with his full-time job, Mr. Kohn has written numerous books including his most recent, “The New Whistleblowers Handbook,” published in 2017. Mr. Kohn is known for his numerous achievements, including obtaining the largest reward ever granted an individual under U.S. Whistleblower Reward Laws and the first major award granted under the IRS rewards program in the amount of $104 million dollars. He has also successfully represented the first nationally recognized FBI whistleblower, causing President Clinton to order the Attorney General to establish whistleblower protections for all FBI employees and argued a case establishing nationwide precedent under the First Amendment recognizing the right of federal employees to publicly blow the whistle on their employing agencies. He obtained first-ever ruling restricting the right of federal agencies to monitor the emails of their employees and successfully advocated for key reforms protecting federal employees incorporated into the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. These are just few of his many accomplishments.
As a testament to his success, Mr. Kohn has received myriad accolades, including being named a White Collar Crime Trailblazer by the National Law Journal in 2015, receiving an Elite Trial Lawyers Designation from the National Law Journal in 2014, and being named 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics from the Ethisphere Magazine in 2014, to name a few. He has also been listed in numerous editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in America.
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