Bradley Birkenfeld, who received an award of $104 million for revealing tax evaders, claims he went to prison because his lawyers failed to secure whistleblower protections for him. He has now sued his former law firm claiming that they falsely held themselves out as experienced in federal whistleblower laws and procedures. Among their mistakes, he says they failed to follow the IRS whistleblower procedures by not submitting the forms that would have made his identity confidential. He served a 40 month prison sentence. He also says that a fter he fired the firm, they witheld critical files from his new counsel which contained information that could have brought him a larger reward. Birkenfeld is seeking $60 million for legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty and unlawful trade.
Jeffrey Newman represents whistleblowers.