Rules for Whistleblowers

Read Rules for Whistleblowers: A Handbook for Doing What’s Right

Kohn’s thirty-seven rules highlight the “traps” facing whistleblowers today and address how to file anonymous cases and qualify for multi-million-dollar rewards. Kohn carefully explains complex rules and laws governing whistleblowing including the Dodd-Frank, IRS, and False Claims Acts, as well as detailed strategies for fighting retaliation. He also covers controversial issues such as taping, removing documents, and ignoring nondisclosure agreements.


What's Inside?

Learn how whistleblowers have saved lives, stopped frauds, protected their jobs, and earned million-dollar rewards for doing the right thing in Rules for Whistleblowers, Stephen Martin Kohn’s seventh book on whistleblowing. This book is a fully updated and expanded revision of The Whistleblower’s Handbook, the first-ever comprehensive consumer guide to exposing workplace wrongdoing.

Modernized laws have revolutionized the rights of employees both in the United States and internationally, enabling whistleblowers to be paid over $10 billion in rewards for doing the right thing. No employee should blow the whistle without knowing their rights. Too much is at stake. Order your copy of Rules for Whistleblowers today!


The Rules

What the Whistleblowers are Saying

With the Holy Bible in one hand and Mr. Kohn’s Whistleblower Handbook in the other, my wife crushed a powerful corporation.

Jim Guntherpro se representative Gunther v. Deltek

The only lawyer still on my side was Stephen Kohn…he was as smart as they come and feisty as a pit bull. Steve was convinced the government owed me a fat reward, and he was going to get it or die trying.

Bradley Birkenfeld

Whistleblowers need this Handbook!

Dr. Frederic WhitehurstFBI Crime Lab Whistleblower

Steve has written a first-rate handbook for workers who have witnessed egregious examples of waste, fraud or abuse which they know should be reported to the authorities but who are afraid of losing their jobs if they do. The handbook tells them of the many laws and services available to them, which if understood and used intelligently, can not only protect a whistleblower from losing his job, but can even led to cash rewards under some circumstances.

William SanjourEPA Whistleblower

As a National Security whistleblower, I am very familiar with the plight of those who dare to expose corruption, fraud, waste and abuse…I am more than certain that “The Whistleblower’s Handbook” will help countless whistleblowers navigate the horrifying maze of the legal system…This is a must-read for every current or potential whistleblower.

Julia DavisDepartment of Homeland Security Whistleblower

I hope that employees of every defense contractor use the book to ensure that taxpayers are not robbed by unscrupulous corporations.

Bunnatine GreenhouseArmy Corps of Engineers Whistleblower

This book arms the whistleblower with the vital ammunition needed to effectively document corruption, while guiding them in how to protect their families, reputations and careers.

Linda TrippWhite House Whistleblower

As a whistleblower who has successfully won a case against the FBI, I can attest to the fact that this is the definitive Bible for whistleblowers. Written by the premier whistleblower attorney in the United States, this handbook contains everything you will need to know about blowing the whistle and surviving.

Jane TurnerFBI Whistleblower and 25 Year Veteran Agent

Steve Kohn’s book The Whistleblower’s Handbook provides a great service to current and would-be whistleblowers and to our citizenry by providing a comprehensive guide to exposing waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct in both the private and public sectors. It effectively acts as a compass and detailed avoidance map to help navigate whistleblowers through the retaliatory minefields they may already have entered, or will soon face.

Russ TiseFormer Intelligence Officer (NSA) National Security Agency

This is a great book… Read [The Handbook] to see how Stephen Kohn won a case using his powerful skills as a lawyer.

Dr. Donald R. SoekenFounder of No FEAR Coalition

What the Experts are Saying

The top ten books about whistleblowers.


Vastly shrewd and practical, but it also offers an astute long view of American whistle-blowing.

The Boston Globe

If you’re among the 34% of Americans who have seen wrongdoing at their job, you may want to add this book to your Christmas wish list. Just don’t let your boss catch you reading it.

The Wall Street JournalRead Writeup

[The Handbook] is the single best volume collection of all laws, rights, and obligations related to whistleblowing that I have come across.

Thomas R. FoxFCPA Compliance and Ethics Blog

The Whistleblower’s Handbook opens a window into the controversial but vital role of whistleblowers in America’s workplace dating from the days of the Civil War. With compelling insider details, practical “rules” and rare insights, Stephen Kohn, the country’s leading whistleblower expert, has created the essential overview for CEO’s, CFO’s, GC’s, chief compliance officers, HR and audit professionals, and others who should be knowledgeable about this fundamental aspect of corporate life.

Donna BoehmeFounder Compliance Strategists LLC

Whistleblowers should read The Whistleblower’s Handbook. Its twenty-one rules lay out the game plan for holding institutions accountable while protecting your job.

Michael RadutzkySenior Producer 60 Minutes

Meet the Author

For the past 25 years, Kohn’s been in the trenches fighting the whistleblower wars. The lessons learned from those wars have been distilled in this book.

Michael E. TigarProfessor of Law at American University

Kohn is a feared litigator in government and corporate circles.

John SolomonNews and Investigations Editor, Newsweek/The Daily Beast

Stephen Kohn’s new book on whistleblowing . . . is a masterpiece. The book is an invaluable resource.

Victoria ToensingFounding Partner of di Genova & Toensing

Stephen Kohn’s book gives workers, their unions, and their lawyers all the tools they need to make sure that when the whistle is blown, the wrongdoer and not the whistleblower gets punished.

John SweeneyFounding Partner of di Genova & Toensing

Stephen Kohn’s new treatise on Whistleblower Protection Law provides a critical resource in a vital area. Whistleblowers help protect us all in countless ways–they expose dangerous environmental conditions, unsafe work practices, consumer rip-offs and fraud on the government. Kohn’s scholarly, yet common-sense treatment of this subject pulls together the existing amalgam of scattered labor and employment laws that protect whistleblowers and give the practitioner a reliable and effective tool for navigating these waters.

Gerard M WaitesPartner at O’Donoghue & O’Donoghue

The ultimate legal guide to protecting yourself.

PEN Center, USASelected by the Pen Center as one of the “top ten books about whistleblowers."

Stephen Kohn has written an inspiring and optimistic report on the state of whistleblowing in the US and guides us through the complexities of risking our own comfort by blowing the whistle. . . The wise reader will pay heed to Kohn’s short list of rules when performing her moral duty.

Gina VegaProfessor of Management at the Bertolon School of Business and Author of Moral Courage