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Jason Zuckerman represents employees in a wide variety of workplace-related disputes, including whistleblower retaliation, harassment, qui tam, wrongful discharge, discrimination, non-compete, and other employment-related claims.  His broad experience includes practicing employment law at a national law firm, serving as a Principal at The Employment Law Group, and serving as Senior Legal Advisor to the Special Counsel at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, the federal agency charged with protecting whistleblowers in the federal government. In 2012, the Secretary of Labor appointed Zuckerman to serve on the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee, which makes recommendations to the Secretary of Labor to improve OSHA’s administration of federal whistleblower protections.

Zuckerman is rated 10 out of 10 by Avvo, based largely on client reviews, and rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell based on peer reviews.  He was recognized by Washingtonian magazine as a “Top Whistleblower Lawyer” in 2007 and 2009, selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America® in the category of employment law (2011-2014), and selected by his peers to be listed in SuperLawyers (2012 and 2015) in the category of labor and employment law. He has lectured extensively on whistleblower law and employment law, especially on Dodd-Frank, Sarbanes-Oxley and False Claims Act actions, and has written several articles on whistleblower protections. Zuckerman co-authored a chapter on litigating whistleblower cases for Whistleblowing: The Law of Retaliatory Discharge, drafted a chapter on the D.C. Whistleblower Protection Act for the D.C. Practice Manual, and is a contributing author of International Handbook on Whistleblowing Research. For nearly a decade, Zuckerman has been a contributing author to an annual update on the whistleblower protection provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act published by the ABA Fair Labor Standards Legislation Committee. Zuckerman’s articles have been cited in various treatises and in a federal court opinion on the scope of Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower protection. Zuckerman has trained administrative law judges, agency EEO directors, senior OIG officials and delegations from more than 30 countries on federal whistleblower protections.

In addition to shaping whistleblower protection law through successful outcomes for clients, Zuckerman has worked with whistleblower advocates to draft and lobby for passage of whistleblower protection laws, and advocate for more effective and vigorous enforcement of whistleblower protection laws. Zuckerman drafted portions of the 2009 amendments to the D.C. Whistleblower Protection Act, which is now the strongest public sector whistleblower protection statute at the state level, and testified at a hearing about those amendments. Zuckerman’s recommendations for improving OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program are cited in Congressional hearing testimony and a top-to-bottom review of the program, and comments that he co-authored are cited in final regulations implementing the whistleblower protection provisions of the Energy Reorganization Act and six environmental statutes. He also led a coalition of whistleblower advocates in meetings with the SEC Chairman, two other Commissioners and senior SEC staff to offer the whistleblower perspective on proposed regulations implementing the whistleblower reward provision of the Dodd-Frank Act. Zuckerman has drafted amicus curiae briefs in leading whistleblower retaliation cases, including Powers v. Union Pacific Railroad, Johnson v. Siemens, Bonds v. Leavitt, and Welch v. Chao, and his advice on whistleblower protections is cited in Financial Statement Fraud: Prevention and Detection and Nonprofit Financial Management: A Practical Guide.

Zuckerman serves as Co-Chair of the Whistleblower Subcommittee of the ABA Labor and Employment Section’s Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee and served as Co-Chair of the National Employment Lawyers Association’s Whistleblower Committee, Co-Chair of the Sarbanes-Oxley Subcommittee of the ABA Labor and Employment Fair Labor Standards Legislation Committee, Co-Chair of the Whistleblower Committee of the District of Columbia Bar’s Labor and Employment Section, and member of Law 360’s Employment Editorial Advisory Board.

Zuckerman graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Georgetown University and received his law degree from the University of Virginia, where he served as Articles Editor of the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology. In law school, he received the University of Virginia School of Law’s Pro Bono Award for his advocacy on behalf of prison inmates and mentally disabled individuals and helped establish a successful pro bono program that encourages students to volunteer a minimum of 150 hours of pro bono service during law school.


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  1. Employment: 50%
  2. Wrongful Termination: 50%


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    Jason is a fantastic attorney who is knowledgeable on a number of employment subject-areas, but especially on whistleblower laws--both federal and state.


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Law Office of Jason M. Zuckerman, PLLC

1629 K St NW #300,
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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Best LawyerBest Lawyers2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2012
Best LawyersThe Best Lawyers in America2011
Top Whistleblower LawyersWashingtonian Magazine List of Top Lawyers2009
Top Whistleblower LawyerWashingtonian Magazine List of Top Lawyers2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalZuckerman Law2013 - Present
Senior Legal AdvisorU.S. Office of Special Counsel2011 - 2013
PrincipalThe Employment Law Group2008 - 2011
PrincipalLaw Office of Jason M Zuckerman PLLC2005 - 2008
AssociateClifford & Garde LLP2004 - 2005
AssociateShaw Pittman2000 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
District of Columbia BarMemberN/A
Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Subcommittee on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 20022015 Annual Update on the Whistleblower Provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 20022015
D.C. Practice ManualD.C. Whistleblower Protection Act2015
The International Handbook on Whistleblower ResearchWhistleblower Support in Practice2014
Law 360A Year For Whistleblower Rewards And Protections2014
ABA 8th Annual Section of Labor & Employment Law ConferenceDevelopments and Trends in Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Litigation2014
ABA J. Labor & Employment LawDe Facto Gag Clauses- The Legality of Employment Agreements That Undermine Dodd-Frank’s Whistleblower Provisions2014
ABA 2014 Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee Midwinter Meeting2014 Annual Update on the Whistleblower Provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 20022014
National Employment Lawyers Association October 2013 ConferenceThe U.S. Office of Special Counsel’s Role in Protecting Whistleblowers and Serving as a Safe Channel for Government Employees to Disclose Wrongdoing2013
American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Subcommittee on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 20022013 Annual Update on the Whistleblower Provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 20022013
ABA Section of Labor and Employment LawCongress Strengthens Whistleblower Protections for Federal Employees2012
ABA Section Of International Law Spring 2011 MeetingWhistleblowers: What Protections And Forms of Relief Are Available For Foreign-Based Employees2011
American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Subcommittee on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 20022011 Annual Update on the Whistleblower Provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 20022011
BNA Daily Labor ReportDC’s Amended Whistleblower Protection Act2011
Law360Whistleblower Provisions Of The Dodd-Frank Act2010
Maryland State Bar Association Fall NewsletterThe Maryland False Health Care Claims Act of 20102010
Law360Whistleblower Protections Under Health Care Bill2010
Law360Whistleblower Protection In The Finance Reform Bill2010
Employee AdvocateCongress Enacts Robust Whistleblower Protections To Prevent Fraud In Stimulus Spending2010
ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Subcommittee on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 20022010 Annual Update on the Whistleblower Provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 20022010
Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund Quarterly Review, Vol. 57New Tools to Combat Whistleblower Retaliation2010
Employee AdvocateLitigating Claims Under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act2010
ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Winter 2010 NewsletterDodd-Frank Act’s Substantial Expansion of Whistleblower Law2010
Law360Whistleblower Protection In New Food Safety Bill2010
Maryland Bar JournalRepresenting Whistleblowers in Adler Wrongful Discharge Actions2009
The Employee AdvocateFederal Whistleblower Protctions for Transportation Employees2009
Law360SOX: A Robust Remedy For Whistleblowers2009
SmartPros Ethics & Compliance InsightsBlowing the Whistle on Tax Fraud Reaps Rewards2009
Law360Stimulus Fund Safeguards for Whistleblowers2009
Virginia State Bar's Litigation NewsStrategies for Defending Against Non-Compete Litigation2009
BNA Workplace Law ReportDOL ARB Decision Reinvigorates Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protection2009
The Practical LawyerQuestions and Answers About The Qui Tam Provision of the False Claims Act2009
Legal TimesThe Umpires Strike Back2008
Corporate Responsibility OfficerProtecting the Whistleblower2008
National Law JournalWin for Whistleblowers2008
Ethics TodayThe Financial Crisis: Whistleblowers Could Have Helped Avert It2008
American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law NewsletterNew Protections for Consumer Safety Whistle-blowers2008
Securities Litigation ReporterSOX's Whistleblower Provision-Promise Unfulfilled2007
IT Business EdgeSix Steps to Limiting Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Liability2007
National Law JournalProtect the Whistleblower2006
The DocketRepresenting Whistleblowers2006
Nonprofit Risk Management CenterWhistleblower Protections in the Nonprofit Sector2005
DC Bar CLELitigating Whistleblower Cases Before the DOL from the Employee’s Lawyer’s Perspective2004
Association ManagementWhistleblower Protection Programs for Associations2004
TransLawMinimizing the Risk of Whistleblower Retaliation Claims2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Virginia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Georgetown UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Federal Sector Labor & Employment Law Midwinter MeetingOffice of Special Counsel Update2015
Bloomberg BNA webinarWhistleblower Reward and Retaliation Claims: Current Developments2015
Representing Federal Employees: Navigating A Complex LandscapeStrategies For Representing Whistleblowers In The Federal Government2014
MWELA Speaker SeriesNavigating the Maze of Private Sector Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Laws2014
DC Bar CLEPractice Before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB): What Happens After the Whistle is Blown?2014
DC Bar CLERecent Developments in Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank, and False Claims Act Whistleblower Retaliation and Litigation2014
DC Bar CLERecent Developments in Qui Tam, IRS, and SEC Whistleblower Rewards Claims2014
Bloomberg BNA webinarRecent Developments in Whistleblower Reward and Retaliation Claims Including Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank Claims2014
Annual Section of Labor & Employment Law ConferenceDevelopments and Trends in SOX and Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Litigation2014
Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment LawNavigating the Maze of Private Sector Whistleblower Protections: Recent Developments in Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank, and False Claims Act Whistleblower Litigation2014
ABA webinarWhistleblower Investigations: A How-to Guide2014
ABA Federal Sector Labor & Employment Law CommitteeMSPB/OSC Update2014
ABA Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee Midwinter MeetingHandling Whistleblower Claims: New Opportunities Create More Complex and Emerging Issues for Employment Lawyers2014
ABA CLESOX, OSHA and Beyond: Litigating Whistleblower Claims at the U.S. Department of Labor2014
Whistleblower SummitWhistleblower Protection Enhancement Act2013
Shining The Light On Whistleblower & Retaliation ClaimsIssue Spotting & Client Intake For Whistleblower & Retaliation Claims2013
NELA Annual ConferenceRecent Developments In Whistleblower Protections & Using Them To Your Client’s Advantage2013
Federal Administrative Law Judges ConferenceThe Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 and OSC’s Enforcement of Prohibited Personnel Practices2013
ABA Federal Sector Labor & Employment Law CommitteeWhistleblower Protection Enhancement Act2013
ABA Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee Midwinter MeetingBlowing the Top Off Whistleblower Investigations2013
ABA Annual MeetingEver-Expanding Federal Whistleblower Protections: Increasing Rewards, Growing Risks2013
Taxpayers Against Fraud ConferenceNew Robust Retaliation Protections for Whistleblowers2012
Public Input into the Development of EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement PlanFederal Sector Roundtable2012
Federal Senior Management ConferenceEthical Leadership in Government2012
DC BarThe Law and Procedures in Representing Federal Employee Whistleblowers2012
CELA webinarWhistle While You Work: What You Should Know About Representing State and Federal Whistleblowers2012
ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Government Personnel CommitteeNew Developments at the Office of Special Counsel2012
ABA Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee Midwinter MeetingThe New Whistleblower Laws2012
Voices for Corporate Responsibility Program on Considerations For WhistleblowersWill Internal Compliance Requirements Strengthen Or Weaken The Law?2011
National Employment Lawyers Association WebinarUsing New Developments In Whistleblower Laws To Your Client's Advantage2011
National Employment Lawyers Association ConferenceEthical Issues in Protecting Confidential Information & Spoliation Prevention2011
MELA annual conferenceYou Know How to Whistle Don’t You? Whistleblower Law and Practice in Maryland2011
ABA International Section Spring ProgramWhistleblowers: What Protections and Forms of Relief are Available for Foreign-Based Employees2011
ABA 2010 Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee Midwinter MeetingThe Whistleblower Litigant’s Dilemma: Making Sure Not to Cross Ethical Lines in the Name of Advocacy2011
Taxpayers Against Fraud ConferenceNew Robust Retaliation Protections for Whistleblowers2010
Employment Law ConferenceNew Developments in Whistleblower Law and Effective Strategies for Prosecuting Whistleblower Retaliation Claims2010
DC Bar CLEChanging Currents in Employment Law 2010: Recent Trends and Developments2010
D.C. BarDodd-Frank Act: Robust Protections and Substantial Rewards for Whistleblowers2010
ALI-ABAEmployment Law Update: Fall 2010, Whistleblower Provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act2010
Whistleblower Law SymposiumPlaintiffs' and Defendants' Approaches to Sarbanes-Oxley Claims2009
Taxpayers Against Fraud ConferenceWinning Retaliation Cases and Defeating Defense Counterclaims and Tricks2009
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives Annual ConferenceChanging Currents in Employment Law2009
Fairfax Bar CLEThe Insider: Legal Ethics in Whistleblower Cases2009
Ending the Dark Ages, Turning on the Lights TogetherUsing OSHA Laws to Remedy Retaliation2009
DC Bar CLELitigating Qui Tam Whistleblower Cases under the New Amendments to the False Claims Act2009
DC Bar CLEChanging Currents in Employment Law: Recent Developments Update2009
DC Bar CLENew Whistleblower Protections for Government Contractors and Employees of State and Local Governments2009
ALI-ABA TeleseminarSettlement Issues in Employment Cases2009
ALI-ABA TeleseminarNew Whistleblower Protection: The McCaskill Amendment to the Economic Stimulus Bill2009
39th Annual Virginia Bar Association ConferenceGovernment Contractors and Other Recipients of Government Funds - Do They Know What They're Getting Into?2009
Whistleblower Protections in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 CLENew Whistleblower Protections2008
The Emerging Era in Whistleblower Rights and the Public's Right to KnowPanel 1 - Restoring Openness and Accountability to Government and Corporation2008
Representing Workers in Harassment & Retaliation Claims CLEUpdate on Whistleblower Legislation2008
Litigating Whistleblower Retaliation CasesRepresenting Clients in Whistleblower Retaliation Cases2008
Joint Congressional Forum: Congress at the Crosswords for Your RightsCorporate Whistleblower Protections2008
Inside the Whistleblower Experience WebinarInside the Whistleblower Experience2008
Litigating Qui Tam Cases Under the False Claims Act, D.C. Bar CLELitigating Qui Tam Cases Under the False Claims Act2007
Litigating False Claims Act Retaliation ClaimsFalse Claims Act Retaliation Cases2007
Hot SOX: What's New Under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Representing Workers in Whistleblower & Retaliation Actions CLEHot SOX: What's New Under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act2007
Fraud and Corporate Whistleblowing: False Claims Act, Qui Tam, IRS and SOX, The ABC's of a Successful Whistleblower CaseWhistleblower Cases2007
SOX Whistleblower Claims: Key Developments and Emerging Issues"SOX Whistleblower Claims2006
Sarbanes-Oxley's Whistleblower ProvisionsSarbanes-Oxley's Whistleblower Provisions2006
Litigating Whistleblower CasesWhistleblower Litigation2006
D.C. Chamber of Commerce Employer Advocate Program Training SeminarAt-Will Employment2006
Conducting Internal InvestigationsConducting Internal Investigations2006
Annual Maryland Employment Lawyers Association Training SeminarLitigating Whistleblower Cases2006
ABA Section of Litigation CLE, Sarbanes-Oxley: Update on Recent Court DecisionsSarbanes-Oxley: Update on Recent Court Decisions2006
Whistleblower Protections, Guest Lecturer for of the University of Virginia School of LawWhistleblower Protections2005
Litigating Whistleblower Cases Before the Department of LaborLitigating Whistleblower Cases2005
Litigating Whistleblower CasesWhistleblower Litigation2005
Employment Law 101, NCAPA Annual Education ConferenceEmployment Law 1012005
Employee Concerns Program Forum ConferenceEmployee Concerns Investigations: Navigating the Minefield2005
Sarbanes-Oxley’s Whistleblower Protection ProvisionsSOX Whistleblower Protection Provisions2004
Procedures Governing Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Retaliation ClaimsSarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Retaliation Claims and Procedures2004