The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, enacted in July 2010, attempts to address the financial industry abuses that led to the financial crisis in the late 2000s. The Act, initially proposed in June 2009 by Senator Chris Dodd and Representative Barney Frank, marks one of the most sweeping reforms of the financial industry and Wall Street since the Great Depression. The law’s most publicized features include greater regulation of the derivatives market and credit rating agencies, and limits on bank ownership of hedge funds and private-equity funds.

Dodd-Frank Act SEC Whistleblower Program

The law also includes significant new provisions for the SEC Whistleblower program, attempting to encourage whistleblowers to come forward with information about securities law violations.

The Dodd-Frank Act prohibits employers from retaliating against whistleblowers, who may sue for reinstatement if terminated for their participation in a whistleblower lawsuit. The Act also allows for the strongest whistleblower confidentiality provisions in federal whistleblower law, allowing whistleblowers to report fraud anonymously. The protections in the Dodd-Frank Act add to those that SEC whistleblowers already had under Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX).

Dodd-Frank Act allows SEC whistleblowers to report broader range of fraudulent activities

The Dodd-Frank Act amends the whistleblower provisions in the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which only allowed whistleblowers to disclose information about insider trading. The new whistleblower provisions are substantially broader, allowing whistleblowers to report any violations of federal securities law, including insider trading and other types of market manipulation.

Our Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Lawyers

Eric Gibbs

Eric has served in leadership positions in a number of high profile, complex financial fraud class action lawsuits. He has been recognized as a Law360 MVP for Consumer Protection.

Dylan Hughes

Dylan Hughes concentrates his practice on investigating and prosecuting fraud matters on behalf of whistleblowers, consumers and employees harmed by corporate misconduct.

Amy Zeman

Amy has built a reputation in the plaintiffs’ bar for delivering results and justice to consumers and sexual assault survivors in class action and mass tort litigation. The Daily Journal named her a Top Woman Lawyer in California for 2021.

Aaron Blumenthal

Aaron Blumenthal represents consumers, employees, and whistleblowers in class action and other complex litigation.

About Us

Gibbs Law Group is a California-based law firm committed to protecting the rights of clients nationwide who have been harmed by corporate misconduct. We represent individuals, whistleblowers, employees, and small businesses across the U.S. against the world’s largest corporations. Our award-winning lawyers have achieved landmark recoveries and over a billion dollars for our clients in high-stakes class action and individual cases involving consumer protection, data breach, digital privacy, and federal and California employment lawsuits. Our attorneys have received numerous honors for their work, including “Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California,” “Top Class Action Attorneys Under 40,” “Consumer Protection MVP,” “Best Lawyers in America,” and “Top Cybersecurity/ Privacy Attorneys Under 40.”