The Whistleblower Tour Takes Manhattan

Corporate Counsel
October 22, 2014

Jordan A. Thomas commends whistleblowers courage, during event hosted by the Center for Corporate Integrity at Baruch College

Sherron Watkins, the insider who blew the whistle on Enron Corp. in 2001, got a boost from fellow panelist Jordan Thomas, a partner at Labaton Sucharow who chairs its whistleblower practice. Addressing the many students in the audience, Thomas counseled that making a difference isn't limited to people who win big awards like a Nobel Prize. "Sometimes it's the choices you make," he said, such as the one that Watkins did. "I wouldn't be here if it weren't for her," he added.

The SEC's recent whistleblower program has helped create what he called "a quiet revolution" in law enforcement.

Those who do report misconduct too often suffer retaliation, Thomas continued. But that's a mistake. "It makes them mad," he said, "and when you make smart people mad, they start recording."