Tuesday, September 18, 2012  

Labaton Sucharow Partner Named a Legal Rebel by the ABA Journal

NEW YORK (September 18, 2012) — Labaton Sucharow LLP today announces that partner Jordan A. Thomas has been named to the 2012 class of the American Bar Association (ABA) Journal's Legal Rebels, which names the most innovative practitioners in the legal world. The journal is a publication of the American Bar Association.

Now in its fourth year, the ABA Journal's Legal Rebels are selected by the publication for their efforts to blaze new trails in the field of American jurisprudence. The 11 lawyers selected for this year's award practice across the nation, in small and large firms and public interest law. The ABA Journal names these lawyers "the innovators—the folks who've found a different path, some new way to blend the needs of their clients or their practice, or even their own needs of personal expression, into the way they practice the law…These are challenging times for lawyers everywhere, and these are lawyers who are finding opportunity in that challenge."

Thomas joined Labaton Sucharow in July 2011, following a long and distinguished career in federal law enforcement. As a former Assistant Director and Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel in the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission, he played a leadership role in the development of the SEC Whistleblower Program. This program has broad extraterritorial reach and offers eligible whistleblowers, regardless of nationality, the ability to report possible securities violations anonymously and significant employment protections and monetary awards. To ensure that adequate funds are available to pay whistleblower awards, Congress has established a replenishing Investor Protection Fund, which has a balance in excess of $450 million.

"While I am extremely honored to be included in the 2012 class of Legal Rebels, this honor really belongs to the entire Whistleblower Representation team," continued Thomas. "I feel very fortunate to be able to work with such dedicated and talented professionals."  

Since joining private practice, while protecting and advocating for SEC whistleblowers, Thomas established www.secwhistlebloweradvocate.com, a first-of-its-kind website that offers comprehensive thought leadership and cutting-edge web-based tools to help responsible organizations establish a culture of integrity and courageous whistleblowers to report possible securities violations—without regrets. The site also provides a wealth of information about the federal securities laws and the operations of the SEC, which are valuable resources for the general public.

"For more than 50 years, Labaton Sucharow has broken new ground in its efforts to hold institutions accountable for wrongdoing. Establishing the nation's first practice focused on SEC whistleblowers highlights our continuing effort to compel corporate reform and protect investors," remarked Chris Keller, partner and head of case development at Labaton Sucharow. "We are very proud of Jordan. As a tireless advocate for whistleblowers everywhere, this is a well-deserved honor."
For more information about the ABA Journal's Legal Rebels, please visit http://www.abajournal.com.