Zuckerman has lectured extensively on whistleblower protection, including Sarbanes-Oxley and False Claims Act actions, and has written several articles on whistleblower rights.
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 to The 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 Actpublished by the ABA Fair Labor Standards Legislation Committee.
Zuckerman’s articles have been cited in various treatises and in federal court opinions on the scope of Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower protection and the use of company documents to disclose fraud to regulators. He has trained administrative law judges, agency EEO directors, senior OIG officials and delegations from more than 30 countries on federal whistleblower protections.
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.
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.
In conjunction with the Government Accountability Project, Zuckerman drafted a petition for rulemaking to the Department of Labor to combat corporate muzzling of whistleblowers. That petition resulted in OSHA issuing new guidance on settlement approval in whistleblower cases.
In 2011, he 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 advocated for rules prohibiting the use of confidentiality agreements to bar whistleblowing to the SEC.
Zuckerman has drafted amicus curiae briefs in leading whistleblower retaliation cases, including in Palmer v. Canadian Nat’l Railway, Powers v. Union Pacific Railroad, Johnson v. Siemens, Bonds v. Leavitt, and Welch v. Chao, and his publications about whistleblower rights are cited in Financial Statement Fraud: Prevention and Detection, Managing Risk in Communication Encounters: Strategies for the Workplace, and Nonprofit Financial Management: A Practical Guide.
Zuckerman is frequently quoted by leading business and legal periodicals, including Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Forbes, The National Law Journal, CFO, BNA’s Daily Labor Report, The Washington Post, Investment Adviser Week, Fiscal Times, Human Resources Executive Online, HR Magazine, TaxAnalysts, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Houston Chronicle, HR News, New Jersey Law Journal, cyberFEDS, HR Executive, Washington Examiner, Workforce Management, ABA Journal, CCH’s Labor and Employment Law, Law360 other print and electronic media. Corporate Counsel recently featured Zuckerman in an article titled How to Help a Whistleblower.
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.
Zuckerman is admitted to practice before the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia bars, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, and Federal Circuits, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.
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