Contact the National Whistleblower Legal Defense and Education Fund

Note: Some whistleblower laws have deadlines as short as 30 days.

Thank you for contacting the National Whistleblower Legal Defense and Education Fund (NWLDEF). All communications with the National Whistleblower Legal Defense and Education Fund are considered confidential under the Attorney-Client Privilege. However, neither the NWLDEF, nor the attorneys working on the NWLDEF's staff represent you unless you have signed a formal written representation agreement. There is no charge for having an attorney from the NWLDEF review this confidential submission.

WARNING: The NWLDEF cannot guarantee the confidentiality of electronic communications. We urge you to never use any electronic device (mobile phone, laptop, desktop, etc.) that is owned or controlled by a private corporation or governmental entity. Furthermore, we recommend that you take steps to protect your online identity including establishing a separate email account that does not identify you by name and avoiding the use other online platforms that may disclose your identity. If you do not wish to submit this form online, you may print it out, fill in the answers and send it via a postal service.  

Please Note: Our organization works hard to respond to all inquiries on a timely basis. In instances where you expect a response but do not see one in your inbox, please check your "Spam" or "Junk" folder. 

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DISCLAIMER: This form will to be used only to permit an attorney to confidentially evaluate your claim or case. It is not a commitment to provide legal representation. The NWLDEF is not affiliated with any government agency or court. Hitting the Submit button does not constitute the filing of a claim with any government agency or court. Regardless of our evaluation of your situation, the contents of the form shall remain confidential.

It is NWLDEF’s strict policy that the confidential report forms you submit shall remain confidential. We consider the submission and content of this form to fall within the confines of the attorney-client and work product privileges and will treat the information we receive accordingly. Please understand that although we consider your communication with us to be privileged, we are not your attorneys and do not represent you. Should we mutually agree to enter a representation arrangement, we will enter into a formal written agreement with you setting forth the scope and terms of our legal representation.

If you hire an attorney to represent you the NWLDEF will have no further involvement with your case. Furthermore, it is up to you to independently evaluate the quality of any attorney/law firm you may hire, even if that attorney is affiliated with the NWLDEF. The NWLDEF’s review of this form is a pro bono public service.

The National Whistleblower Center (NWC) and the NWC's Legal Assistance Program are independent from the NWLDEF.

Mailing Address:

1800 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20033

Any materials submitted to us by mail cannot be returned.

Nothing on this web site should be interpreted as legal advice or guidance as to whether or not you have a valid claim.  The NWLDEF cannot make any judgment on your case, or whether or not we can help you, until after you provide the us with information and we have an opportunity to review that information.

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Regardless of whether you are able to retain counsel through this service, it is absolutely imperative for whistleblowers to know their rights. We strongly suggest that you review the resources linked here and obtain a copy of The New Whistleblower's Handbook.

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