Lisa Banks

Lisa BanksLisa J. Banks is a founding partner with the whistleblower and employment law firm Katz, Marshall & Banks, LLP, in Washington, D.C. She concentrates her practice on claims related to whistleblower retaliation, SEC and CFTC whistleblower tips, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, Title IX and contractual employment disputes. She is co-author of the comprehensive whistleblower law treatise Whistleblower Law: A Practitioner’s Guide, an exhaustive guide to the dozens of federal and state whistleblower law affecting virtually every industry in the country, and has also published the CFTC Whistleblower Practice Guide, a comprehensive handbook for CFTC whistleblowers and their lawyers. Ms. Banks earned her law degree from the University of Denver College of Law. She can be reached at

Whistleblower rewards are becoming an ever-more important part of regulatory enforcement

A recent flurry of multimillion-dollar awards from the SEC and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) illustrates the increased significance of so-called “bounty programs” rewarding whistleblowers for proving information to help the government regulate trading and recover stolen funds. Take note: these programs are now a prominent part of the system of American whistleblower law.

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