Typically, whistleblowers have reported illegal activity on the part of their employer resulting in their employer’s firing them or otherwise retaliating against them with righteous indignation and authoritative statements that they, the employer, did nothing wrong. Accusing a business or government agency of wrongdoing is not for the faint of heart. It takes a certain type of person to successfully take on these powerful organizations. We have been told by many of our whistleblower clients that they chose Stefani & Stefani to represent them because they believed that with our law enforcement experience, we would not be intimidated or stonewalled by their employers or former employers.
Because whistleblowers are often taking on a powerful business or government agency, they require the assistance of an attorney who will not be intimidated by powerful employers. They require an attorney who knows how to dig out hidden facts, one who will not be stymied by the roadblocks thrown up by the employer to prevent the discovery of the employer’s wrongful acts and discovery of the real reason the employee was discharged or discriminated against.
The attorneys at Stefani & Stefani have proven their ability to successfully represent whitleblowers in some of the hardest fought cases. Two of the cases handled by Stefani & Stefani, Jiraki and Brown, received the highest mediation awards ever awarded in a wrongful discharge case in Michigan as of the date of those mediations. Dr. Jiraki and Gary Brown also set records for the highest whistleblower recoveries in Michigan after jury trials and appeals.
Obviously, these were extraordinary cases, but they show that Stefani & Stefani has the expertise required to successfully represent whistleblowers and others who are wrongfully discharged.
Stefani & Stefani have not only handled many wrongful discharge cases successfully at the trial stage, we have handled several through the appellate courts. Several of the cases that we have briefed and argued in the Michigan Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court have resulted in favorable changes in the way the Michigan Whistleblower Protection Act is interpreted.