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For over 25 years Dean Zerbe was active in Congressional investigations of government waste, fraud, and abuse. Dean left Congress in 2008 where his last position was as Senior Counsel and Tax Counsel on the Senate Finance Committee for Senator Charles E. Grassley. Dean also served as Senator Grassley’s Chief Investigative Counsel on the Finance Committee for several years prior to being appointed Senior Counsel. In his work for Senator Grassley, Dean was the driving force behind the drafting and passage of legislation that created the Whistleblower Office at the IRS as well as changes in the tax code that greatly expand the rewards for tax whistleblowers. In addition, Dean was closely involved with the False Claims Act on behalf of Senator Grassley – who is the author of the modern False Claims Act/Qui Tam. Dean was recognized by National Journal as one of the top staffers in Congress for his work – listed as one of the “Hill 100.” Dean is currently a partner at Zerbe, Miller, Fingeret, Frank, & Jadav LLP, and Senior Policy Analyst for the National Whistleblower Center.
Stephen M. Kohn is one of the nation’s leading whistleblower attorneys. A founding director of the National Whistleblower Center, he is the author of eight books on whistleblower law, including The New Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself. He is a practicing whistleblower attorney and serves pro bono as the Chairman of the Board of the National Whistleblower Center. Stephen is a partner in the whistleblower law firm Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto. His primary litigation focus includes representing international whistleblowers under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, tax fraud whistleblowers, qui tam reward laws, the False Claims Act, SEC whistleblowers and IRS whistleblowers. In 2012, the firm obtained the largest qui tam whistleblower reward given to a single individual in history ($104 million to UBS whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld) and he represents Danske Bank Whistleblower Howard Wilkinson.
Eric Hylton currently serves in a dual role as the Director of Investigations for ZMF, Law and National Director of Compliance for alliantgroup. He held several prominent positions at the IRS, including serving as the Commissioner of the Small Business/Self-Employed Division, Deputy of the Criminal Investigation Division as well as the Executive Director of CI’s International Operations. As the Director of Investigations for ZMF, he advises clients on criminal tax investigations, tax controversy matters, internal investigations, cryptocurrency, and whistleblower claims. As National Director of Compliance, Eric employs his years of experience at the IRS to assist alliantgroup’s clients as an ambassador for U.S. small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) and in helping others become tax compliant.