Stephen Kohn, former Adjunct Professor and Clinical Supervisor at the Antioch School of Law, was featured yesterday in The Washington Post in a major whistleblower case. Kohn, 56, is one of the Washington attorneys for whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld, the former bank executive who helped American authorities expose tax evasion facilitated by UBS AG, the Swiss banking giant. The IRS awarded Birkenfeld $104 million, the most ever granted to an individual in a whistleblower case.
Stephen Kohn's firm, Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, which includes Michael Kohn '85 and David Colapinto '88, worked on a contingency basis, entitling them to a cut of Birkenfeld’s award. Stephen Kohn won’t discuss the fee, but he described it as "not a standard contingency fee.”
"This sends 104 million messages to banks around the world that help Americans evade the IRS," said Kohn in an interview. "It sends 104 million messages to employees of those banks who are thinking of coming forward, and it sends 104 million messages to Americans who have those accounts. It says they will get caught.”