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Synopsis: Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto Associate Attorneys Maraya Best and Kelsey Condon, discuss international whistleblower protection laws and the global applicability of the FCPA and other U.S. whistleblower laws with Mark Worth, Member of UN Expert Group on Whistleblowing and Founder of Whistleblowing International.
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Maraya Best, Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto, LLP Associate Attorney
Maraya Best specializes in representing whistleblowers under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Commodity Exchange Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, the IRS whistleblower law, and the False Claims Act. She has a special expertise in representing international whistleblowers. She has worked closely with whistleblowers and the investigating federal agencies in disclosing illegal activities that have occurred in numerous foreign countries. Although almost all of her clients are anonymous and confidential, she assisted in the successful representation of Alex Chepurko, who obtained a judgment on behalf of the United States for $69.6 million in a False Claims Act qui tam lawsuit. Maraya has also provided highly effective assistance in the representation of Howard Wilkinson in his historic money laundering case.
Ms. Best was the 2018 recipient of the highly prestigious and competitive Estelle S. Kohn Memorial Fellowship awarded by Northeastern University School of Law. She graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in May 2018 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs and Hispanic Studies from Lewis & Clark College. Her background is in international human rights law, which she brings — along with advanced Spanish language fluency — to Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto’s international anti-corruption practice.
Kelsey Condon, Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto, LLP, Associate Attorney
Kelsey Condon specializes in representing whistleblowers under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, the IRS whistleblower law, and the False Claims Act. She also focuses on cases impacting the environment and wildlife protection. Although most of her clients are anonymous and confidential, she has played a critical role in the Howard Wilkinson case (the largest money laundering case in world history) and one of the largest Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases filed in Greece against the pharmaceutical giant Novartis. She also assisted in the federal court litigation of the Westrick False Claims Act case.
Kelsey was the recipient of the highly prestigious and competitive Estelle S. Kohn Memorial Fellowship awarded by Northeastern University School of Law. She graduated from Northeastern University School of law in May 2017, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Northeastern University
Mark Worth, Founder, Whistleblowing International (https://www.wbinternational.org)
Mark Worth is the founder of several whistleblower support and advocacy NGOs, including Whistleblowing International, European Center for Whistleblower Rights, and Southeast Europe Coalition on Whistleblower Protection. He is a member of the UN Expert Group on Whistleblowing and the founder of Transparency International’s whistleblower program. He has supported and advised hundreds of whistleblowers in all regions, and has been involved in many successful cases.