PLI's Corporate Whistleblowing in 2017

Practising Law Institute

Seminar | June.28.2017 | 1:30pm - 5:15pm (Eastern Daylight Time)

PLI New York Center (Webcast available)
Employment partners Mike Delikat and Renee Phillips will be participating in PLI’s Corporate Whistleblowing in 2017. Mike will be acting as chair of the program as well as speaking on the panel titled “Whistleblowers’ Bar: Current Trends and Perspectives,” and Renee will be speaking as part of the panel titled “Legal Developments in the Whistleblower Space.” This program will offer expert insights into recent whistleblower developments that have shaped the current risk landscape in this rapidly evolving area. Leading whistleblower law experts, including current and former regulators, will provide in-depth perspectives on recent regulatory and legal developments, including what direction the federal whistleblower protection programs will likely take under the new administration, what to expect in case law and regulatory enforcement developments in the coming year, best practices in responding to whistleblower reports, and key ethical considerations in conducting internal investigations of issues raised by whistleblowers. Those is attendance will learn the current priorities and agendas of the SEC, CFTC, and DOL’s whistleblower programs; trends and issues the private plaintiff’s whistleblower bar are seeing; best ethical practices for conducting internal investigations of whistleblower reports.

CLE Credits Available: Y



  • Finance Sector
  • Technology & Innovation Sector
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Whistleblower & Corporate Investigations
  • Indagini interne
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Retribuzione oraria
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • Risoluzione contenziosi e vertenze complesse
  • Pay Equity

Mike Delikat Partner

New York

Michael Delikat, a partner in the New York office, was the previous Chair of Orrick's Global Employment Law Practice for over twenty years.

He is also the founder of the firm’s Whistleblower Task Force. He previously served as the Managing Director of Orrick’s Litigation Division. The practice group under Mike’s leadership was chosen as one of the top national employment law practices by Law 360.

Chambers USA and Chambers Global has ranked him in Band 1 since it began publishing its rankings, noting he is "a giant of the employment bar, widely regarded as an expert in whistleblowing matters and sex harassment claims,” “sought out by premier clients to handle high-stakes employment litigation and investigations,” and "one of the best lawyers on the East Coast for financial institutions."

Mike has an active trial, arbitration, and appellate practice and handles a number of high-visibility class action and impact cases. He is regularly retained by boards of directors and audit committees to conduct high exposure internal investigations of corporate wrongdoing.



  • Finance Sector
  • Whistleblower & Corporate Investigations
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Discriminazione, molestie e ritorsioni

Renee Phillips Partner

New York

Renee Phillips, partner in the New York office and Co-Head of Orrick’s Whistleblower Task Force, focuses her practice on employment litigation and counseling, with particular emphasis on Sarbanes-Oxley/Dodd-Frank whistleblower issues and internal investigations.

Renee has successfully defended employers in federal and state court litigations as well as administrative proceedings and arbitrations involving claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, whistleblowing, trade secret misappropriation and other employment-related claims. She regularly counsels employers on a variety of employment-related issues and assists clients in creating and implementing human resources policies, whistleblower policies, negotiating and drafting executive contracts, restrictive covenants and other employment agreements, and conducting internal investigations.

Renee is the co-author of the PLI treatise, Corporate Whistleblowing in the Sarbanes-Oxley/Dodd-Frank Era. She regularly writes and speaks on whistleblower and other employment topics.