During this time, he’s been extremely successful and has won the majority of his cases; in fact, he’s got quite an impressive track record among his peers. His creative and analytical skills have ensured that Todd Levine creates a variety of clever and outside-the-box legal strategies that many haven’t been able to defend against properly. Since co-founding Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen, and Levine, he’s gone on to bring critical applause from many in the industry; the company was even named one of the best legal firms in the United States recently.
This success as an attorney has led many to wonder how Todd Levine could be so successful in the industry while seemingly making it look easy. One of the biggest lessons he has for those looking to advance in any career is to learn everything about that particular industry. By becoming an expert in a given field, you can offer clients exceptional service and deliver the best results possible. Because of that, he’s noted that people need to specialize in a particular area, which can often be a significant service for clients in itself. See Levine’s profile on Crunchbase https://profiles.superlawyers.com/florida/miami/lawyer/todd-a-levine/cc4676e1-2816-42c8-91ca-984f455088a7.html
Lastly, Todd Levine has said that you have to love your job to become successful in it. According to Mr. Levine, nobody has ever been able to advance in a career that they hate. Because of that, he says that people are better off switching to another job that they may prefer; the result will be a lot more rewarding, both personally and professionally. Not only would you be more satisfied at work, but it would also have a positive impact on your performance, letting you advance in your career.
For many years, citizens, employees or customers that have suspected any type of unlawful practice regarding federal securities laws, hesitated to report the infraction. The reason for this fear, more times than not, centered around retaliation or lack on anonymity. After the financial crisis in 2007-2008, congress dentifrice this lack of reporting as a check and balance that might have helped to avert the crisis. As a result, in 2010, the SEC Whistleblower Program was developed and deployed. The programs primary goal is to make it more palatable for those suspecting securities wrongdoing, have a safe and confidential method to report their concerns.
For the most part, anyone can use the Whistleblower program. The whistleblower does not have to have any direct engagement with the suspected organization. This widens the number of individuals who can report and helps to “widen the net” and increases the visibility on organizations and their practices.
To file a complaint, the accuser would enlist the assistance of a SEC Whistleblower attorney. Together, they would complete and return the required Whistleblower submission. Given the vast number of tips that the SEC receives, the level of detail, exhibits and fact sheets in order to receive a heightened level of interest from the SEC to investigate and decision. Over 4000 tips from this program alone come in to the SEC, completeness and detail are necessary in order to catch the eye of the regulators.
The tip, once received, is given an initial review of the detail contained in the complaint and determines if there is a potential violation of federal security laws that needs to be investigated. Once it is determined that the tip has merit, it is passed to the Enforcement Division. The tip will then be fully investigated, decisioned and if an enforcement action is determined (wrong-doing confirmed), a potential reward might be granted to the Whistleblower. Rewards are normally given to “original” submissions with data that directly led to the enforcement action. The timing of the award, on average, can run between 12 months to 18 months. Lastly, if an award request is declined by the SEC, there is a full appeal process that the Whistleblower can file for reconsideration.
In early 2017, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed a new law prohibiting employers from inquiring about applicants previous salaries. The law mostly aims to help decrease the gender wage gap, but also helps protect the privacy and rights of all employees. As with any new law, there were a few hindrances. Area employers filed a lawsuit, claiming that their First Amendment rights were being challenged.
Ultimately, the city waived the lawsuit, allowing the law to be enacted. In the article, “Karl Heideck Analyzes Why Judge Won’t Halt Philadelphia’s New Salary History Law”, Lawyer Karl Heideck cites the failure of the complaint to specifically identify who would be harmed by this law as the reason for its failure. As Karl Heideck explains, companies involved in the lawsuit may not be eager to disclose their identity, as it doesn’t exactly boost their PR reputation.
Graduating from Temple University in 2009, Karl Heideck is a hire counsel listed attorney with a wide breadth of experience, practicing in the greater Philadelphia area for over six years. Focusing on mainly litigation, compliance, and risk management review, Mr. Heideck’s honed focus gives him an increased ability to create successful outcomes for his clients. He is currently working as a contract attorney at Grant & Eisenhofer, where he works with material relating to securities fraud and banking litigation. At his former position as a project attorney at Pepper Hamilton LLP, Karl Heideck served as a top level quality control specialist, reviewing and gathering materials for a series of litigation cases. In addition to practicing law, Karl Heideck also hosts a blog, where he uses his extensive experience in the field to help readers better understand laws being put in to place. With over 6 years of reputable experience and a passion for law, Karl Heideck continues to practice with an high standard of success.