A U.S. Magistrate Judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana today ruled that Managing Partner Mark S. Zaid was an expert on prepublication review classification challenges. The decision was issued in the case of Matthew Bissonnette v. Kevin Podlaski et al., which is a legal malpractice lawsuit arising from the 2012 publication of the NYT’s best seller No Easy Day. Bissonnette, who hired Mr. Zaid as his expert witness, was a member of Seal Team Six on the raid that killed Bin Laden in 2011.
The Court’s decision can be read here.
Mr. Zaid has handled more prepublication review challenges than any other lawyer.
On June 11, 2018, Managing Attorney Mark Zaid and colleagues Andrew Bakaj and Dan Meyer will be teaching a DC Bar Continuing Legal Education Course on Handling Whistleblower Claims. To register, click on the link here. For those unable to attend in person, there will also be an on-demand webinar of this course.
Description: Some might say whistleblowers are the lifeblood of government transparency. But how, as attorneys, do you best represent those who wish to expose alleged wrongdoing of their employer? Where do you take them? What if the information is classified and against the law to reveal, even to you as the attorney? What is the difference between leaking and whistleblowing? Can government agencies bar whistleblowing through non-disclosures agreement or policies? What significant legal differences exist between protecting a whistleblower’s security clearance and other forms of reprisal? Learn how best to handle whistleblower cases from distinguished experts with years of practical experience from within and outside the federal government. This class will explore the applicable laws and provide practical anecdotes from various whistleblower scenarios and cases.
Faculty: Andrew Bakaj, Compass Rose Legal Group, PLLC; Dan Meyer, former Executive Director for Intelligence Community Whistleblowing & Source Protection, Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community; Mark S. Zaid (Course Chair), Law Office of Mark S. Zaid, P.C.