Biography

As the former Chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission Office of the Whistleblower, Sean X. McKessy provides singular insight and unparalleled knowledge of the SEC whistleblower program in his current work with whistleblowers as a partner at Phillips & Cohen LLP.

Mr. McKessy was the first Chief of the SEC whistleblower office and helped establish the SEC’s procedures and policies for handling whistleblower claims. During his five-year tenure, he played a key role in the SEC’s efforts to protect whistleblowers using Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation provisions and to stop employment and severance contracts that discouraged whistleblowing.

In 2017, Compliance Week named him to its list of the “Top Minds” in corporate governance, risk and compliance, calling him “The Whistleblower King.”

In a previous stint at the SEC, Mr. McKessy was a senior counsel in the Enforcement Division. He later held corporate compliance positions as corporate secretary for Altria Group Inc. and AOL Inc. and as securities counsel for Caterpillar Inc.

Phillips & Cohen has the longest-standing and most successful practice devoted exclusively to representing whistleblowers under government reward programs, with more than $12.3 billion recovered for taxpayers and investors as a result of the firm’s cases.