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Corporate Whistleblowing in 2018

Author(s): Michael Delikat
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities, Litigation
Published: Jun 2018
ISBN: 9781402431975
PLI Item #: 221194
CHB Spine #: H1103

Mike Delikat, a partner in the New York office, serves as Chair of Orrick’s Global Employment Law Practice, which has employment law teams in the European Union, Asia as well as the United States. He also is the founder of the firm’s Whistleblower Task Force. He previously served as the Managing Director of Orrick’s Litigation Division.

Under Mr. Delikat’s leadership, Orrick’s Employment Law & Litigation group was recently named Labor & Employment Department of the Year in California by The Recorder, the premier source for legal news, in recognition of their significant wins on behalf of leading multinational companies on today’s most complex and challenging employment law matters. The practice group has also been chosen as one of the top national employment law practices by Law 360.

He represents a broad range of major corporations in all facets of labor and employment law. Mr. Delikat has an active trial, arbitration and appellate practice and handles a number of high-visibility class action and impact cases. Mr. Delikat has extensive experience with litigation arising from trade secret misappropriation and the enforcement of post-employment restrictions, EEOC systemic investigations and litigations, wage-and-hour collective actions and other class actions based on gender and race, with particular expertise representing companies in the financial services industry.

He currently has an active practice representing a number of major corporations in the defense of Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other whistleblower claims and is the coauthor of the only extensive treatise published on whistleblowing and internal investigations, Corporate Whistleblowing in the Sarbanes-Oxley/Dodd-Frank Era. He is regularly retained by boards of directors and audit committees to conduct high exposure internal investigations of corporate wrongdoing.

Mr. Delikat is published and quoted frequently on a variety of employment law issues in major academic and business publications and is a frequent speaker at national and international programs.

Related Practice Areas

  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Corporate Whistleblowing
  • Internal Board and Corporate Investigations
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Wage-and-Hour


  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1977
  • B.S., Cornell University, 1974


  • Consistently ranked by Chambers USA, in Band 1 and one of the top five employment lawyers in New York City, describing him as "one of the greatest lawyers in the field today - truly one of the superstars" and "an expert on Sarbanes-Oxley whistle-blower claims."
  • Lawdragon’s Guide to World-Class Employment Lawyers 2013
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Recognized by Human Resource Magazine as one of "The Nation’s 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys"
  • Ranked in the top 25 of Euromoney’s The Best of the Best USA (Labor and Employment)
  • Recognized by The International Who’s Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers and The Legal 500