Answer: This is a matter you should discuss with your attorney. However False Claims cases are filed under seal, meaning that the lawsuit will not be public or even disclosed to the defendant for many months. While the initial seal lasts 60 days, the government typically extends the seal. Once the seal is lifted, the case will be a matter of public record. It is wise to talk to your attorney about any concerns you have regarding the lifting of the seal.
Answer: No. There are plenty of attorneys who will represent whistleblowers. It is generally unlawful for attorneys to pay referral fees to non-attorneys. Any non-attorney who is seeking a portion of your recovery to refer you to an attorney should be a concern.
Answer: An attorney should consult with you without charge, and it is more than reasonable to find an attorney who will work on contingency. Contingency means that you will owe nothing unless there is a recovery.
Answer: This is a concern that you should discuss with any attorney you consult. Most whistleblower statutes, including the False Claims Act, make retaliation unlawful. We still recommend discussing the details of your specific situation with an attorney.