Adam Herzog, a partner of Katz Banks Kumin, joined the Firm in December 2013. 

Mr. Herzog has represented numerous clients pursuing whistleblower tips before the SEC, CFTC and FINCEN and has successfully assisted them in earning millions of dollars in award payments. Three of Mr. Herzog’s clients received SEC whistleblower awards in the second half of 2023 alone, some of whom participated in a $104 million total award that was the fourth largest in the SEC program’s history.  Details regarding awards obtained on behalf of Mr. Herzog’s clients can be found herehere, and here.

Mr. Herzog regularly represents for-profit and non-profit executives in negotiating employment agreements. He also counsels employees from all levels of organizations negotiating separation and severance agreements.

A dedicated advocate, Mr. Herzog has successfully represented clients through various employment disputes, including the pursuit of claims for race, gender, disability, orientation, disability and age discrimination, as well as for protections offered under whistleblower, wage and hour laws, and breach of contract.

For instance, in EEOC v. WRS, he represented eleven construction workers, alongside the EEOC, in obtaining a $2.75 million settlement from a national corporation in an action involving allegations of hangman’s nooses and other invidious acts of discrimination. In another matter, Mr. Herzog served as first chair in successfully representing a banker against his former employer in a five-day FINRA arbitration focusing on whistleblowing and defamation issues.

Prior to joining Katz Banks Kumin, Mr. Herzog worked with the firms Robinson, Curley & Clayton P.C. and Latham & Watkins LLP in Chicago. He has taught continuing legal education courses on employment agreements, employment law and disability discrimination for the District of Columbia Bar and American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education.  Prior to law school, Mr. Herzog served with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, a team-based national community service organization.

Mr. Herzog was recognized from 2019-2021 and 2023 as a top employment attorney in the D.C. area by Super Lawyers, after being honored as a “Super Lawyers Rising Star” in 2014, and from 2016-2018.

Adam earned his J.D. in 2004 from the University of Chicago Law School and his undergraduate degree in Finance in 2000 from the University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School. Mr. Herzog served as law clerk for the Honorable Judge Philip Simon of the Northern District of Indiana.

$8 Million in Awards for Whistleblower Clients

In December 2023, Katz Banks Kumin LLP announced that two of the firm’s clients will receive more than eight million dollars in whistleblower awards from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

These awards are part of a recent SEC action awarding more than $104 million to seven different whistleblowers — and is, collectively, the fourth largest in the history of the SEC’s Whistleblower Program.

Read more here.

SEC Whistleblower Client’s $9 Million Award

In July 2023, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced an award of more than $9 million to a whistleblower client jointly represented by Katz Banks Kumin LLP and Phillips & Cohen LLP.  Their client provided critical information to the Commission leading directly to a successful enforcement action against a large financial institution.

Debra Katz and Adam Herzog of Katz Banks Kumin, and Sean McKessy of Phillips & Cohen, represented the anonymous whistleblower.

Read more here.

$3.2 Million Whistleblower Reward for Providing Critical “Roadmap” in Investigation

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) awarded $3.2 million on Friday to a Katz Banks Kumin client who supplied critical information to the Commission that led directly to a successful enforcement action against a large financial institution.

The Katz Banks Kumin client not only brought the misconduct to the Commission’s attention, but also provided a key “roadmap” of “subject matter expertise,” documents, and assistance during the investigation that proved vital to the SEC staff in investigating the company’s illegal activity.

Read about this case here.




Speaking Engagements

Handling Whistleblower Claims 2023 – Rights of Private Sector Employees 
June 5, 2023

Katz Banks Kumin partner Adam Herzog presented a continuing legal education seminar for the D.C. Bar


Negotiating and Drafting Successful Executive Employment Agreements
May 25, 2016

Katz Banks Kumin partner Adam Herzog presented a continuing legal education seminar entitled “Negotiating and Drafting Successful Executive Employment Agreements.”

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