During a panel discussion at the Georgetown University Law Center Corporate Counsel Institute reported by Law360, the head of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower, Sean McKessy, warned attorneys that they may be disciplined if they draft contracts offering incentives for employees to keep securities fraud whistleblower complaints in-house.  According to McKessy, the Office of the Whistleblower is actively looking for employment agreements or confidentiality agreements that provide a benefit to the employee contingent upon his or her promise not to report anything to a regulator or file a whistleblower complaint with the SEC.  If the Office of the Whistleblower discovers an attorney is drafting contracts that incentivize company whistleblowers to not report company wrongdoing to the SEC, the Office will go after the attorney who drafted the contracts, including by barring the attorney from practice before the SEC and by reporting the attorney to his or her company.