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Who We Are

Carolina Whistleblower Attorneys was created to put you first.

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Have you observed fraud against the government? We believe that whistleblowers play a critical, heroic role in fighting fraud on behalf of all taxpayers. We respect your courage in coming forward, and we believe it’s our responsibility to be the bridge between whistleblowers, the government, and fighting for accountability.

You deserve experienced advocates who can guide you in making the choices that are right for you. Our team of recognized professionals has the skill, knowledge, and resources to work on the most high-stakes cases – while making you the priority every step of the way.

Learn more about our You-First Policy.

Our history & mission

We’re led by former White House-appointed attorney Bill Nettles and his team. During his tenure as U.S. Attorney, Bill’s office brought the state of South Carolina to top four in the country for whistleblower recoveries.1

Our goal is to stamp out corporate greed, while protecting those who do their patriotic duty by blowing the whistle. We have decades of combined experience in whistleblower claims and know what makes a good case. This experience helps us try to minimize your risks.

We won’t take on your case unless we are confident that advising you to move forward is the best course of action for you. That’s how we’ve approached all our clients.

See some of our attorneys’ career results 


Our accomplished attorneys

Each of our attorneys has knowledge, experience, compassion, and tremendous
skill. Learn more about each of their credentials on their bio pages:

Bill Nettles


Gary W. Jackson*


Fran Trapp


John L. Warren III


Coleman Cowan


Christopher Bagley


Kaitlyn Fudge


Walter McBrayer Wood


*Of counsel

Fraud cases we handle

The following is a list of industries in which qui tam claims for fraud against the government tend to arise. Click on any of the icons to learn about a specific industry or type of fraud. You can also call us right now at 1-888-292-8852. We’ll listen to what you’ve observed and tell you if you have a claim.

Our far-reaching footprint across the Carolinas and beyond

Carolina Whistleblower Attorneys is a joint venture between the Bill Nettles Law Firm and the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, one of the largest firms in North Carolina. While we live in the Carolinas, we practice nationwide. That means we have the resources and reach to help you with your whistleblower case and concerns anywhere in North Carolina, South Carolina, across the country, and even internationally.**

The Carolina Whistleblower Attorneys Advantage

A Formidable Team

Most attorneys have never worked a qui tam case to conclusion. We have a full team of experienced attorneys and support staff to work on your case. Many of our attorneys have won awards, authored books and articles, and are sought after by the media for their insight and analysis.

Government Experience

We are led by Bill Nettles, former U.S. Attorney for South Carolina who made false claims a cornerstone of enforcement during his tenure. When he started our team, he brought with him an Assistant U.S. Attorney with decades of whistleblower experience, Fran Trapp. Because of our extensive experience working for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, we know how to approach one of the most critical elements of the whistleblower process: the presentation of your case to the government.

A Strong Track Record

We’ve represented dozens of qui tam whistleblowers, with tens of millions of dollars in total settlements since 2016. Bill and Fran are responsible for helping the government recover over $307 million in fraudulently-obtained funds during their tenures at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.1,4

Deep Resources

We have the financial and technological resources necessary to invest in and try to strengthen your case. And we have a passionate, talented team who knows how to use those resources to put you first.

You Don’t Pay if We Don’t Get You a Reward

Your reward can be up to 30% of the government’s recovery. If we’re not successful in getting you a reward, we don’t collect a fee from you. Guaranteed.2

Awards we’ve won

For standards of inclusion for awards listed, visit,,,, and National Trial Lawyers Top 100 designation is for 2024. Regarding the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, we do not represent that similar results will be achieved in your case. Each case is different and must be evaluated separately. Firm award is for the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. Attorney awards are for attorneys with the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin.


** The attorneys at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin and the Bill Nettles Law Firm are only licensed in the states indicated. Representation in other jurisdictions is only allowed by their rules and may involve association with local counsel.

Contact the Carolina
Whistleblower Attorneys

If you’re wondering if it’s a good idea to speak with a whistleblower lawyer about what you know, let us set the record straight.

  • Corporate ethics hotlines can be risky and may lead to termination. If you’ve already done this, call us immediately.
  • Your coworkers could be aware of the fraud – or complicit in it – and you should not talk to them about it.
  • The first claim to be filed under the False Claims Act can proceed – if you’re not first, you’re at a serious disadvantage and may get nothing (another reason not to speak to your coworkers about it).
  • A confidential discussion costs you a few minutes, but could save you time, stress, and money.


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