Attorneys

Whistleblower Central is a joint practice of Atlanta-based lawyers Jay Sadd and Kurt Schulzke. Jay and Kurt represent whistleblower clients through Slappey & Sadd, LLC, a full-service, plaintiff’s law firm where Jay is a founding partner and Kurt is Special Counsel.  Bios for Kurt and Jay appear below.

Whistleblowing is not easy.  It requires courage, patience, a clear understanding of the rules, and a strategic mindset.  While we can offer legal advice only to our clients, we hope Whistleblower Central provides all visitors valuable insights into the whistleblower environment and process.

We take great care in selecting  cases and devote personal attention to each of our clients.  Although whistleblowers typically share some common characteristics, each is unique and comes with a story that must be understood and represented in its own context.  We go to great lengths to understand and document our clients’ cases and to present them in a compelling way. Attention to detail and commitment to excellence gives our clients the best form of representation so that their legal interests are fully and fairly represented.

If you would like Kurt and Jay to evaluate your claim on a confidential, no-charge basis, please contact us by phone or email.

Slappey & Sadd, LLC
352 Sandy Springs Circle
Atlanta, Georgia 30328

404-255-6677 (phone)
888-474-9616 (toll free)
404-255-7340 (fax)

Jay Sadd

jay sadd 2008James (Jay) Sadd is a partner of Slappey & Sadd, LLC.  Jay earned his Juris Doctor from the Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, in 1987. He is a member of the Georgia and West Virginia state bars, Atlanta Bar Association, Atlanta Lawyers Club, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and American Association for Justice. In 2009, Jay was named a Georgia Super Lawyer by Atlanta Magazine and Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine.  Also in 2009, Georgia Trend named Jay one of Georgia’s Legal Elite. Jay holds the highest rating possible (AV) by Martindale-Hubble. The AV rating recognizes “the highest level of skill and integrity” in the profession.

Jay is a frequent speaker and has figured as a guest or expert source for NBC’s Today Show, CNN World News, CBS television, ABC television, The New York Times, USA Today, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution and The National Law Journal. He is a former editor of Calendar Call, the official publication of the General Practice and Trial Section of the Georgia State Bar. Jay has also served as Chairman of the Legal Education Committee for the Young Lawyers Section of the Georgia Bar and Chairperson of the Education Committee for the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. Jay has served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Director for the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs, Inc. and as an instructor for the Trial Techniques Program, Emory University School of Law.

Jay practices in every court of Georgia, including the Georgia Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and all Georgia Superior and State Courts.  He is also admitted to the Federal Bar and practices in the United States District Courts of Georgia and the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. He is also licensed to practice in West Virginia, where he was born and raised.  Jay represents clients from the settlement negotiation stage to trial to the appeal of a case, if necessary. Jay is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum which is limited to lawyers who have achieved verdicts, awards or settlements of one million dollars or more.

Kurt Schulzke

Slappey-and-Sadd-Atlanta-Erik-Meadows-Photography-20-cropKurt S. Schulzke is an attorney, CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner.  As a member of the Georgia State Bar since 1998, Kurt has served a variety of clients — as counsel or as an expert witness — in corporate, securities, tax and whistleblower matters domestic and international.  He is a member of the American Accounting Association, Taxpayers Against Fraud (a leading network of qui tam and whistleblower attorneys in the United States), and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).

Kurt is lead co-author of World Accounting, a multi-volume Lexis-Nexis treatise on global financial reporting, and has delivered seminars on financial reporting, corporate governance, corporate ethics and negotiation in major U.S., European and Latin American financial centers.  In addition to his native English, he speaks fluent Spanish.  He has published in the Journal of Legal Studies in Business, Journal of Forensic Accounting, Journal of Executive Education, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, and Tennessee Journal of Business Law (forthcoming Spring 2015).

Kurt obtained his B.S. in Accounting and Master of Accountancy at Brigham Young University in 1986 before moving to Atlanta, working first as an auditor and then as tax consultant at Price Waterhouse (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers) until 1990.  He then joined the faculty at the Coles College of Business where, as Associate Professor of Accounting and Business Law, he has taught forensic accounting, international accounting, negotiation, taxation and business law.

Kurt is licensed to practice in all Georgia State courts, including the Georgia Supreme Court, and in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. He earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Georgia State University College of Law in 1998.  Kurt is an alumnus of the Johannes-Kepler Universitaet-GSU Program on International Commercial Arbitration and the Harvard Program on Negotiation’s Teaching Negotiation in the Organization. Currently, he is working toward a Master of Science in Applied Statistics at Kennesaw State University.