For more than 40 years, Mr. Kardell has dedicated his practice to complex employment law issues with a focus on whistleblower law and corporate internal investigations.
He has represented executives and employees in the first cases brought in the state and federal courts in Texas dealing with non-retaliation rights under a corporate code of ethics. He has also represented a number of Wall Street whistleblowers who have disclosed improprieties that led to the financial markets implosion, including Richard Bowen, the Citibank whistleblower whose testimony before Congress is generally credited as the stimulus for the current Department of Justice prosecutions of major Wall Street banks.
He was a founding Member, SMU Dedman School of Law Multistate Labor and Employment Law Seminar, 1985-2004 and a former Chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar. He is also Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law.
He is a former Adjunct Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law, where he was a founding member of the Multistate Labor and Employment Law Seminar, 1985-2004. (Courses: Corporate Governance and Compliance; Law Technology) and is formerly Co-Editor in Chief of the Texas Association of Business Employment Law Handbook (James Publications). He developed the first corporate compliance class at the law school level.
Served as an advisor to the New York Stock Exchange on corporate codes of conduct and corporate ethics litigation.
Steve is the author of the authoritative treatise Whistleblower and Bounty Law.