Investigations Group

Our White Collar Crime and Government Investigations practice group focuses on all facets of governmental investigations and white collar criminal defense in both the state and federal arenas.  The team members have handled virtually all types of white collar criminal defense, including allegations of:

  • Securities fraud
  • Insurance fraud
  • State and federal tax violations
  • Mail and wire fraud
  • False statements and claims
  • Campaign finance
  • Criminal contempt
  • RICO violations
 
  • Government contract fraud
  • Banking and finance violations
  • Various whistleblower assertions
  • Conspiracy
  • Bribery
  • Environmental violations
  • Money laundering
  • Obstruction of justice
 

We regularly represent witnesses who have been subpoenaed to testify before federal and state grand juries, trials, and administrative agency hearings.  We also assist our clients in responding to requests for documents and records by grand jury and administrative subpoenas.  We are well-experienced in responding to electronic discovery requests in the context of both criminal and administrative inquiries.

Our philosophy is that a successful white collar criminal defense should not be high-profile. Attorneys are most valuable during the investigative stage, before the case reaches indictment – and the headlines. We focus on the importance of an internal investigation as early as possible to resolve potential issues.  The firm has experience in all aspects of criminal and corporate compliance violations, from the conduct of internal investigations to trial and appellate work, to parallel civil and criminal proceedings.

 Practice highlights
  • We believe that a corporate integrity team is the most efficient and effective method of providing businesses with lawyers experienced in all aspects of the issues, including criminal law, corporate integrity and compliance, fraud detection and corporate governance, augmented by those specialists within the firm who regularly practice in labor and employment, healthcare, tax, securities, commercial and consumer, environmental, government contracting, and banking and finance.

     
  • These corporate integrity teams offer independent, credible internal investigations of allegations of wrongdoing in a wide range of corporate functions, as well as advice on compliance programs and representation in regulatory enforcement proceedings and civil and criminal actions.

     
  • James Tucker, leader of the White Collar Crime and Government Investigations practice group, is a former United States Attorney and Criminal Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney. He coordinates internal investigations for clients. The Group includes other former prosecutors with many years experience, both federal and state.
Representative experience

Our clients include:

  • a national insurance company
  • a major construction management company
  • former and present partners in national accounting firms
  • a national agricultural supply company
  • national financing company
  • regional and state banking institutions
  • a major health education institution
  • hospitals and healthcare industry companies
  • a regional major government construction company
  • former government officials  
  • individual corporate officers and partners

The group has provided a range of legal services to our clients, prior, during and after extensive internal investigation, including:

  • Coordinating responses to grand jury subpoenas for millions of documents, with numerous e-discovery issues
  • Analyzing company records and interviewing employees, officers, and third parties
  • Interacting with prosecutors and investigative agents during the investigation.
  • Reviewing extensive company audit results and inventory shortfalls
  • Preparing and presenting a prosecutive analysis to the U.S. Attorney’s Office
  • Arranging and coordinating interviews by and document production to the FBI, which resulted in an indictment in federal district court alleging fraud perpetrated against our client
  • Responding to demands for cooperation under Thompson memorandum 
  • Preparing company officers for interviews and grand jury testimonies
  • Preparing and presenting position papers to federal prosecutors and regulators
  • Negotiating and finalizing a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the government
  • Instituting a compliance program for the client, reviewing the effectiveness of a current program, and training employees in meaningful compliance principles
  • Compiling findings of fact, recommendations, and reporting to the client
  • Responding to search warrants of company premises

For additional information on White Collar Crime and Government Investigations, please contact Amanda B. Barbour or James B. Tucker.

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