White Collar, Compliance and Government Investigations
What keeps company management and individuals up at night is what drives our work in this area. Today’s headlines are replete with announcements of companies being investigated – often times by agencies not on the radar – and companies paying massive amounts of money to resolve government investigations. Our practice group has the resources and experience to help companies and individuals avoid such exposure by developing and implementing effective compliance programs and defending companies and individuals once an investigation commences. Our experience encompasses two former U.S. Attorneys with over 30 years of experience in the Department of Justice and a former Assistant Attorney General over the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. Our team members handle virtually all types of government investigations, government audits, and civil fraud cases, including allegations of:
- Securities fraud
- State and federal tax violations
- Mail and wire fraud
- False statements and claims
- RICO violations
- Government contract fraud
- Banking and finance violations
- Environmental violations
- Money laundering
- Obstruction of justice
We are not headline seekers. We believe attorneys are most valuable during the investigative stage of an investigation, 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. Our 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.
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.
Our team is experienced in what it takes to build effective compliance programs and what such programs look like in the eyes of the government. There is much more to the complex regulatory and criminal system than compliance programs and being the target of an investigation. Proper advice in responding to requests from the government and pursuing criminal action is key to achieving optimal results. We regularly represent witnesses who have been subpoenaed to testify before federal and state grand juries, at trial, or in administrative agency hearings. We also assist 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. Some clients believe they may have been the victim of a crime and need help figuring out if a crime has occurred, what crime may have occurred, and to whom and how to report it.
Representative clients include a national insurance company, major construction management company, former and present partners in national accounting firms, national agricultural supply company, national financing company, regional and state banking institutions, major health education institution, hospitals and healthcare industry companies, regional major government construction company, former government officials, and individual corporate officers.