Government scrutiny of corporate conduct has high-stakes ramifications for executives and organizations. Our attorneys conduct internal investigations and represent clients facing actual or threatened enforcement. We also represent clients in civil fraud litigation and administrative proceedings.

Our lawyers assist both corporate and individual clients in responding to government inquiries, ranging from Department of Justice criminal and civil investigations to federal agency investigations to state Attorney General investigations. While we strive to resolve matters prior to court proceedings, we have a track record of success defending clients at trial.

Several of our attorneys have worked at federal and state government agencies and are familiar with their inner workings. Among our most senior lawyers are members of the American College of Trial Lawyers, former federal and state prosecutors, and former public defenders.

Our attorneys include:

  • The former U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona
  • Former Assistant U.S. Attorneys from six U.S. Attorneys' offices
  • The former Supervisory Trial Counsel at the SEC's Philadelphia Regional Office
  • A former Criminal Health Care Fraud Coordinator for the District of Delaware
  • A former trial attorney for the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice
  • The former First Deputy Attorney General of Arizona
  • The former First Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania

Our clients include financial institutions, accounting firms, multi-national manufacturing firms, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, hospitals, universities, defense contractors, energy companies, chemical manufacturers, utilities, and numerous other businesses, including Fortune 500 companies.

We also are often retained by governmental entities to conduct investigations into sensitive and high-profile matters. Our representation of individuals includes public officials, corporate directors, officers, managers, and other employees; and professionals, such as lawyers, doctors, and accountants.

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We represent clients at all stages of criminal and regulatory proceedings, from responding to grand jury subpoenas to civil investigation demands and other processes. We also represent clients at trial, on appeal, and post-conviction litigation. When retained during the investigative stage, our attorneys have a long track record of success in resolving the matter without the filing of any criminal or other charges.

Our skill and success in trying criminal cases provide leverage for negotiating the best possible resolutions. Although we regularly handle high-profile cases, most of our matters never go to litigation or become publicly known. Instead, our lawyers resolve matters without charges filed, lawsuits brought, or reputations harmed.

We also help clients respond to unexpected crises, such as the execution of criminal or administrative search warrants.

Our lawyers work efficiently, get up to speed quickly, are acutely sensitive to client needs in very difficult situations, and apply creativity in reaching the optimal solution.

We frequently represent clients in enforcement and regulatory actions initiated by the SEC, stock exchanges, and FINRA. Several of our attorneys have worked as staff members at the SEC. They draw on this experience to guide clients through the regulatory requirements of federal and state securities laws.

Conducting internal investigations is a major part of our practice. Our attorneys work quickly and effectively to deliver critical information to boards of directors, audit committees, legal counsel, senior management, and other corporate sponsors. We conduct internal investigations in such highly regulated industries as health care, pharmaceutical, banking and defense contracting, as well as for potential securities and environmental violations, and possible violations of internal codes of conduct and ethics.

We advise strategically on employment issues, remedial measures, and government disclosures.

We know how burdensome and disruptive investigations can be to the workplace. Our attorneys work closely with clients to address issues revealed by an internal investigation to reduce corporate risk.

We represent a broad range of financial institutions, including internet-based providers, in anti-money laundering regulatory and enforcement actions. Our attorneys draw upon both industry and government AML experience to help clients establish and refine AML policies and procedures, as well as conduct compliance training and audit existing programs.

In matters involving potential violations, we conduct internal investigations and assist in responding to administrative, civil or criminal investigations, government enforcement actions, and related civil ligation by private parties regarding fraud schemes.

We have significant experience establishing, refining, and strengthening clients' compliance and ethics programs, employee training, personnel practices, and corporate structure and governance. A well-designed and well-managed compliance program can help prevent situations that trigger a government investigation and mitigate consequences if one occurs. Our experience in this area dates to the mid-1980’s, when these programs were first developed on behalf of defense contractors and for environmental compliance.

Attorneys in our group have served as court-appointed receivers by state and federal courts throughout the country, including the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the Central and Southern Districts of California, the District of Utah, and the District of Nevada.

These receiverships have involved actions brought by the SEC, FTC, and state regulatory agencies to terminate Ponzi schemes, FOREX scams, and deceptive trade practices.

Our attorneys help clients implement their internal compliance and ethics programs. We advise on all aspects of corporate governance compliance, including SEC, Sarbanes-Oxley, and stock exchange regulatory requirements. We assist with issues relating to the formation and functions of board committees and assessments as part of ongoing compliance efforts.

We also advise in-house corporate counsel, compliance counsel, and compliance officers on the appropriate response to compliance issues as they arise. The government's emphasis on health care fraud prosecutions has made counsel in the use of effective compliance programs by health care organizations one important component of our practice.

We have extensive experience in litigating False Claims Act cases brought either directly by the government or on behalf of the government by qui tam whistle-blowers. The group has defended numerous matters for health care service providers, managed-care companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, defense contractors, universities, and research institutions.
Our attorneys assist clients in navigating the requirements of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). This includes counseling on the accounting provisions of the act as well as its antibribery provisions.