Even before the recent economic crisis, businesses were subjected to ever-increasing investigations by government and regulatory agencies. The trend has only continued worldwide as aggressive prosecutors and regulators, bolstered by popular sentiment, have sought heightened sanctions against both businesses and the individuals who work for them.
We are adept at helping our clients head off problems before they arise by conducting internal investigations and taking remedial action. When government action is unavoidable, we work quietly and behind the scenes to negotiate immunity and non-prosecution agreements and to engineer global dispositions that simultaneously resolve parallel federal and state criminal, civil and administrative actions.
However, some cases cannot be resolved by negotiated settlement or plea. In those instances, we aggressively defend our clients’ interests at trial. Our corporate defense and investigations litigators collectively have tried over 300 cases to verdict as defense counsel and as government lawyers. This depth of trial experience distinguishes us from most other major, full-service law firms.
A number of our lawyers formerly served as high-ranking federal prosecutors and officials, including Bob Cleary, the former U.S. Attorney who prosecuted the Unabomber case, and Dieter Snell, former New York Deputy Attorney General responsible for overseeing the major civil enforcement cases brought by former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, and have gained considerable experience as defense counsel in some of the major cases of the day. This history of success was cited by US Legal 500 when it described the lawyers in our group as a “hungry dog with a bone” with the “appropriate balance of experience along with confidence and principles.”
Areas of Focus
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
Financial Institution and Insurance Fraud
Antitrust Law Violations
Health Care Fraud
Bribery and Official Corruption Allegations
Environmental Law Violations
Government Procurement Fraud
False Claims Act
Standardized Criteria for Qualifying Compliance Programs under the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines
A former top executive at Lehman Brothers in various government investigations and private litigation focused on the demise of Lehman
An executive of a major Japanese company in an investigation of possible antitrust and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations
A host of private equity firms involved in a far-reaching investigation by the New York Attorney General and federal authorities of state pension fund investment activities