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Overview

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 white collar 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

  • Securities Fraud
  • Tax Fraud
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Financial Institution and Insurance Fraud
    • Money Laundering and Forfeiture
  • Antitrust Law Violations
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Bribery and Official Corruption Allegations
  • Environmental Law Violations
  • Customs Fraud
  • Government Procurement Fraud
  • False Claims Act
  • Standardized Criteria for Qualifying Compliance Programs under the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines