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Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions


Criminal matters create risks that are unique and far-reaching. Allegations of criminal misconduct can threaten hard-earned reputations and even personal liberty in a way that is not matched by the other legal issues that may affect sophisticated professionals. For this reason, criminal investigations or prosecutions require experience in handling high-stakes criminal matters and the utmost skill and discretion on the part of counsel.

We have assembled a team ideally suited to meet these challenges. Our attorneys include former federal prosecutors who intimately know the practices of investigating authorities, from U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to federal executive agencies. The attorneys in our White Collar Practice have a wide range of experience representing private entities and individuals in internal investigations, subpoena responses and grand jury investigations, trials, sentencings, and appeals throughout the United States. We represent individuals and entities whether they are the subjects of investigation, third-party witnesses, or undergoing active prosecution. We bring a wealth of experience that provides the strongest possible representation to our clients.  

Our representations span a broad array of subject matters. For example, we have deep experience representing government contractors accused of procurement fraud, kickbacks, gratuities, and other misconduct, such as:

  • A government contractor during civil and criminal investigations into its alleged involvement in a bribery and kickback scheme described as one of the largest schemes of its kind in the history of federal contracting.
  • A senior executive of an international logistics company regarding criminal allegations that he submitted fraudulent certifications and made false statements to the government.
  • A contractor investigated for knowingly submitting false certifications of eligibility for small business contracts.
  • A government contractor in connection with a former affiliate’s prosecution for making false statements to the government regarding security clearances.
  • A government contractor in connection with its employee’s testimony at the trial of a former subcontractor.
  • An individual undergoing criminal investigation for an alleged pass-through relationship on a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise contract.
  • A manufacturer of high-tech parts for military aircraft under investigation for falsified testing data.

We have also represented a number of high-level government officials in public corruption investigation, including:

  • A senior White House official in connection with allegations of false statements and obstruction.
  • A Member of Congress in relation to allegations of false statements and disclosures.
  • A government official indicted for making false statements and obstructing justice in connection with the agency and congressional investigations into lobbyist Jack Abramoff's dealings.

We have represented clients dealing with complex food and drug regulations, including allegations raised by the Food and Drug Administration, DOJ, and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), such as:

  • The chief executive of an international pharmaceutical manufacturer indicted for conspiring to violate federal food and drug laws and making false statements in connection with the sale of products in the United States.
  • Executives and other personnel in several criminal investigations relating to off-label marketing of medical devices and pharmaceuticals.
  • A senior executive of a generic drug manufacturer in a criminal investigation into allegations of insider trading and violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

We counsel businesses facing potential liability for anticompetitive behavior, including:

  • Several high level automotive and air cargo executives in criminal antitrust investigations involving allegations of price fixing, bid rigging, and market allocation.
  • The nation’s largest privately held scrap metal company during an antitrust investigation.
  • Criminal antitrust investigations involving price fixing, bid rigging, and market allocation.

We are also a go-to source of assistance for communications firms, manufacturers, health care and pharmaceutical companies, insurance carriers, and other companies facing criminal investigation or prosecution, which in the recent past has included:

  • A video relay services provider in concurrent investigations of fraud by the DOJ, SEC, and Federal Communications Commission Enforcement Bureau, convincing the DOJ and SEC not to take any criminal or civil action.
  • A global insurance company being investigated by a federal grand jury.
  • A large, international company facing investigation for export control violations.
  • A range of industries related to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act counseling and investigations, including defense, financial, insurance, aeronautical, freight, energy, construction, pharmaceutical, and engineering, with an eye toward minimizing clients’ potential exposure and responding to DOJ or SEC proceedings should they arise.

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