Responding effectively to criminal investigations and prosecutions requires, first and foremost, experience with the subtleties of the criminal enforcement process. Should a company or individual cooperate in the investigation and, if so, to what extent? How should a company's employees respond when approached by a government investigator with questions or a document subpoena? Should the company conduct its own investigation? How should the company deal with employees who may have been involved in the alleged wrongdoing? How should potential civil exposure be managed? Wiley Rein has for a number of years successfully represented its clients with regard to such important matters.
As the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) targets white collar crime more and more, especially with the recent emphasis on procurement fraud, Wiley Rein’s White Collar Defense & Government Investigations Practice is well positioned to respond to corporate and individual clients’ needs. The Practice is ultra-responsive to new and developing events and equipped to react quickly and comprehensively to any allegation, subpoena, search, or investigation. For years, we have successfully represented clients with regard to such high stakes matters and helped them to avert public relations crises.
Wiley Rein's White Collar & Government Investigations Practice represents a broad range of major companies and individuals in criminal, civil, and congressional investigations and related litigation. We specialize in matters involving the False Claims Act (FCA) and related qui tam suits, the Anti-Kickback Act (AKA), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), congressional ethics, the Communications Act, campaign finance, the Hatch Act, the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA), the federal criminal code, and civil and criminal regulatory enforcement actions.
Wiley Rein's White Collar Defense & Government Investigations Practice has the knowledge and skills necessary to represent companies and individuals facing potential criminal liability. The Group is led by Roderick L. Thomas, who served for more than a decade in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, DC, acting as lead counsel on more than 40 criminal and civil trials, including complex criminal and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) prosecutions. The Group also draws on the talents of several former federal prosecutors. The Practice is ranked by U.S. News & World Report (2014) as being among the best Criminal Defense: White-Collar groups in Washington, DC.
Together, attorneys in the firm's White Collar Defense & Government Investigations Practice provide clients with a blend of experience in government, the corporate sector, and private practice to effectively serve their needs in this complex and critical area.
Areas of Practice
Wiley Rein's White Collar Defense & Government Investigations attorneys not only have extensive experience in the prosecution and defense of criminal cases, they also have in-depth substantive knowledge in many of the areas in which businesses face potential exposure to civil and regulatory enforcement actions, including government procurement, communications, international trade, food and drug law, election law, health care, securities law, banking, antitrust law, and commercial transactions.
Our specialty areas include:
- Responding to government investigations
- "Whistleblower"/qui tam suits
- Internal investigations
- Grand jury investigations
- Agency investigations
- Document subpoenas
- Search warrants
- Employee interviews
- Negotiations with prosecutors and investigators
- Post-indictment defense
- Collateral proceedings
- Employment litigation/wrongful discharge
- Civil fraud actions
- Congressional investigations
- Shareholder suits
- Regulatory enforcement
- Compliance programs and investigations
- Competitor and consumer suits
- Structure and implementation
- Company training
- Compliance reviews
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