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 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 has for a number of years successfully represented its clients with regard to such important matters. The 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, 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 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.
Together, attorneys in the firm's White Collar Defense 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 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 criminal exposure, including: government procurement, banking, antitrust law, international trade, communications, food and drug law, securities law, commercial transactions and election law.
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
Surviving a Congressional Investigation
By Ralph J. Caccia, Robert L. Walker and Shane B. Kelly*
May 17, 2013
Ranbaxy Settlement Signals Expansion of FCA Actions against Generic Drug Manufacturers
By James N. Czaban, Ralph J. Caccia, Sonali P. Gunawardhana and Dylan Hix
May 15, 2013
FCPA Defendants: "May Their Sins Be Forgotten?"
By Gregory M. Williams, Richard W. Smith and Christen M. Price*
April 2013 | The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel Vol. 21, No. 4