Practices

White Collar Defense & Government Investigations

Overview

Wiley Rein’s White Collar Defense & Government Investigations Group is an elite team with the expertise and skill to navigate Fortune 500 companies, small and medium-sized companies, business executives, and public officials through criminal and civil government enforcement actions and investigations. The Group is composed of former Assistant United States Attorneys, former congressional investigative counsel, former U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) attorneys, and a deep pool of home-grown talent specializing in government investigations and litigation.

The White Collar Defense & Government Investigations Group is equipped to react with agility and precision to any allegation, subpoena, search, or investigation. For decades, we have successfully represented clients in high-stakes matters and helped them to avert public relations crises. Chambers USA (2015-2018) has recognized the Group as a go-to destination for white collar criminal defense.

We have expertise across all aspects of criminal and civil enforcement actions, with specialization in the areas of:

  • Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions – We defend corporations, executives, and government officials in grand jury investigations, trials, parallel civil/criminal investigations, and other federal and state proceedings.
  • Civil Fraud, False Claims, Qui Tam and Whistleblower Actions – We investigate and litigate government and qui tam whistleblower actions under the False Claims Act (FCA) and, where appropriate, attempt to negotiate favorable settlements to resolve allegations of fraud.
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)and Anti-Corruption – We investigate and defend complex enforcement actions against individuals and entities arising under the FCPA, and assist clients in creating corporate compliance programs designed to avoid FCPA actions.
  • Congressional Investigations and Oversight – We represent clients in all stages of congressional proceedings and investigations, and responses to inquiries, requests for documents, requests for interviews, and public testimony.
  • Internal Investigations and Compliance Programs – We conduct internal investigations and compliance reviews to identify potential or existing improprieties and counsel clients regarding the correct course of action based on the results, including difficult questions about disclosure.
  • Securities Enforcement and Litigation – We defend our clients’ interests before the SEC, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.
  • Communications Enforcement and Compliance – We combine substantive knowledge of the rules and policies of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with our extensive experience in litigation and investigations to defend against FCC and FTC enforcement actions.

Across our civil and criminal experience, our Group’s expertise spans the range of substantive allegations such as:

  • Bribery and kickback investigations under the FCPA, the Anti-Kickback Act, the Stark Law, and other prohibitions.
  • Contract, grant, and procurement fraud.
  • Criminal conspiracy to violate federal regulations affecting a broad range of industries.
  • Criminal antitrust investigations, including price fixing, bid rigging, and market allocation.
  • Cybersecurity and cybercrime risk, liability, and counseling, including issues under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and the Wiretap Act.
  • Ethics, campaign finance, and election law violations.
  • FTC competition and deceptive trade-practice violations, including Telephone Consumer Protection Act
  • Food and drug violations, including violations involving medical devices.
  • Health care and pharmaceutical fraud, including off-label marketing violations.
  • International trade and export violations.
  • Securities and financial fraud allegations including insider trading, market manipulation, rate fixing, “political intelligence,” and accounting fraud violations.

Among others, some of our most prominent recent matters include:

  • Defended the CFO of a major trucking company who, after being charged in an indictment accusing him of 126 felonies and demanding $40,000,000 in forfeiture, resolved the case for a single misdemeanor, receiving probation and no forfeiture.
  • Represented a government contractor during civil and criminal investigations into its alleged involvement in what has been described as one of the largest bribery and kickback schemes in the history of federal contracting.
  • Represented the CFO of an international petroleum industry company in an FCPA investigation.
  • Responded to multiple, concurrent investigations by three different committees in the House and Senate, as well as a barrage of media inquiries regarding a high-profile, politically charged government IT project.
  • Defended Members of Congress related to House and Senate ethics investigations and related criminal and civil allegations.
  • Defended several businesses and executives in DOJ Public Integrity investigations relating to conduit contributions.
  • Defended a foreign generic pharmaceutical manufacturer in a government pricing investigation.
  • Defended a medical device manufacturer in a False Claims Act investigation involving misbranding and medical necessity allegations.
  • Defended several executives of medical device manufacturers in DOJ and U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigations relating to off-label marketing.
  • Represented a drug company executive in an FTC investigation involving allegations of unfair competition.
  • Defended a major hospital in an FCA investigation involving Stark Act and anti-kickback allegations.
  • Defended several corporate executives in international cartel investigations.
  • Conducted multiple FCPA internal investigations for a government contractor with worldwide operations.
  • Represented multiple entities facing subpoenas in connection with Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation of the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
  • Secured dismissal of a high-profile criminal case based on the government’s Brady violation. 

Contact Us

Ralph J. Caccia
202.719.7242 | rcaccia@wileyrein.com

Kevin B. Muhlendorf
202.719.7052 | kmuhlendorf@wileyrein.com

Mark B. Sweet
202.719.4649 | msweet@wileyrein.com

Roderick L. Thomas
202.719.7035 | rthomas@wileyrein.com

Our People

Name Position Telephone Email
Rachel A. AlexanderPartner202.719.7371Download vCard
Rand L. AllenPartner202.719.7329Download vCard
Michelle B. BradshawAssociate202.719.7290Download vCard
Daniel P. BrooksAssociate202.719.4183Download vCard
Ralph J. CacciaPartner202.719.7242Download vCard
Colin J. ClohertyAssociate202.719.3564Download vCard
Madeline J. CohenAssociate202.719.3748Download vCard
Matthew J. GardnerOf Counsel202.719.4108Download vCard
Vesna K. Harasic-YaksicAssociate202.719.4506Download vCard
Peter S. Hyun *Partner202.719.4499Download vCard
Kevin J. MaynardPartner202.719.3143Download vCard
Brandon J. MossAssociate202.719.7554Download vCard
Kevin B. MuhlendorfPartner202.719.7052Download vCard
Stephen J. ObermeierPartner202.719.7465Download vCard
P. Nicholas PetersonOf Counsel202.719.7466Download vCard
Derrick A. PetitAssociate202.719.3572Download vCard
Nicole M. QueriStaff Attorney202.719.3595Download vCard
William A. Roberts, IIIPartner202.719.4955Download vCard
Saverio S. RomeoAssociate202.719.3760Download vCard
Richard A. SimpsonPartner202.719.7314Download vCard
Mark B. SweetPartner202.719.4649Download vCard
Roderick L. ThomasPartner202.719.7035Download vCard
Robert L. WalkerOf Counsel202.719.7585Download vCard
Gregory M. WilliamsPartner202.719.7593Download vCard

*Not admitted to the District of Columbia Bar. Supervised by principals of the firm who are members of the District of Columbia Bar.

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