- Civil Fraud, False Claims, Qui Tam and Whistleblower Actions
- Communications Enforcement & Compliance
- Congressional Investigations and Oversight
- Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions
- Foreign Agents Registration Act
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Anti-Corruption
- Internal Investigations and Compliance Programs
- Securities Enforcement and Litigation
Congressional Investigations and Oversight
Congressional investigations present unique challenges and pitfalls, and Wiley Rein has the experience, resources, and expertise to effectively manage this perilous and often unfamiliar process. We regularly represent a range of corporate clients and their executives in all stages of congressional proceedings. Whether responding to a subpoena or request for information, preparing for interviews, or assisting with testimony before a U.S. Senate or House Committee, we know how to navigate the process. Wiley Rein also proactively seeks to help position our clients to identify, respond to, and shape anticipated investigatory activities to meet their objectives.
Our Congressional Investigations attorneys intimately understand both the spoken and unspoken rules by which congressional investigations are conducted. Our many years of experience and extensive network within Washington, DC provide critical insight in negotiating with staff members on the Hill to ascertain and limit the scope of requests for documents or interviews. Our Congressional Investigations attorneys include former federal and military prosecutors, congressional counsel, and former legislative counsel and congressional staff members, among others intimately familiar with the process. Our lawyers have worked for some of the principal investigatory committees of both the House and the Senate, including the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation and the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee. We continue to interact regularly with Senate and House Committees. We enjoy strong relationships with policymakers in Congress, including members of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform.
Wiley Rein has helped industries and companies pursue multi-pronged strategies on the Hill and in agencies to drive regulatory activities and litigation and manage their associated challenges. We have relationships with and expertise before many of the federal agencies setting the agenda for industry, including the Federal Communications Commission, the General Services Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Defense, among others.
In addition, Wiley Rein maintains a staff of experienced and effective political consultants, including former members of Congress and staff, who are able to assist with managing the political and media-related aspects of a congressional investigation. We also utilize the strategic communications resources of Wiley Rein’s subsidiary, SIGNAL Group, which provides an expanded network and supplemental congressional investigation resources, particularly in crisis management. As a Washington, DC-centric firm, we are perfectly positioned to address the complex assaults our clients often face from the government.
We regularly represent clients under threat of investigation, and our goal is always to successfully resolve issues behind closed doors and without any hearings, document requests, or other formal investigative actions by Congress. A sampling of our representative matters is listed below.
- 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.
- Represented a major provider of financial products and services in a House Committee on Energy and Commerce investigation into alleged improper solicitation of funds by a high-ranking Executive branch official.
- Represented a leading national nonprofit in a Senate Finance Committee investigation relating to pharmaceutical pricing and marketing.
- Represented a public policy group in a Senate Indian Affairs Committee investigation relating to allegations of impermissible lobbying by charitable groups.
- Represented a defense contractor in contemporaneous House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and Senate Armed Services Committee investigations into allegations of corruption in the U.S. supply chain in Afghanistan.
- Represented several major corporate and trade association clients in the financial services sector in responding to broad Office of Congressional Ethics requests for information and documents in an investigation into alleged improper linkage between political fundraising activities and action on financial reform legislation.
- Represented a major telecommunications company and a national insurance firm, including high-ranking executives of both clients, in a House Ethics Committee investigation of and disciplinary proceedings concerning a long-tenured Member of the House of Representatives.
- Represented a major insurance entity facing multiple investigations by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform during the economic crisis, which enabled the company to obtain the best possible outcomes.
- Represented a financial services provider in responding to a subpoena from the GAO’s Forensic Audits and Investigative Service and Office of Special Investigations, which was the bank’s first notice of a congressional investigation. We helped contain the sensitive matter and prevented it from escalating into congressional hearings.
News & Insights
News & Insights
- November 13, 2019 | MEDIA MENTIONRobert Walker Discusses Whether House Ethics Committee Can Address Questions Related to Release of Whistleblower's Identity
- November 2, 2019 | Washington, DC | EVENT2019 Empower Summit Workshops: Civic Engagement Track
- September 21, 2019 | New York, NY | EVENTAABANY Fall Conference 2019 & NAPABA Northeast Regional Conference
- September 19, 2019 | San Francisco, CA | EVENTThe Watchful Eye of Congress: What You Should Know About How Congress Conducts Oversight and InvestigationsThe Bar Association of San Francisco
- September 6, 2019 | Tampa, FL | EVENT2019 FBA Annual Meeting & Convention
- August 19, 2019 | ARTICLEBloomberg Law
- February 21, 2019 | Los Angeles, CA | EVENTLos Angeles County Bar Association
- November 15, 2018 | ALERT, PODCASTPolitical Law Podcast
- June 9, 2016 | Online Webinar | EVENTThe Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: 2016 Enforcement and Compliance PrioritiesWiley Rein
- March 2016 | NEWSLETTER
- February 29, 2016 | ARTICLE
- April 20, 2015 | Phoenix, AZ | EVENT2015 Blue National Summit
- May 9, 2014 | MEDIA MENTIONPolitico
- February 2014 | ARTICLE
- August 27, 2012 | MEDIA MENTIONModernHealthcare.com
- August 13, 2012 | MEDIA MENTIONBloomberg BNA's Federal Contracts Report
- June 27, 2012 | PRESS RELEASE
- April 26, 2012 | MEDIA MENTIONBloomberg BNA's Federal Contracts Report
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- June 21, 2005 | PRESS RELEASEWiley Rein & Fielding Congratulates Thomas Griffith on His Confirmation to the U.S. Court of Appeals
- December 6, 2004 | PRESS RELEASE
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- July 22, 2003 | ARTICLE
- March 20, 2003 | PRESS RELEASE