White Collar Criminal Defense & Government Investigations

Practice Area

White Collar Criminal Defense & Government Investigations

In a business environment marked by expanding regulations and increasingly aggressive and pervasive government enforcement, corporations and individuals are at greater risk of becoming entangled in criminal investigations or enforcement actions. Lewis Brisbois represents individuals, public and private corporations, and other entities in high-stakes government investigations by federal authorities, the U.S. Department of Justice, state attorneys general, and self-regulatory agencies in all stages of government investigations and white collar criminal litigation.

Our work has spanned a wide array of subject matters, including securities and financial fraud, antitrust, consumer protection, healthcare fraud, bank fraud, environmental, tax, insurance law, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act claims, False Claims Act-related litigation, public corruption, and criminal antitrust. Our attorneys have experience representing clients in investigations conducted by many federal agencies, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Federal Trade Commission, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and state and local authorities.

We pride ourselves on our unyielding commitment to our clients and resolving the challenges confronting them. We are also fully appreciative of the impact a government investigation can have on our clients’ professional, financial, and personal goals. Our goal is to quickly resolve our clients’ problems without indictment or agency action. When that is not possible, our attorneys are fully prepared to zealously represent our clients at the trial stage.

Our attorneys are also cognizant that the initiation of a government investigation can lead to legal challenges for our clients on multiple fronts, including criminal, regulatory, and civil. We approach the difficulties that arise from such parallel proceedings with a strategic perspective and systematic approach pooling our firm’s vast resources to ensure each proceeding is conducted in a manner that considers its impact on the others.

For corporations victimized by their employees or others, Lewis Brisbois has experience offering advice and assisting in internal investigations to correct oversights and implement new compliance programs. In addition, we help corporations present potential cases to government enforcement agencies and represent their interests in litigation over restitution and forfeiture.