Areas of Practice

Government Interaction & White Collar 

Facing an investigation? An accurate - and timely - response can mean the difference between a small penalty and life-changing charges. We can help now and in planning for the future.

Clients turn to our attorneys for comprehensive legal representation when interacting with any governmental agency – from local, to state, to federal agencies and offices. Whether you are conducting an internal investigation or are the subject of an agency investigation, you need counsel who can guide you through each step, helping you pursue the facts and protecting your interests.

Proactive Representation
At times, the best defense is a great offense. Before your company runs into any serious problems, we can sit down with you to identify the current areas of governmental oversight in your business and target potential areas of risk. We will then work with you to map out a plan to proactively address these areas now, helping you avoid future legal problems and mitigating future risk.

We can help you draft policies and handbooks and provide training for employees, management, and senior leadership in the proper adherence to federal and state regulations. We can also assist with due diligence when questions arise and provide careful counsel throughout any process to insure that your business is protected and that the regulatory bases are covered.

Investigations
Your business operations, whether local, national, or international, may be subject to oversight from a number of federal and state governmental agencies. As such, you may be the recipient of subpoenas, search warrants, or demand letters if something appears to have gone wrong.
Our experience with governmental agencies, whether representing clients before them or, in some cases, having worked directly with them on staff, provides you with critical expertise when it matters most. We can guide you through a civil regulatory issue, criminal investigation, or prosecution before the following agencies and more:

  • Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Federal Reserve
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC)
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • State Attorneys General

Ethics Investigations
With the addition of a former officer for the Inspector General for the State of Illinois, we have the unique insights from a top ethics investigator at our clients’ disposal. Whether you are subject to an ethics investigation or an inquiry by the Inspector General, members of General Assembly, House or Senate Committee, we can represent you through the investigation, counsel you through the process, and negotiate any charges.

Internal Investigations
The investigation isn’t always coming from the outside. Whistleblower matters, corporate investigations, or other internal inquiries can often identify an issue before it appears on a government agency’s radar. From issues involving potential embezzlement, to sexual harassment, to stealing intellectual property, we can provide proactive guidance and preventative counsel through the process. We will help establish and confirm your position and craft a thorough response in the event that the matter does proceed to agency review. As an advocate in your corner, we will make sure your rights are protected and help insure that the facts are accurately presented.

White Collar & Corporate Compliance
When facing federal criminal proceedings, you need skillful representation from attorneys who will pursue the facts and protect your interests. We have successfully defended criminal prosecutions in venues across the country, in a variety of substantive areas, including:

  • Banking crimes
  • Corporate and accounting fraud
  • Environmental crimes (environmental and toxic tort litigation)
  • Forfeiture
  • Health care fraud
  • Immigration
  • Public corruption
  • Securities fraud
  • Tax fraud

Should your matter reach trial, we’ll be in your corner. Our litigation experience runs the gamut, from representing witnesses appearing before grand juries, to criminal trials and appeals. From the start to finish, we will aggressively represent your interests.

Attorneys | Government Interaction & White Collar

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