Today's businesses operate in a world where the distinction between civil enforcement and criminal prosecution is often blurred. A routine audit, government inspection or regulatory information request can quickly escalate into a grand jury subpoena, congressional investigation or search warrant. Increasingly, regulators have become unwilling to resolve enforcement matters with the payment of a civil fine and, instead, seek to impose harsh criminal penalties. Businesses and individuals faced with government investigations need counsel with a proven track record of helping clients navigate the uncertainties of the investigative process, from the first subpoena through a possible trial and appeal. That means that they need lawyers who know the inside of a courtroom and who can find smart, creative solutions that are consistent with clients' long-term business goals.
When our clients face the threat of a government investigation, Ober|Kaler's Government Investigations and White Collar Defense Group quickly evaluates the legal and business risks of each case. We know how to open the lines of communication with the government and to establish a credible dialogue. We then work with our clients and with the firm's industry experts to develop a successful defense strategy tailored to each client's situation.
Our Government Investigations and White Collar Defense Group includes former state and federal prosecutors with years of experience defending government investigations. These attorneys have specific experience in handling cases and investigations involving:
- Health care fraud
- False Claims Act/Qui Tam Whistleblower cases
- Government contracts and procurement fraud
- Money laundering
- Public corruption
- Securities fraud
- Tax fraud
- Asset forfeiture
- Environmental crimes
- Financial institutions and bank fraud
We defend clients from virtually every industry and occupation. We are frequently called on by companies in the health care, construction and financial services industries and often defend corporate officers, public officials, medical professionals and government contractors. Our thorough approach to defending our clients is enhanced by the deep industry expertise provided by our colleagues from other practices across the firm.
We conduct internal investigations for our clients when compliance issues are discovered, and, when appropriate, we assist clients in preparing voluntary disclosures to government agencies. Our attorneys have developed and implemented compliance programs for a range of entities – from major corporations to small businesses.
We represent clients in investigations and prosecutions involving a diverse group of government agencies including:
- U.S. Department of Justice
- U.S. Attorneys' Offices
- State Attorneys General
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Office of Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services
- Department of Homeland Security
- Drug Enforcement Administration
- Defense Criminal Investigative Service
- Internal Revenue Service
- Food and Drug Administration
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Immigration and Customs Enforcement
- Securities and Exchange Commission
- U.S. Coast Guard