Walt Brown Discusses Regulatory and Government Enforcement Trends in 2017
The counseling engagements and representations of our White Collar Defense practice run the gamut, from compliance matters to client-initiated investigations, to state and federal investigations, to trial and appeal. And, because cases now often involve parallel criminal and civil proceedings, complex e-discovery and data privacy issues, as well as international coordination among countries and their law enforcement agencies, our White Collar Defense practice includes lawyers who possess both criminal and civil experience to provide counseling and advice in all matters touching on government criminal and enforcement proceedings. Our engagements include securities claims brought by the DOJ and the SEC, Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering violations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) claims, antitrust/cartel claims, False Claims Act claims, criminal trade secret claims, antitrust offenses and health care offenses.
Each of our U.S. offices includes lawyers with extensive criminal law experience, as both prosecutors and defense lawyers. They include two former presidentially-appointed U.S. Attorneys and attorneys who have held positions with the DOJ. They also include attorneys who have served as Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the Southern District of New York, the Central District of California, the Eastern District of California, the Northern District of California, the Southern District of Florida and the Western District of Washington.
Collectively, our lawyers have represented hundreds of clients in internal investigations and criminal and enforcement matters initiated by the government. In addition, we have successfully tried hundreds of jury and bench trials and favorably settled many significant matters.
Reputationally, our colleagues must rely on high levels of integrity and credibility in advocating for clients with government officials with high levels of power and discretion. We understand that the best result for our clients is to avoid prosecution and civil exposure, and our significant government experience helps our clients avoid these results. However, if that is not possible, our practice brings to the table the extensive trial and appellate experience necessary to mount a vigorous defense on our clients’ behalf.