White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

High-stakes matters call for strategic, experienced counsel who can quickly understand the dynamics of legal issues confronting a client and help forge a path that addresses legal and reputational risk while allowing business operations to continue.

If your company and board are facing litigation from shareholders or the government, you need a legal partner committed to collaborating with you, a team that has been there before and can jump in to assess the facts, help tailor your strategy and achieve the best possible outcome for your business.

Our White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation and Compliance team has been on every side of the table: as defense lawyers, prosecutors and in-house counsel.

Our team includes:

  • Lawyers who have decades of experience providing direct representation and crisis management advice to clients confronting the most complicated, bet-the-company white collar investigations and prosecutions.
  • Lawyers having relevant, recent experience working for the Department of Justice as federal prosecutors, including two politically appointed U.S. Attorneys: Melinda Haag, the immediate past U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California from August 2010 through September 2015, and McGregor ("Greg") Scott, who served as the presidentially appointed U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California from 2003 to 2008. Our team also includes former senior Department of Justice officials and others who served as Assistant U.S. Attorneys.
  • Lawyers expert in developing, investigating and managing compliance programs, including two who have been appointed to serve as federal court compliance monitors and one who served as Co-General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for an oilfield services company having global operations.
  • Lawyers having relevant experience working for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including former senior attorneys.

Strategic Defense

We regularly represent clients and provide crisis management advice in complex white collar criminal, securities and regulatory matters. With decades of collective trial experience (including lawyers who have first chaired dozens of defense cases to verdict), we are known for our creative and effective defense of clients in the investigative phase of a case as well as in the courtroom.

The Power of a Credible Trial Threat

A credible trial threat on the defense side can prove decisive in resolving securities class actions on favorable terms. The plaintiffs’ securities class action bar knows that we can, and will, take them to trial and win.

Our lawyers have successfully defended hundreds of securities class actions in 43 states, often obtaining early dismissals using pretrial motions or by negotiating favorable early settlements within the limits of D&O coverage. And our team has successfully defended several of the securities class action cases that have reached a verdict since the enactment of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act.

Compliance and Investigation Expertise

Our team also assists clients facing compliance challenges. We create, assess and test compliance programs and provide day-to-day compliance advice for numerous public and private clients, both domestic and international.

Whether you confront a criminal or regulatory investigation or prosecution, require an internal investigation, or seek to prevent problems by enhancing compliance programs, we draw on our broad and deep experience and perspective to provide the most effective advice and support. With offices in the United States, Asia and Europe, and lawyers who have represented clients in North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Europe, our team can defend clients anywhere in the world.