In today’s complex business and legal climate, allegations of corporate malfeasance must be investigated and resolved promptly. Such internal investigations are necessarily fluid and often unpredictable affairs, in which companies need confidence that counsel handling the investigation is experienced, efficient, and thoughtful.
Miller & Chevalier’s lawyers have extensive experience in conducting many types of internal investigations, including allegations of bribery and corruption, violations of international sanctions laws, environmental crimes, internal fraud, theft and kickbacks, and harassment and other unlawful employment actions. In nearly all of our investigations, the underlying issues create potential major legal, financial, and public relations exposure if not handled discreetly and professionally. Miller & Chevalier’s experience results in our lawyers being able to quickly assess an issue and develop a work plan that will preserve and capture relevant information and thoroughly investigate the issues while minimizing the disruption of day-to-day operations. Our lawyers are attuned to the issues that can be created when outside counsel interview employees and always strive to conduct fact-gathering in a thorough yet professional manner, whether interviewing a CEO or a front-line employee. We regularly conduct internal investigations around the globe to ensure compliance with local laws and customs, as well as other sensitivities that can accompany cross-border investigations. The firm's strength and breadth in internal investigations is reflected in the fact that seven of its lawyers were recognized in the Who's Who of Investigations Lawyers (2015).
Our matters range from isolated, single-office incidents, to large scale matters stretching across business lines and multiple international offices. Our lawyers constantly reevaluate the scope and purpose of an investigation as new information is discovered, and regularly adjust work plans during the course of an investigation to respond to such information. In all instances, our lawyers will maximize all available legal privileges and protections that may be afforded the company, and will work closely with in-house counsel, audit committees, or other corporate leadership to structure the investigation and report the issues in a credible and thorough manner.
- Conducted an internal investigation of a client’s operations in Nigeria and Kazakhstan in response to a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) notification of an inquiry to our client. The investigation expanded to involve dozens of interviews in multiple countries and the collection of millions of pages of hard copy and electronic data.
- Assisted two major multinational companies with Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) due diligence and related investigations regarding two separate multi-million dollar acquisitions, necessitating multidisciplinary teams in simultaneous reviews worldwide, with eventual disclosure and successful resolution of discovered FCPA issues.
- Conducted multiple inquiries into anti-corruption matters on behalf of a large company in an oil-related industry. Investigations were conducted in Libya, Oman, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Egypt, Nigeria, China, Uzbekistan, Russia, Algeria, Dubai, Kazakhstan, India, Singapore, Brazil, Argentina, and other countries. The investigations resulted in no new sanctions or enforcement actions against the company and satisfactory evaluations of the company’s compliance and enforcement protocols.
- Created a protocol for a client to govern all its internal investigations, including matters involving allegations related to the FCPA and other anti-bribery laws, export controls, accounting and financial fraud, and antitrust violations and will provide on-going advice with respect to investigations conducted under the protocol.
- Chief, Criminal Enforcement Section (Southern), Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice
- Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General - Tax (Criminal Tax), U.S. Department of Justice
- Senior Investigative Counsel, Special Committee on Investigations, U.S. Senate
- Trial Chief, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
- Chief, Special Litigation Division, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
- Trial Attorney, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
- Assistant Federal Public Defender, Maryland
- Assistant Federal Public Defender, Las Vegas, Nevada
- Director of Training, and Trial Attorney, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
- Assistant United States Attorney, District of Columbia
- Deputy Independent Counsel appointed to investigate Attorney General-designate Edwin Meese III
Rankings and Recognition
- Chambers Global: FCPA (United States), 2015 - 2016
- Chambers Global: Corporate Crime & Investigations (USA), 2016
- Chambers Global: Fraud & Corporate Investigations (Latin America-wide), 2015 - 2016
- Chambers USA: Corporate Crime & Investigations (National), 2015 - 2016
- Chambers USA: Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (District of Columbia), 2011 - 2016
- Chambers USA: FCPA (National), 2014 - 2016
- Chambers Latin America: Fraud & Corporate Investigations (Latin America-wide), 2015 - 2017
- Global Investigations Review: GIR 30 Top Global Investigations Practice, 2015 - 2016
- Global Investigations Review: Boutique or Regional Practice of the Year, 2016
- Latinvex: Latin America's Top 10 FCPA & Fraud Firm, 2015
- Legal 500: Dispute Resolution: White-Collar Criminal Defense (US), 2011 - 2016
- U.S. News -- Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms": Criminal Defense: White-Collar (District of Columbia), 2011 - 2016