White Collar & Internal Investigations

The members of our White Collar and Internal Investigations practice include criminal trial lawyers with government experience as prosecutors, public defenders, and independent counsel. We are known for our skills in the courtroom and have tried literally hundreds of criminal trials before juries in jurisdictions around the country. It is with the benefit of this experience that our White Collar and Internal Investigations lawyers advise and represent both corporate and individual clients at every stage of criminal litigation, including the initial investigation and grand jury process, trial, sentencing, and appeal.

Our clients often face the complicated challenges presented by matters involving questions of both U.S. and international criminal law and simultaneous action by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and other government agencies. These matters can also include parallel criminal and civil litigation. Our White Collar and Internal Investigations lawyers bring their wealth of governmental and private criminal litigation experience and creative, effective problem solving skills to assist clients in making the crucial strategic and tactical decisions necessary to navigate this complex and dangerous governmental enforcement environment.

Our White Collar and Internal Investigations practice has been recognized by Chambers USA and U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”, and members of the practice have been recognized by the American College of Trial Lawyers, The Best Lawyers of America®, Legal 500, Washingtonian Magazine, Ethisphere Institute's Attorneys Who Matter, and others for their talent and experience. 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).

The members of our White Collar and International Investigations practice have represented corporations and individuals in federal and state criminal matters involving allegations of: 

  • Financial fraud and accounting improprieties; 
  • Securities fraud and insider trading; 
  • Violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); 
  • Public corruption, including bribery, illegal gratuities, honest and faithful services fraud, and violations of conflict of interest laws; 
  • Investigations of appropriations and procurement waste, fraud, and abuse; 
  • Healthcare fraud; 
  • Perjury, false statements, and obstruction of justice; 
  • Tax fraud (including conspiracies to commit tax fraud, Bank Secrecy Act violations, and related offenses); 
  • Money laundering; 
  • Circumvention of the export control regulations; 
  • Espionage and foreign agent registration violations; 
  • Federal election laws violations; 
  • Antitrust violations: 
  • Environmental crimes; and 
  • Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) violations.

Representation of Corporations

Given the stigma of being accused of criminal activity, many corporate clients seek our early and rapid intervention to thwart investigations before they advance into public litigation. When cases have proceeded into the public forum, however, Miller & Chevalier has distinguished itself through its meticulous fact investigation and creative legal presentations. Our team members have prosecuted and defended over 350 jury trial cases, covering a wide array of subject matters in federal and state courts across the country.

Our White Collar and Internal Investigations lawyers often operate at the intersection of international business and domestic enforcement of U.S. laws. We represent clients in complex matters in the wake of increased enforcement by the U.S. and other governments across the globe. Over the past three years, our lawyers have made more than 100 visits to more than 35 countries on five continents, including China, Russia, and several countries in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Working closely with members of our International department, our White Collar and Internal Investigations team conducts worldwide investigations and corporate due diligence in advance of multi-million dollar acquisitions. Our investigations often include reviews of anti-bribery, export controls, and accounting protocols and the development of compliance plans.

Representation of Individuals

Our White Collar and Internal Investigation group has represented individuals in criminal trials arising out of the government’s financial fraud task force, public corruption scandals and regulatory issues. We have also represented individuals in matters resolved favorably without a trial in myriad complex financial fraud cases.

In addition, our White Collar and Internal Investigations lawyers work in conjunction with members of Miller & Chevalier’s Tax department to provide experienced criminal tax counsel to clients. There has been an explosion of U.S. investigative and prosecutorial activity in this area, and, in particular, an ongoing interest on the part of the public and law enforcement for bringing high-profile criminal prosecutions. Our criminal tax team has been integrally involved in these matters, representing witnesses, subjects, and targets of IRS and DOJ investigations. Our knowledge of the investigators and prosecutors in these matters is unsurpassed as is our experience in dealing with those investigators and prosecutors to achieve the best possible outcome for the client.

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White Collar Defense Matters

Corporations or other Entities

  • Representing a Dutch company and its president in defense of criminal allegations of export controls violations in connection with alleged sales of aircraft parts into Iran. The prosecution is brought by the DOJ, with ancillary proceedings by the Commerce Department and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (under Treasury). The matter is pending final resolution, after conclusion of negotiations with all three federal entities. 
     
  • Representing a large government contractor in a grand jury investigation of alleged fraud in connection with a U.S. Army contract. 
     
  • Representing a major defense contractor in a False Claims Act qui tam lawsuit involving allegations of fraud by a subsidiary and other parties in connection with a Department of Agriculture facilities maintenance contract.

Individuals

  • Representing a central figure in a DOJ investigation of Iraqi contracting fraud. We also represent the client in parallel civil matters, Congressional inquiries, and U.S. Army suspension and debarment proceedings. 
     
  • Representing an executive of a large multinational corporation in connection with DOJ and SEC investigations of alleged FCPA violations stemming from the company’s operations in China. 
     
  • Defending multiple groups of individuals and couples in voluntary disclosure matters on charges of tax fraud and Bank Secrecy Act violations. This includes defending individuals who have chosen to “opt-out” of the IRS voluntary disclosure program or otherwise challenge the terms of that program.

Internal Investigations

  • Conducted an internal investigation of a client’s operations in Nigeria and Kazakhstan in response to a 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 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 inquires 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. 
Government Experience
  • 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 
  • Assistant United States Attorney (Criminal and Civil Divisions), Eastern District of Pennsylvania 
  • 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 
  • Assistant United States Attorney, Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia
  • Deputy Independent Counsel appointed to investigate Attorney General-designate Edwin Meese III
Corporate Experience
Rankings and Recognition
  • Chambers USA: Corporate Crime & Investigations (National), 2015 - 2016
  • Chambers USA: Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (District of Columbia), 2011 - 2016
  • 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 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
  • Latin Lawyer Anti-Corruption Survey, Top Law Firm, 2013
  • Legal 500: Dispute Resolution: White-Collar Criminal Defense (US), 2011 - 2016
  • Legal 500: Antitrust: Cartel (US), 2015 - 2016
  • U.S. News -- Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms":  Criminal Defense: White-Collar (District of Columbia),  2010 - 2016
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