The members of our White Collar Defense 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 Defense 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 Defense 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 Defense 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 Who's Who Legal: Investigations (2015-2019).
The members of our White Collar Defense 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 Defense 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 Defense 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 Defense 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 Defense 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.