Miller & Chevalier is widely regarded as a leader in White Collar Defense in the U.S. and globally. Top-ranked in Chambers Global and USA, Chambers says their sources are full of praise for the team: "…they have a keen perspective, sophistication, deep knowledge and experience in all types of investigations and fraud situations." Our White Collar Defense practice includes criminal trial lawyers who are former prosecutors, public defenders, and independent counsel. Our team has defended clients in over 350 jury trials in jurisdictions around the country. Our clients include global companies, emerging companies, executives and boards 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 of simultaneous criminal, civil and regulatory actions involving U.S. and international criminal law and along with action by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and other government agencies. We rapidly deploy teams to assist clients with the strategic and tactical steps necessary to navigate successfully complex and dangerous governmental enforcement actions. Our clients appreciate our ability to achieve short-term results while anticipating what may lie ahead. We understand how regulators and judges think and how to work with them effectively. Our extensive trial experience means we can think through trial scenarios even as we work with our clients to avoid going to court when that is the best outcome.
Representation of Corporations
Increased enforcement by the U.S. and other governments across the globe has led to more complex often cross-border investigations than ever before. Given the stigma of being accused of criminal activity, clients seek our early and rapid intervention to thwart investigations before they become public. Working with clients from virtually every industry, we are well-equipped to handle the range of possible investigations, which frequently involve the intersection of international business and domestic enforcement of U.S. laws. We are also adept at handling matters before the World Bank Sanctions Board, which, in recent years, has increased its scrutiny of fraud, collusion and corruption in World Bank bid proceedings.
Working closely with our world-class international team, our White Collar Defense team conducts investigations worldwide. 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. Our investigations often include reviews of anti-bribery, export controls, and accounting protocols and the development of compliance plans. We are also regularly asked to provide corporate due diligence in advance of multi-million-dollar acquisitions.
Representation of Individuals
Our White Collar Defense group has represented individuals in investigations and criminal trials involving financial fraud, criminal antitrust, healthcare fraud, anti-corruption violations, export control and sanctions issues, national security issues, public corruption and regulatory disputes. Many of these matters are favorably resolved without a trial. When tax issues arise, our lawyers work in conjunction with our Tax Department, one of the top practices in the country according to Chambers, 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 renowned 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 ability to help achieve the best possible outcome for the client. We also team with our Government Contracts team to achieve successful outcomes in investigations of appropriations and procurement waste, fraud, and abuse.