Allegations of corporate wrongdoing can spawn wide-ranging and highly damaging investigations by government agencies. When you receive notification of an investigation by any government agency or regulator, you need an experienced, focused legal team that can protect your people and the company itself to the greatest extent possible.
Alston & Bird’s White Collar, Government & Internal Investigations team is composed of former federal prosecutors and government attorneys who understand Washington and have worked with U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and state attorneys general around the country. Our lawyers get right to work, proactively building the case for your defense and taking a firm stand when it comes to investigators. Having tried more than 200 civil and criminal cases, and with hundreds of hours of federal and state grand jury experience, our team is a formidable presence in the courtroom. We understand, however, that our clients often benefit most from a quiet resolution that protects your reputation by keeping allegations of wrongdoing out of the media.
Internal investigations can be no less costly, and when outside auditors arrive, we’re there as well with a team that includes CPAs and lawyers with public auditing experience. We keep the focus on the issue at hand and, as much as possible, limit “mission creep” that can create huge problems for your company when it opens itself up to outside scrutiny.
We have helped public and private companies navigate the investigatory process from agencies like the Department of Justice, FDA, DEA, EPA, SEC, CBP, Office of Foreign Assets Control, and Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General. In matters ranging from allegations of health care, securities, tax, and mortgage fraud to RICO violations, bribery and money laundering, immigration offenses, offenses under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, theft of trade secrets, economic espionage, IP offenses, and even NAFTA violations, our lawyers provide timely, capable defense against both civil and criminal investigations and prosecution.