White Collar Defense, Government Investigations & Enforcement

State & Federal Agencies

Criminal inquiries and civil lawsuits often proceed simultaneously. You need counsel who can adeptly manage both proceedings to protect your constitutional rights without detriment to your defense of civil litigation. Our white collar defense attorneys are particularly skilled at quickly understanding your business needs and working to minimize the impact of any government investigation on your company’s operations and employees.

In addition to representing clients before state and federal agencies, we have also represented various state agencies and public entities across a variety of issues. We have assisted government officials with ethics compliance and campaign finance law and been involved in the drafting of legislation and regulations.

Quick Facts

  • Successfully defended government contractors in state and federal debarment proceedings
  • Negotiated release of withheld funds in connection with a contract dispute and allegations of procurement fraud
  • Maintained federal funding for program despite violations of reporting requirements
  • Years of experience representing individuals who are subjects, targets, or witnesses in government investigations

Areas of Focus

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Attorneys recognized by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers and include the following:
    • Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” for Criminal Defense / White Collar (2011)
    • “Top Gun” in Ethisphere Institute’s Attorneys Who Matter (2011)
    • ILO Client Choice Award winner for White Collar Crime (2011)
    • BTI Client Service All-Star (2011)

Representative Experience

  • Representing a nonprofit in connection with a number of state and federal criminal, civil, and administrative investigations arising out of alleged financial improprieties and fraudulent conduct. These include investigations by the United States Attorney’s Office, the Massachusetts Attorney General, the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission, the State Retirement Board, and the Massachusetts Teachers Retirement Board. We represent our client in these investigations with the goal of avoiding criminal charges and/or administrative sanctions that could put the company out of business. We are currently in active negotiations with government officials at all agencies and at all levels.
  • Represented a client who was the founder, former CEO, and chairman of the board of a national real estate developer.
  • Representing a high-level investment bank executive at the center of the bank’s conduct during the subprime crisis. We have led the executive’s interactions with Congress, the SEC, the Department of Justice, and the FCIC.
  • Working with leading engineers, our team represented a major ready-mix concrete provider to marshal the relevant facts and data, then to persuade the government of the limited scope of product specification noncompliance on a $15 billion public works project. We then negotiated a global settlement with federal and state agencies that avoided suspension or debarment for the company.
  • Represent a state agency in an internal investigation relating to its disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) program. The agency self-reported to the USAO, and we are presently assisting them as they work through the reporting and subsequent compliance requirements.

Representative Clients

  • Fortune 500 Companies
  • Government contractors
  • Government entities
  • Individuals, including:
    • Directors and officers
    • Doctors and dentists
    • Financial analysts
    • Investment bankers
    • Lawyers
    • Political officials
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Professional services firms
  • Public and private businesses