White Collar Crimes and Business Defense

White Collar Defense and Internal Investigations

Hunton & Williams LLP's white collar defense and internal investigations team has considerable experience in corporate criminal defense and government enforcement litigation. Prosecution of a company or its officers and employees can turn into "bet the company" litigation. The risks are not limited to fines and jail time; they also can include civil enforcement proceedings, and government investigations frequently result in third-party litigation, creating significant financial exposure. Our lawyers regularly represent clients in grand jury investigations and defend businesses and individuals in white collar criminal investigations and prosecutions in the United States and abroad, in parallel civil enforcement proceedings and in related third-party proceedings.

Our lawyers have aggressively defended corporations and their board members, executives and other individuals in cases involving allegations of health care fraud, false claims, FDA violations, campaign finance matters, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, securities fraud and environmental crimes. Hunton & Williams also has considerable experience in matters involving the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Our team has been featured in the 2015 GIR 100, an independent guide to the world’s best firms for international investigations according to the London-based Global Investigations Review.

Corporate victimization takes many forms, including theft of trade secrets and proprietary information, employee infringement of patents and copyrights, theft and embezzlement of property, and collusion between vendors and marketing personnel. These situations require effective, credible and confidential internal investigations. Our team, led by several former federal prosecutors, is well suited to conduct internal investigations. These professionals can quickly and discreetly detect practices that undermine a corporation’s productivity. Our lawyers provide advice at every stage of a matter and have successfully resolved many matters before they can become public.

Our numerous investigations have included reviews of internal financial controls and procedures; allegations of corrupt dealings, domestic and abroad; financial reconciliations; forensic data recovery; employee and vendor interviews; trade secret; corporate espionage issues; and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act reviews. In connection with these investigations, we routinely advise clients on the formulation of compliance programs that strengthen internal controls and provide critical protection if a corporation is subject to a criminal investigation. As an adjunct to compliance programs, we also have extensive experience in document retention programs, which have led to substantial savings for clients in terms of storage costs and responding to discovery or subpoenas if litigation evolves. Our lawyers are experienced in working with in-house counsel in developing effective programs for protecting companies against significant exposure from costly litigation.

Our lawyers include a former United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, a number of former Assistant United States Attorneys, a former Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General of the United States Department of Justice, and a former Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Staff of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, as well as the former Deputy Attorney General for the state of Virginia.