CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATIONS QUICK FACTS

Attorneys who have served as:

    members of Congress
    senior congressional staff
    U.S. Senator
    Chairman of the House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee
    Chief Counsel and Deputy Staff Director at the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
    Counsel and Policy Coordinator, United States House of Representatives, House Energy and Commerce Committee

    government contracts attorneys

Represented nearly 30 clients in three years before numerous committees on both sides of Capitol Hill, including the:

    Senate Finance Committee
    Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
    House Financial Services Committee
    House Energy and Commerce Committee
    House Ethics Committee
    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
    House Homeland Security Committee
    Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
    House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
    Senate Select Committee on Aging
    House Science and Technology Committee
    House Committee on Ways and Means
 

WHAT WE DO

Conduct internal investigations

Provide strategic advice on the legal and political ramifications of corporate policies

Respond to Chairperson’s letters, subpoenas and other requests for information

Draft testimony to be delivered under oath

Prepare responses to questions posed by congressional staff and members of Congress

Manage crisis communications

 

CLIENT FOCUS

Financial institutions

Defense contractors

Homeland security contractors

Retail companies

Food manufacturers and distributors

Hospitality companies

Healthcare companies

Insurance companies

Technology companies

Individuals

Trade associations

Non-profit organizations

Pharmaceutical companies

 

Congressional Investigations

withstanding the scrutiny of Congress


Receiving notice from a congressional investigating committee can be chilling, and for good reason. Recipients know that a subpoena, or a request for testimony or document review, can mark the beginning of a process that has the potential to damage their reputations, place them in legal jeopardy, or both.

Congressional investigations and oversight hearings can be all or part political theater or a forum for policy development, depending on the committee involved. It’s possible, however, to get through the opaque process of an investigation unscathed, but it requires guidance from seasoned professionals who know the rules, the investigatory methodology and the players.

SUBSTANTIVE SUPPORT FOR CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATIONS

we have guided clients through investigations on a wide range of topics

Congressional Investigations

Support from a formidable team.

Venable’s bipartisan congressional investigations team is results-driven. With a deep understanding of congressional rules and the politics involved in many investigations, we can help you respond to any request from an investigating committee in a timely, productive and appropriate way.

The team is led by former Congressman Bart Stupak, who was Chairman of the House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. The team also includes former members of Congress, federal prosecutors, administration officials, senior congressional committee and office staffers, senior litigators and leading government contracts attorneys.

Established relationships, proven negotiating skills.

Our objective is to protect your legitimate interests while providing Congress the information it requires. We understand how to achieve this delicate balance because we have represented scores of clients before House and Senate committees, and we have personal and professional relationships—on both sides of the aisle—with most of the investigators and counsels on the key oversight and investigative committees. Venable’s attorneys have recently represented clients involved in hearings and investigations conducted by the:

  • Senate Finance Committee;
  • Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs;
  • House Financial Services Committee;
  • House Energy and Commerce Committee;
  • House Ethics Committee;
  • House Oversight and Government Reform Committee;
  • House Homeland Security Committee;
  • Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations;
  • House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee;
  • Senate Select Committee on Aging;
  • House Science and Technology Committee; and
  • House Committee on Ways and Means

Through this deep experience we have become tenacious, highly effective negotiators. We use these skills to represent your interests in communications with members of Congress and investigators, and to affect the scope, timing and substance of subpoenas, document requests and interviews with company personnel.

What we can do for you.

Our attorneys will work with you to develop a nuanced response strategy that unambiguously tells your side of the story. We can also help you:

  • minimize any collateral damage from a public hearing;
  • prevent the dissemination of privileged, confidential or proprietary information to the greatest extent possible;
  • conduct thorough internal investigations;
  • respond to congressional subpoenas, chairman’s letters and other requests for information;
  • draft testimony to be delivered under oath; and
  • prepare responses to questions posed by staff and members of Congress during sometimes confrontational hearings.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

House Committee on Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committee tax-exempt status investigation.

Represented a major non-profit whose tax-exempt status was being investigated by the House Ways & Means Committee. Also represented this entity in a similar investigation by the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Aging.

Investigation into stock option back-dating by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

The chairman of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) investigated the potentially fraudulent utilization of back-dating stock options by certain high-tech companies. In its representation of one of the Fortune 250 high-tech companies, Venable negotiated the scope, timing and substance of document requests, as well as interviews with company personnel.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee investigation into executive compensation.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee investigated the role played by compensation consultants in determining the pay packages of senior executives at the largest publicly traded corporations. In its representation of a major executive compensation firm, Venable negotiated the scope, timing and substance of the subpoena, as well as interviews with company personnel.

House Financial Services investigation regarding use of TARP funds

Represented a major financial institution/TARP fund recipient being investigated by the House Financial Services Committee regarding its use of TARP funds.

Money laundering and foreign corruption investigation by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

Represented an international oil services company in an investigation by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations into money laundering and foreign corruption.

Energy and Commerce Committee investigation of food safety.

The chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee investigated the safety of our nation’s food supply, including the utilization of carbon monoxide in meat products. For a major food retailer, Venable counseled, interpreted and negotiated compliance of food safety regulations with Congress and federal agencies. We also conducted murder boards and prepared the witness for congressional testimony, including drafting testimony.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee investigation into waste, fraud and abuse.

Venable represented numerous U.S. government contractors in far-reaching committee investigations into waste, fraud and abuse in Iraq war contracting.

More than just providing legal advice, our congressional investigations attorneys develop nuanced response strategies that unambiguously present your view of the facts and issues. We aggressively negotiate with members of Congress and investigators and minimize collateral damage from public hearings. And, to the greatest extent possible, we protect against the dissemination of privileged, confidential and proprietary information.