More than 30 attorneys, including attorneys who formerly served as:

    Assistant U.S. attorneys and Justice Department trial attorneys

    Officials of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement

    Officials of the FDIC and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

    Eight Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers


U.S. News-Best Lawyers "Law Firm of the Year" in Criminal Law: White-Collar Litigation, 2013

Ranked in U.S. News-Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms," 2012 - 2017

    Tier 1 Criminal Defense: White-Collar (Baltimore; DC)

      Two attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers in America



      Audit committees

      Financial industry professionals

      Hedge funds and other financial institutions

      Individuals (CEOs, CFOs, corporate officers and directors)

      Multinational corporations

      Public companies


      Investigations and White Collar Defense

      Venable’s Investigations and White Collar Defense team has extensive experience representing businesses and individuals at every stage of criminal investigations and court proceedings in both federal and state venues.  Our team has great depth of experience in responding to grand jury subpoenas and search warrants; preparing clients for grand jury testimony and interviews; negotiating non-prosecution, deferred prosecution and plea agreements pre-indictment; and handling trial, sentencing and appeal.

      The Investigations and White Collar Defense team also regularly represents companies and individuals in civil fraud enforcement proceedings threatened or initiated by the Justice Department, the SEC, the offices of state attorneys general and other government agencies, as well as investigations conducted by Congress.  We have represented clients responding to civil investigative demands, subpoenas and other requests for information; preparing clients for interviews and Congressional testimony; persuading the government to refrain from filing enforcement actions or otherwise negotiating pre-suit settlements; and, if necessary, conducting aggressive full-scale litigation through trial and appeal.

      The Investigations and White Collar Defense team also helps clients take proactive measures to protect themselves from civil or criminal liability.  We assist clients with the creation and implementation of front-end compliance programs.  We conduct internal investigations on behalf of public and private companies, both in the U.S. and abroad, to ferret out suspected wrongdoing and advise clients on the appropriate response.  And we regularly advise special board committees, audit committees and individual corporate directors on a full range of fiduciary responsibilities and financial reporting obligations.

      The work of the Investigations and White Collar Defense team encompasses the following types of matters: 

      The cases we handle involve the full panoply of potential violations of federal and state law.  Our experience includes the following substantive areas:

      The Investigations and White Collar Defense team consists of former senior attorneys in numerous branches of both federal and state government, including the Department of Justice, various U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, various state Attorneys General offices, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  The team includes attorneys in each of our offices nationwide.  We work closely with attorneys in other practice areas to ensure that our clients benefit from the breadth and depth of the firm's substantive experience and knowledge.