Venable attorneys have extensive experience in conducting internal investigations, both domestically and abroad, for public and private corporations, as well as for audit committees and other special committees. Our attorneys have conducted investigations in numerous areas, including investigations arising from allegations of accounting fraud, healthcare fraud, government contracting fraud, insider trading, executive improprieties, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and violations of the federal environmental laws.
We know the importance of conducting investigations that are focused and thorough, yet discreet, and that enable management to readily understand what, if anything, has happened and how to respond.
Our group consists of professionals with prior experience and senior positions in numerous branches of both federal and state government, including the Department of Justice, various U.S. attorneys offices, various state attorneys general offices, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Our professionals are resident across all of our offices nationwide. We work closely with lawyers in the firm's other practice areas to ensure that our clients benefit from the breadth and depth of the firm's substantive expertise.
We regularly assist management in its decisions related to the investigations, such as those regarding:
- Whether the company should discipline or terminate employees involved;
- How to deal with employees who may be whistleblowers, or otherwise cooperating, with a government entity;
- What remedial measures are warranted and how to implement them;
- Whether to self-report any conduct discovered; and
- Whether to waive attorney-client privilege.