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; prepared clients for interviews and congressional testimony; persuaded the government to refrain from filing enforcement actions or otherwise negotiating pre-suit settlements; and, if necessary, conducted 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:

  • Compliance and internal controls
  • Congressional investigations
  • Federal government agency investigations (DOJ, SEC, inspectors general)
  • Grand jury investigations
  • Internal corporate investigations
  • State attorney general investigations
  • Trials and appeals

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

  • Anti-money laundering
  • Antitrust – criminal
  • Consumer fraud
  • Environmental crimes
  • False Claims Act
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Government contracts and procurement fraud
  • Healthcare and pharmaceutical enforcement
  • Public corruption
  • Securities enforcement and compliance
  • Tax fraud

The Investigations and White Collar Defense team consists of former senior attorneys in numerous branches of both federal and state governments, 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.

Practice Focus

  • Anti-money laundering
  • Antitrust – criminal
  • Compliance and internal controls
  • Congressional investigations
  • Consumer fraud
  • Environmental crimes
  • False Claims Act
  • Federal government agency investigations
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Government contracts and procurement fraud
  • Grand jury investigations
  • Healthcare and pharmaceutical enforcement
  • Internal corporate investigations
  • Public corruption
  • Securities enforcement and compliance
  • State attorney general investigations
  • Tax fraud
  • Trials and appeals

Government Experience
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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
  • Attorney, Air Force Contracts Litigation Office
  • Chief, Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section, U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland
  • Assistant City Solicitor, City of Philadelphia
  • Legal Intern, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Senior counsel for Enforcement, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Director, Consumer Protection Branch, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division, United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Department of the Air Force
  • Paralegal, Federal Trade Commission
  • Attorney, Federal Trade Commission, Southeast Region Office
  • Assistant Chief, Fraud Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Assistant United States Attorney, Northern District of Georgia
  • Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legislative Affairs, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legislative Affairs, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legislative Affairs, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Deputy Chief Prosecutor for Litigation, Office of Military Commissions, Prosecution Task Force, Department of Defense, on detail from U.S. Department of Justice
  • Legislative Monitor, Office of Senator Arlen Specter
  • Associate Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), Geneva, Switzerland
  • Executive Director, President Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, Office of the U.S. Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Senior Counsel, Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement
  • Candidate for Lieutenant Governor, State of New York
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Washington, DC
  • Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia
  • Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland
  • Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York
  • Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Member, U.S. delegation to the World Trade Organization
  • Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Counterterrorism Section, National Security Division
  • Senior Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Intelligence Policy and Review
  • Prosecutor, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Military Commissions, Prosecution Task Force
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. National Security Council (NSC), Washington, DC
  • United Nations, New York
  • Legal Intern, United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
  • Assistant United States Attorney, United States Department of Justice, District of Maryland
  • Assistant United States Attorney, United States Department of Justice, District of Maryland
  • Attorney General of the United States, United States Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General
  • Mayor, Village of Pelham, New York
  • Former deputy mayor, Village of Pelham, New York
  • Former town council member, Village of Pelham, New York

Recognition
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  • 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"
    • Tier 1 Criminal Defense: White-Collar (Baltimore; DC), 2012 - 2017
    • Tier 1 Criminal Defense: White-Collar (DC), 2012 - 2019
  • Two attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers in America