White Collar Defense

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Please click on the links below for partial lists of our engagements in these areas:


We have represented clients involved in a broad range of issues, including:

  • Marine Technology Company, in defense of alleged federal criminal export control and ITAR violations regarding military technology.  We negotiated a favorable civil settlement with the Department of Commerce.
  • High Technology Company, in defense of alleged export control violations regarding dual use microwave devices.  We negotiated a favorable civil settlement with the Department of Commerce and developed an export controls compliance program for the company.
  • Defense Contractors, in federal and internal investigations involving alleged false representations and regulatory violations in the defense contracting process.
  • International Equipment Manufacturer, in connection with a government investigation related to a death at one of its installations.
  • Founder of a Nationally Known Retail Chain, in connection with a high net worth audit being conducted by the Internal Revenue Service.
  • High Net Worth Taxpayers, in connection with voluntary disclosures related to foreign bank accounts and foreign trusts.
  • Senior Official of a Petroleum Testing Company, in defense of a federal environmental prosecution alleging falsification of test results and obstruction of justice.  We obtained a favorable result after trial and appeal.
  • Board of Trustees of a Secondary School, in connection with the school's response to allegations of criminal conduct against a former teacher.
  • Principal of a US Consulting Firm, in connection with an investigation involving potential violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act in Libya.
  • Government Contractor, in a federal investigation regarding use of minority set asides and federal funding.  The government declined to bring any charges against our client.
  • Engineering, Environmental and Operational Employees, in connection with the investigation of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
  • Owner of a Chain of Retail Stores, in defense of a federal prosecution for tax fraud and a related public corruption investigation.
  • Equipment Manufacturer, in connection with a federal investigation regarding employment of illegal alien workers through independent contractor organizations.
  • Executives of an International Consulting Firm, in connection with a federal procurement fraud investigation.
  • Senior Official of a Foreign Government, in connection with a US money laundering investigation.
  • Attorneys and Judges, in professional disciplinary proceedings.

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