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Government, Regulatory and Criminal Investigations

When individuals and organizations face allegations of regulatory or criminal wrongdoing, experienced legal counsel is an absolute necessity. At McGuireWoods, our Government, Regulatory and Criminal Investigations (GRCI) practice draws on a team of more than 40 lawyers devoted exclusively to these difficult, serious and high-stakes inquiries. Ranked among the top 30 “Largest White Collar Practice Groups” in the world in 2012 by Law360, our team has significant depth of experience in this arena.

Prior to joining the firm, a number of our lawyers held leadership positions in federal and state law enforcement agencies and other key governmental bodies across the United States and in the United Kingdom, including the following:

  • U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Multiple Assistant U.S. Attorneys, including senior leaders from offices across the country
  • Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division, Department of Justice
  • Chief, Special Litigation Section, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice
  • Attorney General of Virginia
  • Associate Counsel to the President of the United States
  • Counsel to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Special Counsel and Acting Deputy General Counsel, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • First General Counsel, United Kingdom Serious Fraud Office
  • Director of the Fraud Prosecution Service, United Kingdom Crown Prosecution Services
  • Chief Criminal Counsel, United Kingdom Financial Services Authority
  • Branch Chief, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Office of Enforcement, Investigations Division
  • Multiple Attorneys, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Enforcement Division
  • Policy Advisor, Department of Homeland Security
  • Assistant Director, FINRA Enforcement and Market Regulation Department

We also help clients identify, avoid and mitigate risks that, left unaddressed, could invite regulatory or law-enforcement scrutiny. Whether representing individuals, boards of directors or corporations and other regulated enterprises, we focus on providing scalable, responsive approaches to client compliance issues that yield the best possible results for their unique businesses and circumstances.

Our global reach is clearly illustrated by the representations and trainings that we have conducted in more than 60 countries in recent years. We regularly conduct audits, investigations and training to resolve internal issues, defend external investigations, and establish and strengthen compliance programs. We provide counsel across major substantive areas, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the UK Bribery Act 2010, environmental enforcement, immigration enforcement, SEC and corporate compliance, internal investigations, False Claims Act, qui tam, energy enforcement, and congressional ethics and other inquiries.

We also represent clients involved in investigations brought by the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Congress, FINRA, FERC, PCAOB, various state attorneys general, and other federal and state civil and criminal regulators. We work closely with the firm’s other practice groups, our subsidiary McGuireWoods Consulting LLC and — for investigations involving large volumes of documents — our Discovery Counsel Services (DCS) practice. With two off-site facilities capable of housing up to 220 e-discovery document reviewers simultaneously, DCS has developed and tested best practices that have proven their value in government inquiries and complex litigation.

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John D. Adams Partner T: +1 804 775 4744

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GRCI RESOURCE GUIDE

Request a copy of our quick reference tool the Government, Regulatory & Criminal Investigation Resource Guide (fifth edition).

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RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR OUTCOME.

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Telecommunications company

Counseling a telecommunications company in connection with a business proposal that raised issues relating to money services businesses.
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Global manufacturing company

Conducted two import and two export compliance audits for a U.S.-based global manufacturing company.
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JPMorgan Chase and subsidiaries

Representation of JPMorgan Chase in United States ex rel. Jones v. Collegiate Funding Services, Inc., et al., (E.D.Va.), a FCA qui tam suit seeking hundreds of millions of dollars from JPMorgan Chase and several subsidiaries operating under the name Collegiate Funding Services. JPMorgan Chase and Collegiate Funding Services moved to dismiss the relators’ claims on multiple grounds, including lack of subject matter jurisdiction and failure to plead fraud with particularity. United States District Judge Henry E. Hudson issued a 43-page opinion dismissing the complaint on both grounds. On a question of first impression, Judge Hudson held that disclosures made in a publicly traded company’s filings with the SEC qualify as “administrative reports” that are sufficient to trigger the FCA’s jurisdictional bar. The case is currently on appeal in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
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Fortune 500 company

Conducted FCPA programme review and audit for a Fortune 500 company covering its businesses in North America, Europe and Asia, including site reviews of operations throughout Eastern and Western Europe.
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Numerous employers

Defended numerous employers during the course of an ICE Notice of Inspection of Form I-9s.
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Large European institution

Conducted internal investigation of a large European financial institution in connection with an inquiry by the U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
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Global media and communications company

Representation of a global media and communications company in DOJ and SEC investigations related to the accounting treatment of online advertising revenues.
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International auditing and consulting firm

Representation of an international auditing and consulting firm in its response to a grand jury subpoena from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia regarding an employee's billing on different government contracts.
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Fortune 200 bank

Representation of a Fortune 200 bank in connection with investigations by the United States Department of Justice and Comptroller of the Currency related to alleged violations of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.  Negotiated Consent Orders with both agencies and continue to assist the bank in fulfilling the associated remediation requirements under the Consent Orders.
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Fortune 100 financial institution

Representation of a Fortune 100 financial institution in connection with urgent and significant bankruptcy and foreclosure litigation across the country involving our client's role as servicer for consumer mortgage loans. We are one of only a handful of large law firms engaged as national counsel.
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Fortune 100 financial institution

Representation of a Fortune 100 financial institution in connection with urgent and significant bankruptcy and foreclosure litigation across the country involving the institution's role as servicer for consumer mortgage loans.  
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American multinational corporation

Development of an American multinational corporation’s anticorruption compliance program.
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Telemedicine provider

Representation of a telemedicine provider in a qui tam case investigated by federal government based on alleged incorrect billing of services provided to Medicare patients.
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Fortune 200 bank

Representation of a Fortune 200 financial institution in a putative class action regarding whether it violated provisions of New York’s Earned Income Protection Act.
Representative Matter

Virtual trader in the energy markets

Representation of a virtual trader in connection with an investigation by FERC for allegedly violating the Commission’s Anti-Manipulation Rule.
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Individual

Representation of a former bank official in a band fraud investigation. After a 10-week jury trial, our client was acquitted on all nine charges, while the other four co-defendants were convicted of most charges they faced.
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Industry associations

Representation of several industry associations and intervened in a federal water quality ordinance litigation. The court ultimately struck down the water regulations (TMDL) on the grounds that the EPA exceeded its statutory authority under the Clean Water Act. In doing so, the court relied on arguments asserted by the firm that were not raised by the state’s Attorney General who was representing the plaintiffs.
Representative Matter

global paper and packaging company

Defense of a global paper and packaging company in False Claims Act claims. Won a motion to dismiss in a qui tam suit under the False Claims Act in the Eastern District of Virginia. The relator appealed the dismissal to the Fourth Circuit. The case has been fully briefed, and we are waiting to hear whether there will be oral argument.
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Individual

Represent individual in a criminal mail fraud, tax and structuring investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Postal Inspector, and IRS.
Representative Matter

A large international bank headquarted in Canada

Representation of a large international bank headquarted in Canada in the dismissal of fraud claims arising out of the Enron scandal. The plaintiffs had opted out of the Enron class action dismissed in 2009, and several other banks had previously settled the case with them, so our client was the only remaining defendant.
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John D Adams John D. Adams
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 804 775 4744
F: +1 804 698 2061
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T:+1 202 857 2927
F: +1 202 857 1737

Franklin D Annand Franklin D. Annand
Associate
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 1755
F: +1 202 857 2959
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Michael Baudinet Michael A. Baudinet
Associate
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1139
F: +1 804 698 2199
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Kenneth D Bell Kenneth D. Bell
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 373 4620
F: +1 704 373 8836
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Maurice A Bellan Maurice A. Bellan
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 2400
F: +1 202 828 2981
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Ryan Bonistalli Ryan E. Bonistalli
Associate
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1014
F: +1 804 698 2036
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Alex J Brackett Alex J. Brackett
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 4749
F: +1 804 698 2089
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Jeremy S Byrum Jeremy S. Byrum
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 4305
F: +1 804 698 2080
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Allison D Charney Allison D. Charney
Partner
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 2166
F: +1 212 715 6279
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Benjamin Christenson Benjamin J. Christenson
Associate
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 849 3041
F: +1 312 698 4519
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Richard Cullen Richard Cullen
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1009
F: +1 804 698 2035
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C. Simon Davidson C. Simon Davidson
Counsel
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1059
F: +1 804 698 2256
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Christina M Egan Christina M. Egan
Partner
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 750 8644
F: +1 312 698 4502
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Jennifer Farer Jennifer L. Farer
Associate
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 1708
F: +1 202 828 3336
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Jeremy D Freeman Jeremy D. Freeman
Partner
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 7008
F: +1 212 715 6269
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James C Freije James C. Freije
Attorney
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 1702
F: +1 202 828 3314
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Milligan J G Goldsmith Milligan J. G. Goldsmith
Associate
434 Fayetteville Street
Suite 2600
Raleigh, NC 27601

T: +1 919 755 6697
F: +1 919 755 6606
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Louis Greenstein Louis D. Greenstein
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 2415
F: +1 202 828 3310
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Ellen S Griswold Ellen S. Griswold
Associate
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 1713
F: +1 202 828 2988
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Jeffrey M Hanna Jeffrey M. Hanna
Associate
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1001
F: +1 804 698 4671
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Matthew John Hoefling Matthew John Hoefling
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2054
F: +1 704 444 8884
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Noreen Kelly-Dynega
Partner
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 7025
F: +1 212 715 6290
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David Kirk David N. Kirk
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1685
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Nicholas B. Lewis Nicholas B. Lewis
Associate
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 1771
F: +1 202 828 3306
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Chris McEachran Christopher D. McEachran
Associate
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 1722
F: +1 202 828 2986
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Speaking Engagement

Anti-Corruption Programs for Private Equity Firms

October 3, 2013
Speaking Engagement

7th National Forum on Energy Trading Compliance and Regulatory Enforcement

Achieving Compliance, Avoiding Investigation and Managing Regulatory Actions in an Era of Heightened Scrutiny

June 6-7, 2013
Houston, TX
Speaking Engagement

6th Annual White Collar Crime + Corporate Governance Conference

April 16, 2013
Chicago, IL
Speaking Engagement

2013 East Coast Regional Compliance and Ethics Conference

Pay-to-Play Pitfalls When Contracting with State and Local Governments

April 12, 2013
Washington, DC
Speaking Engagement

Compliance with the UK Bribery Act for Private Equity Firms

December 18, 2012
Video Seminar
Speaking Engagement

Compliance & Ethics Institute

Government Ethics Rules: How Organizations Can Comply

October 14-17, 2012
Los Vegas, NV
Event

Understanding E-Verify Mandates

March 20, 2012
McGuireWoods Webinar
Speaking Engagement

Chicago Bar Association Financial and Investment Services Committee

CFTC and Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Rules

November 8, 2011
Event

9th Annual Nonprofit Seminar

The Impact of Tax and Economic Challenges on Nonprofits

October 2011
Richmond, VA, Charlottesville, VA, and Charlotte, NC
Speaking Engagement

Video: McGuireWoods Analyzes UK Bribery Act

September 2011
Event

Political Law 2011

Compliance for Businesses and Congressional Staffers

June 21, 2011
Washington, DC
Speaking Engagement

U.K. Bribery Act

May 20, 2011
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Article

A Question of Ethics

When Is a Tweet an Ethics Violation?

July 24, 2014
Article

Whistleblowers Cash in on False Claims Act

National Defence (NDIA)
July 2014
Legal Alert

All Relief Sought by SEC Subject to 5-Year Statute of Limitations

Subject to Inquiry
May 21, 2014
Legal Alert

Not Every Payment to a Foreign Official is a Bribe

Subject to Inquiry
May 20, 2014
Legal Alert

The Importance of Getting It Right

Employment Eligibility Verification

Law 360
May 7, 2014
Publication

The GRCI Resource Guide

April 2014
Legal Alert

Violations of the ITAR, EAR or OFAC Regulations: Mistake or Willful Act?

Subject to Inquiry
April 22, 2014
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