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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 50 lawyers devoted exclusively to these difficult, serious and high-stakes inquiries. Ranked as one of the top five “White Collar Groups of the Year” in 2014 by Law 360 and among the top 30 “Largest White Collar Practice Groups” in the world in 2012 by the same publication, 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:

  • Deputy Attorney General for the United States of America
  • U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont
  • Associate Counsel to the President of the United States
  • Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division, Department of Justice
  • Chief, Special Litigation Section, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice
  • Multiple Assistant U.S. attorneys, including senior leaders from offices across the country
  • Attorney General of Virginia
  • Special Counsel and Acting Deputy General Counsel to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • First General Counsel, UK 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

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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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Client

Our client brought Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act, fraudulent-inducement and breach-of-contract claims against several insurance companies in connection with a major university’s student health insurance plan. McGuireWoods negotiated favorable settlements for our client.
Representative Matter

Global paper and packaging company

McGuireWoods earned a victory on motion to dismiss. Although the qui tam relator did identify a legitimate fraud in which several people went to prison, he was not close enough to the fraud to be a true whistleblower, and he was blocked by both the public disclosure bar and a failure to plead with specificity. After argument, the Fourth Circuit issued a 14-page published opinion entirely in our clients’ favor, affirming the dismissal of the case against our clients. (U.S. ex. rel. Ahumada  v. NISH, et al.; June 23, 2014)
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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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Compliance.

Counseled a client through corporate restructuring and successful implementation of a comprehensive ethics program in response to government investigation.
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DCAA Audit

Represented a contractor in responding to an investigation by the inspector general of the Department of Defense and to a DCAA audit.
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Export Licenses

Advised an information technology equipment manufacturer regarding obtaining and complying with export licenses.
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Security Compliance

Security Compliance. Guided a top-tier telecommunications company through a complex technology and security regulatory compliance program.
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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.
Representative Matter

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

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

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 headquartered in Canada

Representation of a large international bank headquartered 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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Qui Tam Suit

Won dismissal of a qui tam suit seeking tens of millions of dollars from three leading food service companies.
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A leading national speciality retailer

Defended company from civil subpoena regarding production of Form I-9.
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Aerospace company

Representation of an aerospace company in a grand jury investigation of one of its major defense contracts.
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Big Four accounting firm

Representation of a partner of a Big Four accounting firm in connection with an SEC investigation, by convincing the SEC staff to end its investigation without taking disciplinary action after the receipt of a Wells Notice.
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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

7 Saint Paul Street
Suite 1000
Baltimore, MD 21202-1671

T: +1 202 857 2400
F: +1 202 828 2981
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T:+1 410 659 4438
F: +1 410 659 4599

Robert Bittman Robert J. Bittman
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 2472
F: +1 202 828 2962
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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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Lauren Cafferty Lauren M. Cafferty
Associate
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 1733
F: +1 202 828 3332
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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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Edwin Childs Edwin O. Childs
Associate
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 1723
F: +1 202 828 2974
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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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Ron Fouse Ronald L. Fouse
Partner - Not admitted in DC; Admitted to MD, VA and MO Bar
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 1719
F: +1 202 828 2987
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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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Cheryl Haas Cheryl L. Haas
Partner
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

T: +1 404 443 5726
F: +1 404 443 5777
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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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Event

FCPA Transactional Diligence:

Can You Be Commercial and Compliant?

December 3, 2014
New York, NY
Event

6th Annual Medical Device and Life Sciences Conference

November 18, 2014
Chicago, IL
Speaking Engagement

Fraud & Forensic Symposium

October 28, 2014
Chicago, IL
Event

Community Banking and Cyber Risk Management

Legal, Regulatory, Litigation and Insurance Issues

September 17, 2014
Chicago, IL
Event

Healthcare Litigation Conference

August 14, 2014
Raleigh, NC
Event

Healthcare Litigation Conference

May 29, 2014
Richmond, VA
Speaking Engagement

Illinois MCLE Marathon 2014

Criminal Investigations: Secrets, Privilege and the Lawyer’s Role

May 12, 2014
Event

SEC Compliance and Disclosure Update

April 22, 2014
Complimentary Webinar Series
Event

Healthcare Litigation Conference

April 8, 2014
Chicago, IL
Event

SEC Compliance, Disclosure and Enforcement Update

October 22, 2013
McGuireWoods LLP SEC Practice Complimentary Webinar Series
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
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Legal Alert

CFPB Launches Inquiry into the Credit Card Industry

Subject to Inquiry
March 27, 2015
Legal Alert

CFPB Releases Study on Use of Arbitration Clauses in Consumer Contracts

Subject to Inquiry
March 20, 2015
Legal Alert

SCOTUS Narrows SOX Obstruction Statute

Subject to Inquiry
March 10, 2015
Legal Alert

Revisiting the Conflicts Minerals Rule

March 4, 2015
Legal Alert

PCAOB Update: 2015 Budget and Broker-Dealer Audits

Subject to Inquiry
February 20, 2015
Legal Alert

CFPB’s Position on Confidential Supervisory Information

Subject to Inquiry
February 6, 2015
Legal Alert

White House Proposes Expansive Data Breach Notification Bill

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January 22, 2015
Article

A Question of Ethics

May Former Staffers Discuss Legislation With Current Staffers?

Subject to Inquiry
January 6, 2015
Legal Alert

New York, Zombie Debt and the CFPB

Subject to Inquiry
December 22, 2014
Legal Alert

CFPB Reaches Settlement Agreement with Debt Relief Company and Law Firm

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December 12, 2014
Article

A Question of Ethics

The Year in Government Ethics

December 9, 2014
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