Government Investigations and White Collar Litigation

When individuals and organizations face allegations of regulatory or criminal wrongdoing, experienced legal counsel is an absolute necessity. At McGuireWoods, our Government Investigations and White Collar Litigation 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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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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Settled an alleged $225 million fraud class action in duplicitous lawyer's plans to defraud investor

Representation of a financial institution in a class action lawsuit filed by foreign investors related to an alleged $225 million fraud scheme orchestrated by an attorney who allegedly deposited the investment funds into various attorney trust accounts with bank and proceeded to use those funds to pay unrelated premium obligations or to pay out money to other investors and participants in the scheme. Plaintiffs, purporting to represent all 1,000+ investors, alleged that the bank failed to properly investigate the nature of the trust accounts, and failed to properly monitor and investigate the money movement between the accounts. After 18 months of litigation, the case settled on terms favorable for the client.
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Alleged violations of the Securities Act of 1933 dismissed against distributor of REIT shares

Representation of five Real Estate Investment Trusts, several subsidiary companies, and certain directors and officers in consolidated securities class action in federal court in New York. The consolidated complaint alleged violations of Sections 11, 12 and 15 of the Securities Act of 1933, state securities laws, breach of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment and negligence. Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss were granted and the case was dismissed with prejudice. We prevailed on the appeal to the 4th Circuit.  
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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

Earned FCA victory on motion to dismiss

United States ex rel. Ahumada v. NISH, et al., 756 F. 3d 268 (4th Cir. 2014). The Fourth Circuit affirmed dismissal of a False Claims Act case against our client and others based on the public disclosure bar and pleading rules.
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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.
Representative Matter

Security Compliance

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

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.
Representative Matter

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 against plaintiffs that had opted out of the Enron class action and had previously settled with several others, leaving our client as the only remaining defendant.
Representative Matter

Diversified energy producer

Representation of a diversified energy producer in civil investigative demand (CID) for information and documents from the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia regarding the company's exploration, production, transportation and sale of coalbed methane gas in Virginia and whether the company may have violated the Virginia Antitrust Act. The CID was ultimately withdrawn.
Representative Matter

$40 billion in damages, countless depositions and documents in shareholders’ class action

Representation of a large international bank headquartered in Canada in litigation related to the Enron scandal.
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Aerospace company

Representation of an aerospace company in a grand jury investigation of one of its major defense contracts.
Representative Matter

Former general counsel of large pharmaceutical services and products company

Represent former general counsel of large publicly traded provider of pharmaceutical services and products in False Claims Act, and related criminal investigation involving allegations of illegal purchasing arrangement with manufacturer of pharmaceuticals.
Representative Matter

Fortune 100 company

Provided risk assessment counseling to a Fortune 100 client considering sales implicating OFAC sanctions.
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John D Adams John D. Adams
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

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
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

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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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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Alex J Brackett Alex J. Brackett
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 4749
F: +1 804 698 2089
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Lena Busscher Lena L. Busscher
Associate
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 4754
F: +1 804 698 2081
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Jeremy S Byrum Jeremy S. Byrum
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 4305
F: +1 804 698 2080
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Edwin Childs Edwin O. Childs Jr.
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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Julian Cokic Julian W. Cokic
Associate
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 7011
F: +1 212 715 6262
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Keisha Coleman Keisha O. Coleman
Associate
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

T: +1 404 443 5624
F: +1 404 443 5676
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Richard Cullen Richard Cullen
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1009
F: +1 804 698 2035
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C. Simon Davidson C. Simon Davidson
Counsel
Court Square Building
310 Fourth Street, N.E.
Suite 300
Charlottesville, VA 22902-1288

T: +1 434 977 2533
F: +1 434 980 2260
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Richard Deutsch Richard D. Deutsch
Partner
JPMorgan Chase Tower
600 Travis Street
Suite 7500
Houston, TX 77002-2906

T: +1 832 214 9945
F: +1 832 214 9926
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Mark Earley Mark L. Earley Jr.
Associate
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1086
F: +1 804 775 1061
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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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Gregory Evans Gregory (Hinojosa) Evans
Partner
Wells Fargo Center
South Tower
355 S. Grand Ave., Suite 4200
Los Angeles, CA 90071-3103

Two Embarcadero Center
Suite 1300
San Francisco, CA 94111-3821

T: +1 213 457 9844
F: +1 213 457 9888
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T:+1 415 844 1964

Ron Fouse Ronald L. Fouse
Partner
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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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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Rebecca Gantt Rebecca Gantt
Associate
World Trade Center
101 West Main Street
Suite 9000
Norfolk, VA 23510-1655

T: +1 757 640 3731
F: +1 757 640 3940
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Nicholas Giles Nicholas J. Giles
Associate
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 4760
F: +1 804 698 2040
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Daniel Goldfried Daniel A. Goldfried
Partner
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 2166
F: +1 212 715 6266
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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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Amanda Goldstein Amanda J. Goldstein
Associate
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 2184
F: +1 212 715 6285
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Event

9th Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Conference

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Chicago, IL
Event

The Evolving Compliance Landscape

June 14, 2017
London
Event

Compliance in the Real World

A Practical Discussion About Today’s Top Issues

May 17, 2017
Chicago, IL
Speaking Engagement

Compliance and Legal Society Annual Seminar

March 19-22
San Diego, CA
Event

SEC Compliance and Disclosure Update

March 7, 2017
Complimentary Webinar Series
Event

SEC Compliance and Disclosure Update

January 31, 2017
Complimentary Webinar Series
Event

SEC Compliance and Disclosure Update

November 29, 2016
Complimentary Webinar Series
Event

8th Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Conference

November 10, 2016
Chicago, IL
Speaking Engagement

Administration of a Mega Ponzi Scheme Case: Receivership v. Bankruptcy

November 8, 2016
Complimentary Webinar
Event

Fall Healthcare Litigation Update

November 2, 2016
Complimentary Teleconference
Event

SEC Compliance and Disclosure Update

October 25, 2016
Complimentary Webinar Series
Speaking Engagement

White Collar Criminal Law Forum

October 13, 2016
Richmond, VA
Speaking Engagement

Do Criminal Prosecutions Make Food Safer? The Problem With Regulating Food Safety Through Criminalization

October 12, 2016
Washington Legal Foundation Web Seminar Series
Speaking Engagement

Supreme Court Preview: What Is in Store for October Term 2016?

September 27, 2016
Washington, DC
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Food Safety Challenges in an Era of Change

September 21, 2016
New York, NY
Speaking Engagement

European Healthcare Industry Training

June 6-9, 2016
Paris
Speaking Engagement

2016 Bank Secrecy Act Conference

May 17, 2016
Las Vegas, NV
Event

Ambulatory Surgery Centers and ASC Litigation

March 17, 2016
Complimentary Teleconference
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Legal Alert

Recent Privilege Decision Raises Questions for Internal Investigations

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August 7, 2017
Legal Alert

Ninth Circuit Ruling Weakens Materiality Standard under the FCA

Subject to Inquiry
July 28, 2017
Legal Alert

DOJ Takes Down AlphaBay, the World’s Largest Dark Web Marketplace

Password Protected
July 21, 2017
Legal Alert

CFPB Issues Game-Changing Rule On Arbitration Clauses

Subject to Inquiry
July 11, 2017
Legal Alert

Treasury Department Recommends Broad Reforms to CFPB

Subject to Inquiry
July 6, 2017
Legal Alert

CFPB Provides Updated Guidance Related to Loan Forgiveness Program

Subject to Inquiry
June 26, 2017
Legal Alert

Debt Collector Defined: Supreme Court Exempts Debt Purchasers

Subject to Inquiry
June 21, 2017
Legal Alert

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Time Limits Apply to SEC Disgorgement Orders

Subject to Inquiry
June 6, 2017
Legal Alert

SEC Issues Guidance in Wake of WannaCry Ransomware Attack

Subject to Inquiry
June 1, 2017
Legal Alert

The WannaCry Cyberattack: Steps Businesses Must Take Now

Password Protected
May 15, 2017
Legal Alert

The CFPB’s Alternative Data RFI: Making Your Response Count

Subject to Inquiry
April 19, 2017
Legal Alert

H-1B Employers Face Increased Site Visits

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April 18, 2017
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