Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation

Our nationally-recognized team of nearly 60 attorneys represents Fortune 100 and other companies and individuals in the full range of civil and criminal investigations and enforcement matters at both the federal and state level. Drawing on a deep bench of former prosecutors and regulators — including veterans of the Office of Counsel to the President, the Department of Justice, and the Securities and Exchange Commission — McGuireWoods has earned the trust of elite organizations and individuals worldwide on some of the most notable matters over the last decade. We consistently rank among the world’s premier investigations firms in the GIR 100 and Law360 has named us a White Collar Firm of the Year.

When individuals and organizations face serious allegations of regulatory or criminal malfeasance, experienced legal counsel is an absolute necessity. At McGuireWoods, we draw on a team of more than 60 attorneys based in Washington, D.C., devoted exclusively to these difficult, high-stakes inquiries. Our success is due, in part, to our attorneys’ experience conducting and supervising investigations while serving in important leadership positions at federal and state regulatory and law enforcement agencies.

We represent clients at every stage of government investigations, from informal inquiries through disciplinary proceedings and appeals, and we advise on matters involving a broad spectrum of federal agencies and other investigative bodies. Building on a team of more than a dozen former federal prosecutors, we handle civil and criminal matters before the Department of Justice, ranging from Civil Division investigations under the False Claims Act to grand jury and other criminal investigations and proceedings conducted by DOJ’s Criminal Division.

Our team also handles extensive matters before the SEC, DoD, FINRA, FERC, and other government agencies, congressional committees, and State Attorneys General and Inspector Generals. Many of our partners previously served in significant enforcement positions at these organizations during government service.

We represent clients in a full range of matters including:

  • Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption (FCPA)
  • Anti-Money Laundering (AML) & Trade Embargo Compliance
  • Bank Defense and Counseling
  • Compliance and Ethics Program Investigations and Counseling
  • Congressional Investigations
  • Educational Institution Investigations and Enforcement
  • Energy Enforcement
  • Environmental Investigations and Enforcement
  • Export Control and Sanctions Enforcement
  • False Claims Act and Qui Tam Investigations and Litigation
  • FEC & Campaign Finance Investigations and Enforcement
  • Government Contract Investigations and Enforcement
  • Healthcare Fraud
  • Inspector General Investigations
  • Immigration and Worksite enforcement
  • Law Enforcement Investigations
  • Political Investigations Litigation and Enforcement
  • Securities Enforcement & Litigation
  • State Attorney General Investigations
  • Strategic Risk and Crisis Management
  • White Collar Defense


An effective compliance program is one of the primary factors federal prosecutors weigh in deciding whether to pursue criminal charges against a corporation. More importantly, it simply makes good business sense. Our team counsels individuals, boards of directors, corporations and other regulated enterprises on scalable, responsive approaches to client compliance issues. Through our Strategic Risk & Compliance team, we build compliance systems that can function with minimal dependence on outside resources. We conduct risk analyses, develop or revise codes of conduct or related policies and procedures, conduct training, perform audits or reviews, and conduct internal investigations.

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