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 360and 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 Email

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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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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.
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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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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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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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$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.
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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.
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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
Email
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
Email
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
Email
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
Email
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
Email
T: +1 202 857 2472
F: +1 202 828 2962
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Ryan Bonistalli Ryan E. Bonistalli
Associate
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916
Email
T: +1 804 775 1014
F: +1 804 698 2036
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Alex J Brackett Alex J. Brackett
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916
Email
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
Email
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
Email
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
Email
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
Email
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
Email
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
Email
T: +1 212 548 7011
F: +1 212 715 6262
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Richard Cullen Richard Cullen
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916
Email
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
Email
T: +1 434 977 2533
F: +1 434 980 2260
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Mark Earley Mark L. Earley Jr
Associate
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916
Email
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
Email
T: +1 312 750 8644
F: +1 312 698 4502
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Jasen Eige J. Jasen Eige
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916
Email
T: +1 804 775 1929
F: +1 804 775 1061
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Gregory Evans Gregory Evans
Partner
Wells Fargo Center
South Tower
355 S. Grand Ave., Suite 4200
Los Angeles, CA 90071-3103

505 Sansome Street
Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94111
Email
T: +1 213 457 9844
F: +1 213 457 9888
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T:+1 415 844 1964

Jennifer Farer Jennifer L. Farer
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040
Email
T: +1 202 857 1708
F: +1 202 828 3336
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Ron Fouse Ronald L. Fouse
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040
Email
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
Email
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
Email
T: +1 202 857 1702
F: +1 202 828 3314
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Rachael Freyman Rachel J. Freyman
Associate
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818
Email
T: +1 312 849 8124
F: +1 312 920 6122
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Nicholas Giles Nicholas J. Giles
Associate
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916
Email
T: +1 804 775 4760
F: +1 804 698 2040
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8th Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Conference

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Chicago, IL
Speaking Engagement

White Collar Criminal Law Forum

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Richmond, VA
Speaking Engagement

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

September 27, 2016
Washington, DC
Event

Food Safety Challenges in an Era of Change

How to Better Protect Your Food and Beverage Company, Your Customers and Yourself

September 21, 2016
New York, NY
Speaking Engagement

European Healthcare Industry Training

Compliance Certification Program

June 6-9, 2016
Paris
Speaking Engagement

2016 Bank Secrecy Act Conference

May 17, 2016
Las Vegas, NV
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Ambulatory Surgery Centers and ASC Litigation

March 17, 2016
Complimentary Teleconference
Speaking Engagement

Casinos and Financial Crime Compliance: Weathering the New Enforcement Storm

February 10, 2016
ACFCS Webinar
Speaking Engagement

Current Legal Issues and Trends in Mortgage Origination and Servicing

February 4, 2016
Irving, TX
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SEC Compliance and Disclosure Update

January 26, 2016
Complimentary Webinar Series
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7th Annual Medical Device and Life Sciences Conference

November 19, 2015
Chicago, IL
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Hot Topics for the 2016 Proxy/Annual Reporting Season

November 17, 2015
Complimentary Webinar Series
Event

SEC Compliance and Disclosure Update

October 27, 2015
Complimentary Webinar Series
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FERC Enforcement Reporter: An Innovative Legal Research Tool

May 21, 2015
Complimentary Webinar
Speaking Engagement

ECOA's 23rd Annual Ethics & Compliance Conference

March 19, 2015
Dallas, TX
Speaking Engagement

Institute for Energy Law’s 66th Annual Oil and Gas Conference

February 20, 2015
Houston, TX
Event

FCPA Transactional Diligence:

Can You Be Commercial and Compliant?

December 3, 2014
New York, NY
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6th Annual Medical Device and Life Sciences Conference

November 18, 2014
Chicago, IL
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Legal Alert

CFPB Announces that ECOA Protects LGBT Persons From Discrimination in Lending

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September 29, 2016
Legal Alert

A Compliance Plan for the Extractive Industries Payment Disclosure Rule

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September 28, 2016
Legal Alert

House Financial Services Committee Takes Aim at the CFPB

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September 26, 2016
Legal Alert

California Court Hands CFPB a Noteworthy Victory Against CashCall, Inc.

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September 13, 2016
Legal Alert

CFPB Issues Safe Harbors under FDCPA for Mortgage Servicers

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August 31, 2016
Legal Alert

CFPB’s Proposed Arbitration Rule Prompts Thousands of Comments

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August 23, 2016
Legal Alert

CFPB Proposes Multiple Changes to TRID “Know Before You Owe” Rule

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August 9, 2016
Legal Alert

Awaiting the Finale: France’s Debate Over Its New Anti-Corruption Law

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August 5, 2016
Legal Alert

CFPB Issues Final Mortgage Servicing Rules

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August 5, 2016
Legal Alert

The CFPB Issues New Proposals Overhauling The Debt Collection Industry

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August 3, 2016
Legal Alert

CFPB’s Supervisory Highlights Regarding Auto Lending

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July 15, 2016
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