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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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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 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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Secured Ruling in Issue of First Impression that New York Banking Law Does Not Imply a Private Right of Action

Cruz v. T.D. Bank, N.A., 22 N.Y.3d 61 (N.Y. 2013); Cruz v. T.D. Bank, N.A., 742 F.3d 520 (2d Cir. 2013); Martinez v. Capital One Bank, N.A., 863 F.Supp.2d 256 (S.D.N.Y. 2012). Represented a Fortune 200 national bank defending against a putative class action brought under New York’s Exempt Income Protection Act (EIPA) and common law for damages incurred as a result of the bank’s allegedly unlawful garnishment of the plaintiffs’ funds. After winning a ruling in the district court that EIPA does not provide a private right of action against banks, the plaintiffs appealed to the Second Circuit. The Second Circuit certified the question, an issue of first impression, to the New York Court of Appeals. The New York Court of Appeals agreed with our client that EIPA creates no general private right of action.
Representative Matter

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.
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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. 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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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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Fortune 500 company

Representation of a Fortune 500 company during federal grand jury investigation regarding stock option backdating.
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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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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
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

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

T: +1 804 775 4749
F: +1 804 698 2089
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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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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
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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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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Jasen Eige J. Jasen Eige
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1929
F: +1 804 775 1061
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Gregory Evans Gregory Evans
Partner
633 West Fifth Street
Floor Sixty Seven
Los Angeles, CA 90071-2036

T: +1 213 457 9844
F: +1 213 457 9888
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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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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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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
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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
Speaking Engagement

Fraud & Forensic Symposium

October 28, 2014
Chicago, IL
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Community Banking and Cyber Risk Management

Legal, Regulatory, Litigation and Insurance Issues

September 17, 2014
Chicago, IL
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Healthcare Litigation Conference

August 14, 2014
Raleigh, NC
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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
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SEC Compliance and Disclosure Update

April 22, 2014
Complimentary Webinar Series
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Healthcare Litigation Conference

April 8, 2014
Chicago, IL
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Healthcare Litigation Conference

April 8, 2014
Chicago, IL
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SEC Compliance, Disclosure and Enforcement Update

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

CFPB Expands Access to Consumer Complaints

Subject to Inquiry
July 1, 2015
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CFPB Drives Action Against Auto-Finance Company

Subject to Inquiry
July 1, 2015
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Reverse Mortgages May Be on CFPB’s List Following Recent Study

Subject to Inquiry
June 24, 2015
Legal Alert

Proposed New Legislation Would Extend CFPB Oversight Over SCRA

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June 24, 2015
Legal Alert

West Virginia Consumer Credit Protection Act Amendments

Still a Hotbed For Potential Violations

June 22, 2015
Legal Alert

CFPB Jolts Loan Originator Over Mortgage Origination

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June 22, 2015
Legal Alert

CFPB Issues Final Rule Governing Non-Bank Auto Lenders

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June 12, 2015
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CFPB Targets Real Estate Developer in Recent Enforcement Action

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June 5, 2015
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CFPB, DOJ Join in Fair Lending Enforcement Action Against Provident

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June 1, 2015
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Here to Stay? Appellate Court Rejects Challenges to CFPB

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May 26, 2015
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The Department of Justice Hammers Away at Corporate Cooperation

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May 20, 2015
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