Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation

Government investigations and related enforcement actions and litigation can take many forms, but they have one element in common: They require seasoned counsel to help clients navigate these difficult situations when their businesses and reputations are on the line. McGuireWoods’ national Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation Department has the experience and credibility clients have come to trust with their most sensitive matters. Our deep bench of more than 60 attorneys represents individual and corporate clients across an array of industries in the full range of civil, criminal and congressional investigations and enforcement matters at the federal and state level.

For over a decade, Fortune 100 companies and high-profile individuals worldwide have called on McGuireWoods’ nationally recognized Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation Department to handle some of their most notable and complex matters. From the Boeing “Max 8” DOJ investigation to the Mueller probe; from the opioid crisis to clergy misconduct; from congressional investigations to highly sensitive internal investigations across a broad spectrum of industries, clients turn to our premier team for its sound counsel and extensive experience working with clients to efficiently and effectively resolve their legal matters.

Our Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation Department is proud to be recognized as an elite practice, most recently honored again as a Law360 White Collar Practice Group of the Year and consistently ranked among the world’s leading investigations firms on the Global Investigations Review 100 guide to top cross-border investigations practices. The Legal 500 United States, a premier list of the country’s best law firms, commended McGuireWoods for the “exceptional quality” of our powerhouse white collar litigation practice. Plus, in 2019, The American Lawyer named the firm a Global Legal Awards finalist in the litigation/dispute resolution of the year category for the team’s representation of Otto Warmbier’s parents in their wrongful death lawsuit against North Korea.

About Our Team

Our team of more than 60 professionals reaches from coast to coast, composed of a deep bench of lawyers with decades of experience handling investigations and litigation at the intersection of business, politics and law. Our mission is clear: to provide responsive, effective representation of clients through focused, intense advocacy from the moment an investigation or inquiry commences.

Among our ranks are a former deputy attorney general of the United States, former U.S. attorneys, more than a dozen federal prosecutors, an associate counsel to the president of the United States and other former senior enforcement officials.

Strategically positioned in Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Richmond, Charlotte, London and other locations, members of McGuireWoods’ Government Investigations & White Collar Department had storied careers as elected officials, political appointees or within government agencies prior to joining the firm. Our team includes:

  • Former deputy attorney general and acting attorney general of the United States
  • Former associate deputy attorney general
  • Former associate counsel to the president of the United States
  • Former U.S. attorneys and more than a dozen federal prosecutors
  • Former assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s National Security Division
  • Former attorney general of Virginia
  • Former high-level government enforcement officials at the SEC and the Justice Department
  • Deputy independent counsel under Ken Starr during the Whitewater investigation
  • Former chief counsel to a presidential campaign

We also advise on matters before the DoD, FINRA, FERC and other government agencies, congressional committees, and state attorneys general and inspectors general. Many of our partners previously served in significant enforcement positions at these organizations while in government service.

How We Help

Clients turn to McGuireWoods to handle sophisticated and sensitive matters for a simple reason: We know the ins and outs of civil and criminal investigations and enforcement matters at the federal and state level. We represent clients at every stage of government investigations — from informal inquiries through disciplinary proceedings and appeals — and we advise on matters involving federal agencies and other investigative bodies.

Building on a highly skilled group of former federal prosecutors, McGuireWoods has handled civil and criminal matters before the DOJ, ranging from Civil Division investigations under the False Claims Act to grand jury, public integrity, and other criminal investigations and proceedings conducted by DOJ’s Criminal Division. Our Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation Department represents clients’ interests to ensure their focus can remain on business while we press for a fair and just outcome, and our team has a breadth of experience in all manner of white collar matters.

Areas of Focus

Representative Matters

  • Representing a major aviation company in its defense against a highly publicized federal criminal investigation into the crashes of two jets.
  • Representing a major political figure in the Mueller probe and related investigations.
  • Won a public declination from the DOJ for a sitting governor targeted in a federal investigation.
  • Took on North Korea and won more than a half-billion-dollar judgment on behalf of the family of Otto Warmbier for his imprisonment, torture and death.
  • Represented the former President of USA Gymnastics in recent sexual abuse investigation.
  • Secured “stunning reversal” for former U.S. Representative Aaron Schock after a long-running federal probe focused on alleged misuse of government and campaign funds.
  • Serving as special counsel for Opioid litigation for a major pharmaceutical company in the midst of a significant crisis that has spawned some of the largest and most novel legal activity in recent history.
  • Advising a major Catholic archdiocese amidst allegations of clergy misconduct around the nation.
  • Represented Major League Baseball Players’ Association in congressional inquiry into steroid use.
  • Led public investigation on behalf of a medical school into the “blackface” yearbook scandal surrounding Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam.
  • Represented senior executive of BP in hearings related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
  • Defending a major financial institution in connection with its sales practices in investigations by the DOJ, SEC and OCC.



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