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
Law360 White Collar Practice Group of the Year
and consistently ranked among the world’s leading investigations firms on
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
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
- 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
- Former attorney general of Virginia
- Former high-level government enforcement officials at the SEC and the
- Deputy independent counsel under Ken Starr during the Whitewater
- 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
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
Areas of Focus
- Anti-bribery and anti-corruption (FCPA)
Bank defense and counseling
- Anti-money laundering (AML)/trade embargo compliance
- Compliance/ethics program investigations and counseling
- Educational institution investigations and 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 and litigation
- State attorney general investigations
Strategic risk and crisis management
- White collar defense
- 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.