Government Contract Investigations and Enforcement

Investigations and regulatory enforcement actions in the government contracts arena raise unique challenges and considerations, along with a host of potentially costly consequences. Our Government Contract Investigations and Enforcement team leverages the experience and capabilities of McGuireWoods’ full-service Government Contracts practice in helping a broad range of clients – from the nation’s leading defense contractors to small businesses and technology startups – navigate through each critical decision point in these challenging matters.

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

  • Anti-bribery and anti-corruption (FCPA)
  • Bank defense and counseling
  • Anti-money laundering (AML)/trade embargo compliance
  • Compliance/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 and litigation
  • State attorney general investigations
  • Strategic risk and crisis management
  • White collar defense

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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Department of Justice Investigations, Including False Claims Act Qui Tam Complaints

Inspectors General and DCAA Investigations and Audits and SDO Actions

Internal Investigations and Disclosures

Team Leaders

Full Team
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