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 80 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 by Chambers USA with a highly regarded nationwide ranking for Corporate Crime & Investigations, honored twice as White Collar Practice Group of the Year by Law360, 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, also commended McGuireWoods for the “exceptional quality” of our powerhouse white collar litigation practice.

About Our Team

Our team of more than 80 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, Los Angeles, 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 DOJ’s National Security Division
  • Former attorney general of Virginia
  • Former high-level government enforcement officials at the SEC and DOJ
  • 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 experienced former federal prosecutors and seasoned defense counsel, 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)
  • Anti-money laundering/trade embargo compliance
  • Bank defense and counseling
  • Compliance and 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 investigations, litigation, and enforcement
  • FEC and campaign finance investigations and enforcement
  • Government contract investigations and enforcement
  • Healthcare enforcement
  • 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

Recent Representative Matters

  • Represented a former sales executive of an engine manufacturing company in a criminal with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Attorney’s Office for securities fraud, wire fraud, and mail fraud.
  • Won a hard-fought government procurement protest against our client filed by SpaceX who challenged the LSA awards and an “other transaction agreement” (OTA) award — totaling about $2.4 billion.
  • Representation of a pain specialist currently under investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia (Richmond) for violating the Anti-Kickback Statute for receiving speaker fees from fentanyl manufacturer, INSYS, and for violating rules governing prescribing of opioids.
  • Defended a national bank in multiyear enforcement actions by the DOJ, SEC, OCC and multistate attorneys general into issues involving allegations of securities fraud and falsification of records.
  • Represented national bank and litigation target in $1 billion Ponzi scheme fraud in Southern District of Florida in federal investigation and related investor litigation.
  • Represented City Power Marketing in FERC enforcement litigation in federal district court alleging manipulation of the PJM markets. The case settled with no admission of liability and a substantially reduced penalty and a payment plan that took into account the financial circumstances of the company. This case mattered to the industry because it was one of several cases testing the limits of what FERC views as market manipulation and, it tested the unique procedural step of seeking “de novo review” of the Commission’s determination in federal court.
  • Represented PSEG Energy Resources & Trade LLC in the resolution of what could have been a $100 million-plus enforcement matter relating to PSEG’s electricity offers into the mid-Atlantic-based PJM energy market. The settlement resolved all issues for PSEG, with no admission of violations, for a total payment of $39.4 million.
  • Represented an American telecommunications company in a multi-year False Claims Act investigation and litigation.
  • Represented a nonprofit organization in a congressional investigation after they were issued a subpoena by the Senate Finance Committee for compelling production of documents related to the committee’s investigation of organ procurement organizations (OPOs), and potential false claims
  • Represented a significant physician practice that had a relationship with a local health system that was alleged to have been in violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute and the False Claims Act.
  • Assisted a global Fortune 500 consumer products company with development of a comprehensive anti-corruption compliance program in connection with its expansion into non-U.S. business activities, most notably in Latin America and China.
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a publicly-traded specialty chemicals company to address whistleblower allegations of corrupt payments being made by company personnel to government officials in China, including a risk analysis and review of the company’s entire global ABAC compliance program.

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Nationwide highly regarded ranking for Corporate Crime & Investigations


Ranked among the world’s top 100 firms for five consecutive years, noting a “heavyweight team of white-collar investigators that bring decades of high-stakes work experience.”


Named a “White Collar Firm of the Year.”

– LAW360

Nationwide ranking for corporate investigations and white collar criminal defense.

– THE LEGAL 500 U.S.

Multiple partners honored as “Trailblazers.”