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Companies are under intense scrutiny from federal and state investigators following recent high-profile corporate scandals. In this hostile climate, businesses, even ones that are not knowingly breaking the law, need savvy legal counsel and well-crafted contingency plans long before a government probe officially begins.
Womble Carlyle’s Government Investigations/White Collar Criminal Defense Team focuses on helping companies proactively prevent potentially damaging government investigations and criminal charges, as well as defend against actual charges, if they occur.
But what happens when the phone still rings? Law enforcement agents are at your office door with a subpoena. Or a search warrant. What do you do then?
Clients facing potential white collar criminal charges or government investigations turn to Womble Carlyle’s team of nearly 20 defense attorneys—along with dozens more on our Case Management and Document Review teams—for help. Our team includes former Assistant U.S. Attorneys and prosecutors, as well as veteran criminal defense and government investigations lawyers with years of experience in untangling complex financial issues.
Womble Carlyle’s team of veteran defense attorneys and former prosecutors guide companies through civil and white-collar criminal investigations related to claims of:
Companies and corporate leaders turn to us for guidance in all stages of the legal process, from representing witnesses in grand jury investigations to defending clients in trial and on appeal. We also counsel companies through internal investigations designed to identify and mitigate or even eliminate potential violations.
Team members have experience working with clients in a wide range of industries, including the pharmaceutical, health care, chemical, manufacturing, food, import/export, government contracting, banking and communications sectors. So we understand the specific regulations and requirements.
In addition, companies rely on us to counsel them through the related problems caused by government investigations, including negative publicity, customer inquiries and stockholder concerns.
Our attorneys have represented companies in investigations involving the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Securities and Exchange Commission, numerous State Attorneys General and local law enforcement. Our Government Investigations Team works closely with Womble Carlyle attorneys who practice in antitrust, government procurement, health care regulatory, banking and environmental law.
White Collar Criminal Defense
The best results in white collar criminal defense are when charges never enter the court system in the first place. So we aggressively defend clients in the initial stages of criminal investigations, grand jury inquiries and whistleblower controversies, working with companies and government investigators to resolve issues and prevent charges from being filed.
If criminal charges ultimately are filed, clients rely on Womble Carlyle to earn dismissal of charges or, if that is not possible, to win acquittal. Team members have argued dozens of hard-fought cases in federal and state courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals and various State Supreme Courts.
We defend clients facing white collar criminal charges related to:
In addition, we defend corporate clients in federal and state criminal cases involving violent crimes, drugs, weapons charges, espionage, cybercrimes, domestic violence and serious traffic offenses. Our attorneys have defended cases involving capital murder charges.
We also have represented physicians in drug diversion and prescription fraud cases, as well as defended law enforcement officers and agencies in excessive force and police brutality cases.
Government Investigations - Representative Matters:
White Collar Defense - Representative Matters: