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Criminal & Regulatory-Enforcement Defense

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When everything is on the line, we are battle-tested and ready to help.

Although most business disputes remain between private parties, sometimes the government takes action. These matters present the most serious and challenging matters for our clients given the punitive remedies that the government may seek. In addition to defending clients as to whom imprisonment, fines, and restitution are sought, we represent clients facing industry-bar orders, forfeiture, debarment, license or security-clearance revocation, and, of course, extraordinary reputational harm and business disruption. We have successfully defended and tried serious and complex criminal matters in federal and state court. We have obtained declinations, non-prosecution, and deferred-prosecution agreements, and have worked for our clients to achieve other negotiated results.

Representative examples

  • Obtained defense result at trial for company charged with federal felony environmental charges
  • Obtained defense result at trial for CEO of defense-contracting firm charged with multiple felonies
  • Obtained dismissal of criminal charges against company in public-nuisance case based on causation argument
  • Obtained dismissal of criminal charges against company for alleged land-use violations based on statutory-construction argument
  • Obtained dismissal of criminal charges in constitutional challenge to commercial-motor-vehicle law
  • Obtained declination through Wells process as to CEO of publicly traded company in SEC investigation
  • Obtained declination as to CEO in FTC investigation
  • Obtained favorable result for owner of company in federal Fair Housing Act enforcement proceeding