With lawyers in Washington, D.C., New York, Atlanta, Houston, and San Francisco, King & Spalding’s Special Matters and Government Investigations Practice Group has a wealth of experience in successfully representing corporations and individuals in complex federal and state criminal investigations, internal investigations and Congressional investigations, as well as in related civil and regulatory proceedings. Clients draw on recognized leaders in the field with decades of experience from the defense, prosecution, and SEC enforcement perspectives.
The Group was established by former (the late) United States Attorney General Griffin Bell in 1989 and includes more than a dozen former federal prosecutors and other enforcement officials, as well as lawyers who have devoted their entire careers to white-collar criminal defense. The recent Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Christopher Wray, now leads the Group. Its members include former acting U.S. Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler; former U.S. Attorneys Steve Cowen, Paul Murphy and John Richter; former Justice Department trial attorney and Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers Jack Bray; Wick Sollers, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and U.S. Senate Special Counsel; Andrew Hruska, former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney and Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General; Zack Harmon, former Justice Department trial attorney and Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General; Catherine O’Neil, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Associate Deputy Attorney General; nationally recognized white-collar and civil fraud litigator Mark Jensen; former Department of Defense Inspector General Eleanor Hill; nationally acclaimed SEC enforcement and regulatory specialist, Dixie Johnson; Carmen Lawrence, former SEC Regional Director of the Northeast region; William Johnson, former Chief of the Securities & Commodities Fraud Task Force in the Southern District of New York; and Russell Ryan, a former SEC Assistant Director of Enforcement.
We recognize that, for every client, the key to mitigating possible penalties is to conduct business in a manner that is compliant with the law. For this reason, our lawyers are proactive in their approach and work with clients to adopt the necessary corporate policies and business practices to ensure that potential problems are detected and cured early. By partnering with our clients we are able to design and implement compliance programs that reduce the risks of operating in today’s business environment.
Our large group of former prosecutors and enforcement officials is highly skilled in conducting factual investigations in all business contexts. Our thorough experience in this area allows us to provide company management and boards of directors with sound legal judgment and to manage the results of investigations both internally and in response to regulators, prosecutors and private plaintiffs.
To face the myriad regulatory and legal compliance issues, companies and individuals need experienced legal counsel. King & Spalding is a full-service law firm with the ability to call upon the collective expertise of more than 800 lawyers. We can quickly assemble a team of recognized experts in virtually every aspect of business-related law to help our clients who are concerned about potential white collar or civil fraud litigation.