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Special Matters and Government Investigations

Our Special Matters team is dedicated to advising entities and individuals across sectors who are facing the reality or threat of a government investigation.  Clients turn to us because of our reputation for conducting thorough and reliable internal investigations, for using the investigative record effectively to persuade the government to appropriately decline prosecution or enforcement action against our clients where possible, and for discreetly resolving government investigations on favorable terms. When quick and discreet resolution is not possible, we are prepared to defend our clients in court – where we have a successful track record advocating and litigating against the government and other authorities on behalf of our clients.  

Most importantly, clients value our transparency, candor, and ability to build relationships in order to protect and advance our clients’ interests.  We can successfully and seamlessly navigate the complexities of dealing with U.S. and foreign enforcement agencies. A key component of our success in this regard is leveraging the experience of more than 40 former federal prosecutors and other government enforcement officials who work on our team, as well as team members who have devoted their entire careers to white-collar criminal and civil defense in high-stakes matters with industry-wide impact.    

Collectively, we have handled investigations before 73 of the 93 U.S. Attorney’s Offices and every litigating division of the Justice Department. We likewise have represented clients in investigations conducted by all 12 of the SEC’s offices and all of the SEC’s specialized enforcement units. We have conducted cross-border investigations on every continent, and thus have extensive experience before foreign regulatory authorities. 

The breadth of this experience includes Anti-Corruption (including the FCPA), Securities Enforcement, the False Claims Act, Environmental Investigations, Internal Investigations, Economic Sanctions, Tax Investigations, Anti-Money Laundering and Congressional Investigations. It notably crosses a wide range of sectors including Life Sciences and Healthcare, Financial Services, Energy, Technology, Food & Beverage, Higher Education, Manufacturing, Professional Services, Construction and Real Estate.

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Ranked in Chambers Global for Corporate Crime & Investigations since 2016 to present

Two former Deputy Attorneys General

“The premier firm in this practice area.”


U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers

Nine former members of DOJ leadership

Ranked in Legal 500 for Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense since 2015 to present.

Six former U.S. Attorneys

“Very strategic… collaborative and politically-savvy.”


Chambers USA

23 former Assistant U.S. Attorneys

“Excellent credibility before the agencies across a broad swathe of white-collar matters.”


Legal 500

44 DOJ alumni

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Three FINRA alumni

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