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Special Matters and Government Investigations

Founded by former U.S. Attorney General Griffin Bell, our Special Matters team exclusively focuses on white-collar criminal defense, civil and regulatory investigations, corporate internal investigations, and investigations before the U.S. Congress. Our practice includes approximately 100 years of experience at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), including the only person who ever served as both General Counsel and Director of Enforcement; two former heads of the SEC’s Northeastern region; former head of Atlanta Enforcement; and two Assistant Directors from the Home Office. The team includes more than 40 former federal prosecutors and other government enforcement officials, as well as lawyers who have devoted their careers to white-collar criminal and civil defense in high-stakes matters with industry-wide impact, including:

  • Two former Deputy Attorneys General
  • Six other former senior Main Justice supervisors
  • Six former U.S. Attorneys
  • 23 former Assistant U.S. Attorneys
  • 44 DOJ alums
  • Three FINRA alums
  • 13 American College of Trial Lawyers
  • One former state Attorney General
  • Five other former state prosecutors

Clients turn to us because of our reputation for conducting thorough and reliable internal investigations, using the investigative record effectively to persuade the government to appropriately decline prosecution or enforcement action against our clients where possible, and discreetly resolving government investigations on favorable terms for our clients. When these results are 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.

Our Special Matters team has 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. Having conducted cross-border investigations on every continent including Antarctica, we have extensive experience before foreign regulatory authorities as well.

Most importantly, clients value our transparency, candor, and ability to build relationships with enforcement officials and co-counsel in order to protect and advance our clients’ interests.

Our capabilities include the following types of high-value litigations and investigations:

  • Anti-Corruption and FCPA
  • Life Sciences/Healthcare Investigations
  • Financial Institutions Investigations
  • Securities Enforcement
  • False Claims Act
  • Environmental Investigations
  • Internal Investigations
  • Economic Sanctions
  • Congressional Investigations

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

“The premier firm in this practice area.”


U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers

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

“Very strategic… collaborative and politically-savvy.”


Chambers USA

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


Legal 500

Ranked in Chambers USA for Securities: Regulation (Nationwide) since 2017

“Ideally placed to take on high-stakes criminal cases and parallel civil litigation.”


Legal 500

“Clients are kept out of the public eye” by a team “packed with former federal prosecutors.”


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

“The premier firm in this practice area.”


U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers

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

“Very strategic… collaborative and politically-savvy.”


Chambers USA

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


Legal 500

Ranked in Chambers USA for Securities: Regulation (Nationwide) since 2017

“Ideally placed to take on high-stakes criminal cases and parallel civil litigation.”


Legal 500

“Clients are kept out of the public eye” by a team “packed with former federal prosecutors.”


GIR