Government Investigations & Securities Enforcement

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Clients hire attorneys in Dickinson Wright’s Government Investigations and Securities Enforcement practice because of our vigorous and creative advocacy and delivery of outstanding results. Our clients comfortably and consistently rely on our judgment and insight from both the defense and government perspectives and our strategic and creative approach to defending investigations and related litigation.

With a strong presence in Washington, D.C., and a wide geographic reach across North America including our office in the San Francisco Bay Area, our government investigation and securities enforcement lawyers successfully and cost-effectively assist our clients with the myriad complex issues encountered in this area, enabling them to achieve and maintain a competitive advantage. We have the skill, experience, and temperament to resolve serious issues, often without recourse to expensive litigation. When intensive litigation is the best approach, we custom-tailor the best defense and sustain it through a final resolution.

Too often, criminal, civil, and regulatory issues arise from the same set of events. Dickinson Wright’s lawyers are able to draw on the skills and resources of other attorneys within the firm, allowing us to address our clients’ issues collaboratively and seamlessly across a wide range of practice areas. The Dickinson Wright culture (and rate structure) allows us to defend investigations strategically and to litigate aggressively and effectively, when necessary. Regulators and prosecutors know that we will litigate when the situation demands. And, corporate boards of directors and officers trust our judgment and recommendations in conducting internal corporate investigations.

Our Clients

We represent companies and individuals in a wide array of government investigations, civil, criminal, and regulatory litigation involving the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the World Bank, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Department of Justice (DOJ) (including U.S. Attorney’s offices throughout the country), and other regulatory and criminal authorities. 

Our Team

Our team of attorneys has decades of full-time, in-the-fire experience. We have guided clients to successful conclusions in hundreds of matters. Each team member brings a client-centered focus to achieve the best possible outcome in local, state, national, and international cases. Our attorneys are responsive, pragmatic, and attentive to details. Our senior lawyers understand the politics, policies, strategies, and tactics of the federal government and other authorities. Additionally, many of our team members have experience as senior federal prosecutors, investigators, and regulators.

Our Services

Government Investigations: Our government investigations lawyers take challenging facts and advocate aggressively to secure favorable outcomes.  They consistently resolve matters, including:

  • Allegations of insider trading
  • Public corruption, bribery, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act (Canada)
  • Financial and accounting fraud
  • Domestic and international extortion
  • Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) conspiracy
  • Government contract matters, including investigations, Export Administration Regulation (EAR),
  • International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), False Claims Act defenses,
  • Inspector General inquiries
  • Whistleblower protection
  • Crisis management
  • Suspension and debarment proceedings

Securities Enforcement and Compliance: Our securities enforcement and compliance attorneys have extensive experience in matters originating with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Financial Power of Attorney (FPOA), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the World Bank, and the United Nations. Our attorneys also have experience with suspension and debarment proceedings related to civilian agencies and military departments and other federal, state, and international regulators and enforcers.

White Collar Criminal DefenseWe successfully defend parties in white collar criminal investigations by federal and state authorities, and civil and regulatory investigations by securities regulators, stock exchanges and capital markets self-regulatory organizations. We also assist clients in Department of Justice (DOJ) and state investigations, including grand jury investigations and prosecutions.

Additionally, our Government Investigations and Securities Enforcement practice encompasses:


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