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 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., as well as a wide geographic reach across North America, 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 that defense – to a final resolution.


The Dickinson Wright culture (and rate structure) allows us to defend investigations strategically and – when necessary – to litigate aggressively and effectively. 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 have represented individuals and companies in government investigations and civil and criminal litigation involving the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Department of Justice (DOJ), including U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, other regulatory and criminal authorities, and the World Bank, to name a few.

Our Team


Our deep bench of government investigations and securities enforcement attorneys has more than 25 years of full-time “in the fire” experience and has guided clients to successful conclusions in hundreds of matters. Each team member brings a client-centric focus to achieve the best possible outcome in local, state, national, and international cases. Each of us is one phone call away – there are no hand-offs by your team. Our senior lawyers understand the politics, policies, strategies, and tactics of the U.S. 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. We consistently resolve matters involving:


  • Allegations of insider trading, international bribery, and corruption – violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act (Canada).

  • Financial and accounting fraud

  • Domestic bribery and 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

  • 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, the United Nations, and debarring officials of civilian agencies and military departments and other federal, state, and international regulators and enforcers.


White-Collar Criminal Defense


We 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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