Government Investigations & Securities Enforcement

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Clients hire the attorneys in Dickinson Wright’s Government Investigations and Securities Enforcement practice because of our vigorous and creative advocacy and delivery of outstanding results. Clients rely comfortably and consistently on our insight from both the defense and government perspectives and our strategic and creative approach to defending investigations and related litigation. Our practice encompasses all investigations, spanning knowledgeably securities enforcement (SEC, FINRA, PCAOB and states), white-collar (DOJ and state investigations, including grand jury investigations, and prosecutions), bribery and corruption (FCPA, FPOA (Canada), UK Bribery Act), and government contracts. We also have extensive experience in matters originating with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Food & Drug Administration, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the World Bank, the United Nations and debarring officials of civilian agencies and military departments and other federal, state and international regulators and enforcers.

The senior lawyers on our team -- all of whom have extensive national and international government investigations and enforcement experience -- joined forces at Dickinson Wright to bring a client-centric focus to achieve the best possible outcome in local, state, national and international cases. Lawyers with more than 25 years of full-time “in the fire” experience are one phone call away and are your lawyers throughout the process; there are no hand-offs by your team. The Dickinson Wright culture (and rate structure) allows us to defend investigations strategically and to litigate -- when necessary -- 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.

The Dickinson Wright team has guided clients to successful conclusions in hundreds of matters. We have represented individuals and companies in government investigations and civil and criminal litigation involving the SEC (Washington office and all regional offices), FINRA, the DOJ (including US Attorneys’ Offices), other regulatory and criminal authorities, and the World Bank. 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.

Our senior lawyers have experience as senior federal prosecutors, investigators and regulators. We understand the politics, policies, strategies and tactics of the SEC, DOJ, FINRA, PCAOB, DoD, CFTC, World Bank and other authorities.

Our team takes challenging facts, advocates aggressively and secures favorable outcomes -- cost consciously and effectively. We consistently resolve matters involving allegations of insider trading, international bribery and corruption (FCPA) violations, financial and accounting fraud, FDA violations, domestic bribery, extortion, gaming, wire/mail fraud, money laundering, RICO/conspiracy, and government contract matters, including investigations, export controls (EAR), ITAR, False Claims Act defenses, Inspector General inquiries, whistleblower protection, and suspension and debarment proceedings. 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. And, we bring this depth of experience to the table in proactively advising corporations about best practices in corporate compliance and corporate governance.

Some of the Government Investigations & Securities Enforcement practice's areas of expertise include:


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