White Collar Defense

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Allegations of corporate misconduct can have far-reaching consequences on an organization and its executive leadership. If your company is facing a potential government investigation, the white collar defense team at Dickinson Wright can assist you in putting together a defense plan tailored to your specific needs. With a strong presence in Washington, D.C, as well as a wide geographic reach across North America, to our office in the San Francisco Bay area, our white collar defense lawyers work discreetly and scrupulously to protect your reputation as well as your business interests. By recognizing our clients’ ultimate goals, we defend individual cases and offer advice with an eye on the bigger picture. 


Our Team


Our white collar defense attorneys defend corporations, officers, directors, public officials, and others in a wide variety of investigations and prosecutions. Our team includes former federal and state prosecutors, investigators, and regulators who have served in senior positions within the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), and other investigative and prosecutorial departments. We are proud of the standing we maintain with the DOJ and the SEC, and we are confident that our reputation for excellence and ethical practice directly benefits our clients, whether in the courtroom or during negotiations.


Our Services


With decades of combined prosecution and enforcement experience with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), our lawyers have represented individuals and corporations in a wide range of white collar criminal matters, including:


  • Antitrust
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Banks & Financial Institution Fraud
  • Intellectual Property Crimes
  • Civil & Criminal Appeals
  • Internal Investigations
  • Congressional Oversight Hearings
  • Money Laundering
  • Data Privacy & Cyber Crimes
  • Procurement Fraud
  • Enforcement Actions
  • Regulatory Agency Investigations
  • Environmental Violations
  • Securities Fraud
  • Export & Import Violations
  • State & Federal Trials

  • Government Contracts Fraud
  • Tax Controversies
  • Grand Jury Investigations

  • Whistleblower Actions

Representative Matters

–Secured no charges for the CEO of a New York Stock Exchange-listed textile industries company in a federal criminal investigation and a parallel SEC investigation.

–Represented  CFO of a NASDAQ-listed healthcare company in a federal criminal investigation and a parallel SEC investigation.

–Represented CEO of an offshore company involved in the administration of U.S. government and
international distribution, service, and supply contracts in bribery and corruption investigation.


–Successfully negotiated no charges being filed against the CEO of an offshore company in the sale of industry-specific electronic devices governed by the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

–Negotiated favorable resolution in the criminal prosecution for conflicts of interest and ethics violations of a prominent U.S. Government scientist.

Investigated $120 million internet-based Ponzi scheme brought under the federal wire fraud statute.

Investigated federal jail official for receiving bribes in exchange for introducing contraband into a federal penal institution.


Negotiated favorable resolution with DOJ Antitrust Division, National Criminal Enforcement Section, in the criminal prosecution of two government contractors and their CEO for antitrust, fraud, and false statements violations.


–Obtained the first decision in which the World Bank's Sanctions Board did not impose a suspension or bar, instead issuing only a letter of reprimand.


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