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White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement


When companies or individuals face the threat of a government investigation or potential criminal liability, they need counsel that understands their priorities and advocates zealously — and successfully — on their behalf. Crowell & Moring's White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Group has successfully defended and counseled clients around the world in connection with all manner of government investigations, criminal trials, regulatory enforcement actions, and internal investigations.

Our team has a wide-reaching international practice, consisting of highly experienced lawyers in the firm's Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, New York, and Orange County offices. We bring a rare blend of insight, experience, and judgment to our clients' representations. Our diverse team includes lifelong defense lawyers, including former assistant federal defenders, as well as former prosecutors and enforcement attorneys from the Department of Justice, the Office of Independent Counsel, United States Attorney's Offices, and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The excellence of our practice was recognized by Law 360 when we were named "White Collar Group of the Year" in 2012, and in which it was said that "the noteworthiness and frequency of its wins made [Crowell & Moring] stand out as one of the most powerful white collar teams in the country." Additionally, in 2013 our White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Group was named as one of Law360's 10 "FCPA Powerhouses" for its prowess in handling Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters.

Our experience includes defending investigations by grand juries, the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the SEC, the CFTC, the IRS, FINRA, congressional committees, independent and special counsels, federal agency inspectors general, and state attorneys general. We also are adept at handling parallel and multinational investigations.

Our group has defended and counseled clients on issues across the spectrum of criminal and regulatory issues; however, we have particularly deep competence in the following focus areas:

  • SEC enforcement, securities regulation, and securities fraud
  • Investment fraud and mail/wire fraud
  • FCPA and anti-corruption
  • Criminal antitrust
  • Environmental crimes
  • Export controls
  • Health care fraud
  • Procurement fraud
  • False Claims Act
  • Public corruption
  • Trade secrets theft
  • Criminal e-discovery
  • Tax fraud
  • Government and internal investigations

We also understand the business imperatives of our clients. We place a premium on balancing the need for excellence with the equally vital need to maintain an appropriate sense of proportion and efficiency. We regularly provide our clients with pragmatic counseling that solves business problems while managing risk and maximizing opportunity. We also regularly employ alternative fee arrangements to provide predictability to our clients, and have trained all of our lawyers on the use of project management to ensure that we deliver results on time and on budget.