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White Collar and Regulatory Enforcement


Experience You Can Count On

When facing government investigations or sensitive inquiries, entities and individuals require the counsel of experienced lawyers who understand the high stakes and unique challenges posed by such circumstances. Our deep bench of skilled and experienced former prosecutors and government enforcement officials assuredly guide companies and individuals following the receipt of a law enforcement subpoena, regulatory inquiry, or internal complaint. We work collaboratively with our clients from the outset to triage and evaluate the matter and engage with the government officials, while also working with clients to ensure that key stakeholders are promptly briefed. As a matter progresses, we craft and execute thoughtful strategies designed to achieve optimal outcomes.

Members of Crowell’s White Collar and Regulatory Enforcement Group are consistently recognized by Chambers USA, U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers (National Tier) and Global Investigations Review for their talent and skill.

Comprehensive Investigation and Defense Teams

We are accustomed to handling complex matters, often involving parallel and multinational investigations by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and other law enforcement agencies such as the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Offices of Inspectors General (OIGs), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Congressional committees, independent and special counsels, and State Attorneys General.

We represent and defend clients across a wide spectrum of federal and state criminal and regulatory actions conducted by these and other enforcement and regulatory agencies and lead internal investigations into a wide variety of matters. Our representations include:

Trusted and Knowledgeable Counsel

Numerous members of our team have served in key roles in federal and state enforcement agencies, including the DOJ, various U.S. Attorney’s Offices, the SEC, the Department of the Treasury, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and State Attorneys General Offices.

This deep bench of experience gives our team the ability to provide clients with both an insider’s understanding of how government agencies approach and prosecute enforcement matters and the ability to translate those insights into clear and careful guidance to clients so they know what to expect in crisis situations and how to manage them.

Crowell’s White Collar and Regulatory Enforcement experiences includes:

  • A former Assistant Director for Transactional Threats and former U.S. Department of Treasury lawyers specializing in Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering
  • A former Chief Counsel and former Attorney-Advisor in the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) 
  • Former federal prosecutors for DOJ in the National Security Division, Antitrust Division, Criminal Fraud Section, Enron Task Force, Tax Division, and top U.S. Attorney’s offices
  • Former senior enforcement attorneys with the SEC’s Division of Enforcement and Office of International Affairs
  • Former Inspector General of the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies

Global Representation and Advice

Government and regulatory inquiries and internal investigations needs do not stop at the border. Our team handles matters around the globe, assisting clients in navigating complex investigations and crisis scenarios. Our global footprint provides the ability to be flexible and nimble in serving our clients. Crowell’s representations have spanned more than 80 countries and six continents.

Crowell Collaboration Benefits Clients

To provide clients with comprehensive advice and guidance, our experienced professionals routinely and seamlessly engage with Crowell’s sophisticated regulatory practices including highly regarded health care, government contracts, antitrust, international trade, and financial services teams.

Crowell’s team also enlists and manages external experts to support our clients, including forensic accountants, economists, computer forensics and data experts, e-discovery providers, and crisis communications experts. Identification of expert needs and effective collaboration is a critical part of providing clients with the best legal advice.  Our experience allows us to identify and work with the right team to produce the right result.