Our White Collar Defense & Investigations department counsels clients—including small businesses, publicly traded companies, executives, and other individuals across a variety of industries—facing regulatory action, investigation, or prosecution. We offer services in the areas of administrative and regulatory proceedings, white collar defense, internal investigations, False Claims Act matters, compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and healthcare fraud. We are experienced in handling matters with concurrent civil, criminal, and regulatory components. Joe Campolo leads our White Collar Defense team with assistance from William McDonald and Jack Harrington.
We have defended clients in cases prosecuted and/or investigations instituted by the United States Attorneys General for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the District Attorneys’ Offices of New York City’s five boroughs and Nassau and Suffolk Counties, the DEA, the Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA, the New York State Attorney General’s Office, the New York Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the New York State Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York, the New York Department of Labor, New York State Liquor Authority, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA).
White Collar Defense
Many white collar prosecutions begin as regulatory inquiries, government audits, or civil proceedings. These matters often have major criminal implications. Businesses in regulated industries need experienced counsel to navigate the minefield in the current enforcement climate. Drawing from our experience prosecuting complex crimes, we offer clients insightful and effective defense advice when dealing with search warrants, investigative subpoenas, wiretaps, and the use of confidential informants. Our attorneys are able to marshal complex data into comprehensive, effective defense strategies.
Administrative and Regulatory Proceedings
The firm represents clients in proceedings and negotiations with state and local agencies pertaining to administrative and regulatory issues. We regularly represent corporations in investigations spearheaded by the New York State Attorney General’s office, New York State Department of Labor, and New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, and we defend multinational clients in matters alleging violations of laws promulgated by these agencies. We have been involved in investigations on subjects as diverse as lawful hiring practices and the sale of banned goods.
Internal Corporate Investigations
To ease the tremendous compliance burdens that professionals in regulated industries face, we offer vital compliance and confidential investigatory services. We draft and help implement corporate compliance plans for clients and have conducted confidential internal corporate investigations when criminality is suspected.
False Claims Act
Our team is experienced defending clients facing False Claims Act lawsuits and investigations. Due to our broad investigatory background and complex commercial litigation experience, we are also equipped to represent whistleblowers who wish to file False Claims Act lawsuits. Our multidisciplinary team includes healthcare and municipal practitioners as well as former prosecutors and government attorneys.
Our lawyers represent clients in healthcare fraud matters in state and federal court. These matters include Medicare and Medicaid fraud, allegations of diverting prescription medication or violating the corporate practice of medicine doctrine, no fault insurance fraud, corporate theft, sale of misbranded drugs, and criminal violations of the federal anti-kickback statute. Please also visit our Healthcare page.
Prevailing Wage Disputes
The firm assists clients in compliance with prevailing wage requirements on public works projects. We have successfully represented and defended contractors, subcontractors, builders, and other industry professionals in compliance, negotiation, and litigation with regard to federal, state, and local prevailing wage laws and regulations, as well as wage deduction, overtime, spread of hours, and other wage-related matters.
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and American Companies Overseas
Working with our International Regulation, Enforcement & Compliance practice, we design and implement policies and compliance strategies for companies, including FCPA training and leading clients through FCPA investigations in response to whistleblower or government subpoenas. We have represented clients before the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in FCPA enforcement actions. Our team also counsels clients on the regulatory issues facing American companies investing or trading overseas, including cross-border investigations and compliance.
Congressional and Legislative Hearings
Our attorneys have represented individuals and corporations before Congress as well as in legislative hearings before other political bodies.