The role of the White Collar and Government Litigation Practice
Attorneys in the White Collar and Government Litigation Practice represent corporate and individual clients in government investigations, criminal indictments, civil fraud suits, including those brought by whistleblowers, and regulatory enforcement proceedings brought by administrative agencies. These attorneys have a thorough and current understanding of the workings of the Food and Drug Administration; the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General; the Antitrust, Criminal, and Civil Divisions of the Department of Justice; the Securities and Exchange Commission; the IRS; the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; the Department of Housing and Urban Development; the Environmental Protection Agency; and the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Labor. The practice also provides compliance counseling to companies in regulated industries.
Members of the White Collar team include attorneys whose combined government service and defense experience permit them to respond to the investigative tools prosecutors use. They anticipate and prepare for legal issues that might arise, including those that come up suddenly, such as:
- Search warrants
- Civil investigative demands
Regulatory issues: Keeping up to date
Good counsel requires a thorough understanding of the regulatory environment in which a business operates. Saul Ewing attorneys have extensive subject-matter experience in the industries they serve, and invest the time necessary to stay ahead of evolving and changing regulations. They counsel and represent clients in:
- Life sciences
- Health care
- Financial services
- Higher education
- Government contracts and
Attorneys in the White Collar practice write regularly about the issues these industries face on the firm’s Whistleblower Wire blog, and once a year they publish a comprehensive report of active government investigations of the pharmaceutical, medical device, and health laboratory industries.
Compliance: Sophisticated strategies
White Collar and Government Litigation Practice attorneys evaluate clients' potential compliance risks and devise strategies to mitigate consequences. They also perform internal investigations to help clients respond to governmental inquiries, whistleblower allegations, and company concerns about wrongdoing. Should formal charges of business crimes or regulatory offenses be filed, Saul Ewing attorneys represent clients at trial or resolve the situation through negotiation.