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Lawyers at Arnold & Porter LLP have guided numerous companies and individuals through congressional subpoenas and document requests, informal and on-the-record staff interviews, and the high-profile public hearings that characterize major congressional investigations. They come from Capitol Hill, the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other federal government enforcement agencies. Our Congressional Investigations practice includes a former member of Congress, and former committee chief counsels, criminal prosecutors, agency enforcement attorneys, and inspectors general.
Congressional oversight investigations present unique challenges. A client under the public spotlight of a congressional investigation often has myriad concerns: threatened or actual litigation in multiple venues, civil enforcement action by federal or state agencies and potential criminal exposure, as well as the public relations and business impact of a high-profile investigation. Congress has the right to obtain documents and compel testimony from individuals and organizations on virtually any issue related to its legislative and oversight responsibilities.
A lawyer representing a client before Congress must be able to work cooperatively with members and staff to meet their legitimate requests, yet insist upon ground rules to ensure fairness, protect a client's rights, and minimize risk to a client's litigation posture or reputation. Arnold & Porter's lawyers are respected on Capitol Hill and know how to make the right calls in negotiating these sensitive issues. We understand the importance of taking the necessary steps to respond cooperatively to Congress while minimizing adverse consequences in other proceedings.