Arnold & Porter LLP's experienced White Collar Defense practice represents individuals and corporations, both US and international, in all areas of defense work, including internal investigations, federal and state investigations, trial, grand jury practice, and appeal.
Businesses and individuals throughout the world face increasingly aggressive government enforcement. Matters formerly handled through civil or regulatory processes now result in criminal investigations. Our firm brings particular strengths to the representation of corporations or individuals who face criminal, congressional, or other enforcement proceedings. Each of our London and US offices includes attorneys with extensive criminal law experience, as prosecutors and defense lawyers. They include former officials of the US Department of Justice, UK Serious Fraud Office, and enforcement chiefs at a variety of regulatory agencies. Our defense group includes experienced former Assistant US Attorneys from the Southern District of New York, the District of Columbia, the Eastern District of Virginia, the Southern District of Florida, and the Central District of California. Collectively they have successfully tried hundreds of jury and bench trials and favorably settled many more. Reputationally, our colleagues must rely on high levels of integrity and credibility in advocating for clients with government officials with high levels of power and discretion. We understand that the best result for the client is to avoid any prosecution, and our significant government experience helps our clients navigate the difficult process of investigation. And our extensive experience with compliance programs helps us advise our clients on best practices to prevent criminal problems from developing. But if clients face criminal charges, we have the extensive trial and appellate experience to mount a vigorous defense on their behalf.
Government investigations often now involve parallel criminal and civil proceedings, complex e-discovery and data privacy issues, and international coordination among countries and their law enforcement agencies. The resulting legal complexities require careful strategy, communications, and coordination at every stage of the defense effort. Our matters range from securities and bank fraud to leaks of classified information; from antitrust/cartel to environmental law, from anti-corruption inquiries under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and the UK Bribery Act to False Claims Act/qui tam relator defenses, from healthcare fraud to export control matters involving The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and the Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS).