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Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense

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A Seasoned Group of Trial Lawyers
Vinson & Elkins has for many years represented corporate and individual clients in government and congressional investigations as well as in white collar criminal defense matters. V&E's Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense practice group consists of seasoned trial lawyers with a wide range of experience in investigations and enforcement matters. The practice group includes a former U.S. Deputy Attorney General, a former head of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, the first Director of the Office of Municipal Securities for the Securities and Exchange Commission, and several former federal prosecutors.

Recent years have seen a substantial increase in criminal investigation of business activities, particularly in the areas of securities and other investments, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)antitrustgovernment contracting, and health care matters. Such criminal investigations often arise as an adjunct to administrative investigations or civil litigation. V&E’s practice represents clients by conducting internal investigations, responding to grand jury and governmental regulatory subpoenas, handling grand jury proceedings and search warrants, negotiating with prosecutors and other regulators, dealing with suspension and debarment issues, and defending clients in criminal pleas, trials, and sentencing.

V&E lawyers in the practice group also assist clients in establishing proactive compliance and auditing programs that satisfy regulatory requirements and potentially can mitigate the consequences of a violation under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. We also defend our clients in civil or administrative litigation that may be filed by the government or private parties as a result of a criminal investigation, including civil fraud suits, qui tam actions, antitrust actions, securities suits, and suspension and debarment. Finally, our law firm assists clients in connection with Congressional and agency inquiries into regulatory compliance and other matters.

Vinson & Elkins' clients in criminal matters and government investigations have included large corporations; corporate officers, directors and employees; elected officials; small businesses and business owners; municipalities; and other individuals and associations. Our attorneys have substantial experience in dealing with various types of matters at the federal, state, and local level throughout the United States:
  • Accounting
  • Antitrust
  • Banking
  • Campaign Finance
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Export and International Sanctions
  • False Claims Act
  • FCPA
  • Financial Industry
  • Government Contracting  and Procurement
  • Health Care
  • Money Laundering
  • Patriot Act
  • Political Corruption
  • RICO
  • Sarbanes-Oxley
  • Securities
  • Tax
  • Technology
Our attorneys have represented clients in many prominent investigations such as those involving the Bernie Madoff financial fraud scandal, the federal and New York State Attorney General’s investigations into “pay-to-play” allegations, the KPMG tax shelter prosecution, government contracting in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan, several significant environmental investigations, various inquiries into political figures, the Salt Lake City Olympics, the CIA, Ruby Ridge, Whitewater, Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy, Iran Contra, and Ill Wind.

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