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Congressional Investigations & Crisis Management

Experience Highlights

  • Defended a social media company against a congressional investigation and subsequent referral for criminal prosecution by the U.S. House Committee for Oversight and Reform stemming from the company’s alleged involvement in the attacks on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. V&E conducted an internal investigation and executed a comprehensive legal and media strategy that exposed new information to the public to dispel the incorrect public narrative, rehabilitate the company’s image, and facilitate the company’s return to viability

  • Represent and counsel a Main Street client that was thrust into the spotlight after its stock price soared after becoming the subject of heavy “meme stock” trading. The company engaged V&E to respond to congressional requests and media scrutiny, and to design and execute a strategy to correct inaccurate reporting and allow the company to return to business as usual

  • Represent major university institutions in connection with congressional and federal investigations concerning alleged research and collaboration with the Wuhan Institute of Virology (the “Wuhan Lab”) and the “lab leak” origin theory of the COVID-19 pandemic. The client engaged V&E to design and execute a comprehensive legal, investigative and media strategy to respond to conspiracy theory-fueled investigations and dispel the negative disinformation campaign in favor of accurate messaging about the client and essential work it has been doing to respond to the pandemic

  • Represent a high-level Department of Justice official in connection with congressional and federal investigations into the prosecution and sentencing of Roger Stone, a former political advisor to President Donald J. Trump

  • Represent a senior healthcare executive in connection with an investigation by the U.S. House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis concerning alleged favoritism by the healthcare provider to provide early access to COVID-19 vaccines to ineligible people. V&E conducted an internal investigation to rebut the baseless allegations and demonstrate that the executive has acted honorably and in accordance with established policies and guidelines at all times

  • Represented major U.S. financial institution during investigation by the House Financial Services Committee of foreclosure practices during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Represented major U.S. airline during investigation by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the mishaps of Boeing 737 Max aircraft

  • Represented multi-billion defense contractor and worked with lobbyist and media relations teams to develop strategy that successfully prevented a formal investigation of the client

  • Represented former senior Trump campaign official in multiple congressional investigations regarding the Trump campaign and inauguration

  • Represented senior State Department official when subpoenaed to testify as part of the House of Representatives impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump; client ultimately did not testify and suffered no consequences

  • Represented senior State Department official subpoenaed to testify in congressional investigation related to allegations that a Cabinet secretary misused government resources for personal benefit

  • Represented senior State Department official subpoenaed to testify in connection with investigation of arms sales to Saudi Arabia

  • Represented oil and gas services provider in investigation related to chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas field development

  • Represented a central participant in the wide-ranging Whitewater Investigation, including investigations by the independent counsel, a House of Representatives committee, the Senate Select Committee, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”), the FDIC Inspector General, the Resolution Trust Corporation (“RTC”) and the RTC Inspector General; our representation included representing several witnesses who testified before the Senate Select Committee, including one witness whose testimony was carried live on national network television; at the conclusion of the investigation, the ABA Journal published a cover story describing the partisan accusations made against our client as a “Bum Rap”