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Government Investigations & White Collar Criminal Defense

Experience Highlights

  • Represents the Audit Committee of a public technology company in connection with criminal and civil investigations being conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) 

  • Represented a major Japanese auto parts maker in civil and criminal investigations and class action litigation regarding alleged price fixing and participation in an international cartel

  • Represented Big Four accounting firm in connection with its audits of an aerostructures manufacturer’s financial statements and cost of completion accounting for long-term manufacturing contracts and forward loss provisions, and the SEC’s investigation of potential fraud in those financial statements; matter ended with no charges filed

  • Represented a foreign corporation in a DOJ investigation of criminal international antitrust violations, including price-fixing and global market allocation in the maritime construction industry; client was not charged and ancillary civil litigation was resolved favorably

  • (D.C. Cir.); (D.D.C.) — Represented a government contractor in qui tam action in which V&E successfully obtained two writs of mandamus vindicating the contractor’s claim of attorney-client privilege over materials created during an internal investigation led by company lawyers; subsequently won summary judgment on all counts

  • Defending a large midstream energy company in a U.S. EPA investigation relating to hazardous waste generation and disposal practices

  • Represented a defendant in the largest federal campaign finance fraud case ever brought against an individual

  • Represented an energy company in an internal investigation into allegations of impropriety in the company’s procurement group, including conflicts of interest with major vendors and an allegation of misappropriation of company assets

  • Represented a major oil company in connection with an SEC inquiry concerning the company’s analysis of the requirements for establishing reserves and disclosures of its contingent liabilities arising out of a major oil spill; succeeded in convincing the SEC to conclude its inquiry without any enforcement action