Cole Schotz P.C.


White Collar Litigation & Government Investigations Practice


Our White Collar Litigation & Government Investigations Practice Group represents individuals and corporations, both U.S. and international, in grand jury proceedings, quasi-criminal investigations, administrative and regulatory enforcement proceedings, criminal trials and internal investigations.

The Group successfully defends corporations, corporate executives, individuals and public officials in a wide range of federal or state investigations and prosecutions. The Group also conceives and implements internal investigations for boards of directors, audit committees and senior management in almost every business sector.

At times, individuals and corporations may unwittingly run afoul of the law and government regulations. Ordinary commercial disputes can give rise to allegations of fraud and abuse. Grand jury subpoenas may be directed at innocent targets and present logistical record-gathering challenges for legitimate businesses.

Clients who find themselves accused of these and other business-related offenses, including bank/wire fraud, Medicare/Medicaid fraud, environmental crimes, securities law violations, tax fraud, fraud in government procurement, trade espionage and criminal antitrust and RICO violations, require a firm that understands their legal and professional ramifications, and has experience at both the federal and state levels to navigate them successfully.

Compliance and Prevention
Businesses and individuals in the U.S. face increasingly aggressive government enforcement, investigations, and prosecutions. Business disputes formerly handled through civil or regulatory processes now result in intrusive criminal investigations, and can result in the real threat of prison for executives and considerable sanctions for a company. Our goal is to assist clients in avoiding prosecution and the glare of media attention that comes with a government investigation. To that end, we craft individualized compliance programs designed to prevent potential problems from developing and when necessary, develop and implement a defense strategy to blunt government allegations. 

Litigation Experience
Our broad and comprehensive range of substantive litigation and regulatory experience enables us to offer an integrated approach to address our client’s problems, starting with the difficult and often frightening process of investigation. Criminal and government enforcement activity do not traditionally appear in isolation; they are accompanied by parallel proceedings, civil litigation, shareholder disputes, and regulatory or legislative investigations. Our experienced litigation team mounts an efficient and comprehensive defense on all fronts, utilizing attorneys from the firm’s other practice areas when necessary to counter government allegations and vigorously defend our clients' interest.


Typical Cases
Our White Collar practice extends to both state and federal crimes, including quasi-criminal allegations and all types of offenses, such as the following:

  • RICO and anti-trust
  • Securities or shareholder fraud
  • Commercial bribery and extortion
  • Official misconduct or financial impropriety by members of board or management
  • Internal ethics investigations and executive conflict determinations
  • Corporate theft and embezzlement
  • Tax and bank fraud
  • Environmental investigations and prosecutions
  • Grand jury investigations and requests for corporate disclosures for all aspects of business-related crimes



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