White Collar Crime & Investigations
As former prosecutors and assistant public defenders with more than 40 years of combined experience, the members of Fowler White Burnett’s White Collar Crime & Investigations Group have considerable insight into the way complex crimes are handled by the U.S. court system and monitored by the public. Through powerful advocacy, we consistently secure favorable resolutions and vindication for clients, both in and out of the courtroom.
Our attorneys represent professionals, corporate executives, business owners, government officials, professional athletes, celebrities and corporations in grand jury investigations, federal and state criminal prosecutions, extradition proceedings and civil enforcement actions. We also have experience managing parallel criminal and civil proceedings.
We work diligently to mitigate the potential damage to a client’s reputation resulting from the sensitive nature of these cases. Oftentimes, our cases never make it into the public domain because we have successfully persuaded prosecutors not to pursue charges or quietly negotiated a favorable plea agreement. At the same time, we have also been involved in some of the most highly publicized white collar crime matters in the country. Included among our recent high-profile engagements are the representation of Howard K. Stern during the investigation of the death of Anna Nicole Smith, the defense of Alan Miller against conspiracy and tax evasion charges associated with Helio Castroneves, and the representation of Zurich American Insurance Co. during a national investigation regarding alleged antitrust practices.
Fowler White Burnett has successfully defended a full range of white collar offenses, including tax fraud, money laundering, bribery and public corruption, health care fraud, securities fraud, antitrust, perjury, mortgage fraud, environmental crimes and Sarbanes-Oxley violations. We also advise and represent clients under investigation or post-indictment for other serious offenses such as homicide, drug and arms trafficking, immigration crimes, sex offenses and DUI.
In addition, we have extensive experience representing clients under investigation by regulatory agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, state Medicaid Fraud Control Units and various divisions of the Department of Justice.
Fowler White Burnett’s practice extends beyond the trial process. We are frequently called upon by corporate clients to conduct internal investigations of suspect operations or possible employee misconduct. Our experience in the public sector enables us to make evaluations of how law enforcement and the courts will perceive the matter at issue. We conduct discreet, thorough investigations to provide clients with sound guidance on the implementation of corrective actions or whether and how to disclose the investigation results.
In today’s environment of intense scrutiny and far-reaching investigations by prosecutors and regulatory agencies, our attorneys offer clients the critical defense needed at every stage of an investigation, trial or appeal. Drawing upon our seasoned trial and appellate team, credibility with and insight of government agencies, negotiation skills, savvy media relations, as well as the expertise and resources of a full-service firm, Fowler White Burnett develops and executes comprehensive and effective legal strategies.