Investigations & White Collar Defense

Gray Plant Mooty’s Investigations and White Collar Defense team represents businesses, executives, and others facing investigation or charges of federal and state law violations. Our team includes experts with impressive backgrounds, including: former prosecutors at the federal, state, and local levels—including former Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District Attorneys, former head of a state agency, and former Assistant State Attorneys General.

This seasoned team has decades of vast experience on both the prosecution and defense side of these matters. We provide a focused approach to identify our clients’ needs, align with their interests, and provide proactive advice to deliver insightful results. Because we believe that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” we help clients develop robust compliance programs and procedures for responding to government investigations and enforcement actions, should the occasion arise.

We represent clients in the following areas:

  • Antitrust and Competition
  • Campaign Finance/Congressional and Administrative Investigations
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Corporate Compliance/Internal Controls
  • Customs and Export Controls/Office of Foreign Asset Control
  • Director, Officer, and Entity Defense
  • Environmental Violations
  • False Claims Act (FCA), including Qui Tam Litigation
  • Financial Fraud/Financial Institution Fraud
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
  • Government Contracting and Procurement Fraud/Government Contract Disputes
  • Health Care Fraud and Abuse
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Internal Corporate Investigations
  • Securities Fraud

Clients benefit from our deep industry experience in the full spectrum of proceedings, including: Congressional, Regulatory, Grand Jury, and Internal Investigations; Trials & Arbitrations; False Claims Act and Qui Tam/Whistleblower Litigation; and Corporate Compliance.

Congressional, Regulatory, Grand Jury & Internal Investigations

Clients need the right team on their side and rely on Gray Plant Mooty for experience-based preparation and advocacy in critical situations, such as testifying before Congress, state legislative and regulatory bodies, and grand juries. We are confident in taking on the toughest cases and have a solid track record of delivering successful results. When complaints of potential or actual wrongdoing or inquiries from federal or state law enforcement agencies occur, we conduct thorough internal investigations on behalf of our clients. Additionally, we assist with responses to requests, letters, and subpoenas seeking information from companies or individuals, and provide sound advice and counsel when search warrants are executed. During stressful times, we help our clients every step of the way.

Trials & Arbitrations

With a sterling reputation for trying and winning cases, our team is recognized by Best Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Litigation Counsel of America, Super Lawyers, Chambers USA, and numerous bar associations for achieving significant results in white collar, regulatory, and administrative litigation and enforcement actions. When an amicable resolution cannot be reached, we collaborate efficiently and effectively with clients and aggressively advocate on their behalf to minimize business and personal interruption.

Our team also represents individuals who are the subject of civil or criminal investigations. We take an aggressive approach to convince the government to refrain from bringing a civil action or criminal indictment. Although, in those instances where the government insists on taking action, we work diligently to reach an appropriate resolution when our client wishes us to do so and aggressively litigate the case before a judge, jury, arbitrator, or regulatory agency when appropriate. We not only take pride in our long history of success, but also in the fact that our clients are highly satisfied.

False Claims Act & Qui Tam / Whistleblower Litigation

For corporations that do business with the government, the False Claims Act can often feel like the omnipresent elephant in the room. We are well-versed in False Claims Act litigation and have defended corporations and executives in False Claims Act cases brought by federal and state government prosecutors, as well as by private whistleblowers in Qui Tam actions.

Corporate Compliance 

We help clients navigate government investigations, litigation, and enforcement actions. With a proactive mindset, we detect problems at an early stage and deter wrongful conduct before it happens. Accordingly, we are frequently called upon to develop robust compliance programs for clients that operate in heavily regulated industries. Recognizing that one size does not fit all, we work collaboratively with our clients to develop policies and procedures that address their specific needs, and we provide regular training for clients and their employees in an effort to foster a culture of compliance throughout an organization.

Agency Experience

We have broad experience representing and defending clients before local, state, and federal agencies, including, but not limited to:

  • State Departments of Commerce
  • State Departments of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
  • State Departments of Health and Human Services
  • State Departments of Labor
  • State Departments of Revenue
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Immigration & Custom Enforcement (ICE)
  • National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD)
  • Office of Federal Contractor’s Compliance Programs (OFCCP)
  • Office of Higher Education
  • Office of the Secretary of State
  • State Pollution Control Agencies
  • State Medical Licensing Boards
  • States’ Attorney General Offices
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
  • United States Attorneys’ Offices (USAO)
  • United States Department of Commerce (DOC)
  • United States Department of Defense (DOD)
  • United States Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • United States Department of Labor/DOL/Employee Benefits Security Administration
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • United States Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Unites States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
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