White Collar Defense and Government Investigations

White Collar Defense and Government Investigations


Companies facing a government investigation absolutely require experienced and effective counsel. Schiff Hardin has this experience and a long track record of effectively and efficiently guiding its clients through government investigations and their aftermath.

Our Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense team is comprised of a deep and impressive pool of trial lawyers, including federal prosecutors and regulatory officials. We have a well-earned national reputation for credibility, tenacity, and success.

We understand the government’s process and perspective. We vigorously try to convince the government that the interests of justice are best served by taking no action against our client. In the rare instances where that strategy fails, we fight in court.

Credibility is Key

Leveraging our credibility is a key part of our approach. Our lawyers have long-established reputations as straight shooters. As former prosecutors and successful trial lawyers, we know that the government listens most intently to reasoned, evidence-based arguments. We conduct investigations to unearth the truth, so we can demonstrate to the regulators or prosecutors that they know only a part of the story. We aggressively demonstrate that, when placed in proper context, the facts are dramatically different than the pre-packaged version.

Our approach has led to a remarkable track record of success. With deep experience in every facet of criminal law — from financial fraud to bank fraud, securities fraud, public corruption, FCPA, tax, health care, antitrust, money laundering, and racketeering — we have what it takes to effectively represent our clients.

Using Our Experience and Perspective to Prevent or Limit Charges

The goal of representing individuals or companies under criminal investigation is to prevent or at least limit the charges filed. One reason we often succeed in that goal is our trial record; the government knows that we are capable, experienced trial lawyers who are willing, if necessary, to defend effectively our clients in court. Another is that, as a team filled with former prosecutors and regulatory lawyers, we understand how prosecutors and regulators think.

Regardless of how we get there, the best result is the one in which our work attracts no attention because we have successfully convinced the government not to publicly file criminal charges or regulatory claims.

Aggressive Trial Advocates with Experience Beating the Government

When charges are filed, we respond aggressively. We give practical, trustworthy advice about all the options available to our clients. As trial lawyers, we have successfully tried hundreds of complex criminal trials, winning at the trial level, in the Court of Appeals, and in the United States Supreme Court.

We are also willing to engage with the government and negotiate when that is in our client’s best interest. We have had substantial success securing very favorable resolutions for our clients because all parties understand we are prepared to go to trial and win. 

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