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Internal Investigations

Our experienced team of lawyers conduct internal investigations of alleged misconduct by corporations or their employees skillfully, efficiently and with the astute sensitivity required for matters involving foreign corrupt practices, securities fraud, commercial fraud, bribery, embezzlement, campaign finance violations, and accounting irregularities.  Our thorough investigations help in-house counsel and management fulfill their fiduciary duty to identify and resolve issues of questionable conduct and, in the process, demonstrate to regulators and the public alike their commitment to operating ethically and legally.

At the core of our internal investigations practice is a skilled team of litigators who are retained by members of the U.S. Congress, state and local government entities, major global corporations and financial institutions.  We undertake internal investigations on behalf of corporate and public agency chief executives and chief financial officers, boards of directors, audit committees, government officials, and independent auditors.  At the conclusion of an investigation into questionable financial or business conduct, our team produces a comprehensive report, including recommended remedial and future avoidance counsel, within an appropriate timeframe. 

Miles & Stockbridge lawyers:

  • Identify and interview strategically placed individuals at all organizational levels to determine what took place and who was responsible.
  • Coordinate additional interviews where necessary, using a specially selected team that often includes former FBI agents and other trained investigators.
  • Analyze the daily operations and policies and procedures of the organization to place financial activity, organizational responsibility and decision-making in their proper context and make determinations on privilege and privacy issues.
  • Determine the reason why the actions in question were taken, whether those actions were legal, and make recommendations for any necessary remedial steps.
  • Report our findings, often with recommendations on practices and procedures necessary to keep the investigated actions from recurring.

Our internal investigation process is thorough, professional and confidential.  Team members know exactly where to focus so that an investigation, often undertaken under crisis management conditions, is completed quickly and efficiently.  If criminal conduct has in fact occurred, we offer guidance on the next steps to take, providing the comprehensive approach to the entire investigation and resolution process that clients trust and value.