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White Collar Defense & Government Investigations

Miles & Stockbridge's White Collar Defense and Government Investigations practice counsels and represents corporations, professionals, business executives, elected officials and others who find themselves in the middle of a government investigation or accused of wrongdoing. Our lawyers also counsel corporations on best practices to avoid such investigations, and conducts counseling and guidance along with Miles & Stockbridge’s other practice areas.  The team includes, Billy Martin, a nationally acclaimed trial lawyer and former Executive Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia, and other former federal and state prosecutors, military lawyers, public defenders and trial lawyers who have extensive trial experience in federal and state courts throughout the country.

When clients find themselves concerned with such regulation and enforcement priorities as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, False Claims Act, Mortgage Fraud, Health Care Fraud, Campaign Finance and Lobbying Regulation or any criminal investigation or enforcement action, our team has the right experience to quickly address those concerns, and help the client develop the best strategy for avoiding or mitigating damages.  Our lawyers are also skilled in Congressional ethics investigations and other Congressional investigations, including investigations by the House Oversight Committee.

Our lawyers have deep experience and positive relationships with federal and state prosecutors, regulators, and law enforcement, and know the benefit to our clients of a positive working relationship with the government.  At the same time, when a formal action cannot be avoided, our team can be as tough and aggressive as is necessary.  From preliminary investigations, through grand jury, trial, and appeal, our attorneys know how to identify investigative and prosecutorial misconduct when it occurs, and can provide the best protection possible for our clients.   Crafting a strong defense and demonstrating an aggressive willingness to go to trial can often succeed in discouraging prosecutors from filing and pursuing criminal charges. 

The following are typical of the recent cases handled by our white-collar criminal defense lawyers:

  • Representation of the City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Police Department in a Department of Justice investigation and through a federal monitorship of police reforms.
  • Representation of a physicians' group accused of "upcoding" their billing to the federal Medicaid and Medicare programs.
  • Representation of a health care organization in a grand jury investigation of political corruption (including conducting an internal investigation) with no charges resulting against the client.
  • Representation of bank executives investigated by federal prosecutors for possible failure to follow regulations regarding "money laundering."
  • The acquittal of a Maryland legislator accused of accepting bribes to influence the legislative process.
  • Representation of a technology company seeking Justice Department action for theft of trade secrets.
  • Representation of a Washington, D.C., business executive accused of filing false forms with the federal government.
  • The acquittal at trial of a real estate appraiser accused of inflating appraisals for purposes of facilitating "flipping" of inner city real estate.
  • Dismissal of allegations of misconduct against a senior congressional staffer. Representation of Members of Congress accused of ethical violations.
  • Representation of a congressional staffer in a Department of Justice investigation.
  • The acquittal of an attorney accused of tampering with evidence and obstructing justice in the representation of her own client.