Criminal Defense and Investigations
The Criminal Defense and Investigations Group successfully represents individuals and organizations in connection with a broad range of government investigations, enforcement actions, internal investigations, and criminal prosecutions.Our cases span the full range of areas and types of allegations, including:
- Asset Recovery
- Computer and Intellectual Property Crimes
- Customs and Export Controls
- Economic Sanctions (OFAC)
- Environmental Violations
- False Claims Act/Qui Tam Litigation
- Financial Institution Fraud
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
- Forfeiture (Civil and Criminal)
- Government Procurement Fraud
- Health Care Fraud and Abuse
- Insurance Fraud
- Mail and Wire Fraud
- Money Laundering and Bank Secrecy Act
- Mortgage Fraud
- Public Corruption and RICO
- Securities Fraud and Insider Trading
- Tax Offenses
- Theft and EmbezzlementAntitrust
Anthony Joseph and Erica Barnes lead an experienced team of criminal and civil defense attorneys ranked by U.S. News – Best Lawyers as a top practice group in the areas of government investigations, white collar litigation, and corporate compliance.
The Criminal Defense and Investigations Group provides a wide variety of services to corporate and individual clients, including:
Representation in Federal and State Trials/Appeals
Our attorneys have vast experience in defending companies and individuals in criminal prosecutions and civil enforcement actions brought by the DOJ, SEC, and numerous other federal and state government agencies. Maynard Cooper litigators have a well-deserved reputation for handling the most complex, high-stakes disputes and helping clients navigate concurrent criminal, civil, and/or administrative proceedings that require a strategically coordinated response. In addition, the firm has experienced appellate counsel who can pursue appeals of adverse criminal judgments and unfavorable civil and administrative decisions.
Government Investigations and Regulatory Defense
Our attorneys regularly handle investigations and civil/administrative enforcement proceedings brought by regulatory agencies such as the DOJ, SEC, FINRA, the Federal Trade Commission, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the IRS, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Offices of Inspectors General, and numerous state regulatory bodies. The firm also advises clients on responding to grand jury subpoenas, investigative demands, search warrants, and other investigative requests.
The firm regularly conducts sensitive internal investigations of potential wrongdoing for corporations, board audit committees, special committees, and general counsels. Maynard Cooper is well equipped to handle both large, high-profile investigations as well as rapid, focused reviews that remain outside the glare of public and regulatory scrutiny. Our attorneys investigate efficiently and discreetly, recognizing that early and aggressive crisis management can minimize company exposure and enhance credibility with law enforcement officials and regulators.
False Claims/Qui Tam Defense
Maynard Cooper has extensive experience representing clients in litigation brought under federal and state False Claims Act statutes. The firm regularly represents clients in sectors of the economy facing greatest FCA activity, including defense, pharmaceutical and health care, higher education, information technology, construction, and financial services. Our lawyers have the civil and criminal litigation experience required to successfully handle these unique cases.
Congressional and Legislative Investigations
Maynard Cooper represents clients in investigations and hearings before Congress and other legislative bodies. Our lawyers in this area include not only skilled litigators but experienced advocates on Capitol Hill and state houses across the country.
Compliance Programs and Employee Education
The firm regularly advises clients on the establishment, implementation, and testing of corporate compliance and ethics programs. To reduce the risk of criminal charges and regulatory investigations, our attorneys provide ongoing advice and training in numerous areas, including: health care, insurance, environmental, financial institutions, antitrust, data security, labor and employment, foreign trade controls, government contracts, securities, Sarbanes-Oxley, insider trading, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Victim Advocacy and Asset Recovery
With our vast experience in employment, regulatory, and criminal law, Maynard Cooper is well equipped to help clients successfully manage and recover from crime and fraud perpetrated by employees, competitors, or other third parties. From advising on crime prevention and reporting to crisis management, investigation, litigation, and operational issues, our attorneys have a proven track record of achieving maximum recovery for our clients with minimal business disruption.