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White Collar Crime & Government Investigations

When faced with the most sensitive, complex and potentially explosive government investigations and white collar litigation, Fortune 500 companies, corporate executives and other individual business leaders repeatedly turn to Goodwin Procter. Our practice, named as a “White Collar Law Firm of the Year” by Law360, contains a number of former, high-ranking government prosecutors, who have successfully represented clients in many of the most high-profile white collar matters in recent memory. We have also achieved great success in resolving many matters quietly, without any litigation at all, let alone criminal referrals or prosecutions. We view each criminal or regulatory matter from a big-picture business perspective, which allows us to achieve the best bottom-line results for our clients. When investigations have resulted in enforcement actions, indictments or civil lawsuits, we have a superb record of successfully defending our clients in complex, high-profile trials. Our White Collar Crime & Government Investigations Practice is made up of top-tier trial lawyers, who do not hesitate to take a case to trial when the client agrees that doing so is the best approach.

Our lawyers conduct internal investigations and defend clients in bet-the-company cases and other significant matters. We excel at advising on corporate governance issues, structuring compliance programs and guiding our clients safely through government inquiries. Our lawyers have also successfully defended clients in False Claims Act and whistleblower lawsuits, many of which have sought hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.[[Read More Delimiter]]

Lawyers in our White Collar Crime & Government Investigations Practice work closely with lawyers in the firm’s other practice areas to ensure that our clients benefit from the breadth and depth of the firm’s expertise. In recent years, for example, we have represented mutual fund companies, financial institutions, broker-dealers, public companies, and their officers and employees in a range of investigations and cases in the securities arena. In doing so, we have brought to bear the talents of members of our nationally prominent securities, financial services and investment management practices. The tight integration of our practice areas enables us to create critical strategic advantages for our clients.

Goodwin Procter’s attorneys includes more than a dozen former Assistant United States Attorneys and Department of Justice attorneys with more than 200 years of combined experience as defense attorneys and prosecutors. Several of Goodwin Procter’s former prosecutors held positions of leadership and were recognized for outstanding achievement within the government, including:

  • Richard M. Strassberg – Chief of the Major Crimes Unit, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York; recipient of the Director’s Award for superior performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • David J. Apfel – recipient of the John Marshall Award from the Department of Justice for exceptional trial performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • Roberto M. Braceras – recipient of the Attorney General’s Special Achievement Award for superior performance as a Department of Justice Attorney
  • Michael R. Bromwich – Inspector General of the Department of Justice; recipient of a Director’s Award for superior performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney; recipient of the Edmund J. Randolph Award for outstanding service to the Department of Justice
  • Wayne A. Budd – Associate Attorney General of the United States (3rd-ranking position in the Department of Justice); United States Attorney, District of Massachusetts
  • Derek A. Cohen – Deputy Chief, Fraud Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice; Deputy Director, Deepwater Horizon Task Force; Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; recipient of the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service (highest award in the Department of Justice) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Director’s Award for Outstanding Criminal Investigation; Assistant District Attorney, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office
  • Gus P. Coldebella – Principal Deputy General Counsel and acting General Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; awarded the Secretary’s Outstanding Service Medal for his performance in those roles
  • John J. Falvey, Jr. – recipient of the Director’s Award for superior performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • Grant Fondo - Assistant U.S. Attorney, Criminal Division, in the Northern District of California
  • William J. Harrington – Assistant U.S. Attorney, Criminal Division, in the Southern District of New York, where he served as the Criminal Health Care Fraud Coordinator
  • John Moustakas – recipient of multiple Special Achievement Awards for superior performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • James C. Rehnquist – recipient of multiple Special Achievement Awards for superior performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • Joseph F. Savage, Jr. – Chief of the Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit, U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts; Senior Litigation Counsel, Southern District of West Virginia and District of Massachusetts; recipient of the Director’s Award for superior performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney

Goodwin Procter’s white collar lawyers have continued to distinguish themselves in private practice. Richard Strassberg, Paul Ware, David Apfel and Joseph Savage are named as leading experts in their fields by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Richard Strassberg has been named one of New York’s “Super Lawyers” and one of the “Best Lawyers” in New York. Joseph Savage, James Rehnquist, Jack Falvey, Roberto Braceras and David Apfel were named “Super Lawyers” in Boston Magazine in the areas of litigation, criminal defense and white collar crime. In 2004, Richard Strassberg received the Burton Award for legal scholarship for his analysis of the attorney-client privilege in white collar investigations. Our attorneys have authored many published articles in the area of white collar defense, and frequently instruct other defense attorneys as to best practices in the field. In addition, our attorneys have been recognized in International Who’s Who of Business Crime Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America.

Goodwin Procter’s White Collar Crime & Government Investigations Practice is national in scope. We have defended clients in jurisdictions from coast to coast and in several foreign countries, including the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Thailand, New Zealand and China. We have the resources, ability and dedication to aggressively defend clients anywhere in the United States and virtually anywhere in the world.

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