The White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group defends businesses, senior executives, public officials and other individuals in a wide range of investigations and prosecutions. The group is composed of over 100 lawyers practicing across our U.S. and international offices and draws on the expertise of more than 75 of its members with extensive government experience. In its 2016 Litigation Department of the Year competition
The American Lawyer named our firm the winner in the White Collar/Regulatory category, noting that "[c]lients routinely describe lawyers at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in superlatives," such as "'[s]trategic thinkers,' 'creative,' 'tenacious' and 'responsive.'" The publication called our appellate work in these areas "exceptional" and "involving areas where there was little law on the books."
Many cases involve simultaneous criminal, civil and regulatory actions arising out of the same events. To handle them, Gibson Dunn's White Collar group draws on the full range of our skills and resources, collaborating with lawyers in other practice groups, allowing us to work with clients in almost every business sector in a wide array of substantive areas that includes:
- Anti-money laundering
- Computer and intellectual property crimes
- Environmental violations and compliance
- Export/import violations
- U.S. False Claims Act
- U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and U.K. Bribery Act
- Health care fraud
- Privacy and cybersecurity
- Procurement fraud
- Securities, financial institution and accounting fraud
- Tax offenses
Our areas of service include:
- Representation in grand jury and other government investigations
- U.S. federal and state trials
- Criminal appeals
- Internal investigations
- Representation in U.S. congressional and other legislative investigations
- Regulatory defense
- Compliance and internal-controls reviews and audits
The White Collar Defense and Investigations group includes numerous former U.S. federal and state prosecutors and officials, many of whom served at high levels within the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other key investigative and prosecutorial arms of the government. Our lawyers use firsthand knowledge of how government agencies conduct investigations and prosecutions to assist our clients in navigating those processes successfully.
Our White Collar group teams with Gibson Dunn's Crisis Management Practice to provide coordinated and efficient advice. The right response to a crisis requires a cohesive team equipped to immediately respond in an organized and strategic manner on multiple fronts, before issues become framed and fixed in the public mind. This requires interacting immediately and simultaneously with federal and local prosecutors, regulatory agencies, concerned investors and directors, the private plaintiffs' bar, congressional investigators and the media.
Gibson Dunn's lawyers always prepare for "x factors" that inevitably arise in such high-stakes and high-profile matters. We give legal and strategic advice for responding to crises both inside and outside the courtroom, and we have substantial experience operating in the public relations arena — a skill that has become essential to resolving the most serious and fast-moving white-collar legal challenges.