Compliance, Investigations, and White Collar Defense

Individuals and businesses today routinely face scrutiny from federal and state government enforcement agencies, whistleblowers and aggressive plaintiffs’ counsel. Clients must be able to call on experienced legal advisors who can help them respond to investigations and defend criminal charges and parallel proceedings, both foreign and domestic.

Taft's Compliance, Investigations, and White Collar defense team, which includes many former government enforcement officials, has a depth of experience that is national in scope and prominence and unique among Midwest law firms. Taft’s clients benefit from our extensive expertise defending companies and individuals against allegations relating to federal and state governmental oversight and other areas of white collar crime.

Although we believe our best work is done when nobody sets foot in a courtroom — when we dissuade prosecutors from pursuing criminal charges — our veteran team has extensive first-chair trial experience in complex white collar cases across the United States, consistently earning recognition from clients, peers and opposing counsel. Our wealth of experience, paired with our strong values and commitment to pursuing the best result for our clients, translates into a proven and time-tested formula for success. 

We have represented clients in enforcement actions and investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Internal Revenue Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, states’ attorneys general, and numerous federal and state regulatory and disciplinary agencies.

Our representations include work on all phases of criminal matters — from investigations, trials, sentencings, and appeals — and any related disciplinary or regulatory proceedings. We also handle internal investigations and routinely assist clients with reviews and audits, corporate compliance initiatives and training.

Our team routinely handles:

  • Internal investigations.
  • Grand jury investigations.
  • Federal and state trials.
  • Corporate compliance programs.
  • Regulatory defense matters.
  • Criminal appeals.
  • FCPA investigations and audits.
  • PPP investigations.
  • Training programs.
  • Regulatory agency enforcement investigations and actions.
  • Controls reviews and audits.

Our team is repeatedly recognized by Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business. The guide stated that Taft "maintains a prominent team of litigators who have extensive experience in investigations involving tax and embezzlement. The team frequently represents defendants in criminal cases relating to allegations of bribery and fraud. An interviewee notes that the team is 'terrific in complicated criminal cases.'"

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