White Collar Litigation and Investigations

LEADERSHIP: Michael A. Schwartz

White Collar Defense

  • currently representing a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer in criminal and civil investigations by a U.S. Attorney’s Office relating to the manufacturing quality of certain products and whether the company complied with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs), following highly publicized product recalls and national media attention. 
  • obtained a declination of prosecution by a U.S. Attorney's office of a leading health insurance company following an investigation into its billing practices related to Medicare regulations.
  • represented a government contractor in criminal and civil investigations related to allegations involving the company's contracts to supply the U.S. military.
  • defended a diversified holding company and its chairman in three-year SEC investigation
  • obtained defense verdict on behalf of former CFO in trial against claims of accounting fraud brought by the SEC
  • represented a medical device company in a FINRA and SEC inquiry into insider trading; no charges filed
  • represented numerous payment processors and lenders in probe by Department of Justice, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, state Attorneys General, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and other agencies involving allegations of consumer fraud.

Corporate Investigations

  • conducted an internal investigation on behalf of an international defense and aerospace company related to allegations of improper payments to procurement officials in certain countries.  Pepper also is representing this client before the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with this matter.
  • conducted internal investigations for and defended financial services firms regarding the conduct of merchant banking business and other issues
  • conducted internal investigations for domestic and international companies regarding alleged fraudulent billings and embezzlements
  • conducted internal investigations for hospitals and doctors of drug diversion activities and coordinated cooperation with police and prosecutors
  • conducted internal investigations for colleges/universities and advised on numerous compliance issues.

 Business Integrity

  • advised international industrial and financial institutions in OFAC compliance and related regulatory issues
  • currently advising a multinational agribusiness on anti-corruption compliance issues in Brazil
  • engaged in FCPA investigations and due diligence reviews for international companies facing compliance issues
  • supervised an internal investigation for a pharmaceutical company on an international data security issue involving alleged infiltration of company data by Russian organized crime, and helped implement revisions to the company’s compliance program
  • conducted compliance reviews and risk assessment analysis for multinational companies operating in Latin America and Europe


  • currently serving as integrity monitor for the New York City Department of Investigation in connection with the Build it Back Program, which is a federally funded program designed to assist New Yorkers whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy
  • assisted Louis Freeh, as the court-appointed Special Master investigating alleged misconduct in operations of the multibillion-dollar settlement fund for economic claims related to the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in taking steps to enhance the integrity of the claims process and review paid claims for potential fraud.
  • counsel to Mr. Freeh as court-appointed monitor reviewing FCPA compliance issues in the global operations of a Fortune 100 company subject to a Department of Justice consent decree.