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White Collar Litigation and Investigations

White Collar Litigation and Investigations

LEADERSHIP: Michael A. Schwartz

Pepper Hamilton’s White Collar Litigation & Investigations team includes a highly skilled group of former federal and state prosecutors, and experienced corporate counsel.

This team brings unparalleled expertise and judgment to legal representation in these areas:

  • White Collar Defense and Regulatory Enforcement
  • Corporate Investigations
  • Business Integrity, Compliance and Ethics
  • Monitorships

White Collar Defense

We represent clients facing investigation or prosecution by federal, state and local authorities, including the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Attorneys’ offices, state attorneys general and Congressional oversight committees. We have defended clients in high-profile investigations and enforcement actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), DOJ Antitrust division, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG) and its Office of Human Research Protections, state departments of health and state Medicaid fraud control units, and numerous other agencies in sensitive criminal and civil investigations. Our broad and deep experience in the representation of clients facing parallel civil and criminal investigations results in a well-coordinated team of specialists able to defend clients on all fronts.

Corporate Investigations

We conduct internal investigations for our clients. We frequently counsel clients long before government action, including regulatory counseling on industry risk areas. Pepper has negotiated many declinations of prosecutions, based on thorough investigations that address the government’s concerns. Pepper knows how prosecutors, investigators and regulators approach industry-specific legal and regulatory issues, which informs our judgment and ability to effectively investigate on behalf of our clients. We handle the most complex and sensitive investigations, anywhere on the globe. Such investigations can include those related to criminal investigations or other misconduct that has occurred in an organization, including, where appropriate, forensic reviews and asset recovery services.

Business Integrity, Compliance, and Ethics

Whether wrongdoing is suspected or not, all businesses in today’s legal environment need effective compliance programs that set the standards the organization and its employees must meet, and monitor the organization’s efforts to do so. Ensuring business integrity has never been more important, as multinational companies face new and complex challenges to operating lawfully and ethically in today’s global economy. We are experienced in designing and implementing effective internal compliance programs in a variety of industries and jurisdictions. Such programs are designed to fit specific regulatory or industry standards (such as health care or antitrust), and include training tools to help educate employees, and audit procedures to help measure compliance. We also conduct due diligence reviews of international business partners, and counsel on steps clients can take to ensure maximum protection, including helping businesses considering mergers and acquisitions to assess and protect against corruption and other risks to integrity.


We are experienced and capable in serving as monitors of organizations that are subject to a government consent decree or court order requiring oversight of their compliance efforts. The lawyers at Pepper are highly experienced in investigating, evaluating and monitoring effective remedial actions and internal controls following allegations of illegal activity or other improper conduct.

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