Bill Athanas represents companies and individuals in all facets of government investigations, including grand jury investigations and other government enforcement actions. He focuses a significant amount of his practice on pre-indictment advocacy which includes providing vital factual context and legal argument on behalf of his clients in order to avoid charges ever being filed. Over the course of his career, Bill has helped numerous individuals - including several formally identified as "targets" - avoid prosecution entirely.
Bill's clients include those accused of federal crimes, facing SEC enforcement actions, as well as healthcare providers confronting False Claims Act investigations and lawsuits. He also assists witnesses called to testify in federal and state grand jury investigations, and companies subpoenaed to produce documents in ongoing investigations. Whether as part of ongoing government inquiries or otherwise, Bill also regularly conducts internal investigations on behalf of clients in the healthcare, manufacturing and financial services industries.
In counseling clients, Bill draws on almost twenty-five years' experience handling complex white-collar criminal matters - both as a federal prosecutor and defense counsel - to provide an insider's perspective on the range of issues presented whether individuals and companies find themselves in the government's sights or are simply drawn into investigations as witnesses. He has tried over twenty cases to verdict, including fifteen in federal court, and represented scores of individuals and companies facing government inquiries.
In addition to the experience outlined above, Bill's in-depth knowledge of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enables him to counsel clients engaged in international business on anti-corruption issues. His experience in this area includes advising companies operating in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, gaming, pharmaceutical, automotive, apparel, resource extraction and professional sports. As part of this work, he regularly provides training for key employees, creates and enhances anti-corruption policies and protocols, conducts internal investigations and provides day-to-day advice and counsel as FCPA issues arise.
From individuals facing federal criminal charges to healthcare companies, manufacturers and financial institutions facing government inquiries, clients appreciate Bill's capacity to fully comprehend their issues and help them navigate high-stakes investigation and enforcement actions.
Secured a non-prosecution agreement for an individual in an investigation conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York which produced a major securities fraud indictment.
Defending a group of employees against a federal RICO suit filed by a manufacturer of blood glucose test strips.
Currently defending Onis “Trey” Glenn, the former presidentially appointed Region 4 Administrator for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, in defense of alleged violations of the Alabama Ethics Act.
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