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Government Investigations

Businesses and individuals increasingly find themselves the subject of criminal and civil government investigations and enforcement. Waller's attorneys have a successful track record of devising strategies aimed at protecting clients, including working to minimize or completely avoid penalties, publicity and disruptions to business in an efficient, cost-effective manner.

Our attorneys are increasingly engaged by public and private companies, boards of directors and individuals regarding a range of government actions. Our approach is based on client objectives - whether settling matters in the board room or contesting them in court. Our team, which includes former federal prosecutors, has the experience necessary to obtain favorable results for our clients.

Our team has experience in:

  • Conducting sensitive internal investigations and advising on corporate compliance officers
  • Assisting clients with voluntary disclosures to the Department of Justice, HHS-OIG and other regulators
  • Advising clients in responding to high stakes and non-routine regulatory enquires and congressional investigations
  • Defending clients accused of healthcare fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations, False Claims Act (FCA) violations, environmental crimes, criminal antitrust violations, public corruption, and securities and commodities fraud  

False Claims Act (FCA) Defense

When confronted with allegations of fraud or false claims, whether from a whistleblower or government agency, clients rely on our team of investigative attorneys to provide aggressive advocacy. In this complex and dynamic practice area, Waller's attorneys are up-to-date on the evolving legal and regulatory changes that can mean the difference between a successful outcome and a significant loss.

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act can turn a trivial payment to a foreign official in exchange for securing a competitive business advantage into an illegal act. We know from experience on both sides where to draw that line and how to help clients develop proactive compliance solutions designed to mitigate FCPA risks, investigate potential violations and implement strategies for remediation.

Internal Investigations

Waller's team guides clients through internal investigations to determine potential exposure, reduce costs and collateral damage, restore investor confidence, and avoid or limit government sanctions. Our attorneys have conducted scores of internal investigations across a range of industries, including healthcare, financial services, manufacturing and defense contracting. We recognize the need to move quickly and aggressively to identify problems and root causes, and to help fashion solutions that prevent recurrence of disruptions.

White Collar Defense

The federal government has a renewed focus on individual liability, culminating in the Yates memo, which prioritizes the prosecution of individuals. Waller's core team of former federal prosecutors and attorneys with experience handling criminal matters is frequently called upon to help individuals under investigation by the DOJ and federal investigative agencies, and to proactively work with companies to navigate the obligations the Yates memo imposes. In addition, our team regularly handles enforcement actions and investigations run by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or Attorneys General nationwide. 


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