Government Investigations / Criminal Defense

Chaffe McCall’s Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense Group represents individuals and corporations that are under federal, state, or foreign investigation, and/or have been charged with criminal violations. The group can also assists corporations with internal investigations, risk assessments, and creation of corporate compliance programs, especially corruption and money laundering risk due diligence programs.

Companies and individuals who find themselves under investigation for, or charged with, a criminal offense are best served by counsel who has extensive experience with domestic and foreign criminal prosecutions.  Our relationships with Government agencies and our knowledge of government enforcement priorities, methods, and techniques affords us unique insights for our clients. Our lawyers are frequent speakers and commentators who have published articles on criminal law topics such as:

  • FCPA
  • Maritime criminal law
  • Environmental criminal law
  • Jury selection
  • Anti-corruption strategies

Our accomplished trial lawyers have successfully tried and won high-profile criminal cases in state and federal courts.  They have litigated a wide range of cases, including:

  • Environmental crimes
  • Health care violations
  • Tax fraud
  • Government program fraud
  • Maritime and export violations
  • Qui tam
  • Money laundering and RICO

Chaffe McCall’s Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense group is led by the former First Assistant and Chief of the Criminal Division of the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The group also includes a former United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas,  a former DOJ Organized Crime Strike Force Chief and former DOJ Legal Attaché in five foreign countries. Other members of the group includes the former Chief Judge for Orleans Parish District Criminal Court, and an experienced commercial fraud litigator with extensive criminal defense experience.

Our  lawyers have conducted internal assessments and investigations involving countries in Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa, and conducted numerous top-to-bottom reviews of corporate compliance programs.We routinely assist clients in the U.S. and worldwide with interviews by government agents, government subpoenas, administrative inquiries, grand jury investigations, criminal trials, and criminal appeals.

Expanding business opportunities throughout the world  that are being pursued by U.S. companies and individuals have exponentially increased the chances of Americans getting caught up in DOJ/SEC and foreign criminal investigations.  Our team has the requisite foreign legal and cultural experience to extricate clients from overwhelming and complex international scenarios. Our lawyers frequently collaborate with local counsel on anti-corruption, fraud, and other compliance matters in numerous non-US jurisdictions. Members of our group can quickly travel anywhere in the United States or the world to employ the right strategy to resolve a criminal or civil problem, ideally within the critical first few days of inception.

Featured News

  • DRI Free CLE Webinar and Networking event: March 9, 2017

    Please join Chaffe McCall’s Appellate Section as it hosts DRI’s Appellate Advocacy Committee’s first Free National Webcast and Networking Event Appellate Counsel at Trial: Protecting the Record and Putting Your Best Foot Forward Free CLE Webcast and Networking Reception WHEN Thursday, March…More»

  • The O.W. Bankruptcy and The Resulting Legal Issues

    Chaffe McCall’s Admiralty and Maritime member, Ifigeneia Xanthopoulou, recently published an article entitled “THE O.W. BANKRUPTCY AND THE RESULTING LEGAL ISSUES” in the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal.  The piece was published in the Fall 2016, Volume 52,…More»

  • Attorneys Provide Pro Bono Legal Services at Harry Tompson Rebuild Center

    Six Chaffe McCall Attorneys Provide January Pro Bono Legal Services at New Orleans’ Harry Tompson Rebuild Center   In a profession defined by billable hours, the Chaffe McCall law firm also prioritizes philanthropy, kicking off 2017 by providing pro bono…More»

  • Attorneys selected for Inclusion in 2017 Super Lawyers

    New Orleans, LA, (December 23, 2016) –  Chaffe McCall announces that 24 of its attorneys are included in the 2017 Super Lawyers list for Louisiana. Only five percent of attorneys in each state are chosen to receive this distinction. Super…More»