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 DOJ Organized Crime Strike Force Chief and former DOJ Legal Attaché in five foreign countries and the former Chief Judge for Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.  The group also includes experienced commercial fraud litigators 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.

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