Even for those experienced in retaining and dealing with civil counsel, the “white collar” world can be daunting.
“Am I a witness, subject or target – and what do those terms mean?” “What’s a grand jury subpoena?” “Must I really assert my Fifth Amendment privilege? And ask for immunity?” “Why on earth did the government serve a search warrant on our business?” “When will our seized records be returned?” “Will I be charged?” “Will I be arrested?” “Will I be released pending trial?” “If my company is convicted, will we be debarred, and how will it affect our business?” “How could this affect my professional license?” “Can I cooperate?” “Are others being asked to cooperate against me?”
Our criminal attorneys are seasoned veterans of District Attorney’s Offices in two California counties, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, and the U.S. Department of Justice. We know how law enforcement thinks. We know how the prosecution thinks. And we know how to position you to best advantage in cases that often involve multiple targets/defendants – all while keeping in mind the collateral consequences of a criminal investigation.
Representative Federal Matters:
- Defense of allegations of mail, wire, and securities fraud.
- Defense of former CFO in a multi-district healthcare fraud grand jury investigation that resulted in a $1 billion (civil) corporate fine.
- Acquittal of former officer of company after trial for securities fraud.
- Persuading prosecutors not to file charges against the owner of recycling firm, after accusations by industry competitors prompted FBI fraud investigation and search warrants.
- Securing non-custody sentence for client who pleaded guilty in multi-million dollar bank fraud scheme.
- Successfully avoided criminal charges for numerous clients based on cooperation and/or positioning with other civil regulatory agencies.
- Representation of law firm in federal criminal investigation regarding anti-kickback statutes.
- Securing post-indictment diversion (involving no jail time) and dismissal for small business owner charged with conspiracy to transport stolen goods.
- Representation of eighteen Chief Engineers employed by a Taiwanese ship owner, in a multi-district prosecution under the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. (No clients were ultimately prosecuted, though the company was convicted, and paid fines in excess of $25 million.)
- Defense of ship’s owners/managers in regard to the “allision” of the M.V. Cosco Busan with the Oakland Bay Bridge.
- Convincing federal authorities not to prosecute spouse of man convicted of selling counterfeit department store coupons.
- Representing witnesses in various matters before federal grand juries.
- Defense of charges of making Internet threats against a former U.S. presidential candidate. (Client received probation, with mental health monitoring conditions.)
- Represented individual and entity in connection with IRS and US Attorney investigation into under-reported income over several years.
- Representation of company employees for grand jury and trial testimony regarding alleged corporate violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, in the second FCPA case to ever go to trial in the Central District of California. (The case was dismissed, despite a “guilty” verdict, on Judge Matz’s finding of “pervasive” prosecutorial misconduct.)
- Defense of charges arising from what was then the largest fine ever levied by the Federal Election Commission. (Client received probation in the related criminal case.)
- Defense of client in extradition proceedings, brought at the request of the government of South Korea, in regard to a securities fraud investigation involving a business owner who later became that country’s president. (Case received both national and local media attention, including extensive coverage in the Los Angeles Times, and a cover story in the Los Angeles Daily Journal.)
- Defense of alleged violations of federal environmental laws including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.
- Defense of foreign extradition requests.
Representative State Matters:
- Defense of alleged criminal violations of Cal-OSHA regulations, and related statutes, in workplace fatalities.
- Defense of alleged criminal violations of state environmental laws.
- Defense of healthcare and other professionals accused of crimes that could jeopardize their professional licenses.
- Defense of allegations of fire and safety code allegations against operators of skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.
- Representing witnesses in campaign finance investigations before the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission and the California Fair Political Practices Commission.
- Defense of conspiracy and insurance fraud charges against one of the alleged leaders of a staged-accident scheme.
- Defense of embezzlement charges against a producer of a major motion picture; charges eventually dismissed. (Case covered on front page of Los Angeles Times Metro Section.)
- Defense of criminal copyright and trademark infringement (counterfeit goods) allegations.
- Defense of felony charges against the former president of a Los Angeles Unified School District plumbing supplies vendor for allegedly aiding and abetting embezzlement of over $13 million by a district employee (who committed suicide prior to being charged). (Reduced to a misdemeanor — and then dismissed, after the client paid $3.1 million in restitution, and served 25 weekends in city jail.) (Case made front page of Section 2 of the Orange County Register.)
- Representation of a private investigator contesting the search and seizure of privileged client electronic records and data under color of search warrants, and seeking return of property, in a public corruption investigation. (Local media coverage in San Bernardino County.)
- Defense of doctor accused of criminal misfeasance in his prescribing opiates and other drugs to a high-profile actress prior to her death.