Facilitated and ensured City cooperation with federal investigations, including for U.S. v. Sorich and U.S. v. Sanchez Shakman/patronage cases and Operation Crooked Code bribery cases
Grand Jury Investigations
Grand Jury investigations have unique perils and potential risks that are best addressed by lawyers with that specific experience. Clark Hill attorneys have significant experience in grand jury investigation matters.
From the production of documents through the testimony of witnesses at hearings, we understand the significance and importance of each stage of a grand jury investigation. Our attorneys understand the nature and behavior of grand juries, and can effectively prepare clients for each stage of an investigation.
The appearance of federal agents at a client's place of business can be one of the most stressful and life-altering moments in the lifespan of a business. Our qualified team can help you through this very daunting initial phase of a white-collar criminal investigation.
Oftentimes, how the client and their attorneys react during the primary phase of an investigation will either positively or adversely affect the outcome of the case. Most mistakes that undermine a case are made at this stage, as emotions are high, and clients typically react in an atypical manner.
Our team of former federal prosecutors and agents guide clients through the critical first steps of an investigation, which will ultimately help you with the final results of your case.
Similar to reacting to federal agents, we know a client will not react favorably to being served with a search warrant. The language can be overwhelming, at least, and oftentimes is terrifying for a client who has probably never been in legal trouble prior.
That’s why it’s important to have an attorney already identified in case you were ever to come under investigation.
Our attorneys help clients understand the nuanced language contained in a warrant, where you need to take immediate action, and what can wait. We also help clients to effectively and appropriately work with federal agents when they are on site at their place of business.
Oversaw major employee qualification audit arising out of municipal patronage hiring.
Assisted several individuals seeking presidential pardons.
Represented an international corporation in a U.S. Customs and Border Protection investigation and enforcement proceeding concerning classification and valuation of imported products, and a U.S. Customs and Border Protection investigation concerning NAFTA compliance issues.
Represented an individual seeking a Rule 35 sentence reduction.
Represented a not-for-profit corporation that provides auditing and accreditation to media ratings services in matters relating to ongoing Congressional inquiries relating to rating services.
Represented a large, northwest utility company in multiple FERC investigations concerning allegations of energy price manipulation relating to Enron.
Served as counsel to the Audit Committee of a publicly-traded insurance company and conducted several investigations on behalf of the Audit Committee.
Represented an individual in SEC v. Concorde America, et al., (SD Fla.), as well as in a parallel grand jury investigation being conducted in the Western District of North Carolina. Negotiated settlement with SEC and plea agreement with U.S. Attorney.
Represented a high-ranking official of an International Union in a grand jury investigation concerning alleged union corruption and related criminal statutes.
Represented a national corporation in grand jury investigation of alleged violations of the Export Control Act.
Represented a top claims management services corporation in a federal grand jury investigation of alleged public corruption.
Represented a Chinese corporation in a parallel criminal and civil investigation by Department of Justice and Department of Commerce concerning alleged violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and Export Administration Regulations.
Represented a Mexican national in a FCPA investigation.
Represented an international corporation in a matter relating illegal payments to union officials, including conducting an internal investigation for the client, and self-reporting to the Department of Justice.
Represented a national corporation and certain officers in a criminal export control Act investigation.
Represented a top four U.S. insurance company in a federal grand jury public corruption investigation.
State of New York v. Miguel Diaz, Conducted grand jury corruption investigation of Community School Boards in Bronx County resulting in Mr. Diaz’s conviction for bribery and attempted larceny for demanding payments from individuals seeking promotions. In addition to Mr. Diaz, three other school board members were convicted of larceny, bribery, and defrauding the government.
Served as counsel to board of directors of regional financial institution and conducted an internal investigation concerning mortgage valuations.
Conducted internal investigation for management of major regional financial institution regarding allegations relating to mortgage broker payments and related issues.
Represented former WorldCom director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee throughout investigations by the DOJ and SEC, as well as in internal investigations.
Represented the President and officers of an Investment Company in parallel grand jury and SEC civil investigations.
Represented an accountant and his firm in a grand jury investigation of U.S. Congressman.
Represented two partners and their law firm in investigations by the Department of Justice and Railroad Retirement Board.
SEC v. Bluestone, et al., Civil enforcement action brought against five partners of a Detroit, Michigan law firm for insider trading. The defendants sold shares in Zenith Laboratories, Inc., based on non-public information obtained from one of their law partners who was a member of the Zenith Board of Directors.
Wedtech Corruption Investigation, Public corruption investigation of the Wedtech Corporation that resulted in the convictions of more than 30 individuals. Member of the prosecution trial team in the trial of United States v. Biaggi, et al., (S.D.N.Y.). The trial resulted in the conviction of Congressman Mario Biaggi, Bronx Borough President Stanley Simon, SBA Regional Administrator Peter J. Neglia, National Guard General Bernard Erlich, and Richard Biaggi, for RICO, RICO conspiracy, extortion, mail fraud, tax evasion, and perjury.
United States v. DeFries, et al., the first successful criminal RICO prosecution of the governing body of a labor organization, which resulted in the conviction of 18 officials of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association (MEBA), for RICO, RICO conspiracy, embezzlement, extortion, and mail fraud.
United States v. Pirollo, et al., investigation and prosecution of 23 defendants for narcotics trafficking, participating in a continuing criminal enterprise and related charges in a large-scale methamphetamine manufacturing and distribution organization.
United States v. Bessant, et. al., investigation of four individuals concerning the valueless off-shore reinsurance companies used by the defendants in Teale, to assume reinsurance risk in exchange; these individuals received a percentage of the premiums earned knowing that the off-shore companies would not have the financial resources to pay claims. Among the individuals convicted were Dallas Bessant (RICO Conspiracy), Jerry Tidmore (RICO Conspiracy), Robert Campbell (RICO Conspiracy), and Matthew Bonar (wire fraud).
United States v. Rennert, et al., investigation of a complex market manipulation scheme between a stock rental firm and numerous off-shore reinsurance companies that had booked manipulated stock on their financial statements resulting in the conviction of seven defendants for conspiracy, securities, and wire fraud
United States v. Teale, et al., RICO investigation and prosecution of two defendants for operating an international fraudulent network of reinsurance companies and related insurance service companies. Defendants diverted millions in reinsurance premiums through sham contracts concealing the diversion by obtaining falsely inflated securities that were used as collateral for reinsurance contracts.
United States v. Hvide Marine and United States v. William Coleman, both were investigations and prosecutions of illegal payments to a union official in violation of the Taft-Hartley Act.
Represented an investment advisor to a $1.3 billion investment fund specializing in Russian investments in potential civil RICO action against a multinational energy company and several Russian enterprises. The claim was ultimately settled before filing of the complaint.
Counseled the Audit Committee of an international energy company regarding Sarbanes-Oxley compliance issues
Provided advice and counsel to the CFO of a small, publicly-traded company concerning Sarbanes-Oxley issues.
Provided advice and counsel to the Chairman of the Board of a Pacific Northwest financial institution concerning an investigation by the Federal Home Loan Bank Board.
Represented an investment adviser in an SEC investigation concerning alleged violations under registration requirements of the Investment Advisers Act.
Represented a third party processor in a grand jury investigation concerning alleged violations of the money laundering and money transmitting business statutes.
Represented a regional financial institution, its board of directors and certain officers and employees in an ongoing federal grand jury money laundering and BSA investigation and related regulatory matters. None of the individuals were criminally charged.
Represented a digital currency issuer and related entities in a civil forfeiture proceeding.
Represented a multi-billion bank in a grand jury investigation concerning allegations of fraud relating to a Department of Agriculture loan guarantee program.
Counseled management of a multi-billion bank on handling severe bank regulatory issues, potential criminal investigation and a special committee investigation.
Served as counsel for the management of a public Midwestern financial institution in connection with investigations by a federal grand jury, several regulatory agencies and audit committee investigations.
Represented a third-party processor in a DOJ civil investigation and an FTC investigation concerning misleading sales practices.
White Collar Criminal Defense/Internal Investigations - Conducted corporate internal investigations on behalf of audit committees of boards of directors of publicly-traded corporations and insurance companies.