Our trial lawyers have extensive experience aggressively defending clients in high-profile cases against the government. Our criminal and regulatory practice is primarily cross-border, often involving simultaneous investigations by law enforcement authorities in several countries. We are one of the only firms with former U.S. prosecutors permanently stationed in offices in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Our trial lawyers have extensive experience aggressively defending clients in high-profile cases against the government. We are former government litigators with experience litigating disputes from both sides.
Our criminal and regulatory practice is primarily cross-border, often involving simultaneous investigations by law enforcement authorities in several countries. The team includes former U.S. prosecutors stationed not only in our U.S. offices, but throughout our offices in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. As a result, we have deep experience with international extradition, asylum and mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT) issues, as well as with the laws that most often arise in international criminal cases, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the Commodities Exchange Act (CEA), the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), antitrust/competition laws, and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Our team also handles matters involving forfeiture actions initiated as a result of alleged violations of economic sanctions regimes, including those arising out of the recent implementation of the previously suspended Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, among other statutes.
We are consistently ranked by Chambers & Partners for our white-collar crime and government investigations practice, which has noted that we are "a highly skilled, highly experienced and nimble group” with “an incredibly strong reputation in trial defense.” Our criminal law practice has also been described as “efficient, responsive, and effective” by The Legal 500, particularly in the areas of anti-corruption and compliance. Moreover, we were also recognized as “Trial Firm of the Year” by the publication Main Justice for our precedent-setting defensive strategies used against the U.S. government at trial.
Most of our engagements involve matters in which our client is the subject of significant public attention. We regularly coordinate with PR/crisis communications firms to provide our client with an integrated defense on both legal and reputational fronts.
We focus much of our work on the financial services, pharmaceutical, energy and defense contracting industries, among others, and have developed a deep reservoir of experience in substantive issues in these sectors.
Our lawyers are also skilled in dealing with most governmental and regulatory agencies, including:
Serving as special counsel, we have also provided advice on certain international aspects of cases brought by various non-U.S. regulators, including:
Representation of a Chicago-based proprietary trading firm, and its owner and principal trader, in connection with a potential enforcement action by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) concerning alleged "spoofing" and market manipulation.
Representation of Michael Coscia, a high-speed commodities trader, in post-conviction initiatives (including expected appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit) following his conviction at trial arising from allegations of commodities fraud and spoofing in futures markets. Mr. Coscia is the first individual ever charged under the federal criminal anti-spoofing statute.
Accounting, Securities and Tax Fraud:
Public Corruption/FCPA/Government Fraud:
Asset Forfeiture/Money Laundering:
International Extraditions/MLATs/Asylum Proceedings:
Representation of a judge from a country in the former Soviet Union in his application for asylum and withholding of removal based on persecution on account of political opinion, in addition to representing various other asylum-related matters involving a variety of countries including Bangladesh, Guinea, Honduras, Iran, El Salvador, Russia, Sudan, Ukraine and Venezuela.
Industrial Disasters/Product Liability:
Representation of American Renal Associates, a publicly traded nationwide dialysis provider, in a suit by United Healthcare, the nation’s largest insurer, related to allegations of a fraudulent scheme to improperly enroll patients on United’s insurance policies and submit inflated bills for dialysis treatments provided in Florida and Ohio clinics.
Representation of the Board of Directors of a holding company for a large U.S.-based physician’s group in response to investigations by the DOJ and the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which includes an internal review of the conduct under investigation, providing counsel on options for response, and interfacing with government enforcement officials as the investigations develop further.
Representation of a prominent Florida doctor in a high-profile criminal case regarding an allegedly massive scheme to defraud the Medicare system. Mr. Menchel was brought in as special litigation counsel to lead the trial over the government’s claims that the client submitted fraudulent billings to Medicare.