Morrison & Foerster provides representation to corporations, board committees, and individuals facing government investigations and criminal charges, and has been selected as counsel on many of the highest-profile white‑collar defense matters in the past decade.
We represent clients in all stages of federal and state criminal proceedings, and in related regulatory investigations, including grand jury, SEC, congressional and state legislative committees, criminal trials, and appeals, as well as foreign enforcement and investigatory agencies. In many of these matters, our firm represents the client in parallel proceedings, often including simultaneous internal investigations, SEC and federal criminal investigations, and related civil litigation, such as securities class actions and derivative suits.
Past cases have covered such areas as antitrust, banking, bribery, campaign finance, customs, economic espionage, energy, the False Claims Act, false statements to the government, health care, mail and wire fraud, money laundering, RICO, securities, tax, and trade secrets.
We frequently represent corporations, senior executives, board members, and public officials in the U.S. and abroad. Our clients are in almost every business sector, including pharmaceuticals, health care, transportation, energy and natural resources, computer hardware and software, telecommunications, financial services, and consumer products. Many of our cases have been resolved through successful out-of-court advocacy and negotiation with authorities, thus keeping our clients out of the spotlight.
We have the experience, resources, and global presence necessary to meet our primary objective for each client: to obtain the most favorable outcome quickly and efficiently, with minimal impact on our client’s business and reputation. Our group includes more than a dozen former prosecutors, as well as former SEC enforcement attorneys, prominent partners with decades of experience, and current Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers and American Board of Trial Advocates.
We are the only law firm in the world with two former managers of the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section’s FCPA Unit: the former Deputy Chief of the FCPA Unit, who was in charge of all of DOJ’s FCPA investigations and resolutions in the United States and was one of the principal authors of the widely acclaimed publication A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; and a former Assistant Chief of the FCPA Unit, who tried two landmark FCPA-related cases and was later promoted to Senior Deputy Chief, the Fraud Section’s third-ranking official.
Our team’s strength comes from its unmatched experience and diversity, bringing together nationally recognized trial attorneys, former federal prosecutors and regulators, privacy experts, international trade specialists, government contracting lawyers, and an in-house forensic accounting director who is both a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner. Because of the breadth and depth of our team, we are consistently able to tailor our resources to effectively and efficiently address client needs, whether that client is a large multinational corporation or an individual business executive or board member. With experience on both sides of the courtroom, we have the expertise to defend clients against criminal charges, navigate quietly through a government investigation, negotiate complex global settlements, and represent clients in parallel proceedings.
Chambers USA 2017 National: FCPA National: General Commercial Litigation California: Securities Litigation California: General Commercial Litigation New York: General Commercial Litigation New York: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
Legal 500 US 2017 National: Securities Litigation Defense National: Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense
Legal 500 UK 2017 Fraud: Civil Fraud: White-Collar CrimeCorporate Crime (including fraud, bribery, and corruption) Commercial Litigation
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2017 National: Financial Services Regulation Law (Tier 1) National: Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) (Tier 1) National: Litigation - Securities (Tier 1) National: Securities Regulation (Tier 1) National: Litigation - Mergers & Acquisitions (Tier 3) Los Angeles: Litigation - Securities (Tier 1) Los Angeles: Securities Regulation (Tier 1) New York: Criminal Defense: White-Collar (Tier 1) New York: Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) (Tier 1) New York: Litigation – Securities (Tier 1) San Francisco: Corporate Compliance Law (Tier 1) San Francisco: Criminal Defense: White-Collar (Tier 1) San Francisco: Litigation – Securities (Tier 1)
Global Investigations Review 2017GIR 100: World’s Leading Investigations Practice
Ethisphere Institute Six of our attorneys have been named “Attorneys Who Matter,” an honor that recognizes attorneys who have significantly advanced the cause of corporate compliance and ethics.
BTI Litigation Outlook 2015 Standout: Securities and Finance Litigation
FT's 2014 U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report Commended for Securities Litigation
Law360 2013 White Collar Practice Group of the Year
Here is what they say about us:
A client says: “They have really been a great strategic partner for us, they have gone above and beyond.” – Chambers USA 2017
Sources reveal: “They combine intellectual firepower with a tremendous investigative and analytical ability, and they are brilliant on the tactical and strategic level.”– Chambers USA 2017
“diligent and experienced” – Legal 500 2017
2013 White Collar Practice Group of the Year
“Offers a broad range of representation in corporate criminal defense and government investigations. Combines notable trial experience with significant regulatory expertise when handling domestic and international proceedings.” (Chambers USA 2015)
“The firm is excellent. They provide the hard advice, but also manage complex global investigations seamlessly.” (Chambers USA 2015)
Read our “Data privacy and transfer in cross-border investigations” chapter first published in GIR’s The Investigations Review of the Americas 2018.
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