Ms. Pinciak-Madden has represented both corporations and individuals in connection with federal criminal investigations involving bribery, public corruption, bid rigging, and fraud, and has counseled clients in connection with corporate internal investigations. 

  • She has extensive experience dealing with federal law enforcement authorities, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and has participated in the negotiation of settlements with the Department of Justice. 
  • She has counseled corporations on the development and implementation of corporate compliance programs, with particular emphasis on anti-corruption and anti-bribery measures, and has worked with corporations to design and develop code of conduct provisions dealing with the conduct of ethical business practices. 
  • Ms. Pinciak-Madden is the co-author of a manual titled A 50-State Guide to the Laws Governing Gifts to State and Local Government Officials and Employees, which was prepared to assist clients with monitoring compliance with applicable gratuity laws, and co-authored an article titled “Compelling Private Company Employee Information: The Use of National Security Letters Under 18 U.S.C. Section 2709, which provides guidance to in-house and outside counsel on responding to National Security Letters under the USA Patriot Act. 
  • Ms. Pinciak-Madden has also represented both corporate and individual clients in a broad range of complex civil disputes in state and federal court.

Ms. Pinciak-Madden’s pro bono practice has included the representation of individuals in criminal and civil appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

  • She also assisted in drafting the briefs in Clay v. United States, 537 U.S. 522 (2003), a case involving a collateral attack on a federal sentence and in which Washington, DC Partner David Debruin was appointed by the United States Supreme Court to argue and defend the judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
  • Most recently, Ms. Pinciak-Madden represented a federal criminal defendant in connection with a resentencing hearing in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Ms. Pinciak-Madden’s client, who was originally sentenced to life imprisonment, received a sentence of 156 months’ imprisonment on resentencing. 
  • Ms. Pinciak-Madden has served as a member of the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee for the past several years and routinely provides guidance to her fellow lawyers on pro bono matters involving the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, appeals before the Seventh Circuit, petitions for a writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. Section 2254, and motions to vacate a federal sentence under 28 U.S.C. Section 2255.