Jenner & Block

Investigations, Compliance and Defense

For more than 60 years, we have represented individuals and corporations in complex criminal prosecutions and internal investigations. Our lawyers have tried hundreds of jury and bench trials to verdict and conducted countless investigations of potential wrongdoing. Our practice is well known for having completed the largest internal investigation in US history, representing the court-appointed examiner in the Lehman Brothers Holdings bankruptcy, among other notable matters.

Our practice includes two former United States attorneys; 11 former assistant US attorneys and several former supervisors of US attorney’s offices; and the former head of the Criminal Division of the New York Attorney General’s office.

We represent individuals and businesses in criminal prosecutions, grand jury investigations, extradition proceedings and civil enforcement actions brought by state and federal agencies, including the Securities Exchange Commission.  Our high level of credibility with prosecutors enables us to minimize the damage and disruption caused by these proceedings, often before charges are brought.  If an indictment or charge cannot be avoided, we can advise on the risks and benefits of going to trial versus accepting a plea, and we have the experience and expertise to take the matter to trial if necessary.

Our lawyers conduct internal investigations for companies that are faced with internal or external allegations of wrongdoing or that want to audit proactively for potential misconduct.  Our experience with many government enforcement agencies enables us to provide sound advice concerning the best course of action if wrongdoing is identified, including potential disclosure to authorities. We also assist clients in creating and implementing compliance programs designed to avoid problems.

We are recognized leaders in counseling and defending clients regarding violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, an area often in the news because of increasingly aggressive government enforcement. We are well-known and respected by the Department of Justice FCPA unit due to our long history of interaction with that organization. We have conducted FCPA investigations for major corporate clients around the world and counseled companies with respect to FCPA compliance matters in more than 48 foreign countries.

We handle significant civil fraud litigation and secured the largest award to date from an arbitration panel of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.  We also have substantial experience representing clients in qui tam actions, Congressional investigations, financial and securities fraud investigations, food and drug safety matters, health care fraud and abuse investigations, and public corruption.

We also spend considerable time on public service matters such as law reform work for the Chamber of Commerce involving government intrusion into the attorney-client privilege and the handling of criminal matters for indigent clients.