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White Collar Defense and Investigations

Today’s clients face ever increasing criminal and regulatory risks. Calfee’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice offers a coordinated approach that can ward off trouble before it comes knocking.  Whether an internal or external investigation, additional regulatory oversight, parallel civil and criminal actions, disclosure requirements, governance and compliance issues, insurance coverage, crisis management or business judgment, Calfee’s White Collar Defense team has the experience and judgment to provide constructive counsel no matter where the process leads.  Led by Fritz Berckmueller, our team includes both securities and governance attorneys with career-long experience representing businesses, issuers, underwriters, shareholder groups, directors and officers and public bodies, as well as trial lawyers experienced in complex, bet-the-bank civil litigation and criminal trials.  Recently, this practice was recognized in Benchmark Litigation.


Many clients choose to minimize risks by implementing governance and compliance initiatives such as periodic risk assessments, compliance and process investigations, policy and coverage audits, and similar initiatives. Calfee’s attorneys have a long record of assisting clients in developing these initiatives -for example, in FCPA and health care- and in using the results when necessary in the subsequent defense of regulatory, civil and criminal proceedings.

Enforcement and Investigations

Clients also have to respond when the government or others raise threats of civil, regulatory or criminal actions. Calfee regularly counsels boards, board committees and businesspeople in addressing all aspects of such scrutiny, including regulatory and criminal inquiries, internal investigations, criminal and civil trials, insurance coverage disputes, conflict and privilege issues, and agency cooperation considerations. We draw on this experience to help our clients navigate the risks and arrive at the best possible outcome for the ongoing success of the business or the individual.

A Midwest firm with extensive and established national practices in highly-regulated industries and activities, Calfee is efficient, cost-effective, disciplined in its approach and focused on the long-term health, continuing success, and financial security of its clients.