“Regulatory and criminal investigations of both large and small companies and their employees are ever increasing, and clients need to be prepared to rapidly respond to such an occurrence.”
The initiation of a governmental investigation is often unexpected, and when it suddenly is commenced it can have a profound impact on a company’s employees, operation and reputation. McGrath North lawyers have years of experience in advising clients from the start of the investigation, whether that be the execution of a search warrant on the company’s place of business or the issuance of a subpoena for documents or testimony. We have routinely represented both companies and individuals who have been called before a grand jury or other governmental agencies. That representation has either led to a resolution of the allegations or a successful defense. What stands out about McGrath North is its ability to match this experience with its other specialty areas of practice, whether that be environmental, tax, anti-trust, securities or agricultural and food law. Clients also need the experience of McGrath North in dealing with the collateral consequences that may arise as a result of the investigation, which might include civil litigation or debarment. In addition, many times allegations of wrongdoing will come to the attention of companies in the form of whistle blower or customer complaints. While keeping the allegations confidential, such allegations should be thoroughly and expeditiously investigated by outside counsel. McGrath North lawyers have conducted scores of such investigations for both large and small companies and provided competent and professional advice as to how management should respond, and many times have recommended the implementation of remedial programs.
If you are considering seeking advice from counsel, here is what we suggest you keep in mind:
- You want experienced counsel who has successfully dealt with both federal and local enforcement and regulatory agencies.
- You want counsel who can match their criminal expertise with expertise in other specialized areas.
- You want counsel who can design and achieve global resolutions.