White Collar Defense & Investigations

    Coblentz represents companies and individuals in a variety of complex matters relating to white collar defense and investigations, including criminal and civil and regulatory enforcement defense, and government and internal investigations. Our team has deep experience in securities, financial, tax, and accounting fraud, as well as False Claims Act violations, insider trading, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act claims, antitrust violations, federal grants management, corporate culture, and other areas that often involve multiple jurisdictions and parallel civil, regulatory, and criminal proceedings. We regularly defend directors and officers against suits by shareholders, creditors, bankruptcy trustees, and others. Our experience also includes conducting internal investigations and advising companies in establishing compliance policies, programs, and training in a range of industries.

    Our White Collar Defense and Investigations team includes three former federal prosecutors (a past Chief of the Securities Fraud Section at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California and two Assistant United States Attorneys for the Southern District of California), a former Trial Attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, a former long-time public defender in San Francisco, and other attorneys with prior government experience.

    Ranked by the Chambers USA 2023 Guide in Band 4 in the Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations category for California, Chambers notes, ”They are capable of handling their client’s cases with ease – diving deep into the matters, simplifying the complex issues and preparing effective defense strategies. They strive for excellent client service and show a real passion for their clients.” A client remarked, “The team is made up of outstanding civil and criminal trial lawyers. They are a really business-savvy firm, who consistently deliver results.”