Coblentz’s Chambers-ranked White Collar Defense and Investigations group has decades of experience in criminal and regulatory investigations and prosecutions in matters across the country. The group also has extensive experience conducting internal investigations for U.S. and foreign businesses and acting as monitors in sensitive, high-profile matters.
The group is led by three former federal prosecutors, one 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. The team also includes a former Trial Attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and a former San Francisco public defender.
As 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.”
Our team has represented both companies and individuals in all types of complex cases, including securities, healthcare, financial, tax, and accounting/audit fraud; bribery and corruption; insider trading; antitrust violations, and other areas that often involve multiple jurisdictions and parallel civil, regulatory, and criminal proceedings. We regularly deal with federal and state regulators from agencies across the United States, including U.S. Attorneys’ Offices across the country and various California district attorneys offices as well as the SEC, IRS, OCC, Federal Reserve, and numerous state attorneys general. Our reputation for integrity and trustworthiness, as well as our toughness and smarts, allow us to advocate effectively for our clients.
Convincing the government not to pursue a matter in the first place is the ideal result. Because we’ve been on both sides of the table, we know how to develop a pre-charge strategy with the aim of avoiding charges altogether. When charges can’t be avoided, we have the experience and judgment to guide clients to the best result that considers all of their short- and long-term personal and professional concerns. But the best outcome is possible only when you have lawyers who know how to go to trial and are ready to do so. Our lawyers like to try cases, and we have the experience, judgment, and skill that comes by trying scores of criminal and civil matters, including complex, high-profile matters. As one client remarked to Chambers, “The team is made up of outstanding civil and criminal trial lawyers. They are a really business-savvy firm, who consistently deliver results.”
Our representation of companies has included:
Our representation of individuals has included:
Our clients are sometimes confronted with significant internal issues that require independent counseling, investigation, and even monitoring. These issues can involve sensitive allegations about key personnel or partners and can implicate a web of corporate governance, public relations, employment, civil liability, and criminal and regulatory issues. We often are engaged by companies and boards to conduct internal investigations and advise the decision-makers about the facts and how to respond to them. When circumstances warrant, our White Collar Defense and Investigations attorneys partner with members of our Employment group, which includes a former Assistant Secretary of Labor and Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, to provide a multi-disciplinary perspective.
Our internal investigations work has included:
We are regularly selected by governmental and private parties to complex or class action employment cases – typically national in scope – to serve as Monitors of Consent Decrees that resolve those cases, or as Special Masters to resolve disputes arising under those Decrees. These cases involve wide-ranging injunctive, remedial, and corrective relief that seeks to re-engineer the employment or compliance systems that are alleged to have led to the underlying issues. We have handled multiple cases brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, other law enforcement agencies, or by private class action plaintiffs’ firms against national companies. These assignments require active involvement with both parties to ensure the agreed-upon transformational efforts are working and the Decree is being honored in the execution of those commitments. These assignments can also involve providing consulting services on how to design effective Human Resources and other compliance functions, such as investigations, data analysis, complaint assessment, and training methodologies.
Our monitorship and related roles have included: