White Collar Defense and Governmental Investigations

At Phelps Dunbar, our white collar lawyers successfully represent corporations and individuals in complex white collar criminal defense matters as well as governmental investigations and enforcement actions throughout the Third Coast.

We pride ourselves not simply on our trial victories, but as importantly on those quiet successes where we resolved our clients’ cases and investigations with little or no public scrutiny.  Our white collar practice is anchored by two distinguished former U.S. Attorneys and an attorney who formerly served both as counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Fraud Section.

In addition to our criminal practice, we have decades of experience resolving False Claims Act, qui tam, and other quasi-criminal and regulatory investigations and cases initiated by federal and state agencies such as the Civil Division of U.S. Department of Justice, local U.S. Attorney’s Offices, and state Medicaid Fraud Control Units; Inspector Generals from federal and state agencies; state Attorneys’ General; the Federal Trade Commission; and federal, state, and local environmental agencies.  These agencies frequently wield broad investigative powers, assess harsh sanctions and penalties for administrative and statutory violations, and often refer investigations for criminal prosecution. 

Finally, as criminal statutes are often used as the basis for civil claims, clients increasingly have retained us to represent them in related civil litigation.  Criminal violations frequently appear in the guise of retaliation, whistleblower, civil false claims, health care related litigation, unfair and deceptive trade practice claims, civil RICO, trade secret theft, and civil theft suits.  In addition, we have substantial experience conducting internal investigations for businesses:  these internal investigations span from whistleblower allegations of corporate misconduct, to alleged violations of employment and labor laws, to uncovering crimes committed against corporate employers.

Our experience includes matters involving:

  • Civil theft
  • Criminal antitrust
  • False Claims Act and Qui Tam
  • Environmental crime
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Government contracting and procurement fraud
  • Health care fraud
  • Immigration investigations and offenses
  • Internal investigations
  • Mail and wire fraud
  • Public corruption
  • RICO
  • Securities & Exchange Commission investigations
  • Tax fraud
  • Theft of trade secrets
  • Whistleblower
  • Unfair and deceptive trade practice claims by Attorneys General and the FTC