Quinn Emanuel has one of the premier white collar and corporate investigation practices in the world. Our partners have repeatedly been recognized as among the very best white collar defense lawyers by numerous legal publications including Chambers USA, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Legal 500, The Expert’s Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers, Law360, and Best Lawyers. Recently, Quinn Emanuel was named one of the two go-to firms for corporate investigations in Brazil by Financial Times, “White Collar Group of the Year” by Law360, and “Most Important Investigations Practice of the Year” by Global Investigations Review, the most prestigious legal periodical covering cross-border white collar investigations.
Our white collar and corporate investigations practice is diverse. We have successfully represented corporations and individuals in congressional investigations, grand jury investigations, at trial and on appeal. We have conducted sensitive internal investigations for Audit Committees and Special Committees. We have defended clients against allegations of health care, securities, and government contract fraud; violations of money laundering and trade sanctions statutes; violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (the “FCPA”); Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act; environmental violations; and criminal antitrust price fixing. We have litigated against virtually every enforcement agency including the Department of Justice (the “DOJ”), the Department of Treasury, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the Federal Trade Commission, as well as Attorney Generals and District Attorneys in numerous states. Much of that work has been done on behalf of foreign companies whose activities have drawn the attention of U.S. regulators and prosecutors.
Of course, the best resolution of a criminal matter is achieved when no charges are ever brought. The mere filing of a criminal charge can ruin a client’s reputation and trigger catastrophic financial losses. While Quinn Emanuel has regularly represented clients in high-profile matters covered on the front pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and other publications, our best results have often been obtained quietly, outside the public glare, by persuading government lawyers to refrain from filing charges. To effectively conduct these negotiations, it is critical that the lawyer has earned the respect of the prosecutors which requires mastery of the process. Experience as a prosecutor is helpful. Over 20 of our partners were lawyers for the DOJ or Assistant United States Attorneys. A number of them held high-ranking positions. They understand the dynamics of a prosecutor’s charging decision. We have considerable expertise in designing and implementing strategies that are utilized during grand jury investigations to avert indictments.
Unfortunately, not all matters can be resolved quickly. Some must be tried. No firm tries more cases than ours. Our lawyers have tried literally hundreds of criminal cases to verdict. Our track record of taking difficult cases to trial—and winning them—also plays an important role in obtaining favorable resolutions for our clients. If a Quinn Emanuel partner tells a prosecutor that he or she is going to take a case to trial, the threat will be taken seriously. We cannot overstate the importance of being able to convey a credible threat that our firm will proceed to trial rather than take an unacceptable resolution. Most prosecutors are very protective of their reputations. They do not want an embarrassment at trial on their record. Our trial prowess facilitates better resolutions.Back to Top
I. Recent Victories
B. MONEY LAUNDERING AND TRADE SANCTIONS
C. ECONOMIC ESPIONAGE AND TRADE SECRETS
D. TAX EVASION
F. ASSET FORFEITURE
II. ONGOING NOTABLE REPRESENTATIONS
A. FRAUD AND MONEY LAUNDERING
C. OFAC AND TERRORISM FINANCING
D. CAMPAIGN FINANCING
E. Trade Sanctions
III. OTHER NOTABLE CASES