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White Collar Defense and Investigations "The Year In Review" 2014

December 15, 2014

The White Collar Defense and Investigations Group at Godfrey & Kahn includes experienced attorneys and former prosecutors who are available on a moment’s notice to assist clients with a wide variety of regulatory, civil and criminal matters. During 2014, our team worked on a diverse spectrum of government enforcement matters—only a few of which are recounted below. In these situations, and many others, we helped clients achieve positive outcomes, thereby reducing risk and increasing profitability. If you or your company could benefit from our services, please contact Dan Flaherty at 414.287.9370, Sean Bosack at 414.287.9431, or Eric Wilson at 608.284.2603.

  • Represented primary target of a federal grand jury investigation into an alleged multi-million dollar tax fraud conspiracy
  • Helped draft international trade compliance program for publicly-traded company
  • Defended in-house lawyer against allegations of criminal wrongdoing
  • Represented client subpoenaed in a secret John Doe proceeding
  • Convinced court to dismiss complaint alleging violation of the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act ("RICO")
  • Defended target of Medicaid fraud investigation
  • Pursued successful appeal of an export license denial before the U.S. Commerce Department Bureau of Industry and Security
  • Monitored a global anti-bribery hotline for a multinational company
  • Assisted client in assessing liability for corporate bribery under Wisconsin law
  • Represented public company in litigation arising from a multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme
  • Conducted internal investigation of alleged misrepresentations in SEC filings by publicly-traded company
  • Represented senior executive of engineering firm in criminal investigation of alleged violations of the False Claims Act and the Buy America Act
  • Assisted client in reporting suspected criminal online activity by employee to law enforcement
  • Protested audit findings by U.S. Customs and Border Protection alleging improper import duty classification
  • Assist client in reporting embezzlement by bookkeeper to federal law enforcement
  • Helped client respond to extortion and blackmail attempts by online acquaintance
  • Advised financial institution where customer was target of IRS and SEC investigations of alleged Ponzi scheme
  • Secured refund of restitution paid in criminal case after winning en banc appeal in the federal court of appeals
  • Convinced state prosecutor not to pursue criminal charges regarding alleged fraudulent billing practices
  • Advised client on Notice of Penalty received regarding anti-dumping duty violations
  • Conducted internal investigation on behalf of Board of Directors regarding criminal misconduct outside workplace by chief executive officer
  • Assisted client in responding to audit by State of Wisconsin regarding payments received under the Affordable Care Act
  • Facilitated involvement of federal law enforcement in investigation of alleged fraud by insurance agent
  • Investigated bogus claim by insured regarding jewelry theft
  • Negotiated settlement with chief financial officer fired for alleged mismanagement and accounting improprieties
  • Defeated attempt by state attorney general to enjoin alleged illegal trade practices
  • Assisted company that was victim of international wire fraud scheme

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