Government Investigations


Government scrutiny of the banking and financial services industry has intensified. With the continued implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act and the establishment of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, it is more important than ever to have the right legal team to respond to government investigations and inquiries.

Michael Best’s Government Investigations team is led by former federal prosecutors who have successfully represented financial institutions in investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and Federal Deposit Incorporation Corporation. We have extensive experience handling sensitive government and internal investigations, acting as counsel to large national banks, securities and investment companies, community banks, and credit unions.


We assist financial industry clients with all facets of:

  • Regulatory enforcement investigations
  • Corporate criminal defense
  • Civil litigation
  • Grand jury proceedings
  • Corporate internal investigations
  • Risk assessment
  • Compliance counseling

Whenever possible, our goal is to help clients avoid government intervention in the first place. If a government investigation does occur, we strive to achieve resolution quietly and privately, in order to minimize business disruption and public relations impact. Working closely with clients’ in-house counsel and key executives to ensure a rapid, effective response, we have successfully resolved numerous criminal and regulatory enforcement matters for financial industry clients.

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