Regulatory Defense, Compliance & White Collar


When it comes to government regulation, investigations, and congressional oversight, you need more than a good defense—you need a team that can help you look ahead, manage risk, and effectively deal with a corporate crisis. Michael Best has that team.

Who We Are

Michael Best’s Regulatory Defense, Compliance & White Collar group has the right blend of experience to help clients mitigate compliance risks and deal with government regulators, prosecutors and congressional oversight. We offer a combination of high-level former government officials, seasoned litigators, crisis managers, and full-spectrum legal services.

Our team members have held leadership positions within the federal government at the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Treasury, White House, and Congress. They also have a deep understanding of business imperatives, with both in-house counsel and corporate board experience.

We take a unified approach to client service, and our Regulatory Defense, Compliance & White Collar group works closely with attorneys across Michael Best’s offices nationwide. Our firm has particular experience in pharma, healthcare, and other highly regulated industries.

We make it our business to understand your business. Michael Best has teams dedicated to serving clients in industry sectors such as agribusiness, banking and financial services, digital technology, energy, food and beverage, higher education, international trade, life sciences, manufacturing, and water.

What We Do

Armed with this potent combination of experience, we assist clients with the full range of government enforcement and compliance issues, from internal compliance reviews to highly publicized government crackdowns that call for immediate action and sophisticated strategies. With our insider experience and crisis management skills, we can help you weather even the roughest storms of public opinion and regulatory scrutiny.

White Collar Defense

Michael Best has experience representing executives and corporations in white collar and criminal defense matters, securities-related litigation, and civil enforcement actions by federal and state government agencies.

We partner with our clients' in-house counsel and key executives to ensure early, rapid, and effective response to criminal and regulatory investigations.

Our White Collar Litigation group is seasoned in all aspects of criminal and regulatory enforcement matters. We often successfully resolve such matters without public charges, trial, or media scrutiny.

We represent corporate clients and individuals in all phases of the criminal process, from the initial government or grand jury investigation through trial, appeal, and any subsequent collateral enforcement actions. We help clients respond efficiently to grand jury subpoenas and agency civil investigative demands, often helping avoid further agency action against our clients.

We have successfully guided clients through parallel investigations by multiple agencies with separate enforcement agendas. We have also prepared witnesses to testify before Congress and other legislative or administrative hearings.


We represent clients in all stages of internal investigations, government agency investigations, and congressional investigations. Our team brings insights and strategies based on their firsthand experience with the executive branch and Congress.


Our team works with clients to perform organizational structure assessments, regulatory compliance audits, and internal investigations to identify potential risks. We can help you develop strategies for enterprise-level regulatory compliance, litigation avoidance, and risk mitigation.

Issues We Tackle

Clients count on us for guidance and resolution in critical issues such as:

  • Anti-corruption & FCPA
  • Employment & labor union regulation
  • Anti–money laundering & sanctions investigations
  • Export controls & international trade
  • Bank fraud
  • Government contracting
  • Consumer protection & class actions
  • Healthcare fraud & abuse
  • Corporate governance & ESG
  • Insider trading & securities fraud
  • Crisis management
  • National security issues
  • Election law & campaign finance 
  • Public corruption charges
  • Environmental regulation & enforcement
  • Regulatory compliance


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