White Collar Litigation


Enforcement actions against businesses and their principals have been a top priority for the U.S. Department of Justice, the SEC, and many other federal and state enforcement agencies and regulators. Executives and employees can face not just civil liability, but potential criminal liability.

Michael Best’s White Collar Litigation team can help. We defend businesses, executives, and other individuals accused of criminal, civil, or regulatory violations. 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. Our team includes former federal prosecutors and other lawyers with extensive experience leading regulatory agencies—and that inside perspective can give our clients an edge.

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.


Our practice focuses on all facets of corporate criminal defense in a variety of substantive areas:

  • Accounting irregularities
  • Antitrust, including bid rigging and price fixing
  • Cyber crime
  • Economic espionage
  • Embezzlement
  • Environmental crimes
  • False statements
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Healthcare fraud
  • Identity theft
  • Immigration
  • Intellectual property crimes
  • Mail and wire fraud
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets
  • Money laundering
  • Mortgage and bank fraud
  • Perjury and obstruction of justice
  • RICO
  • Securities fraud
  • Tax
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