Since the financial crisis of 2008, businesses, not-for-profit organizations and even government officials have faced increased scrutiny from federal and state law enforcement and regulatory agencies. 

Lippes Mathias’ Government & Corporate Investigations Team provides a unique skill set to clients who are under scrutiny through government investigations, internal investigations, government audits, regulatory compliance, and white collar investigations. The Team is led by Dennis C. Vacco, former New York State Attorney General who argued successfully before the United States Supreme Court and who is also a former United States Attorney for the Western District of New York, and Michael G. Rossetti, former Chief Deputy of the office of the Attorney General of New York and former counselor to the Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior. Their extensive government experience coupled with that of the other Team members provides our clients with unique representation in state and federal investigations because of the sophisticated understanding of the nuances involved in an investigation and how to build strong and successful defense strategies. Government investigators respect and trust our Team members because of our former law enforcement experience at the highest levels of government.

Throughout the United States, we have represented corporations, individuals, executives, and government officials, in myriad industries, including financial, not-for-profit, healthcare, municipal, manufacturing, and commercial development, among others. Our Team comprises attorneys from our litigation, corporate, healthcare, and intellectual property practices, providing clients with a comprehensive team that is experienced in solving complex regulatory issues and helping companies develop and implement best practices that will protect their businesses from the outset.  

Our regulatory counseling and litigation attorneys assist clients in resolving high-stakes civil and criminal enforcement actions, both before they go to court and once they are in active litigation, and we are well-versed in structuring compliance plans for our business clients to help mitigate future issues and avoid costly litigation. 

Our attorneys assist businesses in conducting internal and independent investigations and witness interviews; preparing investigative reports; establishing compliance programs; responding to requests for information, search warrants, subpoenas, and civil investigative demands (CIDs); and also providing representation during grand jury investigations and criminal trials. We also provide counseling to defendants or targets in civil and criminal investigations to ensure that they have experienced and effective representation. 

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Partner | Team Leader - Agriculture
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Partner | Team Leader - Technology and Life Sciences
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Partner | Team Leader - Municipal Law
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Partner | Team Co-Leader - Indian Law | Team Leader- Alternative Dispute Resolution
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Partner | Office Leader, Washington, D.C. | Team Co-Leader - Indian Law | Team Co-Leader – Government & Corporate Investigations
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Partner | Executive Committee | Team Co-Leader - Government & Corporate Investigations
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