Governmental Investigations & Enforcement Actions

Over the past decade, businesses and government officials have faced increased scrutiny from federal and state law enforcement and regulatory agencies. Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP’s Government Investigations & Enforcement Actions Team regularly assists clients with government investigations, internal investigations, government audits, regulatory compliance, and white collar defense. Our practice is led by Dennis C. Vacco, former New York State Attorney General and former United States Attorney for the Western District of New York who has formidable insight into the governments’ play book, based upon a 20-year career as a prosecutor, during an enforcement investigation or government audit.

Our regulatory counseling and litigation services assist clients in resolving high-stakes civil and criminal enforcement litigation. Our team is comprised of attorneys from our litigation, corporate, healthcare, and intellectual property practice groups, 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. We can assist businesses in the development of a meaningful compliance plan which will serve as a potential mitigating factor in any future investigation.

We can help businesses conduct internal and independent investigations, conduct witness interviews, prepare investigative reports, establish compliance programs, respond to requests for information, respond to search warrants, subpoenas, and civil investigative demands (CIDs) and provide representation during grand jury investigations. We also provide counseling to defendants or targets in civil and criminal investigations. Our attorneys regularly represent individuals and companies in investigations, regulatory enforcement actions and related litigation brought by federal and state entities.

As part of our municipal practice, we have worked on behalf of municipalities to navigate cooperative relationships between a municipality and the enforcement agency during comptroller audits, litigation, and other governmental investigations.

We also assist companies in navigating cybersecurity issues, including the theft of electronically stored intellectual property, proprietary information, and personally identifiable information for both consumers and employees. As a vast amount of information is stored electronically, it is imperative that businesses develop and adopt compliance plans and procedures in the event of a data breach. With increasing regulatory oversight and the potential for private lawsuits over stolen data, legal involvement in data breach notification is crucial to mitigating damage to the company and its consumers or employees.

We understand the distractions and strain that a governmental investigation or enforcement action can cause and our team stands ready to help your company navigate through the difficult and unfamiliar process.  We have a strong track record for resolving governmental investigations on favorable terms, but are fully prepared to fight when necessary and in our client’s best interest. We stand with our clients every step of the way. 

Focus Areas:

  • Claims of Deceptive or Fraudulent Business Practices
  • Procurement & Government Contract Fraud
  • Internal Investigations
  • Cyber Security: Data, Privacy, & Security
  • New York State Comptroller Audit Response/Investigations
  • Healthcare Fraud/Healthcare Investigations
  • Self-Disclosures/Stark and Anti-Kickback Compliance
  • Medicare/Medicaid Audits
  • Federal Trade Commission Act Compliance
  • Dodd-Frank Act Compliance
  • Environmental Violations
  • False Claims Act/ Qui Tam/ Whistleblower
  • Professional Licensing Proceedings
  • Securities Enforcement and Regulation

 

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