Sidley’s White Collar group is recognized for its significant experience in all aspects of corporate criminal defense and enforcement-related litigation - from internal investigations, to representing clients in grand jury investigations, to managing parallel criminal and civil proceedings, to trial, to extraditions and counseling on foreign criminal investigations and to advising on voluntary disclosure and compliance issues, including issues under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
Our lawyers have aggressively defended corporations and their executives, public officials and other individuals in cases involving allegations of securities fraud, bribery, perjury and false statements, tax fraud, antitrust violations, healthcare fraud, false claims, FDA violations, immigration fraud and environmental crimes. We are able to work effectively and efficiently in a wide range of industries and substantive areas by leveraging our own knowledge and abilities with the vast experience of Sidley’s regulatory and industry professionals to develop comprehensive strategies that address all of the legal and factual defenses – as well as the public, media and other collateral consequences – of the case.
Our corporate criminal defense lawyers are capable of providing critical advice at every stage of an investigation or case. Some of our greatest successes have never become public because victory was achieved by convincing prosecutors not to pursue charges against our clients. Other cases have involved some of the most publicized cases of recent decades, including representing members of Congress and executive branch officials, as well as other targets, in all the major independent counsel investigations, including Watergate, Iran-Contra and Whitewater. When trial is the best option, we have a range of experienced trial counsel with records of success, including a victory in one of the few criminal cases ever tried to judgment against a major U.S. corporation, United States v. Tyson Foods, Inc., a National Law Journal “defense verdict of the year.”
Our lawyers include a number of former Assistant United States Attorneys, as well as the former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. A number of our partners also have served in other capacities within the Department of Justice or in the White House Counsel’s Office. All of our lawyers have in common a commitment to the most vigorous and highest quality advocacy on behalf of all of our clients when they are faced with compliance issues or government enforcement action.