Government Investigations & White Collar Crime
Burns & Levinson's Government Investigations and White Collar Crime Group brings together several attorneys with substantial experience in white collar criminal defense. Most of them have backgrounds as federal or state prosecutors.
Our clients are companies, firms, and individuals involved in governmental investigations and litigations brought to enforce criminal, civil, or administrative laws and regulations. We represent clients in federal and state courts, in matters brought by U.S. Attorneys Offices, the Department of Justice, and state attorneys' general offices, and before federal and state governmental agencies.
We have particular experience in cases such as business and financial fraud; international crime; defense procurement fraud; public corruption; healthcare, securities, and tax fraud; and antitrust, environmental, and RICO crimes. At both federal and state levels, we represent clients in grand jury investigations and defend them against indictments.
Clients also engage our services when they face the prospect of enforcement action by federal or state administrative agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission. In addition, we defend professionals in licensing and disciplinary proceedings.
Burns & Levinson's Government Investigations and White Collar Crime Group is highly experienced in both criminal and civil proceedings. Our dual experience is uniquely valuable in the white collar criminal area because of the increasing, complicated interplay between criminal prosecutions and civil enforcement actions by governmental agencies. Civil and administrative investigations and enforcement actions increasingly result in referrals for criminal prosecution. We litigate each civil and administrative case from the start and either resolve it short of a criminal referral or handle it to preserve and maximize our client's defenses in the event of a referral.
Our group also conducts internal investigations and audits for companies and firms to promote compliance with laws and regulations and to identify any illegal conduct. In the event a client is ever prosecuted and convicted, these preventive measures can substantially reduce the severity of any sentence imposed under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Such an internal compliance program also minimizes the risk that an organization will be deemed culpable for the criminal conduct of its employees because it has been "willfully blind" to the violations. Today, a corporation can be found guilty, even when no one employee, acting alone, has committed a crime.
The Government Investigations & White Collar Crime Group at Burns & Levinson