Criminal and Civil Investigations

  • Two investigations for public companies and company boards of directors regarding allegations of stock backdating, one allegedly involving senior executives.
  • Representations of individual corporate executives for involvement in alleged antitrust price-fixing conspiracies in the (i)  airline passenger, (ii) airline shipping,   (iii) computer-parts (several, including DRAM, SRAM, and TFT-LCD), (iv) automotive-parts (three), and other federal antitrust investigations.
  • Representation of senior corporate executive in FCPA investigation of bribery allegations arising in connection with Brazilian corporate office.
  • Representation of senior officer of “Top Four” international accounting firm in federal criminal and S.E.C. civil investigation regarding inappropriate accounting for corporate transactions.
  • Representation of former public utility executive in parallel investigations by DOJ, AG and other organizations.
  • Representation of individual corporate employee in federal criminal investigation into causes of passenger airline crash with multiple fatalities.
  • Representation of individual as target in federal grand jury investigation into alleged bribery in connection with negotiations leading to contract for construction in public club.
  • Multiple representations of individuals as targets in S.E.C. investigations in a wide variety of accounting-related probes at public companies.
  • Representation of public-entity in grand jury investigation into alleged bribery by State Senator.
  • Representation of public company in internal review of compliance standards.
  • Representation of public-company board member in internal investigation following “whistleblower” allegations of sexual and other improprieties by company CEO and alleged cover-up of same.
  • Representation of individuals in connection with I.R.S. investigations of alleged tax improprieties and issues.
  • Representation of California Independent Service Operator in State Senate investigation of issues pertaining to purchase and distribution of power supplies.
  • Appointed as counsel to Ninth Circuit special committee to investigate and report on conduct of sitting judge, under 28 U.S.C. § 353(1) (2012).

Firm Highlights

Event

WSJ Pro Cybersecurity Symposium

Tyler Gerking will be speaking at the WSJ Pro Cybersecurity Symposium session, "The Role of Cyber-Insurance." Details: How much should you buy, what does it cover and how does it fit with an overall...

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Publication

Is your company covered by California's new privacy law?

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News

Hemp Legal Limbo Challenges Sonoma County's Delta Separations, Other Equipment Makers

Ryan Lowther provided commentary in a North Bay Business Journal article discussing banking and regulatory challenges facing the hemp industry. Read the full article, here .

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Publication

New California Housing Laws: AB 68 Accessory Dwelling Units

On January 1, 2020, several housing-related bills recently signed into law by the Governor take effect. We will explain the upcoming changes in housing law through a series of updates. Our first update...

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Publication

End of a Decade - Checklist for California Nonprofits

As 2019 comes to a close, we thought about our customary note to nonprofit officers and directors to take a few moments to confirm that important year-end responsibilities have not been overlooked. But since this...

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News

Dan Cohn Named to Jewish Community Federation Board of Directors

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News

California Targets Pot Smoke Anew Under State Chemical Safety Law

Sarah Bell was quoted in the article "California Targets Pot Smoke Anew Under State Chemical Safety Law," looking at whether both pot smoke and the active ingredient in cannabis should be classified as reproductive toxics...

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News

Ashley Breakfield Appointed to CREW Network Diversity & Inclusion Task Force

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Event

Litigating Civil and Criminal Trade Secret Cases: Trends, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned

Trade secret litigation is on the rise, both civil litigation and follow-on criminal prosecution for trade secret theft. Companies are grappling with how to protect their valuable information and minimize risk in their technological...

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Publication

Are Losses Resulting from Phishing Incidents Covered by Crime Policies Insuring Against Computer Fraud?

It is an all-too-common dilemma. As phishing schemes have become more prevalent and more sophisticated, businesses of all sizes have fallen victim to these attacks where a fraudster will use a spoofed email or other...

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