Throughout the United States and global jurisdictions, our white collar crime lawyers provide responsive, practical representation for individuals and corporations across diverse industry sectors, including technology and financial services. We conduct internal and follow-on government investigations and defend criminal prosecutions, regulatory enforcement, and related civil actions.

Drawing from decades of first-hand experience navigating the adverse effects of legal and media exposure, our first priority is to efficiently address pre-litigation allegations and reduce the likelihood of formal charges being made public. In cases where litigation is unavoidable, we employ successful techniques and courtroom experience to litigate indicted cases, aggressively.

Investigations

Our lawyers use their substantive industry involvement—and credibility among government agencies—to craft workable investigative strategies that offer significant advantages.

From investigations and enforcement actions brought by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC), and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), we provide clarity and confidence for executives, general counsels, directors, and employees through what are often tense, formidable, and high-risk investigatory processes. In growing areas of public and regulatory concern, such as cyber incursion, trade secret theft, crypto-currency, health care fraud, antitrust, breach of fiduciary duty, and public corruption, our practitioners maintain and apply specific knowledge and proven tactics.

Clients appreciate our thoughtful guidance and surgical precision in conducting defense-minded internal investigations that minimize disruptions and maintain normal operations.

  • We take all necessary steps to ensure that the information gathered and testimonies provided are accurate. We safeguard applicable privileges to the maximum extent and explore all avenues of response.
  • We bolster trust in the investigation and establish that corporate leadership has achieved the best possible outcome for the company and its shareholders.
  • We advise on and assist in disclosing investigation results when appropriate.

Pool Counsel

On the other side of the same coin, we prepare, protect, and defend groups of executives and employees in our role as “pool counsel” in investigations. We guide those persons at the center of the crisis, most of whom have had no prior involvement in white collar crime investigations, and provide support to preserve interests and reputations.

Parallel Investigations and Filings

We develop defenses for criminal matters and civil and administrative proceedings where strategies and tactics used in one action can have severe and unalterable repercussions on the direction and outcome of parallel investigations and filings. Among recent examples, we helped numerous corporate and individual clients successfully navigate securities fraud cases where SEC investigations led to civil enforcement, civil class actions, derivative actions, and grand jury investigations leading to criminal charges.

Diversity and Communication

Our team quickly gets to the heart of the complex substantive issues and important human dynamics at the center of all white collar matters. We do this through building or rebuilding trust—an essential element for conducting and defending investigations into alleged white collar criminal activity and misconduct. The Farella white collar crime team’s ethnic and gender diversity mirrors our clients’ workforces, which increases rapport and facilitates open communication.

Our lawyers are approachable and sensitive to the anxieties, stressors, and challenges facing witnesses to and individuals accused of corporate misconduct. As counselors and defenders, we help clients articulate their understanding of events and provide peace of mind and confidence that everything possible is being done to assist and defend them.

Full-Service Firm

Few areas of the law require a broad spectrum of disciplines than investigating and defending federal and state criminal and regulatory enforcement matters. We frequently draw on the resources and knowledge of other Farella practice areas such as insurance coverage and indemnity, antitrust, environmental, securities transactions and litigation, asset protection, and employment law.

For example, to fund legal defenses our White Collar Group works closely with Farella’s Insurance Recovery Group to resolve disputes and challenges to coverage, and works with the firm’s securities transactions practice to understand and utilize indemnifications to which executives and employees may be entitled.

Leadership

Attorneys in the practice are recognized in Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America. Senior Partners Douglas R. Young, president of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and former Assistant United States Attorney William P. Keane, also a Fellow of the College, bring decades of white collar crime experience to client strategy and defense.

Firm Highlights

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52 Farella Braun + Martel Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021

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Farella Names New White Collar Defense & Internal Corporate Investigations Practice Co-Chairs

SAN FRANCISCO, June 29, 2020: Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel announces that Senior Associates Aviva J. Gilbert and Janice W. Reicher have been appointed co-chairs of its White Collar Defense and...

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Going it Alone: How to Manage Cybercrime Response With Less Government Help

By: Jessica K. Nall, Chair, White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations practice and Aviva J. Gilbert, Senior Associate, White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations practice, Farella Braun + Martel [1] Several years ago when...

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TikTok Sues Over Trump Order, Calls President’s Decision Political

Janice Reicher, co-chair of Farella's White Collar Defense and Internal Corporate Investigations Group, commented in the Daily Journal article, "TikTok Sues Over Trump Order, Calls President’s Decision Political."

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Farella Braun + Martel Attorneys, Practices Recognized by Chambers USA 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, April 23, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel announces that Chambers USA has recognized 12 lawyers and five practice areas in the legal directory’s 2020 edition. Individual Rankings: Tyler Gerking – Insurance: Policyholders...

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Recommended Practices for Conducting Internal Investigations

William Keane served as the chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers’ Federal Criminal Procedure Committee, which drafted the white paper “ Recommended Practices for Conducting Internal Investigations ” published by the ACTL...

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Eight Farella Braun + Martel Lawyers Listed in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch 2021

SAN FRANCISCO/ST. HELENA, CA, August 20, 2020: Eight Farella Braun + Martel lawyers were listed in the inaugural Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch . This recognition is awarded to attorneys who are earlier in...

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Jurors, Justice and Technology

Douglas Young, Farella partner and president of the American College of Trial Lawyers, spoke with podcast host Howard Miller about requirements in jury selection and technology for jury and non-jury trials. Listen to the...

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FCC Designates Huawei as National Security Threat

In the ongoing confrontation between the U.S. government and Chinese telecom giant Huawei, the U.S. has dealt another major blow. The Federal Communications Commission issued an order on June 30, effective immediately, declaring that...

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