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White Collar Defense and Investigations

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP has long been known for handling complex white collar cases, from investigation through trial and appeal. Our team has the experience and judgment to guide clients through the complicated and sensitive issues presented by criminal and regulatory matters. We have a long record of achieving successful outcomes for our clients in some of the hardest-fought white collar matters of the day.

The group, chaired by Paul H. Schoeman, offers a deep bench of seasoned advocates, including former senior federal prosecutors, a former trial lawyer from the Federal Defender’s Office and three fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

We try cases, and our courtroom experience attracts many clients to our group to handle their most urgent matters where the survival of a company or the liberty or career of an individual is on the line. Our adversaries know we are ready, willing and able to take cases to trial, which provides our clients with numerous advantages, whether the matter is resolved before a case is filed or proceeds all the way to a jury verdict.

We are aggressive and creative litigators who fight zealously for our clients in and out of court. We also understand how regulators and judicial decision-makers think, how hard we can push, and what issues should and should not be fought. Regulators know us, and we are able to use our hard-earned credibility to address their concerns without risking or sacrificing our client’s rights and interests. We draw on our broad experience with a multitude of regulatory regimes to think outside the box in developing innovative arguments and winning strategies.

Principal Areas of Focus

Our cases involve every substantive aspect of white collar criminal and regulatory work affecting U.S. and foreign business entities and individuals, including:

  • Securities fraud, including insider trading and market manipulation
  • Commodities, banking and accounting fraud
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations
  • Antitrust, including bid rigging and price fixing
  • Consumer fraud
  • Health care fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Federal and state criminal tax investigations
  • Public corruption
  • Obstruction of justice and RICO
We regularly represent public and private companies; officers, directors and employees; and public officials in inquiries by the U.S. Department of Justice, United States Attorneys, the Securities and Exchange Commission, Congress, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, state attorneys general, and other federal and state agencies. We frequently handle regulatory matters involving parallel civil litigation, including class actions.

In addition, we have extensive experience in counseling clients concerning preventive measures, such as corporate compliance programs. We frequently conduct independent internal investigations of corporate conduct, and we have acted on behalf of audit committees and other special committees investigating accounting fraud and other alleged wrongdoing.

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