Congressional Oversight & Investigations
Multi-faceted approach to representation before Congress
Our Congressional Oversight and Investigations Group provides strategic advice and legal counsel to companies and individuals involved with and connected to various stages of Congressional investigations. We represent clients who are appearing before Congressional committees conducting oversight and investigations, as well as those responding to subpoenas or other requests for information. We work with members of Congress and their staff to negotiate the extent of document requests and testimony, prepare witnesses for testimony, and navigate the political and legal minefields associated with any appearance before Congress.
We begin with the premise that both politics and criminal laws are always in play during any interaction on Capitol Hill. Navigating the politics and processes on the Hill requires both policy and legal experience. Any time someone provides information to Congress—particularly sworn testimony—it is important to understand all of the potential policy and criminal implications. Our team includes former high-level Congressional staffers and federal prosecutors who together have the necessary legal and legislative experience to anticipate and counsel on all aspects of oversight and investigations.
Our experience includes representing a major telecommunications company, a hospital health care company, a major home-builder, a large financial institution and a high-profile Bush Administration official during Congressional investigations.
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Group members' experience includes:
- Chief Counsel and Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, working as the principal legal and policy advisor on matters within the Committee's jurisdiction for then-Chairman Orrin Hatch
- Deputy Staff Director and Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, who managed judicial and U.S. Department of Justice nominations and conducted congressional oversight of federal law enforcement agencies
- Chief of Staff to three United States Customs Service Commissioners, spanning two executive administrations
- Several assistant United States Attorneys, or federal prosecutors.
- Professional Staff Member on the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, who led a two-year review of U.S. government efforts to curtail money laundering, and participated in a number of other U.S. Department of Treasury oversight matters
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