White Collar & Government Investigations - Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

From Capitol Hill to the courtroom, Brownstein’s White Collar Group protects and defends companies, their officers and employees by providing a comprehensive, strategic approach to legal representation related to federal and state criminal and related investigations. From counsel to litigation, our goal is to seek the best possible resolution for our clients.

Tapping extensive experience in both litigation and government relations, the group defends clients from charges related to corporate misconduct, business crimes, financial scandals, securities fraud, bank fraud, other alleged corporate malfeasance and various other corporate criminal proceedings. Our practice also includes dealing with issues related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, including all associated investigations and enforcement actions, and large-scale crisis management.

When facing an inquiry or investigation, it is invaluable to have a team of former federal prosecutors on your side. The White Collar Group is adept at representing clients in complex criminal and civil investigations before Congress, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission (including merger proceedings), federal inspector generals, state attorneys general and before federal and state courts.

Our approach emphasizes conflict avoidance and pre-trial resolutions. Our White Collar Group helps clients avoid malfeasance by consulting on issues related to health care and securities regulation, antitrust, corporate accounting, taxation, environmental compliance and both domestic and foreign government procurement.


Representative Matters
  • Testified as an expert witness for the defense on real estate matters in a high-profile white-collar crime case against a real estate developer. The defendant was acquitted on all charges.

  • Represented an owner of a national sports team in a multi-million dollar SEC enforcement action alleging insider trading. This matter is considered one of the most important insider trading cases in the past 10 years and attempts to expand the misappropriation theory of insider trading.

  • Represented a private issuer in one of the first cases where the SEC issued a subpoena, pursuant to the new Dodd-Frank Act, to a company solely to assist the Hong Kong securities exchange with its investigation of a Hong Kong issuer.

  • Defended a regional bank in multiple cases alleging that it participated with one of its customers in large feedlot ponzi scheme fraud.

  • Represented the officers and directors of Delta Petroleum Company in a shareholder derivative suit in Federal Court in Denver, involving allegations of options backdating. Brownstein obtained a dismissal of all claims. The Firm also represented Delta before the SEC and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Britton v. Parker et al.

  • Defended a financial services company and its employee in a case brought by a competitor alleging the company and the employee stole trade secrets when the employee left employment with the competitor

  • Defend registered investment advisors in multiple jurisdictions in investigation into alleged pay-to-play activities involving government officials, government pension plans, placement agents and private equity funds.

  • Defended a hedge fund manager in parallel proceedings alleging securities fraud brought by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and shareholders.

  • Defended the CFO of a public company airline against insider trading allegations made by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Defended a public company charged with securities fraud by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and in a class action brought by shareholders.

  • Defended the chairman of the audit committee for one of the world's largest agri-business companies facing an SEC investigation alleging accounting fraud.

  • Defended an attorney in a case alleging securities fraud brought by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Successfully defended United Airlines in the first case to be tried under federal whistle-blower provisions.

  • Successfully represented a pre-eminent criminal defense attorney in trial court and a 10th Circuit case involving RICO onspiracy claims. The co-defendants included the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office. Mr. Kahn won dismissal and affirmation on appeal.

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Gregory A. Brower Shareholder T 202.652.2340 gbrower@bhfs.com
David P. Cohen Shareholder T 202.872.5286 dcohen@bhfs.com
Michael A. Freimann Shareholder T 303.223.1195 mfreimann@bhfs.com
Stanley L. Garnett Shareholder T 303.223.1286 sgarnett@bhfs.com
Thomas J. Krysa Shareholder T 303.223.1270 tkrysa@bhfs.com
William E. Moschella Shareholder T 202.652.2346 wmoschella@bhfs.com
Christine A. Samsel Shareholder T 303.223.1133 csamsel@bhfs.com
Joshua A. Weiss Associate T 303-223-1268 jweiss@bhfs.com