Neal & Harwell was one of the first firms in the country to specialize in the defense of white collar investigations and prosecutions. Beginning in the 1970s and continuing through the present, we regularly defend high profile, high stakes criminal cases. Some of the more highly publicized examples include the firm’s defense of Ford in the Pinto case prosecution, John Landis in the Twilight Zone case, Eddie DeBartolo in the Edwin Edwards case, and Pilot Flying J in recent criminal investigation and proceedings. In addition, we represent corporations and individuals in a broad variety of white-collar matters, including the defense of allegations of Medicare/Medicaid fraud, mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, criminal tax fraud, securities violations, bribery, antitrust, RICO, labor and environmental crimes, violation of Anti-Kickback Regulations, violation of campaign laws, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Our experienced attorneys are prepared to handle every case from start to finish. We conduct internal investigations for major corporations and entities, including boards of directors, audit committees, corporate officers and governmental agencies. Although we strive to resolve matters with the relevant authorities before charges are filed to reduce or eliminate criminal exposure and the resulting publicity, we are prepared to represent our clients in all stages of federal and state proceedings if charges are filed. We guide our clients through initial investigations, grand jury proceedings, trials and, if necessary, appeals. Our attorneys also have considerable experience guiding their clients through investigations in non-litigation contexts, including regulatory investigations, SEC investigations, and legislative committees.
Our vast experience in this complex area of law allows us to provide our clients a level of expertise that few firms can match. Our attorneys each play a unique role in the numerous white-collar cases our firm handles, and this enables us to effectively advise clients, conduct investigations, resolve matters short of trial where appropriate, and take these cases successfully to trial when necessary.