White Collar Criminal Defense
The lawyers at Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP have a well-established record of defending white collar criminal cases and government investigations, as well as representing clients in administrative and civil matters with fraud or criminal overtones. Our team has been actively involved in all stages of the defense of these matters, from preliminary investigation, through grand jury proceedings, to trial. Additionally, our team has experience in conducting in-house investigations and creating corporate compliance programs.
Our attorneys represent individuals and businesses in a variety of criminal matters, are licensed to practice in both state and federal courts and handle criminal matters at both the trial and appellate levels. Our experience runs the full gamut of business-related criminal matters, including:
- Health care fraud
- Mail fraud and wire fraud
- False Claims Act/Government contractor litigation
- Money laundering
- Tax fraud and IRS investigations
- Bank fraud
- Securities fraud
- International financial transactions fraud
- Computer crime
- Environmental crime
- Professional gambling
Our attorneys are also experienced in the following areas.
Health Care Litigation
The Justice Department, as well as most states have made health care fraud issues a priority item in recent years. This prioritization has led to increased federal and state scrutiny of transactions in the health care industry that were previously ignored which has, in turn, led to increased prosecutorial efforts in this industry.
Our attorneys have experience in defending against federal and state investigations in the health care industry. Our attorneys have represented physicians accused of Medicaid and Medicare Fraud, have received declination letters for health care providers and have defended nationally recognized health care organizations accused of patient abuse and neglect.
Antitrust violations have serious consequences that can cripple both the operations and the reputation of any business. Such federal statutory schemes as the Clayton Act, the Sherman Act and the Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement and Reform Act of 2004 allow for substantial penalties and jail time for price fixing, bid rigging and market allocation. Corporate fines can range from $10 million to $100 million, with individual fines ranging from $350,000 to $1 million. Prison sentences of 3-10 years can be handed down for convictions. Given these consequences, it is more important than ever before to retain antitrust defense attorneys who know the law and can offer a sophisticated legal defense.
Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP lawyers have extensive experience in representing clients in antitrust investigations and prosecutions. Our attorneys have represented clients in the automotive industry, health care industry, air cargo industry, tobacco industry and chemical industry with respect to allegations of violations of the Sherman and Clayton Acts. These matters arise from investigations initiated by the local U.S. Attorney’s Office as well as the Department of Justice.
Environmental Criminal Enforcement
There has been a dramatic increase in the government’s use of the criminal law process to enforce environmental laws. Such prosecutions create unique defense challenges because in these cases, unlike most other white collar prosecutions, the government attempts to enforce criminal statutes that require little, if any criminal intent as an element of the offense. These types of prosecutions therefore require intensive fact-finding investigative work and, frequently, pre-indictment presentations to the government with an eye toward convincing the government to terminate the investigation.
Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP is situated to provide defense work in this area. The firm has a depth and breadth of experience in environmental law and environmental litigation.
A substantial portion of our antitrust attorneys’ work over the past few years has related to the defense of investigations and prosecutions of financial crimes. Our attorneys have been actively involved in the defense of individuals and institutions charged with bank fraud, tax investigations, RICO charges, mail fraud and wire fraud.