White Collar and Government Investigations

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and Best Lawyers®

Metropolitan Tier 1, Houston
Criminal Defense - White Collar

Gardere’s White Collar and Government Investigations practice represents corporate and individual clients through every phase of white collar criminal analyses, investigations, and both state and federal court trials. From brief consultations through extensive internal investigations, our attorneys fervently defend companies and their executives and directors against criminal and civil charges.

When conducting internal investigations, our watchwords are "thorough but efficient." We work closely with in-house counsel and company personnel to make sure we do no more and no less than the investigative situation requires. Our attorneys apply technical knowledge and in-depth experience to complex situations and cases involving antitrust, banking, customs, environmental, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, health care, public corruption, securities, tax, technology and trade secrets. Our attorneys are also well-versed in the important areas of e-data and e-discovery. We work efficiently with company IT personnel and, if needed, outside vendors to ensure that relevant documents are properly gathered, organized and understood.

If the situation involves parallel proceedings, our attorneys have vast experience navigating these complex waters. We have handled numerous investigations involving various combinations of government agencies – with both criminal and civil investigative authority – and private plaintiffs.

When pitted adversely against the government, we provide aggressive yet discreet representation and seek “silent solutions” whenever possible, because our clients tend not to want publicity related to the government inquiry. For established businesses or their personnel, a quiet government declination to prosecute serves far better than a noisy acquittal after trial. Our attorneys work diligently to respond to and rebut government concerns in the pre-indictment phase. Backed by the capacities and resources of a major law firm, we routinely make use of the collective knowledge of Gardere’s attorneys, as well as one of the finest state and nationwide networks of defense attorneys. If necessary, however, our white collar criminal defense attorneys do not fear the courtroom – they relish it – and their success in that forum is in part responsible for their consistent ability to avoid that forum with outcomes favorable to their clients.

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