Honigman’s Investigations and White Collar Defense practice group conducts sensitive internal investigations aimed at uncovering or resolving allegations of officer, director, trustee, or employee misconduct. In the course of these internal investigations, our lawyers provide advice and counsel designed to avoid regulatory intervention and mitigate risk. We are also retained by corporate clients to represent employees, or groups of employees, identified in connection with internal, grand jury, or other government investigations.

Honigman defends individual and corporate clients in significant criminal cases. We counsel individuals and corporations in dealings and negotiations with the government prior to filed charges. We defend clients during all phases of a criminal case, including the initial appearance, pretrial proceedings, and possible plea negotiation.  We are exceptional trial attorneys and handle criminal appeals. 

Our lawyers have extensive criminal trial experience that includes bank, mail, wire and securities fraud offenses, healthcare fraud and illegal kickback offenses, tax offenses, controlled substance offenses involving physicians and pharmacies, and other types of government program fraud. We have familiarity with the government agencies that conduct investigations resulting in criminal or other regulatory enforcement actions, including the United States Department of Justice, multiple state attorneys general offices, the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Labor, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, and other state agencies.

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Representative Matters


  • Counseled multiple financial institutions working cooperatively with law enforcement to recover millions of dollars in stolen assets
  • Advised public companies during employee misconduct investigations
  • Conducted a sexual harassment investigation for a University and provided counsel on procedural changes to implement to protect against future liability costs
  • Investigated and counseled a clients and victims/survivors during sexual misconduct investigations
  • Represented clients cooperating with law enforcement to bring criminal charges against the client’s former employees
  • Represented and counseled clients involved in extortion threats
  • Represented a public school official related to actions taken prior to and during a school shooting
  • Represented and counseled multiple clients under investigation by Congress, federal agencies, and state law enforcement, including a Congressional Committee with the potential of being called to testify before Congress

Criminal Defense

  • Represented clients involved in financial institution fraud and provided counsel when cooperating with law enforcement to minimize criminal exposure
  • Represented multiple clients faced with state and federal felony charges to negotiate successful resolutions with prosecutors
  • Represented clients charged with importing contraband to recover the goods from U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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