Offers expertise spanning an array of complex criminal matters including federal and state investigations and litigation. — Chambers USA 2023

Honigman’s Investigations and White Collar Defense practice group has significant experience in conducting high-stake internal investigations, defending clients in investigations by state and federal regulators, including the U.S. Department of Justice, United States Congress, and the Securities and Exchange Commission. We also represent clients subpoenaed in Congressional investigations. In addition, we advise on crisis management and compliance issues. 

Our lawyers provide assistance designed to resolve investigations favorably and to mitigate risk and reputational harm to our clients. We are also retained by corporate clients to represent current or former employees in connection with internal and 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 sexual harassment investigations for major universities and provided counsel on procedural changes to implement to protect against future liability costs
  • Investigated and counseled 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
  • Counseled multiple clients under investigation by state and federal law enforcement
  • Represented several clients subpoenaed in Congressional investigations

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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