Practice Areas

  • White-Collar Criminal Defense

    LSW is regularly recognized as one of the top firms in the white-collar sector.  We have defended hundreds of individuals and entities in investigations and prosecutions brought by federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities in the United States and foreign venues.  Whether a client is a witness or target of a criminal investigation, or the victim of a crime, we provide focused and strategic representation to ensure that our clients’ rights and interests are protected. 


    We have defended clients against a vast array of allegations and charges, including insider trading, market manipulation, accounting fraud, antitrust violations, construction-related fraud, bank fraud, mail and wire fraud, tax violations, money laundering, public corruption, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, bribery, obstruction of justice, contempt, RICO violations, export control and other customs violations, currency reporting violations, health care fraud, cybercrime, obscenity, environmental violations, and labor union violations.  We are also experienced in asset forfeiture and restitution proceedings and in criminal appeals.


    We also represent clients in cross-border proceedings.  We have represented numerous executives, financial professionals, and other individuals from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas in connection with investigations by US authorities.  This frequently involves coordination with co-counsel in foreign jurisdictions.


    Much of our work in white-collar cases is geared toward helping our clients avoid criminal or regulatory charges.  We achieve this result in many cases through early mastery of the facts, strategic counseling, and vigorous advocacy.  We also vigilantly protect our clients’ privacy interests in non-public matters.


    Our adversaries know that when we have to defend our clients at trial, we are fully prepared to do so.  Five of our eight partners are former federal prosecutors.  Collectively, we have tried over 100 criminal cases.  And our firm is no stranger to acquittals—even when the matter is high-profile and hard-fought by the government.


    The individuals we have represented in white-collar and regulatory matters have included CEOs, CFOs, and other high-ranking executives in finance and a broad array of other industries.  We also regularly represent and counsel corporations and corporate boards in connection with criminal and regulatory matters.  Those representations have often included internal investigations, making presentations and referrals to law enforcement authorities, and responding to law enforcement inquiries and subpoenas.