• Lots of pernicious activity in the PNW, beginning with sending a false distress message to the Coast Guard, a big no-no
  • An interesting conspiracy to get around sanctions against Iran involving Chinese, Turkish, and Portuguese companies — the indictment was handed down in Washington, DC, but the plea will be in Seattle where the defendant was arrested and has remained in custody
  • This case was transferred to Seattle from Florida — ransomware used to extort people into paying “fines” to phony law enforcement organizations
  • I’m seeing a spinoff of WAGSWWCCs
  • Even listenin’ to Slippin’ couldn’t convince the judge not to give DMX some prison time
  • Most disturbing of all this week: massive wine fraud in the Rhone Valley — life really does imitate The Simpsons…

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ICW Team

Our Investigations, Compliance and White Collar Team represents individuals and corporations in a broad range of government investigations and state and federal criminal and civil proceedings.

Areas of special emphasis include:

  • White-collar criminal and civil defense from investigation through trial,
  • Internal investigations and audits triggered by regulatory enforcement actions,
  • Investigations to assess regulatory compliance, and
  • Compliance programs to address newly promulgated regulations.

Our team members frequently appear before courts and agencies throughout the country in a wide variety of matters and at all stages of proceedings. We represent subjects and targets of investigations and prosecutions, as well as witnesses in matters involving allegations of:

  • Health care and other government program and procurement fraud,
  • Conspiracy,
  • Tax evasion,
  • Improper payments to foreign governments,
  • Computer crime,
  • Money laundering,
  • Bank and bankruptcy fraud,
  • Antitrust,
  • Unfair or deceptive trade practices,
  • Securities fraud,
  • Mail and wire fraud, and
  • Prescription drug diversion and related record-keeping failures.

An effective white-collar practice requires collaboration with attorneys in many different fields. Our ability to draw from the firm’s related experiences in taxation, immigration, securities, health care and civil litigation permit us to assemble a powerful defense team, often led by former federal and state prosecutors and regulators. Indeed, the group has been highly ranked in the U.S. News and Best Lawyers annual “Best Law Firms” survey for work defending white-collar matters.

On the regulatory compliance side — both in response to government enforcement action and to proactive and reactive client requests — our attorneys often lead high-stakes internal investigations, fraud and abuse audits, sensitive background investigations, and forensic financial and other analyses. We also have considerable experience designing compliance programs to address claimed shortcomings and “findings” identified by internal or external business operations reviews.