Van Ness Feldman’s investigations team is made up of attorneys with extensive knowledge of complex federal and state regulatory schemes and includes former regulators and government attorneys. We handle investigations of all kinds, including internal, government agency, Congressional, regulatory compliance audits, and asset recovery exercises. Our team also assists and helps clients prepare for potential cyber-threats. We tailor individual teams to the needs of our clients, offering the highest quality services and efficient data management.
Delivering prompt, thorough conclusions and recommendations in these types of matters requires experience in multifaceted, high-stakes cases, deep knowledge of relevant industries and technologies, and a keen understanding of how government regulators, enforcement agencies, investigators, and auditors will evaluate evidence and approach charging decisions and, if applicable, settlement discussions.
Our team has been built to offer a combination of industry and regulatory expertise with litigators deeply versed in the complexities, nuances, and challenges of internal investigations aimed at advising companies facing serious enforcement and litigation risks. Internal investigations involving significant compliance problems often demand that the team be equipped with an ability to organize and execute a comprehensive inquiry intended to mirror a government investigation, while at the same time formulating and pursuing strategies that align with the company’s long-term best interests. After conducting internal investigations in a wide variety of industries, both within and outside of our core practice areas, our team offers the combination of experience necessary to evaluate and mitigate risks to the company.
Government investigations pose similar challenges. Without guidance from experienced counsel, government investigations can dramatically impact a company’s reputation, lead to an escalated risk of additional investigations and civil lawsuits, and undermine investor confidence. Van Ness Feldman’s investigations team is experienced in advising companies on how to respond to a government inquiry or subpoena, preparing witnesses for testimony, negotiating and communicating with an investigating committee, and managing the myriad strategic considerations that may come into play. In particular, our team can anticipate and manage the blend of legal, political, policy, and reputational issues that may be implicated by the company’s response to an investigation.