Practice/Industry Group Overview
Lawyers in Jones Day’s Corporate Criminal Investigations (CCI) Practice have extensive experience defending companies and individuals against allegations relating to every significant area of white-collar crime. These include fraud, antitrust and securities improprieties, international trade and breaches of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, government contracts, health care and environmental crimes, and internal and regulatory investigations.
Jones Day lawyers bring an understanding of the prosecution and enforcement function gained through service in senior positions in the Department of Justice in Washington and the United States Attorney's offices in the largest federal districts. Their combined experience includes the successful prosecution and defense of hundreds of criminal jury trials.
Beyond the usual representation of clients in grand jury investigations and at trial, Jones Day attorneys have also served in a variety of unique appointed capacities, including as chief investigator and administrative prosecutor of corruption in a major labor union, as chief administrative prosecutor of allegations of torture and coerced confessions against members of a major metropolitan police force, and as counsel to commissions investigating urban unrest and police misconduct.
Related Criminal, Civil and Regulatory Proceedings
When a modern business faces a federal criminal investigation, it usually must defend on multiple fronts. Jones Day lawyers have broad experience in managing the parallel SEC investigations, shareholder litigation, state attorneys' general actions, licensing inquiries, asset freeze and forfeiture proceedings, civil false claims and qui tam suits, and suspension and debarment actions against government contractors, which frequently accompany a grand jury investigation.
Internal Investigations and Compliance Reviews
As importantly, Jones Day has built a legacy of success for clients by providing advice and counseling that helps avoid investigation; by conducting compliance reviews and internal investigations that allow companies to resolve problems outside the public view.
Global Knowledge and Reach
Jones Day’s criminal defense practice is unique in its ability to draw upon the Firm’s global resources and more than 2,400 lawyers worldwide. The Firm provides a wealth of substantive expertise to the practice, in the areas of financial services, health care, antitrust, intellectual property, environmental regulations, and virtually any specialized subject that may be relevant to a particular case.
With 15 domestic offices and 22 offices located in leading commercial and financial centers outside the U.S., Jones Day offers a distinctive capacity to respond to problems wherever they arise. The increasingly global scope of corporate operations and financial transactions has been paralleled by growing international criminal law enforcement efforts. Each time a criminal investigation touches a multinational corporation or an international transaction, it triggers complex substantive, jurisdictional, and procedural issues concerning the application and enforcement of U.S. and non-U.S. law. Jones Day is uniquely qualified to manage these cross-border issues.
Confidentiality and Discretion
The criminal matters Jones Day handles are, by their very nature, sensitive to our clients, and Jones Day is committed to avoiding unwanted attention and publicity in connection with them. Even those that have come to public attention sometimes remain sensitive.