Practice/Industry Group Overview
William W. “Billy” Wilkins, the former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, leads Nexsen Pruet’s White-Collar Crime Practice Group. Wilkins provides clients with a unique understanding of the law. While serving as a federal judge, President Ronald Reagan appointed Wilkins as the first Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission. In that position he was instrumental in the development and writing of federal guidelines, policies and procedures addressing, among other things, white-collar and corporate crimes.
The regulatory and enforcement climate has become increasingly adversarial. Our White-Collar Crime Group has the experience to handle complex cases at both the state and federal levels, in agency and administrative proceedings, and in government investigations.
With Wilkins’ deep, comprehensive knowledge of criminal law, we can move quickly and effectively to shape legal strategies to address allegations related to a wide range of areas including securities fraud, antitrust, Medicare fraud, tax fraud, bank fraud, insider trading, making false statements to government investigators, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Our capabilities include:
- Assisting with internal inquiries of suspected criminal activity
- Responding to target letters
- Responding to subpoenas and negotiating with prosecutors and other state and federal authorities
- Providing representation in state and federal grand jury proceedings
- Providing an aggressive, forceful defense – through trial and appeal – if criminal charges are filed
- Providing counsel on corporate compliance issues, including the establishment of programs designed to manage and reduce the risk of criminal and civil misconduct
Our team is accustomed to working with other law firms which may represent individuals, boards, and businesses in other matters. We pride ourselves in being responsive and in keeping our clients informed.