• Obstruction of Justice and False Statement Charges
  • January 18, 2011
  • Law Firm: Berger Singerman - Fort Lauderdale Office
  • It is clear that federal prosecutors are using every available tool to pursue corporate wrongdoing, including targeting those whom the corporations rely upon for legal advice. Corporate counsel can no longer presume that they will be viewed as impartial legal advisors dispensing opinions rather than directives. C-level executives need to be aware that attempting to protect their company from prosecution can be viewed as obstructing the government in its lawful duty. Federal criminal prosecutors and investigators may view in-house corporate counsel as targets for prosecution if, through their legal advice, they enable a corporation to commit a crime, prevent its discovery or assist in what appears to be a cover-up. C-level executives may be viewed as targets of a prosecution for obstruction if their protective instincts appear to outweigh their candor.