Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense

Liskow & Lewis’s government investigations and white collar criminal defense lawyers represent corporate and individual clients in matters including:

  • compliance issues,
  • grand jury and other investigations,
  • criminal trials,
  • qui tam actions and
  • other parallel proceedings.

In the last decade, the government has broadened its use of criminal sanctions to regulate commercial, environmental, and health care activities. In this enforcement climate, only those experienced in the criminal process are likely to achieve successful results for clients. The Liskow & Lewis government investigations group is led by a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. The group has successfully represented corporate and individual clients in achieving the best possible resolution of a wide range of criminal and related civil matters. Some of the group’s most successful results have been in convincing prosecutors not to file charges against a client. But where charges cannot be avoided, our lawyers are equally well prepared to represent clients vigorously and successfully in criminal trials and appeals.

Compliance Advice, Counseling and Internal Investigations

Firm attorneys advise health care, environmentally regulated, and other entities in establishing internal compliance programs to deter and detect employee misconduct. Where misconduct does occur, the existence of such a program is a significant factor both in the prosecutor’s decision whether to bring charges and in the determination of sentence upon a conviction. Members of the group also conduct internal corporate investigations of misconduct and advise clients on the appropriate steps to take if such conduct is detected.

Grand Jury and Other Investigations

Often, the white collar defense lawyer’s most important work is done before charges are filed, and sometimes before an investigation even begins. Firm attorneys assist clients in establishing search warrant response plans, in responding to grand jury subpoenas, and in communicating and negotiating with prosecutors at the time when the client’s options are greatest – before an indictment is filed.

Criminal Trials and Appeals

If and when necessary, firm attorneys enter the courtroom with decades of successful experience in trial and appellate courts throughout the United States.

Environmental Matters

Members of the white collar group work closely with the firm’s environmental lawyers in this growing area of criminal enforcement. For further description, please see Environmental Criminal Defense.

Health Care Fraud and Abuse, Criminal and Civil Defense

Liskow & Lewis successfully advises and defends institutional and individual clients in a wide range of matters, including claims of fraud and abuse, illegal remuneration, and Stark Law and False Claims Act violations. We can design and implement internal compliance programs, establish search warrant response plans, conduct internal investigations, respond to grand jury investigations, defend qui tam and other civil lawsuits, advise clients on suspension and debarment issues, and defend against criminal charges.

Parallel Civil and Administrative Proceedings

White collar investigations are often accompanied by parallel civil and administrative proceedings, such as professional liability claims, shareholders suits, False Claims Act (qui tam) suits, and administrative actions. Such parallel proceedings require consideration of the impact that action taken in one case may have in the other proceeding or proceedings. For this reason, Liskow & Lewis adopts a global approach to representation of clients in parallel proceedings.

Representative Cases and Matters

Among the matters handled by our white collar group are the following:

  • Represented a manufacturing company in parallel grand jury investigation and civil False Claims Act case alleging over $500,000,000 in damages. Negotiated civil resolution on favorable terms without the filing of any criminal charges.
  • Represented oil and gas exploration company in parallel grand jury investigation and False Claims Act case, alleging violations of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, and seeking over $300,000,000 in damages. Negotiated favorable civil resolution without any criminal charges being filed.
  • Represented a major energy company in a Clean Water Act grand jury investigation. Conducted internal investigation and successfully resolved the case without the filing of any charges against client.
  • Represented a medical scientist in federal investigation of alleged illegal importation of research animals. Successfully resolved the case without the filing of any charges against client.
  • Represented a defendant under federal indictment based primarily on evidence developed through FBI wiretaps. Filed comprehensive motions for suppression of wiretap evidence, after which the government voluntarily dismissed indictment prior to trial.
  • Represented development company in EPA/Coast Guard investigation of alleged Rivers and Harbors Act violations. Achieved misdemeanor resolution on favorable terms.
  • Advised a major energy industry trade organization on efforts to reform OPA 90 criminal liability provisions.
  • Represented a hospital in successful resolution of state legislative auditor and grand jury investigations.
  • Conducted internal investigation of employee wrongdoing at a major chemical company for report to company’s Board of Directors precedent to Board taking disciplinary and remedial actions.
  • Represented a federal prosecutor in successfully resolving an internal Department of Justice investigation of alleged misconduct.
  • Represented a shipyard and its principals in state criminal investigation of alleged hazardous waste violations. Successfully negotiated immunity for all clients.
  • Appointed by federal court to represent a defendant charged with assassinating an FBI informant. Conducted an extensive investigation and found unidentified exculpatory witness. Trial ended with a deadlocked jury, and murder charges were subsequently dropped.
  • Represented a plant manager in federal investigation of alleged Resource Conservation and Recovery Act violations. Successfully resolved the case without the filing of any charges against client.
  • Successfully represented a political fundraiser in federal campaign finance investigation.

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Diversity

Liskow & Lewis is committed to enhancing the racial, cultural and gender diversity within our firm and our profession.  We believe that diversity makes us a stronger and more capable organization and that it enables us to better serve our clients in all practice areas.

We commit to investing the time and resources necessary to hire, mentor and retain lawyers of diverse backgrounds, recognizing that diversity efforts must not end with recruitment.  Members of our firm actively participate in several national and local organizations that promote diversity within our profession, including the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, National Bar Association, Minority Corporate Counsel Association and the Louisiana Bar Association’s Minority Involvement and Diversity Sections.

Our recruiting committee actively seeks students and attorneys with diverse backgrounds and experiences.  Through our firm’s mentoring program and other diversity initiatives, we strive to assist our associates in developing skills that will help them grow professionally and rise to the highest levels of not only our firm but within our communities.

Liskow & Lewis supports an active diversity committee, co-chaired by New Orleans shareholder Todd Wallace.  The committee consists of shareholders and associates from each of our offices and devotes its time and energy to the professional growth of minority attorneys as well as the growth of a diverse client base.  Dana Douglas also currently serves as the firm's Minority Recruitment and Retention Partner so as to coordinate our ongoing efforts to seek out the best minority attorneys for possible positions within our firm, while insuring that those lawyers receive the appropriate professional mentoring and training as they develop their practice. 

However, today’s diversity initiatives are only the beginning at Liskow & Lewis.  We continue to explore new and more effective methods to recruit, hire and retain talented attorneys and staff members with diverse backgrounds.  These continuing efforts are an integral part of our mission to provide superior client services.

Recruiting

Liskow & Lewis regularly recruits top graduates from leading law schools in Louisiana, Texas and across the country, including those students who share our commitment to continuing the development of a diverse firm culture.

To accomplish this goal, we regularly participate in the LSBA Minority Job Fair and the Tulane Diversity Clerkship Program for summer associate positions.  The firm annually sponsors Southern University’s Law Review Induction Ceremony and Awards Banquet.  In 2007, Liskow & Lewis is proud to once again sponsor the student breakfast for the Sunbelt Minority Job Fair in Dallas, Texas, one of the nation’s largest minority-oriented recruitment programs.

Early year, Liskow & Lewis hosts receptions in its various offices for minority law students from local law schools.  Working through the local BLSA, HLSA and APLSA student associations, these receptions provide unique opportunities for our attorneys to demonstrate our commitment to minority law students and diversity within the profession at the earliest phase of their careers.

Professional Development

While identifying and recruiting successful minority students and lawyers is critical to our diversity efforts, Liskow & Lewis believes that mentoring and assisting our young attorneys in their professional development is equally important.

Our Associate Training Committee meets monthly with associates to tackle various topics ranging from practical training to client development.  The firm’s Mentoring Program provides each young lawyer with additional guidance on how to meet the demands of their profession. Realizing that women attorneys and minorities may face unique challenges during their careers, the Diversity Committee and the Women’s Practice Development Group ensures that those lawyers receive the advice and assistance necessary to meet their professional development needs as well as those of their clients.

Through its attendance at such events as the annual American Conference Institute’s Law Firm Diversity Forum and the DRI’s Diversity for Success Seminar, Liskow & Lewis continues its commitment to identify and learn new methods of assisting our young lawyers.

Leadership

Liskow & Lewis’ commitment to retaining and fostering the development of a talented and diverse group of lawyers is reflected in its promotion of minority and women attorneys to leadership positions within the firm as well as its active involvement in organizations who share this firm’s commitment to diversity.  For example:

  • Marilyn Maloney recently served as the Managing Partner of the Houston office and as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors.
  • Cheryl Kornick heads the firm’s Technology Committee and is a former member of the governing Board of Directors.
  • Ms. Kornick and Marguerite Adams serve on the firm’s Paralegal Committee.
  • Randye Snyder chairs the firm’s Pension Committee.
  • Todd Wallace chairs the firm’s Recruiting and Hiring Committee.
  • Jana Grauberger chairs the Recruiting and Hiring Committee for the Houston office.
  • In fact, 10 minority and women lawyers currently serve on our Recruiting and Hiring Committee.
  • Dena Olivier serves on the Associate Training Committee having recently chaired this group.
  • Liskow & Lewis is a signatory to the Houston Bar Gender Initiative Commitment Statement.
  • Todd Wallace and Dana Douglas are currently working with members of the Louisiana Supreme Court and other leaders in the legal profession to develop a similar minority initiative program in the New Orleans area.
  • Mr. Jackson serves as the Director of the Ruby Bridges Foundation and has served on several national diversity-related groups, including the United States Vice President’s Inter-Agency Commission on Diversity. Mr. Jackson also is the recipient of the Attorney General’s Award for Equal Employment Opportunity.
  • Ms. Maloney is president of the Louisiana State Law Institute. She has provided pro bono counsel for organizations including the Ulster Project, New Orleans and the Economics Institute of Loyola Law School of New Orleans.
  • Michael Rubenstein serves on the Anti-Defamation League’s Regional Advisory Board.
  • Ms. Grauberger serves on the Board of Directors of the Women's Energy Network of Houston.  She works as the organization's Special Events and Networking Director.
  • Ms. Douglas will serve as the 2006-2007 Chair of the New Orleans Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section, whose primary goals include fundraising to provide legal assistance to the poor and underprivileged in the New Orleans area and increasing minority participation within the local bar association.  Ms. Douglas is also a former chair of the Minority Involvement Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association.
  • Mr. Wallace currently serves on the Executive Board of the Young Lawyer’s Section.
  • In 2005, Mr. Jackson and Ms. Douglas were featured in the New Orleans City Business 10th Anniversary Edition of Success Guide, an annual recognition of local minorities who are making a difference in our community.
  • Kelly Scalise serves as the Chair of the Federal Bar Association’s Younger Lawyers Division and is a member of the FBA’s governing Board of Directors.
  • Leta Seletzky was recently appointed to the Houston Bar Association's Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession, Administration of Justice, and Law & the Media committees.

Diversity Contacts

For additional information on the continuing efforts of Liskow & Lewis to enhance the racial, cultural and gender diversity within our firm and our profession, please contact:

Mr. Todd Wallace                                            
Chair of Recruiting and Hiring Committee           
[email protected]                                     

Ms. Dana Douglas
Minority Recruitment & Retention Partner
[email protected]

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