Practice Areas

Internal Investigations

Mitchell Williams attorneys advise businesses in conducting internal investigations of known or suspected illegal or unethical activity.  We conduct comprehensive internal investigations of situations that can arise in the work place and defend and represent companies and individuals if a governmental investigation is initiated.

Having conducted investigations both as prosecutors and private counsel, our lawyers identify critical documents, assess the credibility of witnesses, and determine what will matter most to government investigators. We provide 24/7 onsite support for immediate evaluation and investigation of workplace matters including documenting witness accounts, reviewing and analyzing security footage, and obtaining all necessary background information to determine the best course of action for the company.

Our lawyers address the many complex issues that can arise, such as confidentiality and privilege, data protection and parallel civil litigation. We reach credible conclusions, and work collaboratively with clients to weigh options under disclosure regulations and government contracting programs.

We work to prevent, reduce, and limit liability the company would have to governmental agencies or private parties.

Mitchell Williams lawyers have advised businesses in conducting internal investigations including a broad range of alleged misconduct, including:

  • Financial and accounting fraud

  • Securities fraud

  • Bank fraud

  • Mail and tax fraud

  • Government contracting fraud

  • Health care fraud

  • Environmental crimes

  • Privacy issues

  • Export/import and OFAC actions

  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations

  • Commercial bribery

  • False claims (qui tam) and whistleblower retaliation violations

  • Money laundering

  • Criminal antitrust violations

  • Obstruction of justice

  • Allegations of employee misconduct which could expose an employer to third-party liability claims

We work to deliver the results clients need:  an accurate and discerning view of the facts, a complete and objective assessment of allegations, and the cooperation of key witnesses. We recommend appropriate disciplinary actions and remedial steps to enhance compliance programs and to satisfy the expectations of regulatory and enforcement agencies. This includes advising on the advantages and disadvantages, timing, and method of potential voluntary disclosures to enforcement authorities.