White-Collar Criminal Defense and Government Investigations

The firm has been named one of the best Ohio law firms in white-collar criminal defense. We represent corporate and individual clients in federal and state prosecutions and in investigations by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other federal and state agencies. We have prevailed at trial and on appeal and in many matters where the government takes no further action and that are never made public.

Noteworthy Representations

Obtained reversal on appeal of multiple theft, money laundering and RICO convictions and 20-year sentence on behalf of Ohio lawyer.
Represented former CFO and chief legal officer of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland in six-week-trial and obtained acquittal on federal conspiracy, fraud, and kickback charges.
Represented CFO of national retail chain and obtained dismissal with prejudice of state RICO, securities fraud, theft, and bribery charges.
Represented president of electrical-contracting company in state criminal prosecution and obtained dismissal before trial of all charges, including RICO, telecommunications fraud and money laundering.
Represented CFO of publicly-traded company in Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Justice investigation of stock-price manipulation, resulting in no criminal or civil charges.
Represented Applications Engineer in one of the first criminal prosecutions under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, resulting in misdemeanor plea.
Advised global private-equity firm on issues of U.S. criminal law in connection with foreign acquisition.
Represented national mail-presorting company in federal criminal prosecution for conspiracy and false statements to the U.S. Post Office.
Represented businessman in federal prosecution relating to participation in Small Business Administration loan program, and obtained dismissal of all criminal charges and civil claims under the False Claims Act.
Represented president of pharmaceutical company in federal criminal investigation for fraud relating to the company’s financing and for tax violations.
Represented interventional cardiologist in federal criminal investigation into unnecessary medical procedures, resulting in no criminal charges.
Represented regional law firm in federal criminal investigation of bribery of public officials, resulting in no criminal charges or disciplinary action.
Represented officer of surgical products manufacturer in federal criminal investigation into accuracy of test data submitted to the FDA.
Obtained reversal of federal bribery convictions under McDonnell and reduction of sentence on behalf of former Cuyahoga County Commissioner and Chairman of the Democratic Party.
Represented subsidiary of international financial institution in successful appeal vacating criminal conviction relating to residential mortgage-backed securitization trusts.
Obtained reversal on appeal of rape convictions and life sentence on behalf of 50 year old man with no prior criminal record.
Represented businessman in sentencing, appeals, and collateral attack of federal convictions relating to Small Business Administration loan.
Represented defendant convicted of identity theft in successful appeal of sentence.
Represented public agency’s general counsel accused of receiving kickbacks.
Represented president of surgical center in federal health-care fraud prosecution challenging billing practices and medical necessity.