Verrill's white collar defense team includes former federal and state prosecutors who have the perspective that comes only from having been on the other side. We pride ourselves in being savvy and creative in solving client problems, and recognize that the greatest victories come from avoiding charges altogether. We are also veteran trial lawyers, ready to mount an aggressive defense where successful resolution can be achieved only in the courtroom. We represent executives, individuals, and companies in all aspects of federal and state criminal and regulatory proceedings, including grand jury investigations, government enforcement actions, and licensing proceedings. Much of our work also includes internal investigations.
Where corporate wrongdoing has been alleged, from either the inside or the outside, we aim to protect the company with minimal business disruption. We draw upon colleagues in the firm with breadth and depth of knowledge in areas of tax law, securities law, immigration law, health care law, environmental law, employment & labor law, and business law.
In the context of the health care industry, government enforcement has both a civil and a criminal face — with investigations often beginning as apparently benign financial billing or audits by Medicare contractors or the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and ending in federal criminal proceedings under the federal False Claims Act or federal anti-kickback laws (among others) prosecuted by the Department of Justice. Our Health Care & Life Sciences Group has broad experience with such civil audits and works closely with the white collar group whenever the possibility of criminal liability or civil money penalties arises.