White Collar Criminal Defense

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We are witnessing a drastic shift in the nature of regulatory enforcement, both in the United States and abroad. With increasing frequency, governments are turning to criminal proceedings over civil penalties or fines, with many pursuing unprecedented criminal sanctions and seeking individual actors for prosecution. Securing experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense counsel has never been more critical for companies and their leadership teams. 

RK&O has been deeply rooted in the white collar criminal defense area since the firm’s inception more than 25 years ago. Our lawyers are highly regarded litigators, with established credibility with both the courts and federal and state prosecutors. Our white collar team, which includes former government prosecutors and enforcement lawyers, has a distinct and diverse understanding of the current regulatory and prosecutorial landscape. 

RK&O defends companies, boards of directors, audit committees and senior individuals in high-stakes white collar matters, including both investigations and criminal cases. We have particular experience navigating the domestic and foreign regulations concerning securities fraud and insider trading, accounting and tax fraud, FCPA violations, domestic corruption, bribery, money laundering, OFAC issues and economic sanctions.

Much of our reputation is based on our ability to win quietly, before a matter is ever public. Our strategy starts with a focus on favorable resolution and adjusts as needed through each stage of criminal litigation. From pre-indictment and initial investigations to the grand jury, trial, sentencing and appeal stages, we are committed to a fervent defense for our clients.

Our White Collar practice has been recognized by Chambers & Partners USA, Legal 500, Best Lawyers, USA Today’s “Best Law Firms” and Benchmark Litigation. In interviews, clients and peers commended our “expert litigation practice” and praised our white collar team for its “strong track record for guiding officers and senior executives of major financial organizations through delicate investigations.”