When the stakes are high, Gunster’s mission is to deliver the best possible defense. Gunster’s White-Collar Criminal Defense team has experience in managing and navigating through white-collar claims. Often, our clients face the possibility of total personal and financial ruin. Claims involving hundreds of millions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of documents are scenarios with which Gunster attorneys have experience.
Experience is everything when it comes to defending white collar claims. Among the firm’s attorneys are a former chief for the fraud and economics section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami, and a former prosecutor for the Office of the State Attorney and the Office of the Attorney General in West Palm Beach.
Gunster attorneys represent clients facing white-collar claims before criminal, civil and administrative tribunals. The firm works with a variety of clients on serious and complex claims that present significant economic exposure and potentially catastrophic penalties. Our attorneys have resolved challenges pertaining to internal investigations, regulatory compliance, grand jury proceedings, trial and appeal.
Our attorneys strive to develop and implement comprehensive defense strategies by drawing on firmwide capabilities in a variety of heavily regulated industries. These specialized business sectors include securities, health care, banking, environmental, energy, international trade, bankruptcy and the like – all disciplines in which Gunster is dedicated to providing multi-dimensional legal counsel. Gunster’s White-Collar Criminal Defense capabilities cover a broad range of fraud and other complex claims, including:
- Corporate fraud
- Securities fraud
- Health care fraud
- Mortgage fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Money laundering
- Financial institutions fraud
- FCPA and False Claims Act matters
- Internal investigations
- Grand jury investigations
- Compliance issues
- Public corruption
- Campaign finance
- Defense contracting
- Bankruptcy fraud
Our team is committed to effectively addressing and defending clients in white-collar criminal and parallel proceedings involving a host of federal regulatory agencies, including the:
- Department of Justice
- Securities and Exchange Commission
- Department of Health and Human Services
- Internal Revenue Service
- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Office of the Inspector General
- Food and Drug Administration
- Federal Trade Commission
- Commodity Futures Trading Commission
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Drug Enforcement Administration
- Department of Homeland Security
- Fish and Wildlife Service
- Secret Service
- Coast Guard
Gunster attorneys consistently seek to remain objective in order to advocate our clients’ interests throughout the investigation process. Our attorneys strive to approach each matter by establishing whether or not there is any basis for a criminal investigation, as well as determining where and how information should be gathered and disseminated. Should the government agree with our position, advocacy quickly evolves into fostering a solid working relationship focused on immediate resolution. However, when trial is the optimal path for our client, Gunster’s lawyers consistently seek to obtain the best possible result by drawing upon their collective experience trying criminal and civil cases to judgment or verdict in federal and state courts throughout the U.S.
In addition to investigations and trial, Gunster attorneys work diligently with clients to design proactive compliance programs that address the changing regulations with which many companies are faced. Our attorneys advise on an array of complex rules and regulations pertaining to our clients’ business dealings. This prevention oriented counsel includes a review of and response to compliance measures, as well as seeking approvals and regulatory sanctions when and where they are needed.
Our attorneys also represent clients who are the victims of white-collar crimes, such as fraud, harassment, trade secret theft and the like. Because of the nature of white-collar and civil fraud matters, the preservation of our clients’ ongoing reputation with shareholders, regulators and the press, among other constituencies, is a critical and ongoing challenge. Gunster’s White-Collar Criminal Defense team is dedicated to minimizing this impact.