White Collar Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations

When the stakes are high, Gunster’s mission is to deliver the best possible counsel and defense. Gunster’s White Collar Crime and Investigations team advises and defends individual government officials and corporate executives, as well as privately-owned and publicly-traded companies and health care, banking, education and non-profit organizations on a broad range of sensitive criminal, business, investigative and regulatory matters.

Our firm believes that experience is everything when it comes to conducting proper investigations and defending white collar claims. Among our team members are former judges and lawyers who served in federal and state government positions, including in the United States Senate, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, the Office of the Attorney General of Florida.

Our investigative service experience includes leading hundreds of grand jury investigations and working extensively through the years with international, federal and state criminal and administrative investigators.

Our team includes:

  • A former Florida Supreme Court Justice
  • A former Deputy Attorney General of Florida
  • A former Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida’s Fraud and Economics section
  • A former member of the Southern District of Florida’s International Narcotics and Money Laundering Section, who served as a member of the United States Office of National Drug Control Policy’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program task force
  • A former member of Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.

Our firm offers veteran skill in internal investigations. Our lawyers conduct internal investigations for public and private corporations and audit committees on matters ranging from whistleblower complaints and allegations of executive improprieties to corporate governance and human resources best practices.

Over the course of an investigation, our attorneys develop an investigative work plan, analyze documentary and physical evidence, interview witnesses, and focus on providing an objective analysis to help clients readily assess their potential exposure, if any. Our team also advises on reputation management and analyzes potential remedial measures, including whether to self-report any conduct discovered.

Gunster represents 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 regulatory compliance, grand jury proceedings, trial and appeal.

Our lawyers are skilled in matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; allegations of corporate and securities fraud; bank, wire and mail fraud; email fraud and computer crimes; tax and bankruptcy fraud; environmental crimes; domestic and international money laundering; violations of the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act and OFAC regulations; and the alleged victimization of children and vulnerable adults.


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