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Carlton Fields handles all aspects of criminal defense representation and civil cases involving allegations of criminal conduct or similar wrongdoing. We have significant experience in the areas of business, tax, and securities frauds; trade secret theft; money laundering; Medicare and Medicaid frauds; bank fraud; forfeiture matters; and immigration crimes. Our team, which includes more than 10 lawyers with high-level experience as assistant U.S. attorneys, assistant state attorneys, and federal and state public defenders, has tried hundreds of criminal cases to judgment in bench and jury trials.

We regularly:

  • Defend clients accused of crimes at trial.
  • Defend during grand jury and other government investigations.
  • Defend clients charged with crimes or targeted in civil enforcement actions.
  • Counsel clients before federal and state courts and agencies including the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Conduct internal investigations for individual and corporate clients, rooting out fraud and abuse, and helping them design prevention and detection programs.
  • Represent individuals and businesses victimized by crime, presenting to both federal and state authorities clients for possible criminal prosecution.


  • Acquittal of military and law enforcement equipment industry executive after a three-month trial related to the accusation that 22 industry executives conspired to bribe the defense minister of Gabon in order to win contracts to provide body armor, weapons, and military gear in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). This case was the largest prosecution of individuals under the FCPA since the Department of Justice began enforcing the Act. It marked the first large-scale use of undercover tactics in a FCPA case.
  • Acquittal after one-week jury trial of Colombian seaman accused in Operation Panama Express of importing cocaine into the United States.
  • Acquittal after nonjury trial of health care lawyer on indirect criminal contempt charges.
  • Acquittal, following a four-week federal jury trial, of target of two-year-plus international marine hose investigation brought by the Department of Justice.
  • Acquittal, following a six-week federal jury trial, of attorney and senior aide to then- governor of Puerto Rico, whom the Department of Justice charged in two indictments alleging various tax fraud and public corruption violations.
  • Dismissal of federal criminal indictment charging mail and wire fraud related to alleged boiler room operation, following a two-week federal jury trial that resulted in a hung jury.
  • Dismissal of indictment charging tax law violations prior to trial.
  • Represented two federal air marshals who fatally wounded a passenger who claimed to have a bomb aboard a commercial airline flight at Miami International Airport. This case represents the only instance where a federal marshal discharged a firearm in the line of duty (no criminal charges filed).
  • Represented executives after more than three years of investigation by the Federal Drug Administration and the Department of Justice into off-label use of medical devices (no criminal charges filed).
  • Represented founder and CEO of public technology company after more than two years of investigation by the Department of Justice into possible FCPA violations (no criminal charges filed). 
  • Acquittal of quality control executive following 10-week federal jury trial on charges of conspiracy, fraud, and theft regarding importation of mislabeled shrimp in case brought by the Federal Drug Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and U.S. Customs Service; co-defendants convicted at same trial. 
  • Represented health care executive in three-year antitrust investigation conducted by Department of Justice criminal antitrust division (no criminal charges filed).
  • Conducted internal investigation at request of parent company of major Florida public utility in response to anonymous allegations that managers were providing false information to state regulators in high-profile rate case.
  • Dismissal of federal criminal indictment relating to alleged mortgage fraud conspiracy following a five-month trial that ended in a hung jury that voted 10-2 for acquittal.
  • Multiple representations of executives in SEC investigations involving fields such as banking, finance, telemarketing, and manufacturing (no enforcement actions or criminal securities charges brought).
  • Negotiated resolution of probation and home confinement for pharmacist in large oxycodone distribution conspiracy, when application of Federal Sentencing Guidelines called for a much more severe result.

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OSHA to Investigate Whistleblower Retaliation Complaints Under Newest Antitrust and Money Laundering Laws

OSHA to Investigate Whistleblower Retaliation Complaints Under Newest Antitrust and Money Laundering Laws

February 25, 2021

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is now heading up enforcement for two more whistleblower laws — the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act and the Anti-Money Laundering Act. This alert discusses these newly enacted laws and their impact on your company’s compliance efforts.

Closing the Chapter on Generalized False Claims

Closing the Chapter on Generalized False Claims

September 20, 2019

After eight years of bitterly fought litigation, Carlton Fields assisted hospice provider Chapters Health System Inc. to defeat a $320 million whistleblower suit. The firm’s White Collar Crime and Governmental Investigations Group helped our client to continue providing compassionate care for patients who need it the most.

DOJ Provides Even More Reason to Enhance (Or Create) Corporate Antitrust Compliance Programs

DOJ Provides Even More Reason to Enhance (Or Create) Corporate Antitrust Compliance Programs

August 2, 2019

The DOJ’s Antitrust Division recently announced a new policy to incentivize corporate compliance. This client alert discusses recent guidance from the DOJ regarding its evaluation of corporate compliance programs at the charging and sentencing stage.

Ethical Rules and Professional Liability Risks of Business Lawyers Advising on Executive Protection Programs

Ethical Rules and Professional Liability Risks of Business Lawyers Advising on Executive Protection Programs

June 28, 2019

What ethical rules apply to the business lawyer tasked with the creation or renewal of an executive protection program?

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