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Overview

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 more than 1,000 criminal cases to judgment in bench trials, more than 1,200 criminal cases to jury verdict, and has handled more than 475 criminal appeals.

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 U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. 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

Experience

  • 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 U.S. 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 non-jury trial of health care lawyer on indirect criminal contempt charges.
  • Acquittal, following a four-week federal jury trial, of target of two-plus year international marine hose investigation brought by the U.S. 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 Federal Drug Administration and U.S. 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 U.S. 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 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 U.S. 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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Key Issues and Best Practices for Corporate Internal Investigations

Key Issues and Best Practices for Corporate Internal Investigations

March 8, 2018

Corporations often hire outside counsel to conduct an internal investigation into compliance issues, or in response to allegations of wrongdoing. This article identifies some key issues and best practices for counsel conducting this type of investigation.

US Supreme Court  Ruling Tightens the Reins on Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Retaliation Claims

US Supreme Court Ruling Tightens the Reins on Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Retaliation Claims

February 22, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to prospective whistleblowers in Digital Realty Trust Inc. v. Somers (February 21, 2018), making it more difficult to bring a retaliation claim under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Second Circuit Martoma Ruling, Affirming Tippee’s Conviction, Backtracks on Newman, and Adds Yet More Uncertainty to Ever-Evolving Insider Trading Law

Second Circuit Martoma Ruling, Affirming Tippee’s Conviction, Backtracks on Newman, and Adds Yet More Uncertainty to Ever-Evolving Insider Trading Law

August 29, 2017

Dueling opinions in the Second Circuit in United States v. Martoma once again transformed insider trading law by modifying, if not overruling, the circuit's prior decision in United States v. Newman.

Playing the Blame Game: Fiduciary Duty Litigation in Bankruptcy Proceedings

Playing the Blame Game: Fiduciary Duty Litigation in Bankruptcy Proceedings

June 8, 2017

Businesses and other organizations fail from time to time. That is a reality of our capitalist system.

Honeycutt v. United States: Mandated Criminal Asset Forfeiture Receives Clear Limitation — Joint and Several Forfeiture Liability Rejected

Honeycutt v. United States: Mandated Criminal Asset Forfeiture Receives Clear Limitation — Joint and Several Forfeiture Liability Rejected

June 6, 2017

On June 5, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Honeycutt v. United States, No. 16-142, 581 U.S. ___ (2017), narrowing the scope of federal criminal asset forfeiture for drug offenses.

Anatomy of a Price Gouging Case

Anatomy of a Price Gouging Case

April 25, 2017

As a result of all the storms of ’04 and ’05, the Florida Attorney General’s Office launched numerous price gouging investigations under Florida Statue 501.160.

Health Care Fraud and Abuse in the Middle District of Florida in 2016 - a Year in Review

Health Care Fraud and Abuse in the Middle District of Florida in 2016 - a Year in Review

February 22, 2017

In 2016, the USAO-MDFL brought criminal and civil cases against both companies and individuals.

Trial Checklist

Trial Checklist

December 16, 2016

This chart provides a quick reference regarding motions and objections that may be made immediately prior to, during, and immediately after trial to preserve issues for appellate review.

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