White Collar Crime and Government Investigations

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

Representative Matters 

  • 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