White Collar Defense & Investigations

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The Group successfully defends corporations, corporate executives, individuals and public officials in a wide range of federal or state investigations and prosecutions. The Group also conceives and implements internal investigations for boards of directors, audit committees and senior management in almost every business sector.


White Collar Defense & Investigations Representative Matters

  • Represented an offshore financial company alleged to have participated in illegal payments to a foreign head of state to secure exclusive construction and telecommunications contracts.
  • Represented a corporation and board of directors alleged to have defrauded and mislead the Department of Defense in the crucial sale of military related components.
  • Represented the Russian-based executive of a large energy company alleged to have engaged in a pattern of money laundering and flight from prosecution.
  • Represented a publicly held corporation in a federal investigation related to the alleged sale and delivery of unsafe and mislabeled military equipment leading directly to threats on U.S. military personnel.
  • Represented a privately held board of directors in an internal investigation and report on the former CEO's personal expenses and travel costs, and whether the company improperly paid such costs as part of the CEO’s overall compensation.
  • Represented a publicly held board of directors investigating allegations of an improper relationship between a senior executive and the COO.
  • Represented a board of directors in an internal investigation regarding allegations of improper board member voting patterns in granting company contracts and compensation. 
  • Represented a highly public scientific research center alleged to have intentionally destroyed and minimized federal research studies in an attempt to secure more congressional funding.
  • Represented a franchisor in a multi-district breach of contract dispute with a franchisee over exclusivity of area of responsibility. Representation included multiple applications for and against temporary restraining orders, and emergent financial applications including allegations of corporate malfeasance.

In an unprecedented series of decisions, and after a two year investigation and a multitude of written and oral arguments, the NJ State Ethics Commission dismissed, in its entirety, allegations against six owners of a closely held company whose owners also served as NJ State employees

The issue presented was whether the ownership and employment by the company was in direct violation of and conflict with its state employment duties and responsibilities. Through aggressive advocacy and a series of legal challenges, White Collar Department Chairman, Michael Weinstein was able to convince the Commission from instituting further, more severe legal action, and moreover, raised procedural and legal obstacles causing the Commission to dismiss the matters entirely. It is highly unusual for the Commission to dismiss matters outright as allegations traditionally are initiated based upon well-grounded investigations with the involvement of whistleblowers, and substantial documentation. The risk to the clients ranged from suspension or termination of state employment to more severe administrative hearings, sanctions and claw back of improperly obtained payments over an eight year period.


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