White Collar Defense and Investigations

We leverage our team’s unmatched government experience to conduct high-stakes investigations and defend companies and individuals in government enforcement actions

Why Cooley

We are a global team of lawyers with decades of experience in all aspects of white collar and regulatory defense including complex government and internal investigations, regulatory enforcement actions and prosecutions, and congressional inquiries

Our team includes more than 30 former government lawyers including a former acting associate attorney general of the United States, a lead attorney from Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation, numerous senior officials from the US Department of Justice and United States attorney’s offices around the country, a former regional director of the Securities and Exchange Commission and a former assistant director of the SEC’s FCPA unit

We conduct domestic and cross-border investigations and defend against enforcement actions brought by the US Department of Justice, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, US attorney’s offices, state attorneys general and district attorneys, the FTC, the CFTC, the FCC, self-regulatory organizations like FINRA and the stock exchanges, UK Serious Fraud Office, the UK Financial Conduct Authority and other enforcement agencies

Clients benefit from our deep roots in high-level government service, unmatched knowledge of the enforcement landscape and strong relationships with enforcement agencies and regulators

Our preeminent practice includes five Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers; we have achieved high-profile trial victories against federal and state prosecutors and the SEC

Our lawyers are consistently ranked as top white collar practitioners in the US and UK by Chambers, Benchmark Litigation, Legal 500 and Best Lawyers

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They are a tight team who coordinate well and do an excellent job.

Chambers USA


  • Chambers USA and Chambers UK: White Collar
  • Legal 500 US and Legal 500 UK: White Collar
  • The American Lawyer: Litigation Department of the Year Finalist
  • Best Lawyers in America: Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Financial Times- Innovative Lawyers: Standout, Dispute Resolution
  • The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers

We value their sense of client service, their global commercial awareness and their strategic mindfulness.

Chambers UK

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