White Collar Defense & 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
  • 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
They are a tight team who coordinate well and do an excellent job. – Chambers USA

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


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Group contacts
Andrew D. Goldstein  Partner Washington, DC, New York
Michael Attanasio  Litigation Department Chair San Diego
Shamis Beckley  Partner Boston
Luke Cadigan  Partner Boston
Russell Capone  Partner New York
Gina Cavalier  Partner Los Angeles – Santa Monica, Washington, DC
Tiana Demas  Partner Chicago, New York
Shannon Eagan  Partner in Charge – Palo Alto Palo Alto
Bobby Earles  Partner Chicago
Tom Epps  Partner London
Daniel Grooms  Partner Washington, DC
Zachary R. Hafer  Partner Boston
Kathleen R. Hartnett  Partner San Francisco
John H. Hemann  Partner San Francisco
Matthew Kutcher  Partner Chicago
Randall R. Lee  Of Counsel Los Angeles – Downtown, Los Angeles – Santa Monica
Sonia Nath  Partner Washington, DC
William Schwartz  Senior Counsel New York
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