Business is regulated by a complex web of federal and state laws and regulations.
As a result, government investigations and inquiries have become a fact of life for even the most reputable businesses.
Ice Miller attorneys have extensive experience advising companies and individuals as they navigate today’s increasingly regulated and fast-paced business environment. We have substantial experience representing clients who, often without warning, have learned of serious allegations against the company, necessitating immediate, thorough, accurate, and complex answers. We, and our clients, are prepared to respond.
Effective crisis management often requires a combination of deliberate planning and immediate action. Whether the allegations arrive through an employee, the informal complaint of a whistleblower, dissatisfied customer, frustrated competitor, a qui tam action, or they arrive through formal government process such as an administrative or grand jury subpoena, civil investigative demand or search warrant, we advise our clients from the initial crisis management through the resulting investigation and any administrative, criminal, or civil litigation—and resolution.
Our practice is premised upon a multi-disciplinary approach that equips clients with the necessary tools to resolve the broad array of issues that are often associated with such allegations, inquiries or investigations, including public relations, corporate governance, employment, and potential criminal / white-collar implications.
This approach requires a diverse set of skills across multiple subject matters and industries, with experience before multiple state and federal agencies. We have particular experience representing clients in response to fraud, securities, antitrust, international trade and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), environmental and health law investigations. We also have represented clients in health care, drug and device, higher education, agribusiness, energy / utilities, manufacturing, construction, emerging technology and various other industries.
Our lawyers understand the governmental investigation and prosecutorial process as many have prior experience working for and with federal and state governmental agencies. They include former Assistant United States Attorneys, state level Assistant Attorneys General, prosecutors and a former Director of Enforcement of the Ohio Division of Securities. This experience is critical to assisting our clients in understanding the various stages of a government investigation and developing a strategy to achieve the most favorable result.
We have conducted internal investigations for our clients on a wide range of issues, and we understand the complexities and sensitivities that can be involved. Ice Miller is prepared to help your business discreetly yet thoroughly investigate the merits of any allegation, understand what has actually occurred, determine how to address the situation, and take whatever remedial actions may be necessary.
We know how important compliance with laws and regulations is for our clients. The growth of corporate compliance programs continues, and we work with our clients to create and build internal corporate compliance programs or to improve and expand existing compliance programs. We also help clients with training on and assessments of compliance programs to help reduce the risk of future government enforcement actions.