As the U.S. Department of Justice broadens the scope of its business and finance-related investigations, more and more professional service providers and business owners find themselves subject to claims of criminal activity, rather than, as in the past, claims of negligence or malpractice. Among the groups most hard hit are attorneys, directors and officers, accountants, financial advisors, and health care professionals. Moreover, turmoil in the market has led to a sharpened focus on corporate responsibility, provoking heightened regulatory scrutiny and enforcement.
In response to client requests for legal counsel on such matters, Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney has created a White Collar Defense Practice group. Led by Thomas Mazzucco, a nine-year veteran of the United States Attorney's Office, the team consists of lawyers who previously served in federal and state agencies that enforce the laws and regulations governing business practices today, along with attorneys who have handled administrative, civil, and regulatory investigations on behalf of business owners and professionals for more than 30 years.
The White Collar Defense team aggressively represents many corporate and individual clients from the start of a government investigation through informal inquiry, pre-indictment, grand jury, jury trial and other subsequent proceedings. Often, these representations are coordinated with our defense of related or anticipated civil, regulatory, or administrative proceedings arising from the same circumstances.
We also conduct internal fraud investigations and recommend strategies for resolving problems before they draw governmental scrutiny.