We understand that a lawyer's responsibilities are at their highest when a client's freedom, livelihood are reputation are at stake. Wachtel Missry's white collar defense lawyers represent individual and corporate clients during every phase of a government investigation. Our team includes not only attorneys with decades of defense experience, but also former prosecutors at both the federal and state level. We can assist not only with formal criminal matters brought by law enforcement authorities, but also civil enforcement and regulatory matters and legislative and administrative investigations.
We provide assistance from the earliest stages of a criminal inquiry to enable clients to evaluate potential exposure, assess available options, and pursue a consistent, comprehensive strategy. Our goals will be to minimize, if not avoid, criminal charges and, if criminal charges are brought, to pursue a tenacious defense either through the negotiation of the best possible plea arrangement or vigorous representation at trial.
Our substantive experience is broad and includes extensive experience with accusations of public corruption, complex financial fraud, and securities fraud.
Our deep knowledge of criminal law and processes also enables us to supervise or evaluate internal compliance investigations, as well as to represent non-target witnesses and crime victims. In particular, we have recently been especially active in protecting the rights of companies victimized by officers or employees to ensure that their rights to restitution are protected and maximized.