Businesses worldwide turn to Chadbourne to manage their most serious and complex white collar defense and regulatory investigations. Our philosophy helps our clients achieve in three key areas: seeking counsel to avoid legal issues, finding the problem before others do, and responding to problems effectively and efficiently. Because Chadbourne’s team has handled more matters that have actually gone to trial or other adversarial resolution, and because we understand how to address the far-reaching business, policy, political and media implications of disputes, we have the ability to better design our representation to fit the unique requirements of each case. We avoid litigation when possible, minimize the costs and time when litigation does arise, and consistently win cases that others believe cannot be resolved.
Benchmark Litigation named Abbe David Lowell, chair of the White Collar Defense and Regulatory Investigations practice, one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America.”
Star Scientific, Inc. US Department of Justice Investigation
Chadbourne successfully represented Star Scientific, Inc. and its board of directors in a DOJ investigation relating to the company’s securities and dealings with former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell. While the case resulted in convictions against the former Governor of Virginia and his wife, no charges were brought against Star Scientific, for whom the firm was able to secure non-prosecution letters.
Peruvian Corporation’s Civil Asset Forfeiture Complaint
Chadbourne represented a Peruvian corporation in connection with civil forfeiture and money laundering allegations made by the US Attorney in the Southern District of New York. We obtained a favorable ruling as part of a voluntary dismissal of the case sought by the US Attorney, thus allowing the company to continue its operations and leaving currently no other US civil or criminal cases against the company.
Successful Outcome in Anti-Corruption Investigation
Chadbourne represented Ousama Naaman, a Lebanese-Canadian citizen in an investigation by the DOJ, SEC, and the UK's Serious Fraud Office regarding allegations that he violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the United Nation's Oil-for-Food Programme by paying bribes to the Iraqi government and officials. Chadbourne negotiated a favorable plea agreement, and Mr. Naaman was transferred to Canada to serve his sentence in record time, where he was quickly paroled.