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White-Collar Criminal Defense


Led by Ralph Cascarilla, the former Chief of the White-Collar Crime Section of the Northern District of Ohio’s U.S. Attorney’s office, Walter Haverfield’s white-collar criminal defense team provides counsel to individuals and businesses faced with a criminal investigation or charges. For decades, our team has built our respected reputation by defending individuals and companies in the nation’s highest-profile criminal prosecutions and investigations. We actively manage the entire defense process, from the first sign of involvement through investigation, prosecution, and post-trial matters.

Practice Group Leader

Ralph E. Cascarilla, Managing Partner

Ralph represents individuals and businesses in a wide range of governmental white-collar criminal investigations, including environmental, health care, securities fraud, antitrust, tax, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), federal elections and government procurement matters.

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Our White-Collar Criminal Defense Difference

Our vigorous defense strategies best ensure a favorable result for the client, whether a negotiated pre-trial resolution or a verdict in favor of the defense. In addition to working on behalf of defendants, businesses, and individuals under investigation, we routinely represent non-target individuals and businesses in response to subpoenas for testimony and documents. We represent businesses and individuals who are victims of crime to provide them with a voice in the proceedings and assist them in obtaining full and adequate restitution.


  • Metropolitan Tier 1 (Cleveland): Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Land Use & Zoning; Litigation – Real Estate
  • Metropolitan Tier 2 (Cleveland): Litigation – Environmental; Litigation – Labor & Employment; Litigation – Trusts & Estates
  • Metropolitan Tier 3 (Cleveland): Litigation – Construction; Litigation – ERISA, Litigation – Insurance
  • Metropolitan Tier 1 (Cleveland): Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Land Use & Zoning; Litigation – Real Estate
  • Metropolitan Tier 2 (Cleveland): Litigation – Environmental; Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Metropolitan Tier 3 (Cleveland): Bet-the-Company Litigation; Litigation – Construction; Litigation – ERISA, Litigation – Insurance; Litigation – Trusts & Estates


  • Persuading federal prosecutors to not bring criminal charges against a developer under the Clean Water Act for filling wetlands
  • Persuading state presenters to dismiss significant felony charges for alleged grand theft
  • Aggressive pre-trial motion practice resulting in the voluntary dismissal by prosecutors of wide-ranging state RICO charges against a local businessman
  • Defending the first-ever case tried under the Economic Espionage Act of 1996, resulting in 19 of 21 counts either being dismissed or resulting in an acquittal; after two rounds of appeals and three different sentencing hearings, our client was sentenced to a year of probation and a $5,000 fine
  • Representing one of the county’s largest government contractors in a grand jury investigation that ultimately led to the indictment and conviction of numerous individuals; through our vigorous work during the investigation, we persuaded prosecutors not to indict our client
  • Representing CFOs and general counsel of publicly traded companies in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations
  • Defending criminal and civil antitrust enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office involving allegations of bid-rigging, territorial allocation, and antitrust conspiracy in the dairy, scrap metal, road construction, and industrial equipment industries
  • Representing companies and individuals in white-collar criminal matters of bankruptcy and health care fraud, Davis-Bacon Act compliance, procurement fraud, antitrust and securities enforcement, IRS tax matters, and ERISA benefit matters
  • Defending companies and individuals in matters involving securities fraud, political corruption, nursing home operations, and state gaming laws