If not handled properly, internal investigations can significantly disrupt a client’s day-to-day business or even its long-term corporate objectives. Whether allegations of wrongdoing arise from a government investigation, a whistleblower or a civil lawsuit, it is incumbent upon companies to identify the legal and business risks posed by such allegations and effectively respond to them in a responsible manner. Walter | Haverfield is committed to ensuring that its clients move through this process with as little disruption as possible.
Our firm has experience conducting internal investigations for large, multi-national corporations, as well as local business enterprises. We strive to handle these investigations in a manner that both meets our clients’ objectives and is efficient and cost-effective. Internal investigations aim to uncover the truth about alleged misconduct within the organization. But a good internal investigation must do so without compromising relationships with innocent employees or unnecessarily damaging reputations. Such circumstances require good planning, consistent execution, analytical skill, sensitivity and a solid grasp of the legalities involved. We have the capacity to investigate allegations quickly and discreetly with minimum disruption and then to report our findings in a rigorous and reliable manner. As with all of our legal services, we staff investigations based foremost on the client’s needs but also with an eye towards containing costs by assigning lawyers whose experience and skill level are commensurate with the tasks that the investigation necessitates.
We draw from the experience of our many attorneys who have government experience, having served as prosecutors, special prosecutors, and as former Chief of the White Collar Crime Section of the Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. Walter | Haverfield then applies that experience in conducting internal investigations for companies across a variety of industries regarding a wide range of issues. Our goal is the same as your goal: to get you back to business as usual.
Assisted in the representation of an officer and director of a publicly traded company relative to an investigation concerning the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act being conducted by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice.
Assisted in the personal representation of a nationally-recognized physician relative to an internal corporate investigation as well as investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration and Department of Justice, resulting in indemnification of the physician’s attorneys’ fees and expenses.
Assists in the representation of businesses and business partners both in arbitration, and in state and federal courts, regarding commercial disputes such as breach of contract, fraud, breach of duty, tortious interference, misappropriation of trade secrets, and civil conspiracy.