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Led by the former Chief of the White-Collar Crime Section of the Northern District of Ohio U.S. Attorney’s office, Walter | Haverfield’s White-Collar Criminal Defense Group provides counsel to individuals and businesses faced with a criminal investigation or charges. We actively manage the entire process, from the first sign of involvement through investigation, prosecution, and post-trial matters. Our vigorous defense strategies best ensure a favorable result for the client, whether a negotiated pre-trial resolution or a defense verdict.

In addition to working on behalf of defendants and 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.



Our team’s experience includes:

  • Persuaded federal prosecutors to not bring criminal charges against a developer under the Clean Water Act for filling wetlands.
  • Persuaded state presenters to dismiss significant felony charges for alleged grand theft.
  • Aggressive pre-trial motion practice resulted in the voluntary dismissal by prosecutors of wide-ranging state RICO charges against a local businessman.
  • Defended the first-ever case tried under the Economic Espionage Act of 1996, resulting in nineteen of twenty-one counts either being dismissed or resulting in 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.
  • Represented 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.
  • Represented CFO and general counsel of publicly traded companies in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations.
  • Defended 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.
  • Representation of 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.
  • Defends companies and individuals in matters involving securities fraud, political corruption, nursing home operations, and state gaming laws.


  • Metropolitan Tier 1 (Cleveland): White-Collar Criminal Defense
  • Metropolitan Tier 1 (Cleveland): White-Collar Criminal Defense
  • Metropolitan Tier 1 (Cleveland): White-Collar Criminal Defense
  • Metropolitan Tier 1 (Cleveland): White-Collar Criminal Defense
  • Metropolitan Tier 1 (Cleveland): White-Collar Criminal Defense

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  • Metropolitan Tier 1 (Cleveland) – White-Collar Criminal Defense
  • Metropolitan Tier 1 (Cleveland) – White-Collar Criminal Defense
  • Metropolitan Tier 1 (Cleveland) – White-Collar Criminal Defense