White Collar Defense

Our white collar defense and investigations attorneys are among the nation’s foremost, and Hueston Hennigan is ranked by U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers as a Tier 1 Metropolitan White Collar firm. Chambers & Partners recognized Co-Chairs Brian Hennigan and John Hueston as “Leaders in their field for white collar defense in 2016,” and The Recorder awarded Hueston Hennigan “Best White Collar Department” in California for 2016. Also, this same department won recognition as one of the three best white collar departments in the United States two years ago.

Our attorneys have an extraordinary track record of obtaining terminations of investigations before they surface publicly or result in charges, as well as of persuading courts to dismiss indicted cases before they reach a jury. We represent clients facing government investigations and criminal and civil enforcement actions in state and federal courts, and before regulatory agencies, across the United States. We approach each matter aggressively and comprehensively, seeking to understand our client and the facts of their case better than the government, and to achieve the earliest and most complete victory possible.

Our team includes three former federal prosecutors and two fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers. John Hueston is a former lead prosecutor for the Enron trial of Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling. He has been repeatedly recognized as a leading “Band 1” white collar attorney by Chambers USA, where he has been described as “hard-driving, insightful and aggressive.” Brian Hennigan similarly has been repeatedly listed as a “Band 1” white collar attorney in Chambers USA, where he has been lauded as “perhaps number-one when you’re thinking strategy and relationships in the [U.S. Attorney’s Office] and in the community,” and “a terrific attorney because of his great ability to communicate with judges and juries.” Mr. Hennigan has also been named a Los Angeles White Collar Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America. Marshall Camp is a former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, where he handled a wide range of white collar cases, including the successful trial of one of the largest criminal tax cases in U.S. history. Mr. Camp has been listed as one of the top five white collar defense attorneys under the age of 40 in a national ranking by Law360. While at Irell & Manella LLP, John Hueston, Brian Hennigan, Marshall Camp and Alison Plessman were recognized as members of a “White Collar Group of the Year” by Law360, where they were recognized for obtaining pretrial dismissals of two high-profile criminal prosecutions, in Nevada and Texas, in a single year.

Drawing on our reputations as experienced trial lawyers and creative problem solvers, our attorneys handle virtually every type of white collar case, including in the areas of securities fraud and insider trading; the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; False Claims Act and government contractor litigation; criminal tax, antitrust and environmental enforcement; Food, Drug & Cosmetics Act and health care litigation; and many others. Our clients have included leading global corporations in a wide range of industries, business executives and entrepreneurs, educational institutions, medical practices and physicians, lawyers, accountants, professional athletes, and religious leaders. We also have extensive experience conducting internal investigations and formulating corporate compliance programs.

Representative Matters

  • United States v. Waste Management of Hawaii, Inc. On the eve of trial, and following a four-year investigation and prosecution, we obtained dismissal of all felony charges against a subsidiary of Waste Management, Inc., the country’s largest environmental services providers, and two of its managers.
  • United States v. Investment Banking Executive. Achieved deauthorization and termination without action for a former Goldman Sachs managing director of a lengthy SEC and DOJ insider-trading investigation related to suspected tipping of the Galleon Group.
  • United States v. Medical Device Company. Obtained termination of a lengthy criminal Food, Drug & Cosmetics Act investigation of a prominent medical device manufacturer without any sanction or civil settlement.
  • United States v. Movie Studio Executive. Obtained an acquittal at trial on all charges in a tax evasion prosecution against a motion picture studio executive.
  • United States v. Angelo Mozilo. Achieved a declination in a federal criminal investigation of former Countrywide CEO Angelo Mozilo.
  • Texas v. Oil Heir. Achieved a post-indictment dismissal of multiple fraud charges against an heir of former oil magnate H.L. Hunt after an evidentiary hearing on allegations of prosecutorial misconduct, which also led to a contempt citation against the district attorney of Dallas, Texas.
  • Nevada v. Mortgage Company Executive. Obtained dismissal of a 306-count criminal indictment against a mortgage company executive that had been heralded by the Nevada Attorney General as a first-in-the-nation “robo-signing” prosecution.
  • United States v. Former Chief Executive Officers. Obtained declinations for two former CEOs of separate criminal and SEC stock option backdating investigations.
  • United States v. Casino Company Executive. Secured a declination of a three-year financial structuring and money laundering investigation of an executive at a Fortune 500 resort and casino company.
  • Illinois v. Former FBI Agent. Obtained the post-indictment dismissal of felony wiretapping charges against a former FBI agent based on a successful challenge to the constitutionality of the state’s wiretapping law.
  • United States v. Founder of Circuit Design Company. Won a complete criminal and civil declination, and the return of all seized funds, for the president and founder of an integrated circuit design company in connection with a lengthy federal contract fraud investigation.