Crisis-tested and proven in the high-stakes world of white-collar defense, investigations, compliance, and litigation. We represent companies of all sizes, as well as individuals, in a wide range of complex matters at the federal, state and local levels and internationally.

Areas of distinction:

  • Government Insider Perspectives
    Our ranks include former federal and state prosecutors (including Section and Group Chiefs); SEC enforcement lawyers (including Branch Chiefs, enforcement attorneys, and a former Chief Litigation Counsel); U.S. State Department Attorneys; and a former Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice.
  • Recognized Global Practitioners
    We are regularly ranked by Chambers USA as leaders in the field and commended for our award-winning practical skills.  Representative of our experience and the trust both companies and the U.S. Government place in us, our attorneys have served in high-profile monitorship roles, including a joint appointment by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and SEC to serve as lead counsel for an FCPA Monitor.
  • Exceptional Thought Leadership
    We have authored hundreds of articles and book chapters on cutting edge compliance, investigation, and trial topics. Our books on compliance, investigations, and corruption reflect our role as practical, cutting-edge practitioners, and have won acclaim from clients, peers, and government attorneys.

    In addition to these milestone contributions, we also keep clients updated on emerging issues through our well-followed blog, White Collar BrieflyWhen issues arise related to investigations, claims of executive wrongdoing and other activities, our lawyers are frequently quoted in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, BusinessWeek, Los Angeles Times, CBC, MSNBC and other prominent news outlets.

Worldwide Investigations and White-Collar Defense
Our representation covers all stages of enforcement proceedings, from advising companies on whether to self-disclose a suspected violation, to responding to and resolving government inquiries. We routinely negotiate positive resolutions to thorny matters and represent the boards and special committees of companies, as well as individual officers and employees.

We represent clients across a range of industries, including: blockchain and cryptocurrency, consumer products, financial services, healthcare, higher education, manufacturing, retail, and technology, to name a few.

Areas of Counsel and Global Effectiveness

A representative listing of focus areas includes: 

  • Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, UK Bribery Act, etc.)
  • Anti-Money Laundering and Bank Secrecy Act
  • Antitrust
  • Asset Forfeiture
  • Blockchain and Digital Currencies
  • Compliance Program Design and Implementation
  • Congressional Investigations
  • Cybercrime and Investigations
  • Defense of Accused Individuals and Businesses
  • False Claims Act
  • Fraud Prevention, Detection and Remediation
  • Government Enforcement: SEC, DOJ, State Attorneys General,
  • Criminal and Regulatory
  • Healthcare Fraud
  • Insider Trading
  • Internal Investigations
  • Monitorships
  • National Security Litigation/Classified Information Litigation
  • Securities and Regulatory Enforcement
  • Supply Chain Compliance
  • Trafficking and Child Labor (Supply Chain) Investigations and Compliance

Our clients’ operations and interests are global and so are our matters, extending to nearly every continent.

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We have extensive experience leading high-profile internal investigations on nearly every continent. We handle investigations involving: anti-bribery/anti-corruption/Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; Bank Secrecy Act; congressional investigations, cybercrime; economic espionage, embezzlement; False Claims Act; fraud; insider trading; international sanctions; money laundering; securities and investment; and unfair competition.  We also regularly handle sensitive workplace investigations and have a dedicated team of lawyers that serve on our Workplace Harassment taskforce. Additional information about investigations pertaining to a number of these areas is below.

Anti-Bribery/Anti-Corruption/Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

We address prevention, detection and remediation across U.S. and international anti-bribery and anti-corruption issues, including compliance programs, internal investigations and third-party due diligence. Our experience includes representing an independent FCPA Monitor, who was jointly appointed by the DOJ and SEC. More about FCPA counsel.

Compliance & Ethics Training and Management

Our 360-degree counsel covers compliance program drafting and implementation; proactive code of conduct review and trainings; day-to-day compliance counseling and issue spotting. More about our Compliance & Internal Controls services, including our Asia-Pacific Compliance and Latin American Compliance practices.

False Claims Act (FCA)

Experienced in bet-the-company cases involving hundreds of millions, and even billions, of dollars in claims, Perkins Coie attorneys have significant depth in FCPA counseling for defense contractors and healthcare companies and individuals. More about False Claims Act representation.

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Enforcement

Insights from team attorneys who are former SEC enforcement branch chiefs and attorneys drive our defense on SEC issues, including claims related to blockchain and cryptocurrency. We are lead defense counsel for numerous blockchain/digital asset/cryptocurrency companies, sellers of ICOs, advisers, private funds and trading platforms in connection with investigations by the SEC and DOJ. We are also playing an instrumental role in shaping government efforts to regulate and legislate practices in blockchain and cryptocurrency. More about Securities Enforcement counsel.

Cybercrime Investigations

We have experience with a range of cyber threat actors—criminal as well as state actors of all levels of sophistication. Resources for clients in the increasingly regulated environment of cyber activity include counsel from a former Chief of the National Security & Cybercrimes Section at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois and an in-depth Privacy & Security Law practice team.

Supply Chain and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

As the first Am Law 100 law firm with a practice dedicated to this area, Perkins Coie addresses compliance concerns raised by the FCPA, UK Bribery Act and other well-known transnational anti-corruption laws as well as by emerging  legal requirements. More about Supply Chain and CSR counsel.