Internal and Corporate Investigations
At Wilentz, we are often called upon to assist clients in conducting internal and corporate investigations. We work in concert with our corporate and employment attorneys on behalf of public and private businesses and their directors and officers in internal and corporate investigations, often with particularly sensitive matters involving accounting fraud and earnings management, theft, disclosure violations, trade secret violations, conflicts of interest, employee, director and management responsibilities and business practices.
Working in concert with our employment and corporate lawyers, we help our clients navigate the complexities of each case to generate the best possible outcome as efficiently as possible. We are particularly familiar with the statutes governing self-reports to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and we regularly advise companies in connection with decisions related to internal investigations, including disclosure. Oftentimes, we assist in the collection of financial statements, review documents, leverage our network of forensic accountants to review financial statements and report back to company leadership throughout the process.
Our Criminal Law practice is among the most established state and federal practices in New Jersey. Our team is led by a certified criminal trial attorney and includes former assistant county prosecutors and deputy attorneys general who have distinguished themselves in difficult and highly publicized cases. Our government service experience strengthens our capabilities as legal advisors and informs our understanding of each case to efficiently respond to regulatory inquiries on behalf of our corporate clients.
It is important to retain counsel early on following disclosure or discovery of ethical malfeasance. We are widely regarded for our ability to develop remedial and compliance plans that appropriately address potential liabilities, and our representation of clients in governmental investigations has often resulted in our securing Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) for our clients, and investigations that have closed and with no criminal penalties.