White-Collar Litigation and Investigations

 

Three of Selendy & Gay’s partners—Faith Gay, Christine Chung, and Jordan Goldstein—are former high-ranking federal prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn and at the Department of Justice. At their former firm, these partners were members of the “White Collar Practice Group of the Year,” for the last three years, as named by Law360. In just its first 9 months of practice, Selendy & Gay has already been recognized for its expertise in Criminal Defense and White-Collar litigation in the 2019 Edition of “Best Law Firms” published by U.S. News & World Report.

As defense counsel, we have had dramatic courtroom and negotiation successes that have helped Fortune 500 companies fend off criminal and regulatory actions that threatened the viability of their businesses or business lines. We have counselled and represented Boards and Special Committees on thorny governance and compliance matters. We have successfully represented individuals in high-profile cases where prosecutors have aggressively interpreted their mandate or the statutes they enforce.

Today’s prosecutions and regulatory actions are often multi-headed hydras that force clients to face simultaneous scrutiny from more than one source. A criminal matter may have criminal and civil aspects, multiple agencies may investigate at once, or cross-border conduct may attract the attention of prosecutors and regulators in more than one jurisdiction. We are proficient in all these scenarios and have the skills they demand: rapid response, crisis management within the company and in the public eye, and the ability to strategize in multiple dimensions. We also well understand our clients’ strong view that a cure worse than the ailment is no cure at all. Our objective is an effective, efficient, and credible defense that does not itself disable our client or client operations.

Central to our success in the white-collar area is our willingness to take cases to trial, if necessary. Prosecutors and regulators, no less than other adversaries, take into account courtroom risk when they approach their cases and potential resolutions.

We have expertise in diverse subject areas. We have defended actions and investigations brought under the securities fraud and insider trading laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute, anti-money laundering statutes, trade regulations and sanctions (including the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations), health care fraud and tax laws—and more.

We have defended litigations, investigations, and appeals brought by the DOJ, the SEC, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), the U.S. Department of the Treasury and its Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”), the IRS, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), and a number of state Attorneys General. We interact frequently with the DOJ, the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in New York, the New York State Attorney General’s Office, the New York Department of Financial Services, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, among other prosecutors and agencies.