Government Investigations & White Collar Defense - Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Executives and corporate leadership require sophisticated legal advice and a team that can exercise the highest levels of discretion when faced with sensitive and potentially damaging investigations and enforcement actions. Brownstein’s Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Group successfully represents corporations and individuals across the country in complex federal and state criminal investigations, inspector general and congressional matters, and related civil and regulatory, including SEC, proceedings. 

Our team is known for minimizing disruption to our clients’ businesses and achieving the most favorable results in an investigation, often avoiding litigation. In a climate of expanding regulation, increased investigations and litigation brought by agencies of all kinds, our team draws on its firsthand experience gained by decades of government service at the local, state and federal levels. 

Representative Matters
  • Testified as an expert witness for the defense on real estate matters in a high-profile white-collar crime case against a real estate developer. The defendant was acquitted on all charges.

  • Represented an owner of a national sports team in a multi-million dollar SEC enforcement action alleging insider trading. This matter is considered one of the most important insider trading cases in the past 10 years and attempts to expand the misappropriation theory of insider trading.

  • Represented a private issuer in one of the first cases where the SEC issued a subpoena, pursuant to the new Dodd-Frank Act, to a company solely to assist the Hong Kong securities exchange with its investigation of a Hong Kong issuer.

  • Defended a regional bank in multiple cases alleging that it participated with one of its customers in large feedlot Ponzi scheme fraud.

  • Represented the officers and directors of Delta Petroleum Company in a shareholder derivative suit in Federal Court in Denver, involving allegations of options backdating. Brownstein obtained a dismissal of all claims. The Firm also represented Delta before the SEC and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Britton v. Parker et al.

  • Defended a financial services company and its employee in a case brought by a competitor alleging the company and the employee stole trade secrets when the employee left employment with the competitor

  • Defend registered investment advisors in multiple jurisdictions in investigation into alleged pay-to-play activities involving government officials, government pension plans, placement agents and private equity funds.

  • Defended the CFO of a public company airline against insider trading allegations made by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Defended a public company charged with securities fraud by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and in a class action brought by shareholders.

  • Defended the chairman of the audit committee for one of the world's largest agri-business companies facing an SEC investigation alleging accounting fraud.

  • Defended an attorney in a case alleging securities fraud brought by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Successfully defended United Airlines in the first case to be tried under federal whistle-blower provisions.

  • Successfully represented a pre-eminent criminal defense attorney in trial court and a 10th Circuit case involving RICO conspiracy claims. The co-defendants included the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office. Mr. Kahn won dismissal and affirmation on appeal.

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Meet The Team

Gregory A. Brower Shareholder T 702.382.2101
David P. Cohen Shareholder T 202.872.5286
Michael A. Freimann Shareholder T 303.223.1195
Alissa H. Gardenswartz Shareholder T 303.223.1207
Stanley L. Garnett Shareholder T 303.223.1286
William E. Moschella Shareholder T 202.652.2346
Christine A. Samsel Shareholder T 303.223.1133
Hal Stratton Shareholder T 505.724.9596
Joshua A. Weiss Associate T 303-223-1268