Investigations & White Collar Defense

Our Investigations and White Collar Defense team has considerable experience representing businesses and individuals in government investigations and enforcement actions as well as conducting internal investigations. Clients rely on us to be their trusted partners before or after the government initiates an enforcement action. Our talented team regularly advises and represents clients in healthcare fraud, government contract fraud, tax fraud, violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute, mail and wire fraud, money laundering, false statements, worksite enforcement actions, and government program fraud.

Clients also look to us to conduct internal investigations into complex and sensitive matters. With dozens of internal investigation under their belts, our team is adept at evaluating risk and implementing prevention and compliance measures. Importantly, we are able to draw on the knowledge and abilities of our experienced regulatory and industry professionals to develop comprehensive strategies that address not only the case at hand, but the public, media, and related consequences of enforcement actions.

If the client’s best course of action is to go to trial, then the Jackson Walker team can assemble an accomplished trial team with a long record of outstanding results. The team’s collective experience includes:

  • trying well over 150 cases to verdict in federal and state courts
  • arguing over 20 cases on appeal in federal appellate courts

Our team has deep experience with federal and state prosecutors’ offices in Texas, DOJ Criminal and Civil Fraud Sections in Washington, DC, and U.S. Attorney’s Offices around the country.

We have handled investigations and litigation initiated by virtually every U.S. enforcement agency, including:

  • Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense (DOD)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)
  • Department of State
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
  • Financial Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • Office of Inspector General (OIG)
  • Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC)
  • Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB)
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • State Attorneys General and District Attorneys around the country
Edwin Buffmire

Edwin Buffmire

Partner, Dallas

Stephen Calhoun

Stephen Calhoun

Partner, San Antonio

Jennifer Freel

Jennifer Freel

Partner, Austin

Josué J. Galván

Josué J. Galván

Associate, San Antonio

Erica Benites Giese

Erica Benites Giese

Partner, San Antonio

Bethany Pickett

Bethany Pickett

Associate, Houston

Robert L. Soza, Jr.

Robert L. Soza, Jr.

Partner, San Antonio

Demi Williams

Demi Williams

Senior Counsel, Dallas

Austin Yancy

Austin Yancy

Associate, Houston

Erica Giese with Jackson Walker logo

July 29, 2022
Speaking Engagements

Erica Benites Giese to Speak at Lawtina Network Summit

Erica Benites Giese is scheduled to present at the Lawtina Network Summit at the St. Mary’s University School of Law on August 5-6, 2022. The Lawtina Network Summit will gather pre-law and Latina lawyers as they participate in information sessions, relationship-building activities, and networking opportunities.

Department of Justice with Jackson Walker logo

July 8, 2022

U.S. Supreme Court Again to Address DOJ’s Prosecution of ‘Honest Services Fraud’

By Arthur Gollwitzer

Can a private citizen who holds no elected office or government position owe a fiduciary duty to the general public such that he can be convicted of honest services fraud? On June 30, 2022, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Percoco v. United States to answer that question.

United States Supreme Court building with Jackson Walker logo

June 28, 2022

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Standard for DOJ Dismissal of Qui Tam Cases

By Laura M. Kidd Cordova & Jennifer S. Freel

Does the federal government have the authority to dismiss a False Claims Act (FCA) suit after initially declining to intervene? And what standard should courts apply to a government motion to dismiss a whistleblower suit? On June 21, 2022, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in United States, ex rel. Polansky v. Executive Health Resources, Inc., a case examining whether the U.S. Department of Justice after declining to prosecute a qui tam action has the authority to dismiss the action, and if so, what standard applies to the motion to dismiss.

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June 1, 2022

Chambers and Partners Recognizes Jackson Walker Attorneys and Practices in 2022 USA and Global Guides

Jackson Walker is pleased to announce that Chambers and Partners has selected 48 attorneys and 16 departments for inclusion in the 2022 edition of the Global and USA guides.

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April 14, 2022
Attorney News

‘Scene in S.A.’ Recognizes 13 Jackson Walker Attorneys Among “San Antonio’s Outstanding Women in Law”

Jackson Walker proudly congratulates the 13 women attorneys who have been named to Scene in S.A.’s survey of the “Outstanding Women in Law” for 2022.

Laura Cordova with Jackson Walker logo

March 14, 2022
Speaking Engagements

Laura Cordova to Moderate Panel on “Litigation Challenges in Procurement Fraud Matters”

The 10th Annual False Claims and Qui Tam Trial Institute will feature a panel moderated by Laura Cordova addressing qui tam cases involving procurement fraud.

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February 8, 2022

Globalaw Presents “Cross-Border and Multi-Jurisdictional Investigations and Enforcement: Challenges and Best Practices”

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 11.00 EDT • 17.00 CEST • 23.00 ICT

Join Bernardo Viana (Almeida Advogados), Bob Appleton (Olshan, Frome, Wolosky LLP), Erica Benites Giese (Jackson Walker LLP), Nathan Hill (Gunster), and Frank Schall (Moore & Van Allen PLLC) as they discuss necessary initial steps and risk mitigation when confronted with cross-border and multi-jurisdictional investigations, where timing and the first response is critical.

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November 12, 2021
Attorney News

‘San Antonio Magazine’ Lists Four Jackson Walker Attorneys Among “Top Attorneys” in 2021

Jackson Walker proudly congratulates its four San Antonio attorneys who were included in San Antonio Magazine’s “Top Attorneys” list for 2021.

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November 8, 2021
Attorney News

Jennifer Freel Joins Jackson Walker’s White Collar Defense & Government Enforcement Team in Austin

Jackson Walker is pleased to announce Jennifer Freel has joined the White Collar Defense & Government Enforcement group as a partner in Austin.

Department of Justice with Jackson Walker logo

September 29, 2021

What to Know About the Department of Justice’s Nationwide Crackdown on Healthcare Fraud

By Laura Cordova, Erica Giese, & Daniela Mondragón

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has identified over $1 billion in fraud-related losses to government-funded healthcare programs and private insurers. In its recent announcement, the DOJ highlighted enforcement actions targeting four major categories of alleged fraud: telemedicine; COVID-19 relief funds; substance abuse treatment facilities, or “sober homes”; and illegal prescription and/or distribution of opioids.

More Investigations & White Collar Defense News

  • Healthcare fraud and anti-kickback claims
  • Special inquiries of fraud and misconduct allegations
  • Insider trading
  • Executive improprieties
  • FDA violations
  • Whistle-blower allegations under FCA and other bounty programs
  • FCPA violations
  • RICO violations
  • International trade and customs fraud
  • Money laundering violations
  • Government contracting and procurement fraud
  • Public official corruption
  • Securities law violations