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
214.953.5939

Stephen Calhoun

Stephen Calhoun

Partner, San Antonio
210.978.7713

Jennifer Freel

Jennifer Freel

Partner, Austin
512.236.2330

Josué J. Galván

Josué J. Galván

Associate, San Antonio
210.978.7794

Maha Ghyas

Maha Ghyas

Associate, Houston
713.752.4487

Erica Benites Giese

Erica Benites Giese

Partner, San Antonio
210.978.7791

Joe Magliolo

Joe Magliolo

Partner, Dallas
214.953.6007

Michael Murtha

Michael Murtha

Associate, Dallas
214.953.6187

Robert L. Soza, Jr.

Robert L. Soza, Jr.

Partner, San Antonio
210.978.7718

Demi Williams

Demi Williams

Senior Counsel, Dallas
214.953.6121

Austin Yancy

Austin Yancy

Associate, Houston
713.752.4346

Erica Giese

June 21, 2024
Speaking Engagements

Erica Benites Giese to Present “Safeguarding Bankruptcy Protections Under a Looming Criminal Investigation” at UT Law CLE’s Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Conference

Jackson Walker partner Erica Benites Giese will present at The University of Texas School of Law’s Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Conference, alongside the Honorable Chief Judge Craig A. Gargotta of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas.

Erica Giese

June 20, 2024
Attorney News

Erica Benites Giese Elected to Methodist Healthcare Ministries Board of Directors

Jackson Walker proudly congratulates San Antonio partner Erica Benites Giese on her election to the Board of Directors for Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc.

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June 6, 2024
Spotlight

Chambers and Partners Releases 2024 USA Guide Featuring 67 Jackson Walker Attorneys and 23 Ranked Departments

Jackson Walker is pleased to announce that Chambers and Partners has selected 67 attorneys and 23 departments for inclusion in the 2024 edition of the Global and USA guides. Attorneys were ranked across 27 departments, with 3 attorneys listed among multiple areas, 8 ranked nationwide in their respective areas, and 15 recognized for the first time.

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June 6, 2024
Spotlight

Women-Led Investigations & White Collar Group Recognized in Chambers USA Guide

Jackson Walker proudly announces the first-time ranking of the Investigations & White Collar practice group in the Chambers USA Guide. This ranking is anchored by the continued recognition of practice group leader Erica Benites Giese and partner Jennifer S. Freel.

Jennifer Freel

June 4, 2024
Speaking Engagements

Jennifer Freel Serving on Planning Committee for UT School of Law Conference on State and Federal Appeals

Jackson Walker partner Jennifer S. Freel is serving on the planning committee for The University of Texas School of Law’s 34th Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals.

Jennifer Freel

May 29, 2024
Attorney News

Jennifer Freel Receives Outstanding Federal Lawyer Award

Jackson Walker congratulates Austin partner Jennifer S. Freel on being honored with the 2024 Outstanding Federal Lawyer award at the Federal Bar Association (FBA) Austin Chapter Annual Spring Happy Hour on Thursday, May 23, 2024.

Bethany Pickett

May 23, 2024
Attorney News

Bethany Pickett Shah Nominated by President Joe Biden to Board of Directors of the State Justice Institute

Jackson Walker proudly congratulates attorney Bethany Pickett Shah on her nomination by President Joe Biden to serve as a Republican member on the Board of Directors of the State Justice Institute.

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February 20, 2024
Attorney News

Jackson Walker Adds Former Federal Prosecutor In Dallas | Law360 (Subscription Required)

Jackson Walker has bolstered its investigations and white collar team with Joe Magliolo, a new partner in Dallas.

Joe Magliolo

February 19, 2024
Attorney News

Former Cyber and National Security Prosecutor Joe Magliolo Joins Jackson Walker’s Investigations & White Collar Defense Team

Jackson Walker is pleased to welcome Joe Magliolo as a partner in the Trial & Appellate Litigation practice of the Dallas office. Joining the Investigations & White Collar team, Joe brings distinguished experience as a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

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

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