The increased partisanship in Congress, plus the fact that many Congressional Committees are stepping up their investigations of the Administration and industries, means targets of these actions must have effective defense counsel with recent and relevant experience in these stressful situations.
A congressional investigation is not litigation. There are different rules and procedures. Congressional hearings may be highly contentious and Congress often refers their staff recommendations to the Justice Department or an agency’s Inspector General. Simply put: a congressional investigation requires a congressionally experienced defense attorney.
Investigations by the FEC and IRS are now becoming more intrusive, lengthy, and can subject the target to civil and criminal penalties. Defending these matters does not require litigation experience, it requires attorneys with FEC and IRS experience that have successfully defended against agency subpoenas, and prevented adverse administrative findings against the political committee and often the treasurer and candidate personally.
Arent Fox’s White Collar and Investigations Practice offers unparalleled experience in the high-stakes representation of corporations, political committees, and other business entities, including executives, managers, professionals, and public officials.
In today’s ever increasingly regulated political world, Arent Fox can conduct or defend sensitive internal investigations; provide compliance and ethics training; and guide you through shareholder and voluntary disclosure initiatives, complex governmental audits and investigations. We handle all stages of a government investigation including parallel civil and criminal proceedings involving multiple agencies and across multiple jurisdictions. Our team includes experienced and highly-skilled former federal and state prosecutors, regulators, and governmental enforcement officials.
We regularly represent clients before the FEC, SEC, IRS, FTC, FCC, United States Attorney’s offices, the US Department of Justice, State Attorneys General, local District Attorneys, Congressional Committees, and grand jury investigations. Thor Hearne and Peter Unger are our especially experienced litigators and can help your organization defend yourself in the political arena.
With the passage of Citizens United and SpeechNow, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of political committee filings and applications by charitable organizations before the controversial non-profit section of The Internal Revenue Service. All of these submissions, however, are not approved. Accordingly, it is important to have experienced counsel that can represent your committee before the IRS with a minimal amount of contention.