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Kutak Rock’s Government Dispute Group has developed a diverse criminal defense practice, and members of the group are well equipped to represent clients across the country in any interaction with law enforcement agencies, from the seemingly innocuous document subpoena to vigorous defense against federal criminal indictment. Our attorneys regularly defend individuals and organizations charged with violating state or federal criminal statutes and interact with governmental authorities in all manner of investigations, enforcement actions or other disputes with regulatory officials and law enforcement organizations.

Attorneys in the group have diverse professional experiences, having previously served as attorneys in state and federal prosecutors’ offices, as well as in various capacities in the private sector. This depth of skill and first-hand experience allows Kutak Rock to represent clients in a wide variety of legal issues involving virtually all federal law enforcement bodies. Our attorneys have represented clients not only in criminal proceedings brought by state and federal prosecutors, but also in investigations conducted by agencies such as the Department of Justice (DOJ), various United States Attorneys’ offices, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Treasury Department, the FDIC/OTC, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), various offices of the Inspector General (OIG), and many state agencies.

Our attorneys are closely integrated into the firm’s civil litigation and corporate practice groups, permitting attorneys to cultivate expertise in civil litigation, specific corporate law matters and regulatory proceedings. These added dimensions serve clients particularly well, because many criminal investigations and litigated matters are accompanied by parallel civil litigation brought—at the same time—by private individuals, regulators and civil enforcement authorities. Such parallel proceedings may involve claims for civil penalties, damages, suspension and debarment, and may also include proceedings involving licensing of physicians, attorneys, accountants and other professionals. Representing clients through complex and multileveled civil, criminal and regulatory disputes is an important aspect of the group’s practice, and one in which our attorneys have had considerable success. In addition, the group represents companies or individuals who are themselves not suspected of wrongdoing in an investigation, but who nevertheless receive subpoenas for documents or testimony in connection with an investigation.