White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations

"[W]ell versed in crisis management, risk assessments, compliance and corporate investigations"

The Legal 500 U.S. 2022

Our White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Practice has decades of experience representing clients in their most sensitive matters. Our team is made up of trial lawyers with national reputations and includes former federal and state prosecutors and regulators, national security specialists and experienced investigators. We vigorously defend companies and individuals in criminal and civil enforcement matters, we conduct and defend complex investigations for companies and their Boards of Directors, and we advise businesses on risk management and compliance. We also help our clients navigate crises that can threaten their businesses and reputations.

"The Baker Botts team brings to the table enormous real-life experience with these areas, well above my experience with other law firms."

The Legal 500 U.S. 2021

Our Philosophy:
Every case is different, requiring different skill sets and experience. We are forward-thinking and we are strategic in our approach to each matter, drawing on the strength and depth of our bench to find solutions, to position our clients to implement their objectives, and to defend their interests and their legal rights while minimizing collateral consequences that may arise.

Who We Represent:
Companies and individuals. We represent businesses, Boards of Directors, independent committees, executives, public officials, employees and others facing allegations of conduct that implicate federal, state and other national laws. We also represent companies who are assessing their own compliance with applicable laws through risk assessments or in response to a whistleblower complaint, government inquiry, audit finding or other red flag.

What We Do:
We work to solve problems. Our cases are wide ranging in subject matter and scope, including allegations of fraud (accounting, securities, bank, healthcare, procurement, immigration), corruption (bribery, gratuities, kickbacks, U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), UK Bribery Act), antitrust, money laundering, U.S. sanctions and export controls, work place safety violations, and many others.

How We Do It:
Teamwork, experience and targeted strategies. We work closely with our clients to understand their goals and limitations, and we work to implement their specific objectives — whether they are to investigate facts and evaluate disclosure, address a whistleblower complaint, litigate a qui tam action, remediate problems internally, monitor for compliance, defend an individual before U.S. or foreign government regulators, negotiate with the government, defend against criminal problems when they arise or to take a case to trial. We work as a team and find the best resources to support our clients. We anticipate issues to avoid surprises, manage against the unexpected and proactively address external forces that could impact cases, such as negative media attention, civil claims or whistleblower claims. We think outside the box to find creative, efficient solutions to problems that keep our clients up at night.


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Thought Leadership

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Threats to Privilege

Strategies for Mitigating the Privilege Risks Associated with DIsclosures to Common Third Parties Client Updates

Baker Botts Investigations Toolkit Update

Protecting the Privilege

Strategies for Protecting the Attorney-Client Privilege and Attorney Work Product Client Updates

Baker Botts Investigations Toolkit Update



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Key Takeaways from an Ever-Evolving FCPA Landscape

Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) continues to evolve, as companies face new risks an age of instant communications and global supply chains, and as the government continues to increase its enforcement capabilities and establish higher expectations than ever before for anti-corruption compliance programs.

An Overview of Money Laundering & FINCEN Regulations

On Wednesday, February 13, Andy Lankler, Joe Perry, and Jessica Rosenbaum will lead the CLE program, "Why is Your Bank Asking So Many Questions? An Overview of Money Laundering & FINCEN Regulations." In collaboration with the New York In-House Counsel Meet-up Group.

Women's White Collar Defense Association Luncheon

Baker Botts will be hosting the Women’s White Collar Defense Association for a luncheon featuring Deborah Connor, Chief of the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section of the Department of Justice, on Wednesday, January 30th.