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White Collar Criminal Defense



Whether facing a criminal investigation or civil suit, corporations and individuals require aggressive legal counsel who understands the complexities involved in each type of case and who knows how to optimize results in even the toughest circumstances. We understand that, although many of our clients’ hope to avoid any prosecution, it is occasionally inevitable, and our attorneys are prepared to fight for our clients’ goals, including in the courtroom.

Sandberg Phoenix is experienced in the defense of a wide variety of fraud allegations, including securities, wire, mail, credit card, financial institution, bankruptcy, real estate, tax, welfare, health care/pharmaceutical and Medicare and Medicaid fraud. Additionally, we are prepared for both criminal and civil proceedings in the areas of racketeering, money laundering, embezzlement, internal investigations, compliance issues, public corruption/campaign finance, sentencing guidelines, defense contracting, identity theft, insider trading, prostitution, forgery and RICO charges.

Led by former U.S. Department of Justice Prosecutor David B. B. Helfrey, our significant government experience helps our clients navigate challenging investigations. With more than 13 years of experience in the Justice Department and substantial experience on the defendant’s side, David’s intimate knowledge of the justice system, its judges and courts offer Sandberg Phoenix clients an unparalleled edge in cases of criminal defense. Shareholders Courtney Cox and Timothy O’Leary also possess an in-depth knowledge of the justice system, formerly serving as a U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois and Prosecuting Attorney for the City of St. Louis, respectively.

We have worked with a variety of government agencies in pursuit of the goals of our clients. These include the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and many other federal administrative agencies. We have also represented individuals and businesses in many State Attorney General offices in consumer fraud investigations that have a shared risk with criminal exposure.

Crossover frequently occurs between criminal and government enforcement cases and civil proceedings, and our litigation team is highly experienced in such situations. We strategize methods to maximize outcome while minimizing exposure or the potential for incrimination.

With attorneys who have argued in the Supreme Court of the United States as well as state and federal appeals courts all over the country, our firm has the experience necessary to help you protect your rights, reputation and future.

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