Financial and white collar criminal cases typically involve severe penalties that could affect your financial security, your rights, your reputation, and, most importantly, your freedom. Our DC white collar defense lawyers provide aggressive defense in regulatory and white collar criminal cases. To assure the best possible outcome, businesses, executives, and other individuals who receive requests for information or other notice from federal or state investigative agencies are in need of immediate assistance from attorneys who have experience in handling government investigations and prosecutions.

Our firm has a well-established record of successfully defending white collar criminal cases and government investigations. While every criminal defense case is unique, our attorneys have the skills that can make all the difference, whether defending white-collar crime charges, government investigations, fraud charges or handling corporate internal investigations.

At the outset, our firm’s DC white collar defense lawyers focus primarily on obtaining a dismissal of criminal charges and claims in the early stages of a criminal case or investigation. Often, this effort is accompanied by an corporate internal investigation into the facts and circumstances of the matter at issue. In the event a successful early resolution is not possible, our DC white collar defense lawyers have vast trial experience both having served as counsel in many trials as both government prosecutors and defense attorneys. Our attorneys have the distinct advantage of having served in the same role in the past as the prosecutors our attorneys face. This provides a unique perspective and insight which gives our attorneys a decided advantage.

Our representation includes managing matters from the investigation stage through the grand jury process, trial, and, if necessary, appeal and collateral proceedings. We provide comprehensive services to individuals and organizations that receive administrative or other subpoenas, or any other requests for information from federal or state investigative agencies. We:

  • Conduct internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients and assist in the preparation of investigative reports;
  • Establish compliance programs to help avoid government actions;
  • Formulate strategies and respond to informal requests for information, document subpoenas, and search warrants; and
  • Represent clients who are targets, subjects, or witnesses in governmental actions and proceedings to ensure that their legal rights are not compromised.

Our Defense Attorneys are Former Prosecutors and Military Veterans

Tom Dunlap is a former Special Prosecutor for Loudoun County, Virginia. He has a background in banking and finance from time spent in commercial banking at JP Morgan Chase and the Bank of New York in the Private Client Group. After law school, Tom made the decision to serve his country. He enlisted in the Army and immediately attended basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia. After enlisting in the Army, Tom graduated from the Army OCS, and until May of 2009, Tom was a Captain in the Virginia Army National Guard. He served as Recon Scout Platoon Leader, and XO for A Troop, 1-158th CAV(RECON), and served as the aide de camp to the Commanding General, 29th Infantry Division and as the Commander of HHC, 116th BSTB Infantry (demolitions qualified, expert qualified M-9 pistol & M-16).

Ellis L. Bennett is a former JAG major and former Special Assistant United States Attorney. Ellis was Honor Graduate of the 155th JAG Officer’s Basic Course, and continued to excel during his military career serving as a military prosecutor for several years before serving as a military defense attorney. Ellis has prosecuted and defended courts-martial around the world including Fort Benning, Georgia, Fort Stuart, Georgia, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, Fort Rucker, Alabama, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and Fort Meade, Maryland. Ellis also successfully prosecuted several cases while serving as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Department of Justice at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.