White Collar Criminal Defense

The white collar criminal defense and business regulation practice at Berliner Cohen utilizes the talents of attorneys dedicated to representing professionals, individuals and businesses in the increasingly aggressive world of business prosecution.  The attorneys in the white collar criminal defense practice have years of experience representing high-level executives and small, medium and large companies in fraud, embezzlement, forgery, bank fraud, trade secret violations, tax fraud, and securities litigation. Our attorneys are available during the initial investigation through trial and, if necessary, appeal.

Berliner Cohen understands that white collar investigations and litigation are serious distractions from business. However, failing to seek advice regarding even a minor inquiry by law enforcement can result in harsh criminal sanctions. In many instances, what used to be viewed as a civil violation of the law is now being investigated and prosecuted as a criminal violation. In this climate, it is important that legal counsel be expert in both areas of the law. Berliner Cohen believes that professionals and businesses should consult specialized attorneys in our white collar practice at the first hint of administrative or law enforcement investigation.

When necessary, Berliner Cohen utilizes the expertise of other attorneys in the Firm’s various practice areas to provide a comprehensive approach to the client’s particular needs. For example, federal and state agencies aggressively pursue criminal sanctions for environmental and employment violations. Berliner Cohen can provide the attorneys with the specialized knowledge and expertise in those areas to help clients safely navigate the increasing criminalization and regulation of business.

The Firm respects the privacy of the many professionals and businesses using our white collar criminal defense and business regulation practice.  The attorneys in the white collar criminal defense practice have successfully represented corporations and individuals in the fields of banking, electronics, the automotive industry, professional services, financial services, and ranching.

Berliner Cohen attorneys provide representation and advice in a variety of areas, including:

  • Investigations by the Grand Jury, responding to subpoenas and search warrants for computer records
  • Investigations conducted by the Internal Revenue Service, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • State agency administrative investigations, including the Department of Real Estate, the Air Resources Board, and Cal/OSHA
  • Negotiations with prosecutors
  • Representation of companies that may be victims of fraud

For more information, please contact Christian Picone at christian.picone@berliner.com.