Corporate Compliance and Risk Management – Industries We Serve
Companies in all industries face compliance obligations and legal risks on a day-to-day basis. We work with companies across all business sectors to help them make informed decisions focused on limiting their exposure to liability.
Regardless of the industry or business sector within which your company operates, you have risks that you need to manage. From complying with industry-specific federal regulations to protecting your customers’ or patients’ personally identifying information (PII), if your company fails to take the steps required, this inaction can lead to substantial liability.
In order to establish compliance and manage your company’s risk effectively, you need to rely on advice that is custom-tailored to your company’s needs. This includes customization based on your company’s size, ownership structure, geographic reach, target market, and industry or business sector. At Oberheiden, P.C., our attorneys, investigators, and consultants bring centuries of combined experience to representing corporate clients across all industries and sectors, and we rely on this experience to provide guidance, recommendations, and representation that reflect all of the unique aspects of our clients’ businesses.
We Serve Corporate Clients Nationwide in All Industries and Business Sectors
Many corporate-level risks are shared across industries. For example, all companies are subject to federal antitrust and securities laws, and all employers face the daily risk of allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation from their employees. However, there are numerous industry-specific risks as well, and managing these risks effectively requires the advice of counsel with particular experience in your company’s areas of need.
Our firm’s lawyers, investigators, and consultants have worked with thousands of clients across the country, and many of our team members have prior experience as federal prosecutors and federal agents. As a result of this experience, we have handled matters in virtually all major industries, and we are intimately familiar with the compliance obligations and other legal risks that present the biggest concerns for our clients. We are able to effectively and efficiently serve clients in industries and business sectors, including:
Automotive and Transportation
Automotive manufacturers, trucking companies, mass transit operators, road contractors, and other companies in the automotive and transportation industries face a host of compliance obligations at the federal level. We provide full-service representation for National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and all other federal automotive and transportation compliance matters.
Automotive and transportation companies also face substantial liability risks due to personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Effectively managing these risks requires informed decision-making about everything from corporate structuring and insurance coverage to employee background checks and supplier due diligence. Our firm is able to assist with proactive accident risk management as well as accident investigations and civil litigation defense.
Construction and Real Estate
Corporations, partnerships, real estate investment trusts (REITs), and other entities operating in the construction and real estate industries face substantial civil liability risks as well. We help our construction and real estate clients manage these risks while also avoiding unnecessary costs and delays due to statutory and regulatory compliance failures.
From personal electronics to foods and dietary supplements, companies that sell all types of consumer products are subject to a variety of federal compliance obligations. Deceptive and unsubstantiated marketing claims; recall notifications; and Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) compliance are just some of the issues that need to be addressed, and mitigating exposure due to product liability and negligence-based claims is a key aspect of effective risk management. For companies that collect consumer data, data privacy and security compliance are critical issues as well.
Design, Engineering, and Manufacturing
Design, engineering, and manufacturing firms can face a variety of different compliance obligations and risks depending on the specific sectors they serve. We work closely with company leaders and key personnel at design, engineering, and manufacturing firms to identify their compliance obligations and liability risks, and then we help our clients develop and implement custom-tailored policies and procedures designed to effectively mitigate their liability exposure.
Energy and Utilities
Energy and utility companies face some of the heaviest compliance burdens of any corporate entities in the United States. Our attorneys, investigators, and consultants work with oil, gas, solar, and other alternative energy companies to identify their risks and manage them accordingly.
The financial services industry is also heavily regulated, particularly within the consumer finance sector. Our attorneys are available to assist banks, lenders, and other financial institutions with regard to all aspects of federal compliance, including Gramm Leach Bliley Act compliance and other matters falling within the jurisdiction of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Due to widespread fraud, waste, and abuse in the government contracting sector, construction companies, defense firms, and other corporations that do federal government work are subject to substantial compliance obligations and heavy oversight. We have significant experience representing government contractors with regard to proactive bid and contract compliance, as well as with regard to federal audits and investigations carrying the risk for substantial liability due to allegations of federal contract fraud.
Health care compliance is our firm’s bread and butter. We routinely represent all types of health care providers with regard to federal compliance, and our senior attorneys and consultants are intimately familiar with health care providers’ extensive and diverse federal compliance obligations. Whether you are starting a new practice and need to develop a compliance program or you need advice or representation regarding a specific issue under the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark Law, or Medicare or Medicaid billing guidelines, we can guide you every step of the way.
We represent private companies and investors in private placements and other equity transactions. These transactions present a number of legal and financial risks for parties on both sides, and making legally-sound decisions requires thorough due diligence and careful consideration of all of the issues involved.
For non-profit corporations, maintaining exempt status is one key aspect of compliance, but it is far from the only legal issue that requires ongoing attention and active management. We serve many companies in the non-profit sector, and we have extensive experience advising all types of non-profit entities regarding federal compliance and risk management.
Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices
Pharmaceutical manufacturers and medical device companies sit at a unique intersection of federal compliance obligations. In addition to facing oversight from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), these companies must comply with federal health care laws in many aspects of their businesses as well. With particular experience in the health care sector, we are able to offer comprehensive compliance counsel and defense representation for pharmaceutical and medical device companies nationwide.
Professional service providers are subject to myriad legal and ethical requirements, and failure to fully meet these requirements can have practice-threatening implications. We represent health care providers, accountants, financial advisors, lawyers, architects, engineers, and other professionals in all aspects of compliance (state and federal), and we provide defense representation for fraud and malpractice claims as well.
From data security to FTC compliance, technology companies are subject to numerous compliance obligations at the federal level. From the startup phase forward, technology companies must place appropriate emphasis on compliance in order to avoid exposing themselves to business-threatening investigations and liability. We represent software and hardware companies across the country with regard to federal compliance, intellectual property protection and licensing, risk mitigation, and civil defense.
Tourism, Hospitality, Sports and Entertainment
Companies in the tourism, hospitality, sports and entertainment industries are high-profile by nature, and this means that they can experience substantial reputational harm and loss of goodwill if they are targeted in a civil lawsuit or federal compliance investigation. We represent companies and industry professionals with regard to compliance, crisis management, and litigation defense, placing particular emphasis on resolving issues as quickly and discretely as possible.
How Can We Help You?
So, how can we help you? Whether you have a specific legal need in mind or you simply know that you need to speak with an attorney, we encourage you to get in touch. Our senior lawyers will make time to meet with you, listen to your concerns, and understand your business, and then we will provide corporate compliance and risk management recommendations that reflect your company’s specific needs.
Whether you need to build a compliance program from the ground up, your existing compliance program needs some fine-tuning, or you need emergency response for a data breach, investigation, lawsuit, or theft of company assets, our highly-experienced lawyers and former federal agents have what it takes to protect your company. To get started with a complimentary initial consultation, contact us today.
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If you would like more information about our team’s experience or our firm’s corporate compliance and risk management practice, we encourage you to get in touch. To schedule your complimentary initial consultation, call (214) 692-2171 or request an appointment online now.