Corporate Investigation & Internal Audit Law Firm
Corporate Investigation Attorneys for Fraud Defense & Prevention
Crisis Management: Discreet. Effective. Powerful.
Corporate Investigation Team Lead
Former U.S. Secret Service Special Agent
An employee threatens to report you. Company property is suddenly missing. Something is wrong with the accounting. An employee downloaded your trade secrets or infringed your intellectual property. You need a discreet solution to a sexual misconduct situation. Law enforcement investigates your company for fraud. A data breach or billing error may force you to self-report. A shareholder tries to blackmail the company. Litigation is getting out of control. There is a prospective whistleblower claim. In all of these situations, it is important to avoid the number one mistake of crisis management: to panic. Don’t make hasty decisions; seek experienced help with any and all Corporate Investigation Services with Oberheiden P.C.
Oberheiden P.C. is your corporate investigation firm in times of crisis. Seasoned attorneys, veteran prosecutors, and Top-Security cleared former FBI Supervisors are serving businesses of all sizes whenever and wherever someone tries to destroy what you have built. With more than 100 years of leading positions within the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ), we are a one-stop-shop to fix any corporate crisis — from fraud detection to cybersecurity to employment litigation, with discreet yet powerful and effective internal corporate investigations.
What We Protect During Internal Audits
Oberheiden P.C. protects everything important to you: your business, your assets, your ideas, your intellectual property—and, most importantly, your good name, and online reputation. High-ranking former FBI and DOJ officials with extensive investigative experience gained in some of the country’s most followed legal cases are readily available to execute effective and proven strategies for brand, corporate, and people protection.
- Your Ideas, Your Business, Your Brand
- Your Intellectual Property
- Your Assets, Your Reputation
- Your Freedom
Our Corporate Investigation & Internal Auditing Services
Most clients call us when their business is under attack either from internal enemies or through outside threats. We respond to any situation, any form of suspected activity, including but not limited to corporate fraud and abuse, litigation situations, government investigations, bad media and press reporting, and cyberattacks. Additionally, Oberheiden PC offers its proven Crisis Contamination Program by clearing things before they escalate or become public news. Oberheiden PC is a trusted name in preventing fraud and avoiding public exposure.
- Forensic Accounting & Fraud Discovery
- Detailed Internal Investigations
- Whistleblower Litigation
- Corporate Defense
- Undercover Corporate Investigations
- Fraud & Litigation Prevention
- Corruption & Corporate Misconduct Investigations
- Damages Assessment & Mitigation
- Financial Reporting and Disclosure Assistance
- Expert Testimony
We provide FBI and law enforcement expertise to initiate, coordinate, and conduct corporate investigations. A team of top-level professionals is ready to assist you and your business to avoid escalation, public exposure, or even a government probe. Our list of consulting services includes the defense and prevention strategies of fraud, corruption, theft, employee misconduct, and safeguarding your online reputation.
- Crisis Management
- Self-Disclosures, Self-Reporting
- Shareholder Litigation
- Data and HIPAA Breaches
- Fraud and Bribery Investigations
- Theft of Intellectual Property
- Cybersecurity Threats
- Federal Crime Prevention & Defense
- Hostile Employee Situations
- Sexual Misconduct and Diversity Challenges
- Online Reputation Management
No Business Is Too Small to Deserve Protection
We tailor our proven solutions to the size of your company and the requirements of your case. We have served billion-dollar international conglomerates, multi-million-dollar well-established corporations, as well as (with the same professionalism and enthusiasm) start-ups who are looking to achieve their security goals. We are here to defend your business against anyone posing a threat or a compliance issue.
- Board of Directors
- Companies of All Sizes (from Start-Up to $ 1b+)
- Financial Sector (Banks, Investment Firms)
- Biotech, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical
- Oil & Gas, Petroleum
- Schools, Universities, Non-Profit Institutions
- Accounting Firms and Law Firms
- Corporate Integrity and Compliance Officers
Answers to FAQs about Internal Corporate Investigations Services
Q: Why do companies need to hire outside counsel to conduct internal corporate investigations?
There are multiple benefits to engaging outside counsel to conduct an internal corporate investigation. For one, experience is critical, and you need to ensure that all aspects of the investigation are managed and overseen by corporate investigation attorneys who have extensive experience in similar types of matters. For another, engaging outside counsel ensures that the process and the outcome investigation will be protected by the attorney-client privilege.
Q: Can’t my company’s in-house legal department handle the investigation?
Perhaps, but there are various reasons why this might not be your company’s best option. Among them, in addition to legal counsel, you will also need to engage the services of expert investigators. At Oberheiden, P.C., our team includes former senior agents with the FBI and other agencies, and these former agents offer key insights for strategically investigating allegations of corporate misconduct.
Q: If I engage outside counsel to conduct the investigation, how long will the process take?
It depends, but what we can tell you is that engaging the right outside law firm can actually speed up the investigative process in many respects. When you engage our firm for your company’s investigation, our corporate investigation lawyers and investigators can be on the ground within 24 hours, and we can work on the investigation around the clock for as long as necessary. As a result of our experience handling corporate investigations, we can also handle the process much more efficiently than in-house lawyers who focus their practice in other areas (and who must continue to meet their day-to-day responsibilities).
Q: What records and communications are protected by the attorney-client privilege?
When an internal corporate investigation is structured appropriately, all relevant records and communications are protected by the attorney-client privilege. This includes communications between all members of the investigation team and all reports and other documents generated during the investigation.
Q: What internal personnel should be involved in a corporate investigation?
The answer to this question depends on the scope and nature of the investigation as well as who may be a potential witness and who may have been involved in the alleged misconduct. Generally speaking, however, the internal personnel who should be tapped to assist outside counsel include owners, executives, or board members; in-house counsel; and, relevant subject-matter experts such as senior IT personnel.
Q: How can employees be interviewed without risking disclosure of the investigation?
Conducting effective witness interviews can be one of the most challenging steps in an internal corporate investigation. At Oberheiden, P.C., we rely on our attorneys’ and former federal agents’ deep investigative experience to develop interview strategies based upon the particular facts and circumstances involved in each investigation we handle.
Q: What are the risks of not conducting an internal corporate investigation?
The biggest risk of deciding not to conduct an internal corporate investigation is that it leaves the company’s owners, executives, or board members in the dark. You won’t know if there are issues that need to be addressed, and you won’t know what federal authorities will find if they issue a subpoena in connection with a civil or criminal investigation.
Q: What happens if an investigation reveals evidence of employee misconduct?
If an internal corporate investigation reveals evidence of employee misconduct, typically this means that several steps will to be taken right away. Depending on the specific misconduct at issue, this could include: (i) disciplining the employee (or employees) involved, (ii) taking corrective action internally, (iii) updating the company’s policies and procedures, and/or (iv) self-disclosing the issue to the appropriate federal authorities.
Q: How should companies deal with federal regulators when investigations uncover corporate wrongdoing?
Dealing with federal regulators when faced with evidence of corporate wrongdoing requires a tactful, strategic, and forward-thinking approach. Whether the wrongdoing triggers a self-disclosure obligation, federal authorities are already looking into your company’s business or recordkeeping practices, or there is a possibility that a federal investigation could soon follow, the company’s leadership team will need to make informed decisions and engage outside counsel to pursue a course of action that mitigates the risk of civil or criminal penalties.
Q: How can I make sure the issue that triggered the investigation doesn’t happen again?
One of the most-important responsive measures following an internal corporate investigation is taking appropriate steps to ensure that the issue doesn’t happen again. If you can show federal authorities that your company is taking the matter seriously, this can go a long way toward preventing formal enforcement action. On the other hand, if you allow the issue to persist, this can have the opposite effect. At Oberheiden, P.C., in addition to serving as corporate investigations and federal defense counsel, we provide corporate compliance representation as well.
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Why Oberheiden P.C. – Your Corporate Investigation Law Firm
Our Experience Is Your Security
With over 100 years of service at the FBI field offices in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, South Carolina, Dallas, Houston, and Washington D.C., our presence is as broad as our expertise. Our former FBI special agents are certified in conducting investigations from the FBI Academy in Quantico and offer our clients more than 10,000 law enforcement operations combined involving not just the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department but also concurrent agencies such as assignments with the U.S. Secret Service, the Department of Homeland Security, local police, and federal emergency response teams.
- 100+ Years of FBI Experience
- Former FBI, IRS, DEA, OIG, Dpt. of Justice Officials
- Investigative Skill-set, Expert Team Compositions
- One Shop Only Approach
- Handling Cases in 48 States
Nationwide Network of Law Enforcement Experts
Oberheiden P.C. is a network of attorneys and former Justice Department officials who are available whenever you need us to protect your name and livelihood. Our network includes former U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors, highly decorated former FBI and IRS supervisors, and other carefully selected professionals all united by the goal to be instantly available to protect you and your business.
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