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Reputable Federal White-Collar Criminal Defense Cleveland, Ohio

Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Attorney Nick OberheidenCleveland White Collar
Criminal Defense Team Lead
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At one time, Cleveland was known as an industrial manufacturing center in Ohio. While manufacturing is still a vital part of the city’s fabric, there has been an increase in white-collar jobs, primarily in the healthcare and retail industries. With that move from blue-collar to white-collar employment, federal authorities have taken a closer look at the activities of healthcare providers, corporate executives, and business owners.

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As a professional in any white-collar field, the potential consequences of a federal investigation into your business or personal conduct can be troubling. If federal agents and prosecutors discover evidence of white-collar criminal activity, the penalties may include substantial fines and prolonged incarceration. Additionally, a conviction may damage your professional reputation and standing in the industry.

At Oberheiden P.C., our attorneys have extensive experience representing individuals and businesses in white-collar criminal investigations and prosecutions throughout Cleveland, Ohio. Our team of white-collar crime attorneys has over 50 years of combined experience in prosecutorial roles within the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Throughout their tenure in these roles, our attorneys have handled and managed thousands of cases related to investigations, criminal prosecutions, and grand jury subpoenas for these types of federal offenses.

With this in-depth understanding of federal investigations and prosecutions, our attorneys approach these cases from a multifaceted perspective, developing a comprehensive defense strategy tailored to the unique facts and circumstances in the case. At Oberheiden P.C., we understand the government’s investigative techniques, the white-collar statutes at issue, and the legal procedures that are used within the federal courtroom.

In addition to our years of experience and knowledge, we also bring a high level of dedication to our clients. Our law firm is available 24/7 to address your concerns or questions. We will also work tirelessly to protect your rights and interests at every stage of the legal process. Our goal is to provide you with the best possible outcome in your case.

We understand that facing a federal investigation can be an overwhelming experience, which is why we strive to provide our clients with the guidance and support they need to navigate the legal system. Whether you are a healthcare provider, corporate executive, business owner, or other professional, count on the team at Oberheiden P.C. We will provide you with the legal support you need to protect your rights, livelihood, and reputation during a white-collar criminal investigation or prosecution.

Put our highly experienced team on your side

Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Dr. Nick Oberheiden



Lynette S. Byrd
Lynette S. Byrd

Former DOJ Trial Attorney


Brian J. Kuester
Brian J. Kuester

Former U.S. Attorney

Amanda Marshall
Amanda Marshall

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

John W. Sellers
John W. Sellers

Former Senior DOJ Trial Attorney

Linda Julin McNamara
Linda Julin McNamara

Federal Appeals Attorney

Aaron L. Wiley
Aaron L. Wiley

Former DOJ attorney

Local Counsel

Roger Bach
Roger Bach

Former Special Agent (DOJ)

Chris Quick
Chris J. Quick

Former Special Agent (FBI & IRS-CI)

Michael S. Koslow
Michael S. Koslow

Former Supervisory Special Agent (DOD-OIG)

Ray Yuen
Ray Yuen

Former Supervisory Special Agent (FBI)

Choose Oberheiden P.C. for Your White-Collar Criminal Defense

With more corporations and other white-collar businesses moving into Cuyahoga County and the surrounding areas, federal prosecutors have made Cleveland their primary focus. When someone is accused of a white-collar crime, they often do not know where to turn. Oberheiden P.C. is here to help.

We pride ourselves on providing our clients with the highest level of representation for their legal matters. Over the years, thousands of clients have chosen our firm for the following reasons:

  • Senior Attorneys: We only employ senior attorneys with extensive experience and knowledge in white-collar criminal defense. By working directly with a senior attorney, you can be assured that you will receive regular updates on the case. Along with that, you will have some peace of mind that the issue is being handled by an experienced legal professional.
  • Knowledge of the Government’s Playbook: Many of our attorneys have previously worked within the government as federal prosecutors. With that knowledge, we fully understand their tactics, strategies, and goals. In turn, we can craft an effective defense strategy for your case.
  • Unique Resources: Our team includes former law enforcement agents and officials with decades of experience in investigations and forensics. With their knowledge, we can often uncover details about the case that can lead to a more favorable result for you.
  • Unrivaled Results: With extensive experience fighting the government, we have a proven track record of achieving positive outcomes for our clients. We have won over 2,000 cases on behalf of our clients. When you want a law firm trusted by thousands of clients, our results speak for themselves.

If your reputation, career, or freedom is at stake, call us for a free consultation. Our attorneys will help you understand your options so that you can take the best path forward with your case.

How We Will Handle Your Case

When you choose Oberheiden P.C. to defend you in your federal white-collar criminal case, you can rest assured that our team of experienced attorneys will work diligently to protect your rights. Here are some of the ways we will work to achieve the best possible outcome for your legal situation:

  • We intervene promptly in the government’s case. Time is of the essence in federal criminal cases. With that, our attorneys will take immediate action to intervene in the federal government’s investigation. We take a proactive approach allowing us to gather information, analyze all the evidence, and develop a defense strategy tailored to your circumstances.
  • We use our past federal experience to your advantage. As you already know, our attorneys have plenty of experience working on the other side of the table. We take that insider knowledge to anticipate the government’s next moves and build a defense that will counter their arguments.
  • We assess your potential exposure. Our attorneys will work to determine the nature of the allegations against you and the potential penalties that you may be facing. By doing this, we will evaluate the risks and rewards of different defense strategies. With that information, we will help you make informed decisions about how to proceed in the case.
  • We build a custom-tailored defense strategy. Every federal criminal case is unique. For that reason, our attorneys will work to develop a defense strategy that is tailored to your specific circumstances. We will utilize constitutional protections, statutory defenses, and all other available legal options to try to prevent the possibility of a conviction.
  • We are always prepared at all stages of prosecution. Our attorneys will be prepared to defend you at every stage of the federal criminal process, from the investigation through trial, sentencing, and appeal. We will work to achieve the best possible outcome by negotiating a favorable plea agreement, taking your case to trial, or appealing an adverse verdict.

White-Collar Offenses and the Federal Criminal Justice System in Cleveland

Most white-collar offenses are prosecuted at the federal level, particularly if the allegations involve numerous thousands of dollars, a source of federal funding, or interstate conduct.

This means that you will be facing some of the largest and most powerful law enforcement agencies in the world, such as the DOJ and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

It also means that your case will proceed through the federal criminal justice system, rather than Ohio’s.

For charges that originate in Cleveland, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio will have jurisdiction to hear your trial. While there are four locations for this district court, one of them is in Cleveland, in the Carl B. Stokes U.S. Courthouse at 801 West Superior Avenue. This is where your case will be heard, starting from your arraignment until your trial is resolved.

If you get convicted for the white-collar offense, you have the right to appeal. Your appeal would be heard by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Sixth Circuit has jurisdiction over all of Ohio, as well as Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee. It is located in downtown Cincinnati, at the Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse at 100 East Fifth Street.

If the Sixth Circuit does not overturn your conviction or lighten your sentence, you can ask them to rehear your case with a larger panel of appellate judges. You can also petition for the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on your case.

Throughout this process, you can count on vigorous representation by the senior attorneys at Oberheiden P.C.

We Answer Your Federal White-Collar Crime Questions

Q: How Are These Cases Different Than State Level Crimes?

State and federal criminal cases are different in several ways. One key difference is the jurisdiction and agencies responsible for the investigations and prosecutions. State criminal cases are typically handled by local law enforcement and state prosecutors, while federal criminal cases are investigated by federal agencies and are prosecuted by the local U.S. Attorney’s Office of the DOJ. Another difference is the types of crimes that are typically pursued in court. State criminal laws vary from state to state, but federal criminal laws are uniform across the country. Along with that, the penalties for federal crimes can be more severe than those for state offenses. Federal sentences are determined using the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which tend to be longer than those for state crimes.

Q: Is It Possible to Face Civil Penalties as Well?

Many federal investigations begin as civil inquiries. White-collar offenses, such as a healthcare fraud and securities fraud, can carry civil and criminal penalties. However, the government must choose to pursue either civil or criminal charges. Some cases may transition from a civil investigation to criminal prosecution if sufficient evidence is uncovered. At Oberheiden P.C., our top priority is to keep the investigation in a civil courtroom, meaning you can avoid some of the most severe penalties, such as federal incarceration. However, it is crucial for anyone facing a civil investigation to seek representation from a law firm with extensive experience in federal white-collar criminal defense. Keep in mind that there is always a potential for a civil investigation to become a criminal case.

Q: Which Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Can Investigate Me?

Many white-collar federal crimes are often investigated and prosecuted by multiple federal agencies. The specific agency or agencies involved will depend on the particular allegations. At Oberheiden P.C., we have extensive experience fighting against a wide range of federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as other agencies that play a role in the investigation of white-collar crimes. Our team is knowledgeable in the tactics and strategies used by these agencies.

Q: When Do I Need a Federal White-Collar Criminal Defense Attorney?

You want to retain the services of an experienced legal team as soon as you become aware that you are under investigation for a white-collar crime. Delaying the process can give the government an advantage and put you at a disadvantage. At Oberheiden P.C., we have the knowledge, resources, and experience to intervene in the investigation immediately. Our legal team will work to gather vital information and develop a strategic defense on your behalf. It is important to act quickly to protect yourself throughout the investigation and potential prosecution process.

Contact Oberheiden P.C. for Your White-Collar Defense

At Oberheiden P.C., we focus on providing legal representation for clients facing federal white-collar criminal charges in Cleveland, Ohio. When you need the services of a skilled white-collar criminal defense law firm, turn to Oberheiden P.C. Make sure to schedule your free case assessment today. Our legal team will discuss your situation and provide you with a few options. Contact us at 888-680-1745 or through our contact form.

Why Clients Trust Oberheiden P.C.

  • 2,000+ Cases Won
  • Available Nights & Weekends
  • Experienced Trial Attorneys
  • Former Department of Justice Trial Attorney
  • Former Federal Prosecutors, U.S. Attorney’s Office
  • Former Agents from FBI, OIG, DEA
  • Serving Clients Nationwide
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