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Silicon Valley White Collar Crime Attorneys

Former DOJ Prosecutors Providing White Collar Defense for Company Founders, Executives, and Others in Silicon Valley

Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Attorney Nick OberheidenSilicon Valley White Collar
Criminal Defense Team Lead
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Because of several recent high-profile cases targeting Silicon Valley founders and executives, federal authorities are paying close attention to companies that are making names for themselves in the region. In particular, authorities such as the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are targeting companies and their leaders for fraud and other white-collar crimes.

If your company is under investigation, or if you personally are under investigation in Silicon Valley, you need to respond proactively to the government’s inquiry. You need to make sure the investigation does not exceed the government’s authority, and you need to work to resolve the inquiry before it leads to publicized charges. For Silicon Valley companies and their founders and executives, simply facing public allegations can have significant negative ramifications. Of course, if you end up on trial for fraud or other federal crimes, protecting your reputation could be the least of your worries.

Federal Defense Counsel with Proven Experience in High-Stakes White Collar Cases

At Oberheiden P.C., our white collar defense lawyers have extensive experience on both sides of high-stakes federal cases. Prior to entering private practice, many of our lawyers served as U.S. Attorneys, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, and trial lawyers with the DOJ. As a result, not only do we offer our Silicon Valley clients the insights gained from collective experience as federal defense lawyers, but also the unique perspective of being able to examine their cases from the government’s point of view.

In addition, we have a nationwide network of non-lawyer consultants who previously served in high-ranking positions with the DOJ, FBI, and other agencies. Many of these former federal agents are experts not only in the federal government’s investigative and trial tactics, but also in the government’s approach to high-tech white collar cases in particular.

Here is what you can expect when you choose Oberheiden P.C. for federal white collar defense in Silicon Valley:

  • Immediate Response and Representation – As a result of our federal white collar experience, we can get to work defending you and your company immediately. We provide emergency representation for federal investigations when necessary.
  • Access to Our Senior Lawyers and Consultants Around the Clock – Our clients have direct access to the senior lawyers and consultants handling their federal cases around the clock. We expect to be able to reach you when necessary, and we expect you to contact us when you need us as well.
  • No Work Performed By Paralegals or Junior Associates – Unlike other white collar defense firms, we do not employ paralegals or junior associates. All work is handled exclusively by highly experienced senior lawyers.
  • A Proactive and Strategic Approach to Protecting You and Your Company – We take a proactive approach to protecting our clients during federal white collar investigations. We will build a strategy focused on the unique circumstances of your (or your company’s) case, and we will continue to refine and adjust this strategy as warranted throughout our representation.
  • Tireless Effort to Achieve an Efficient and Discrete Resolution – We know how important it is for growing tech companies and their founders and executives to avoid public prosecution and the negative publicity that comes along with it. With this in mind, we make every effort to resolve our clients’ cases as efficiently and discretely as possible.

We have resolved the vast majority of our clients’ federal white collar investigations without charges being filed. Once you (or your company) becomes a target, this is the best possible outcome. As long as you contact us in time, we will be able to focus our efforts on achieving a favorable pre-charge resolution.

Why have thousands of clients chosen Oberheiden P.C.?

  1. Only Sr. Attorneys– We don’t employ paralegals, Jr. Attorneys, or Secretaries. You will work directly with a Sr. Attorney who will keep you apprised on a regular basis regarding the details of your case.
  2. We Know The Government’s Playbook– Many of our attorneys previously worked for the government as federal prosecutors. Understanding the tricks, goals, and strategies of the opposing side gives us an advantage as we prepare our defense.
  3. We Have Secret Weapons– Our team of Former FBI, IRS, DEA, OIG, and Secret Service agents will use their experience in espionage, business investigations, and cyber forensics to find the nuanced details that can sometimes be the difference between a win or jail time.
  4. Unrivaled Results– While we have many tools at our disposal, our greatest asset is our notable experience fighting the government. This experience has given us the privilege of winning over 2,000 cases on behalf of our clients.

I encourage you to compare our experience, results, and team with any local or national firm.

When you’ve been defending clients for as long as we have, there’s no trick we haven’t seen, likely no tactics we haven’t countered and no strategy we haven’t circumvented many times before.

If your reputation, livelihood, freedom, or career is at stake, call us today for a free consultation.

We will help you clearly understand what your options are and the best path forward.

Call now to confidentially discuss the details of your case: 888-680-1745

Dr. Nick Oberheiden

Put our highly experienced team on your side

Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Dr. Nick Oberheiden



Lynette S. Byrd
Lynette S. Byrd

Former Department of Justice

Brian J. Kuester
Brian J. Kuester

Former U.S. Attorney
Former DA

John W. Sellers
John W. Sellers

Former Senior Trial Attorney
U.S. Department of Justice

Local Counsel

Joanne Fine DeLena
Joanne Fine DeLena

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Former U.S. Attorney & Former District Attorney

Local Trial & Defense Counsel

Amanda Marshall
Amanda Marshall

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

Aaron L. Wiley
Aaron L. Wiley

Former Federal Prosecutor

Local Counsel

Roger Bach
Roger Bach

Former Special Agent (OIG)

Michael Koslow
Michael Koslow

Former Supervisory Special Agent (FBI)

Chris Quick
Chris Quick

Former Special Agent (FBI & IRS-CI)

Ray Yuen
Ray Yuen

Former Supervisory Special Agent (FBI)

Representation for Silicon Valley Companies, Founders, and Executives Facing All Types of Federal White Collar Allegations

Within our federal white collar defense practice, we represent companies and individuals facing all types of civil and criminal allegations. This includes common allegations against Silicon Valley companies, founders, and executives such as:

  • Accounting and Financial Fraud – Making false accounting entries, withholding material information from public disclosures, misrepresenting information to financial institutions, and other types of misrepresentations and omissions.
  • Conspiracy – Pursuing a coordinated effort to commit fraud or another white collar offense, regardless of whether the offense is ultimately committed.
  • Corporate Fraud – Engaging in conflict-of-interest transactions, using corporate assets for personal benefit, usurping corporate opportunities, and other fraudulent acts that have negative impacts for shareholders.
  • Embezzlement and Theft of Corporate Assets – Siphoning off corporate funds or misappropriating other corporate assets for personal or third-party benefit.
  • Federal Procurement Fraud – For Silicon Valley companies that do business (or are seeking to do business) with the government, making misrepresentations or omissions during the procurement process or while performing under government contracts.
  • Intellectual Property (IP) Crimes – Misappropriating or infringing upon third-party intellectual property rights, including trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, and patents.
  • Public Corruption and Bribery – Bribing, attempting to bribe, or engaging in other efforts to improperly influence public officials in the United States or in foreign countries.
  • Securities Fraud – Issuing false reports, engaging in insider trading, conducting fraudulent initial public offerings (IPOs) and initial coin offerings (ICOs), and other practices that violate federal securities laws or regulations.
  • Tax Evasion and Tax Fraud – Failing to report or pay income taxes, employment taxes, or other federal tax liability; failing to report foreign financial assets; and, other violations of the Internal Revenue Code, Bank Secrecy Act, and other pertinent federal laws.
  • Wire Fraud – Using the Internet to perpetrate any other white collar crime, whether through email communication, teleconferencing, social media, or publishing information online.

Federal white collar investigations involving these allegations (among others) can either be civil or criminal in nature. The SEC and certain other agencies can impose administrative penalties as well. When facing a federal white collar investigation, it is imperative to identify the investigation’s nature and scope, and to develop and executive a defense strategy that is focused on the specific issues and allegations at hand. With our lawyers’ and consultants’ experience on both sides of federal white collar investigations, we are able to quickly discern our clients’ risks and advise them accordingly.

FAQs: Defending Against Federal White Collar Investigations in Silicon Valley

What Should I Do if the DOJ or FBI is Investigating My Silicon Valley Company?


If you own or run a Silicon Valley company that is under federal investigation, you need to engage experienced defense counsel promptly. By the time the DOJ or FBI makes an investigation known to the target, the investigation is already well underway. Experienced federal white collar defense counsel will be able to intervene in the investigative process, determine why your company is being targeted, and deal with the DOJ or FBI on your company’s behalf.

What Should I Do if I Have Received an SEC Subpoena in Silicon Valley?


If you have received an SEC subpoena related to your business or work in Silicon Valley, you need to promptly engage defense counsel in this scenario as well. You must respond to the subpoena, but you must do so carefully to avoid putting yourself (or your company) at risk unnecessarily. Experienced white collar defense counsel will be able to help you prepare an appropriate response while also managing the other aspects of the SEC’s investigation.

What are the Risks of Facing a Federal White Collar Investigation?


Federal white collar investigations can lead to fines, injunctions, prison time, and other penalties. If made public, these investigations can also cause substantial harm to individuals’ and companies’ reputations—and this is true regardless of the eventual outcome. When you engage Oberheiden P.C. for federal white collar defense in Silicon Valley, we will work diligently to resolve your (or your company’s) investigation as quickly and quietly as possible.

Should I Cooperate with the DOJ, FBI or SEC if I Don’t Have Anything to Hide?


Before deciding whether to cooperate with the DOJ, FBI, or SEC, you need to make sure you have an accurate understanding of the legal risks involved. While you may not think you have done anything wrong, you could still potentially be exposed due to an unintentional and unknowing statutory or regulatory violation.

How Do I Choose a Law Firm for White Collar Defense in Silicon Valley?


When choosing a law firm for white collar defense in Silicon Valley, relevant experience is a key factor. You need a team of senior defense lawyers who understand these cases from both sides. At Oberheiden P.C., our white collar defense team includes former high-ranking federal prosecutors and federal agents, and these lawyers and consultants rely on their combined experience to help protect our clients.

Contact Oberheiden P.C. about White Collar Defense in Silicon Valley

If you need white collar defense counsel in Silicon Valley, we invite you to contact us for more information. To speak with a senior defense lawyer at Oberheiden P.C. in confidence, call 888-680-1745 or get in touch online now.

Why Clients Trust Oberheiden P.C.

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