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GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATIONS & WHITE COLLAR DEFENSE

We protect our clients’ reputations and safeguard the future of their businesses through effective compliance programs, efficient investigations and strategic representation in the courtroom.

Our approach

Governmental regulations are increasingly enforced through criminal prosecution rather than mere civil fines.

Our team has extensive proficiency in counseling, investigating and litigating all forms of government inquiry. Our nationwide representation includes managing matters from the investigation and grand jury stages through trial and, if necessary, appeal and collateral proceedings.

We provide comprehensive services to individuals and organizations that receive civil investigative demands, subpoenas or any other requests for information from federal prosecutors, state prosecutors or investigative agencies.

Our services include:

  • Conducting internal investigations and preparing investigative reports on behalf of corporate clients
  • Establishing compliance programs
  • Responding to informal requests for information, subpoenas and search warrants
  • Formulating investigative and defense strategies
  • Providing counsel to defendants in civil cases or targets, subjects or witnesses in criminal proceedings to defend their legal rights and interests

We work with

  • Individuals in a wide variety of industries, including among others:
  • Life sciences and heath care
  • Financial services and securities
  • Technology
  • National security and defense
  • Higher education
  • Construction
  • Public policy and government relations

Media Clips

  • Assessing the Financial Impact of 4.5 Million Stolen Health Records
    Forbes | August 25, 2014
    This column discusses the impact of Community Health System’s data breach. Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Security team Linn Freedman acts as a third-party source.
  • CHS Starts Notification Process Following Huge Breach
    Health Data Management | August 19, 2014
    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group Linn Freedman provides third-party commentary on Community Health Systems’ data breach of protected health information.
  • Tornado Victims Get Relief Fund
    Boston Herald | August 2, 2014
    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone has been appointed to oversee the Revere Tornado Relief Fund, benefitting those impacted by the tornado which hit the town outside Boston.
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  • Directors to Watch 2014
    Directors & Boards | August 1, 2014
    Partner Linn Freedman, member of the board of directors of Roger Williams University and Roger Williams Law School, is featured among the publication’s ninth annual class of directors to watch.
  • The Biggest Banking Cases of 2014: Midyear Report
    Law360 | July 25, 2014
    This feature story focuses on some of the most prominent banking rulings and resolutions in 2014. DC Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin discusses BNP Paribas’ agreement to pay just under $9 billion to federal and New York state regulators to settle violation of U.S. sanctions claims.
  • Azamat Tazhayakov verdict could affect related court cases
    Boston Globe | July 22, 2014
    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly discusses the implications of the obstruction of justice conviction of one of the Boston Marathon bomber’s friends.
  • Experts don't buy claims of Boston bias
    Boston Herald | July 22, 2014
    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone provides commentary on the issue of local jury pool bias.
  • 5 Takeaways From Latest US Sanctions Against Russian Cos.
    Law360 | July 22, 2014
    Washington, DC, Business Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin discuss the latest round of U.S. sanctions against Russia and what these mean moving forward.
  • D.C. Circuit Upholds Attorney-Client Privilege In Internal Compliance Investigation
    Mondaq | July 21, 2014
    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Danielle Pelot and Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar defense associate Emily Harlan authored this column discussing the DC Circuit Court's decision clarifying that an attorney-client communication is protected as long as “one of the significant purposes” of the communication is obtaining or providing legal advice.
  • Nixon Peabody Lands DarrowEverett White Collar Partner
    Law360 | July 16, 2014
    This feature story highlights the arrival of Providence Government Investigations & White Collar defense counsel Chuck Tamuleviz.
  • CCOs Not Immune to SEC Charges When Agency Finds They Neglect Their Duties
    ACA Insight | July 14, 2014
    New York City Government Investigations & White Collar Defense counsel Brad Mirkin provides commentary in this feature article discussing consequences chief compliance officers face when failing to meet their compliance obligations.
  • U.S. Granted Ex-Star Scientific CEO Rare Blanket Immunity
    Richmond Times-Dispatch | July 12, 2014
    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly discusses federal prosecutors’ strategy for offering immunity in some cases and how this impacts the potential success of a case.
  • A Jury Full of Questions: Jurors, judge at Probation trial active players in courtroom
    CommonWealth | July 11, 2014
    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone provides commentary on active jury participation in the federal corruption trial of former state probation officials.
  • BNP Paribas OFAC Settlement — Another Warning To Banks
    Law360 | July 10, 2014
    Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin and associate Lindsey Nelson authored this column discussing increased settlements involving violations of U.S. sanctions by major financial institutions.
  • Bradley Mirkin to Nixon Peabody
    Securities Lending Times | July 3, 2014
    New York City Government Investigations & White Collar Defense counsel Brad Mirkin’s arrival at the firm is highlighted in this article.
  • Hernandez Defense Subpoenaed Medical Records from Patriots
    WFXT-TV (FOX Boston) | June 17, 2014
    In this live Q&A, Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone discusses efforts by counsel for former NFL player Aaron Hernandez to secure his medical records from his former team.
  • People on the Move
    Boston Business Journal | June 12, 2014
    This news brief notes that Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Hannah Bornstein earned the 2014 Outstanding Pro Bono Mentor Award from the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (PAIR) for her pro bono commitment to representing asylum-seekers.
  • Tsarnaev to seek change of venue for federal trial
    Boston Globe | June 12, 2014
    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone provides commentary regarding the Boston Marathon bombing suspect’s defense team's proposal to move the trial location.
  • Analysts Mull Motives As Feds Drop Two Charges In Probation Case
    State House News Service | June 2, 2014
    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone discusses a decision by federal prosecutors to drop mail fraud charges related to two probation hires in their ongoing trial against three former probation officials.
  • Consequences of Criminal Convictions
    American Bar Association "Sound Advice" | June 1, 2014
    In this audio segment, Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin discusses the new and unfamiliar situations the guilty party may face.
  • Lab I.T. Put to the Test
    Health Data Management | June 1, 2014
    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection practice Linn Freedman and Providence Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Kathryn Sylvia discuss provisions under a federal rule to give patients or designated representatives the right to receive copies of medical test results from most clinical laboratories.
  • New Arrest in Boston Marathon Bombing Case
    WBZ-TV (CBS Boston) | May 30, 2014
    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone discusses a new arrest in the Boston Marathon bombings investigation.
  • John Connolly's murder conviction voided
    Boston Globe | May 28, 2014
    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly discusses a Florida appeals court’s decision overturning the murder conviction of corrupt FBI agent John J. Connolly Jr., Whitey Bulger’s longtime handler.
  • Ex-FINRA Enforcement Attorney Joins Nixon Peabody
    Compliance Intelligence | May 28, 2014
    This feature story highlights the arrival of New York City Government Investigations & White Collar Defense counsel Brad Mirkin.
  • A Look at Export Control Changes for Satellites
    Law360 | May 22, 2014
    Washington, DC, Business Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin authored this column discussing how the decision by the U.S. government to remove commercial and scientific communications satellites from the U.S. Munitions List to the Commerce Control List eases export of these products.
  • Friends of Accused Marathon Bomber Given Separate Trials
    WFXT-TV (Boston FOX affiliate) | May 13, 2014
    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone discusses the role of Boston Marathon bombing suspect’s friends who are accused of covering up evidence in the case.
  • John O'Brien Racketeering & Bribery Trial
    WFXT-TV (Boston FOX affiliate) | May 5, 2014
    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly provides third-party legal commentary in the racketeering and bribery case involving former Massachusetts Probation Commissioner John O’Brien.
  • Data Protection and Privacy Laws
    Financier Worldwide Magazine | May 1, 2014
    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection practice Linn Freedman is one of the featured industry sources in this piece on effectively handling, using, transferring and managing data. Click here to read the roundtable discussion.
  • Sarbanes-Oxley's Whistle-blower Protections Reach Private Contractors
    The Corporate Governance Advisor | May 1, 2014
    This column discusses the Supreme Court’s interpretation of Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower protection to reach employees of public company's private contractors. Commercial Litigation partners Carolyn Nussbaum and Jon Sablone, Labor & Employment partner David Rosenthal and Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin authored the piece.
  • Lawyers fight for disgraced housing chief's pension contributions
    Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | May 1, 2014
    This article centers on Chelsea Housing Authority’s attempt (CHA) to secure the pension money of the former CHA executive director who pled guilty to fraud charges. Nixon Peabody provides pro bono representation to the CHA. One of NP’s attorneys who is working on this case, Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero, is quoted in the article.
  • Marathon Bombing Suspect Waits in Isolation
    New York Times | April 15, 2014
    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone discusses the special administrative measures governing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as he awaits trial for the Boston Marathon bombings.
  • Court Weighs Procedural Safeguards for Audio Playbacks to Jury
    American Bar Association Litigation News | April 4, 2014
    Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin discusses the impact of a court decision regarding replayed audio recordings.
  • Patients Get Direct Access to Lab Reports
    Clinical Laboratory News | April 1, 2014
    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection practice Linn Freedman discusses how labs should comply with patient requests for records under a new rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Any Calls, Texts, or Photos May Be Used Against You
    Boston Bar Journal | April 1, 2014
    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone, Providence Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner and Privacy & Data Protection team leader Linn Freedman and Providence Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Kathryn Sylvia co-authored this column discussing warrantless cell phone searches and personal privacy issues.
  • Questions—and answers—on ‘U.S. v. Tsarnaev'
    Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | March 24, 2014
    Industry sources including Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone discuss the case against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
  • Latest Insider-Trading Case Highlights Law Firms' Risks
    Wall Street Journal | March 21, 2014
    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection practice Linn Freedman provides commentary in this article about the need for law firms to properly safeguard confidential client information.
  • Latest Ukraine-Related Sanctions Likely Won't Be The Last
    Law360 | March 18, 2014
    Washington, DC, Global Business & Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin and Government Relations counsel Doug Dziak discuss the likely series of government sanctions in response to the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
  • Court Allows Second Attorney for Bulger's Defense in Appeal
    Boston Globe | March 6, 2014
    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly provides commentary in this piece noting that James “Whitey” Bulger will have a second lawyer working on the appeal of his murder conviction.
  • Innocent Until Proven Guilty
    ESPN Magazine | March 1, 2014
    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone discusses the case against former New England Patriots tight-end Aaron Hernandez.
  • Personal Notes on Lawyers
    New York Law Journal | February 18, 2014
    This coverage highlights our New York State attorneys elected to the partnership: New York City Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Ashley Baynham, New York City Securities partner Dan McAvoy, New York City Commercial Litigation partner Abby Reardon and Rochester Labor & Employment partner Kate Saracene.
  • Understanding the New Rule for Patient Access to Lab Results
    Health Data Management | February 12, 2014
    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection practice Linn Freedman and Providence Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Kathryn Sylvia discuss the new Health and Human Services rule, which allows patients and their personal representatives access to lab test reports and results from laboratories.
  • Capitalizing on Compliance
    Investigations Quarterly | February 6, 2014
    Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin co-authored this column discussing how private equity firms can prevent exposure and uncover value under government scrutiny.
  • FTC Continues To Push Privacy Breach Enforcement
    Law360 | January 17, 2014
    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection practice Linn Freedman and Providence Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Kathryn Sylvia authored this column discussing efforts to ensure that adequate privacy and security practices and procedures are in place to protect employee and consumer data as the Federal Trade Commission’s enforcement initiatives increase.
  • Whitey Bulger Insists He Was Never An Informant In New Film
    WBZ-TV (CBS Boston) | January 17, 2014
    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly provides commentary on a documentary film that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival profiling convicted mobster James “Whitey” Bulger. Brian was the lead prosecutor in the Bulger trial.
  • Jail Warden to Review Policies after Bulger Wrote Letters
    Boston Globe | January 11, 2014
    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly provides commentary regarding the recent development that convicted mobster James “Whitey” Bulger had defense attorneys deliver letters to his girlfriend.
  • Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System and St. James Healthcare Agree to Pay $3.85 Million to Resolve Fraud and Abuse Allegations
    American Health Lawyers Association | January 6, 2014
    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian French discusses the implications of the agreement between the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and St. James Healthcare and its parent company, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, to pay nearly $4 million to resolve alleged violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark Law, and the False Claims Act.
  • Health Care Cases to Watch in 2014
    Law360 | January 1, 2014
    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian French discusses the high-profile False Claims Act suit, Nathan v. Takeda, that could provide clarity on the muddled question of how precisely a whistleblower must describe fraud.
  • Sitting Down with Former Mayor's Youth Council Representative Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero
    Beyond the Billable (A Boston Bar Association Blog) | December 18, 2013
    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero discusses the Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC). Ronaldo served as a lawyer-mentor representing his community of East Boston on the MYC from 1997-2000.
  • 2013's Game-Changing Health Rulings
    Law360 | December 17, 2013

    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner and a member of the firm’s Life Sciences practice Brian French discusses high-stakes cases for the health industry including those involving False Claims Act litigation and reimbursement disputes.

  • Panel to Examine ADA, Defender Pay
    Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | December 16, 2013

    This coverage notes that Boston Government Investigations & White Collar defense partner Gerry Leone has been tapped to serve on a Massachusetts Bar Association Blue Ribbon Commission on Criminal Justice Compensation examining the impact of low salaries for state prosecutors and public defenders in state courts.

  • Prosecutor Who Battled Bulger Heads to Nixon Peabody
    Wall Street Journal | December 9, 2013

    This feature story highlights the arrival of Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly, a former U.S. attorney and chief of the Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit.

  • U.S. Prosecutor in ‘Whitey' Bulger Case Steps Down
    Boston Globe | December 9, 2013

    The arrival of Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly, a former U.S. attorney and chief of the Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit, who prosecuted James “Whitey” Bulger is highlighted.

  • 4 Little-Noticed FCA Rulings Attys Need To Know
    Law360 | December 2, 2013

    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner and member of the Life Sciences practice Brian French discusses recent False Claims Act lawsuits likely to reshape a litigation landscape particularly in health care and life sciences.

  • What's Next For Whitey Bulger
    WBZ-TV (CBS Boston) | November 14, 2013
    This Q&A with Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone is focused on the sentencing of James “Whitey” Bulger.
  • Former DA Honored for Domestic Violence Prevention
    MBA Lawyers E-Journal | October 31, 2013
    This article profiles Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone, who was honored at multiple events during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
  • Lauren Astley murder draws attention to teen breakup violence
    48 Hours (CBS) | October 26, 2013
    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone, former Middlesex District Attorney, discusses the Lauren Astley murder case.
  • Vanity or freedom of speech? N.H. Supreme Court to hear license plate fight
    Seacoast Online | October 13, 2013
    This coverage notes that the New Hampshire Supreme Court will hear a free speech case brought by the state’s branch of the American Civil Liberties Union. The coverage notes that the NHCLU filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court through Nixon Peabody. The brief was authored by Manchester partner and leader of the firm’s Government Investigations & White Collar Defense practice Dave Vicinanzo.
  • The Intersection of Off-Label Promotion and Free Speech
    ABA Criminal Litigation Newsletter | October 9, 2013
    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone and associates Hannah Bornstein and Conor Harris discuss recent developments in free-speech protection, which reflect a shifting environment for prosecutors investigating pharmaceutical and medical device companies for potential off-label promotional activities.
  • FCC Set to Enforce New Telephone Privacy Rules
    Direct Marketing News | October 3, 2013
    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group Linn Freedman discusses new rules under the Federal Communications Commission's Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) that can have serious repercussions for marketers.
  • What LabMD's Data Security Breach Tells Us About FTC
    Law360 | October 3, 2013
    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group Linn Freedman and Providence Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Kathryn Sylvia note that businesses that maintain, collect, receive or transmit consumers' information should be aware that the Federal Trade Commission considers a data security breach to fall under the umbrella of "unfair and deceptive" practices.
  • Gerard Leone to Lead Somerville Review
    Boston Globe | September 26, 2013
    This story notes that Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone has been tapped to lead a School Safety and Security Review (SSSR) Committee for Somerville City Schools in Massachusetts. The SSSR will review current protocols, procedures, policies and practices for the school system.
  • Gerry Leone Analysis of Bulger Verdict
    WBZ-TV (CBS Boston) | August 12, 2013

    Upon the verdict in the James "Whitey" Bulger case, Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone provided insight in his role as WBZ-TV’s legal analyst.

  • Analysis: Will Cohort Flip in Hernandez Murder Case?
    USA Today | July 31, 2013

    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone is quoted extensively throughout this article discussing the possibility of the alleged accomplices cooperating with the prosecution.

  • Changes To License Exceptions Ease Way For Exporters
    Law360 | July 31, 2013
    A team of Washington, DC, attorneys, including Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Lindsey Nelson and partner Grayson Yeargin, Global Business & Transactions associate Alexandra Lopez-Casero, and Private Equity & Investment Funds associate Nick Rosenberg co-authored this column focused on changes to license exceptions that will make it easier for companies to export items abroad.
  • Judge Keeps Strong Crosscurrents in Check
    Boston Globe | July 29, 2013

    The article profiles the judge presiding over the Whitey Bulger trial. Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone provides commentary addressing the importance of striking a balance in an emotional case like this.

  • Everything You Need to Know About the Sunshine Act
    British Medical Journal | July 26, 2013
    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian French, a member of the firm's Life Sciences practice, authored this piece on the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, part of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Patrick appoints Codinha to JNC
    Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | July 25, 2013

    This coverage highlights Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Bill Codinha, who has been appointed to serve as a commissioner on the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) by the governor of Massachusetts.

  • State police photographer releases bloody Tsarnaev photos to Boston Magazine
    Boston Globe | July 19, 2013

    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone comments on new photos released by a Massachusetts State Police sergeant showing the apprehension of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

  • Shock to the Heart: Who's To Blame? That ICD Could Mean a False Claim
    Becker's Hospital Review | July 11, 2013

    Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partners David Feldman and Grayson Yeargin and associate Emily Harlan authored this column addressing increased scrutiny under the False Claims Act.

  • Former DA Gerry Leone Provides Further Insight into Arraignment
    WFXT-TV (Fox Boston) | July 10, 2013

    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone discusses the arraignment of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

  • Kevin Weeks Testifies About Relationship with Whitey Bulger
    WBZ-TV (CBS Boston) | July 8, 2013

    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone discusses the testimony of Kevin Weeks against his former mentor, James “Whitey” Bulger, in his role as legal analyst for the news station.

  • Tax Court: Religious organization not liable for employment taxes
    Bloomberg BNA Daily Tax Report | July 2, 2013

    This article notes the U.S. Tax Court’s ruling in Kadimah Chapter Kiryat Ungvar v. Commissioner finding that a tax-exempt religious organization was not liable for employment taxes and associated penalties because no employer-employee relationship existed. Kadimah was represented by Washington, DC, Tax partner Ken Silverberg, Los Angeles Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Jason Gonzalez, and Washington, DC, business associate Rob Trott.

  • Proceed With Caution
    Health Data Management | July 1, 2013

    In this cover story, leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group and the HIPAA Compliance group Linn Freedman discusses information technology security concerns and other related issues that have kept mental health data in the shadows.

  • Export Reform: Understanding License Exception SAT
    Law360 | June 24, 2013

    A team of Washington, DC, attorneys, including Global Business & Transactions associate Alexandra Lopez-Casero, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin and associate Lindsey Nelson, and Private Equity & Investment Funds associate Nick Rosenberg co-authored this column discussing the requirements of revised License Exception Strategic Trade Authorization (STA).

  • Ex-Chelsea Office McLaughlin's Sentencing Postponed
    Boston Globe | June 15, 2013

    This coverage highlights Nixon Peabody's pro bono representation of the Chelsea Housing Authority as it seeks restitution against its former executive director, who has already pled guilty to fraud charges. Nixon Peabody’s legal team includes Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Bill Codinha and associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero, Affordable Housing partner Jeff Sacks, counsel Neil Moynihan, and paralegal Joanne Sylvester.

  • Enforcement Trends Related to Executive Liability in Health Care Investigations
    Bloomberg BNA Health Care Fraud Report | June 12, 2013

    A team of New York City attorneys, including Health Services practice group leader Michele Masucci, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partners David Feldman and Sean Haran, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense senior associate Ashley Baynham, and Commercial Litigation associate Devon Haft Little discuss recent enforcement trends under the False Claims Act and the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The article also provides guidance for corporate executives on how best to address this new enforcement focus.

  • Debate over Allowing Cameras in Federal Court
    WBZ-TV (CBS Boston) | June 5, 2013

    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone discusses the notion of cameras in federal court in relation to the James “Whitey” Bulger trial as part of his role as legal analyst for the news station.

  • What Exporters Need To Do Before Oct. 15
    Law360 | May 23, 2013

    A team of Washington, DC, attorneys including Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin and associate Lindsey Nelson, Global Business & Transactions associate Alexandra Lopez-Casero, and Private Equity & Investment Funds associate Nick Rosenberg co-authored this column discussing the activities exporters need to undertake now in order to ensure they have the proper export classifications, licenses, and policies in place by October, when the first round of the Export Control Reform Initiative takes effect.

  • A New Procedural Trend in Qui Tam FCA Cases
    Law360 | May 17, 2013

    Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin and Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Conor Harris authored this article focused on a rising tide of whistleblower claims, which has spawned a new procedural development in qui tam actions under the False Claims Act.

  • A Roadmap for Navigating the Revised USML And CCL
    Law360 | May 17, 2013

    This contributed article authored by Washington, DC, attorneys Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Lindsey Nelson, Global Business & Transactions associate Alexandra Lopez-Casero, and Private Equity associate Nick Rosenberg provides a roadmap of how to classify an item under the revised U.S. Munitions List and the revised Commerce Control List when the rules go into effect in October.

  • Herbalife Raises Estimate of Legal Costs Amid Pyramid Allegations
    Los Angeles Times | May 4, 2013

    Los Angeles Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Jason Gonzalez provides commentary regarding allegations that the nutritional products company Herbalife is participating in a pyramid scheme.

  • Could your Organization be Subject to False Claims Penalties for ICD Procedures
    The Advisory Board Daily Briefing | May 3, 2013

    New York City Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner David Feldman participated in this Q&A discussing the impact of Department of Justice investigations into implanted cardioverter defibrillator procedures and recommendations for providers.

  • Export Controls Reform: Understanding the 600 Series
    Law360 | May 2, 2013

    A team of Washington, DC, attorneys, including Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin and associate Lindsey Nelson, Global Business & Transactions associate Alexandra Lopez-Casero, and Private Equity & Investment Funds associate Nick Rosenberg, co-authored this column discussing the introduction of the “600 series,” which changes the rules applicable to companies that have items listed on the U.S. Munitions List.

  • Export Controls Reform Has Arrived
    Law360 | April 22, 2013

    Washington, DC  government investigations & white collar defense partner Grayson Yeargin and associate Lindsey Nelson, global business & transactions associate Alexandra Lopez-Casero and private equity & investment funds associate Nick Rosenberg co-authored this column discussing the new rules and regulations implementing the multiyear Export Control Reform Initiative.

  • NY Anti-Corruption Legislation Could Be A Game-Changer
    Law360 | April 17, 2013

    Buffalo government investigations & white collar defense partner Mark Molloy, Washington, DC, associate Emily Harlan and New York City associate J. Michael Smith co-authored this column discussing proposed legislation in New York, called the “Public Trust Act,” which would create a new class of public corruption crimes.

  • 11th Circuit says HIPAA protections trump Florida law
    Reuters | April 12, 2013

    Leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group and the HIPAA Compliance group Linn Freedman discusses a Court of Appeals ruling finding that the patient privacy protections in the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 trumped a 1987 Florida law that requires nursing homes to provide the records to a deceased resident's spouse, guardian or attorney.

  • Beyoncé, Jay-Z's Cuba Trip Highlights Embargo Restrictions
    White Collar Law360 | April 9, 2013

    This guest article written by Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin and associate Lindsey Nelson focuses on licensing requirements for travel to Cuba.

  • Can Employers Force Arbitration of FCA Retaliation Claims?
    White Collar Law360 | April 4, 2013

    Washington, DC, Government Investigations partner Grayson Yeargin and associate Emily Harlan co-authored this column addressing whether a company can compel arbitration when a former employee brings a retaliation claim against the company under the False Claims Act.

  • Gerard Leone Steps Away From Government
    Boston Globe | March 20, 2013

    This column profiles Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone, who has joined the firm's Government Investigations & White Collar Defense practice.

  • DA from Middlesex County, Mass., joins Nixon Peabody
    Reuters | March 19, 2013

    The arrival of Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone, who joins the firm's Boston office as partner in the Government Investigations & White Collar Defense practice, is highlighted in this feature article.

  • New HIPAA Rules Pose Challenges for Healthcare Industry
    Reuters | March 18, 2013

    Leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group and the HIPAA Compliance group Linn Freedman discusses the new Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations announced by the Department of Health & Human Services. Click here to read the full article.

  • GCs Say FCPA Fears Spur More Careful Dealmaking
    Law360 | February 25, 2013

    Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin discusses why corporate buyers need to be on high alert for bribery and corruption in overseas acquisitions as merger activity picks up.

  • A Broad Reading of FCPA's Jurisdiction over Foreign Cos.
    Law360 | February 19, 2013

    Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin and Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Lindsey Nelson authored this column discussing how a recent and rare court ruling regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act could clear the way for increased prosecutions of foreign nationals.

  • The Use of Mobile Technology in the Practice of Medicine: Compliance Tips
    Bloomberg BNA Health Law Reporter | February 12, 2013

    Providence partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group Linn Freedman authored this column highlighting practical tips for physicians and other health care providers to maximize the advantages of using mobile technology in their day-to-day practices while complying with privacy and security rules. Click here to read the article.

  • Meet 39 Newly Minted Partners at Boston's Top Law Firms
    Boston Business Journal | January 11, 2013

    New Boston partners Kelly Babson (Public Company Transactions), Jeff Gilbreth (Labor & Employment), Danielle Pelot (Government Investigations & White Collar Defense) and Amy Pugliano O’Keefe (Global Business & Transactions) are featured in this coverage.

  • Life Sciences Cases to Watch in 2013
    Life Sciences Law 360 | January 1, 2013

    In this article focused on key life sciences industry lawsuits in the coming calendar year, Boston Government Investigations & Life Sciences partner Brian French provides commentary.

  • Life Sciences Regulation to Watch in 2013
    Life Sciences Law 360 | January 1, 2013

    Washington, DC, Health Services and Life Sciences partner Areta Kupchyk and Boston Government Investigations & Life Sciences partner Brian French discuss key life sciences industry regulations to watch in 2013.

  • Newsmaker: Getting involved is first step to improving education
    Providence Business News | December 24, 2012

    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection team Linn Freedman is featured in this Q&A–style profile. The article focuses on Linn’s recent appointment to the board of the Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology and her other commitments outside the office.

  • Risk of Exclusion Remains Potent for Health Care Industry Executives
    Bloomberg BNA's Medical Devices Law & Industry Report | December 12, 2012

    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero and Health Services practice group leader Michele Masucci authored this column discussing the continued focus on individual accountability of health care executives. Click here to read the article.

  • Mind Reading: Judges Can Keep Deliberations to Themselves, Mass. Court Says
    ABA Journal | December 1, 2012

    This article highlights a case of first impression for Massachusetts in which the state Supreme Court recognized an absolute judicial deliberative privilege placing off-limits judges’ mental impressions and thought processes in reaching decisions. Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Bill Codinha is noted as special counsel who is probing the judge in question in this particular case.

  • SEC Drops Charges that Manager Misled Investors
    Financial Times | November 17, 2012

    New York City Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Alex Lipman, discusses the Securities and Exchange Commission’s decision not to pursue its case against a former collateral manager Edward Steffelin who was accused of misleading investors in a J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. mortgage-bond deal.

  • Another Fumble by the SEC on Fraud
    New York Times | November 16, 2012

    This coverage notes that the Securities and Exchange Commission dropped its case against a former collateral manager Edward Steffelin, who was accused of misleading investors in a J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. mortgage-bond deal. New York City Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Alex Lipman led the Nixon Peabody team representing Mr. Steffelin.

  • SEC Drops Bond Lawsuit
    Wall Street Journal | November 16, 2012

    This feature story details the decision by the Securities and Exchange Commission to drop its case against a former collateral manager Edward Steffelin who was accused of misleading investors in a J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. mortgage-bond deal. Mr. Steffelin is represented by a Nixon Peabody team led by New York City Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Alex Lipman.

  • Human Capital: People on the move
    Boston Business Journal | October 30, 2012

    This coverage notes that Boston & Providence Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Linn Freedman has joined the advisory board of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) New England. NFTE provides programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school.

  • 7 Tips for Avoiding False Claims Act Whistleblower Suits
    Law 360 | October 30, 2012

    Boston partner and deputy leader of the firm’s Government Investigations & White Collar Defense group Brian French discusses ways companies, especially those in the health care, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries, can avoid whistleblower lawsuits under the False Claims Act.

  • Great Pro Bono Victory for Two Nixon Peabody Associates
    Boston Bar Association BBA Week | October 25, 2012

    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero and Boston Commercial Litigation associate Danielle McLaughlin are highlighted for their win of an appeal before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of a pro bono client been barred from having his removal case reconsidered because he had already been deported to Honduras. This matter was handled in collaboration with Boston College’s Post Deportation Human Rights Project (PDHRP).

  • Do You Know What Your Sub is Doing? New Legislation Expands Iran Sanctions to Subsidiaries
    Bloomberg BNA's Daily Report for Executives | August 24, 2012

    Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin and Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Lindsey Nelson authored this article discussing legislation providing sanctions to prohibit foreign subsidiaries with U.S. parent companies from transacting with Iran or Iranian persons.

  • Limiting Availability of Interlocutory Appeals Regarding Privilege
    ABA Litigation News | August 16, 2012

    Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin provides commentary on a Court of Appeals’ decision narrowly construing the doctrine announced in Perlman v. United States.

  • ‘Cloud' Advisory Puts Small Firms on Notice
    Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | August 13, 2012

    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection practice Linn Freedman provides commentary on the ethics advisory opinion from the Massachusetts Bar Association on the use of Internet data storage providers, which has some small firms and sole practitioners taking a second look at “cloud” safety.

  • Record Penalties for Fraud, Few Charges for Executives
    New York Times | August 7, 2012

    Washington, DC, government investigations and white collar defense partner Grayson Yeargin provides third-party legal commentary in this article discussing False Claims Act cases and why charges are more likely to be brought against corporations rather than individuals.

  • Lawyers Get Vigilant on Cybersecurity
    Wall Street Journal | June 25, 2012

    Los Angeles and San Francisco Government Investigations & White Collar Defense counsel Jason Gonzalez, a member of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group, provides commentary in this article discussing cybersecurity in the legal industry.

  • Freedman Strives for Online Security
    Providence Business News | June 4, 2012

    This feature story profiles Providence partner and leader of the firm’s Data Privacy team Linn Freedman as part of the annual “Business Women” awards program. The feature story highlights Linn’s legal career both in public and private practice.

  • PBN Honors Local Business Women
    Providence Business News | May 1, 2012

    Providence Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Linn Freedman, leader of the firm’s Data Privacy team, is included in this article highlighting the 2012 Providence Business News annual Business Women Awards program honorees.

  • The Proverbial Gun in the Corporate Defense World
    The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation | April 25, 2012

    This contributed article, co-authored by Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Laurie Miller and Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar defense associate Patrice Clair, discusses increasing pressure by the government to cooperate in prosecuting their senior officials in exchange for favorable corporate settlements.

  • Human Capital: People on the Move
    Boston Business Journal | April 16, 2012

    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group Linn Freedman is mentioned in this column for being appointed to the Advisory Board for Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (WEST), a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that provides a leadership forum for women in science, engineering, and technology industries.

  • The Pitfalls of Parallel Proceedings
    ABA Litigation News | April 1, 2012

    This article, coauthored by Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin and Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Lindsey Nelson, discusses the rise of parallel proceedings in white-collar matters and the key issues.

  • AG’s Team Comes Under Attack in Medicare Case
    Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | March 27, 2012

    This article discusses accusations against Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Medicare Fraud Division claiming that it violated a Brookline doctor’s Sixth Amendment right to counsel when it illegally seized more than 680 e-mail communications between the physician and his Boston lawyers. Co-leader of the firm’s Government Investigations & White Collar Defense team David Vicinanzo provides commentary.

  • Smart Grid Data: Privacy Costs of the Information Jackpot
    Bloomberg BNA Daily Report for Executives | March 15, 2012

    This contributed article, authored by Buffalo Products counsel Jacob Herstek and Providence partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group Linn Freedman, discusses a federal case that considered the collection of personal information by the smart grid. The article addresses why a legal resolution is necessary to keep pace with the technology.

  • Navigating Labyrinth of Data-Privacy Laws
    Providence Business News | March 12, 2012

    This guest column, authored by Providence partner and leader of the firm’s Data Privacy team Linn Freedman, discusses how organizations, especially in education, can navigate the complexities of data-privacy laws.

  • Ex-Prosecutor Hops from Paul Hastings to Nixon Peabody
    Law 360 | February 13, 2012

    This feature article highlights the arrival of New York City Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Sean Haran.

  • Mobile Devices and Attorney Ethics: What Are the Issues?
    BNA The United States Law Week | December 6, 2011

    This contributed article, co-authored by Los Angeles & San Francisco government investigations & white collar defense counsel Jason Gonzalez and Providence partner & leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection Group Linn Freedman, discusses the ethical risks associated with attorneys’ use of mobile devices.

  • Human Capital: People on the Move
    Boston Business Journal | October 31, 2011

    This coverage notes that Boston and Manchester-based partner Dave Vicinanzo has been named co-leader of the firm’s Government Investigations & White Collar Defense practice.

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U.S. government cracks down on "tour de fraud": BNP Paribas SA's $8.9 billion settlement should keep financial institutions and companies focused on compliance
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Webinar Recording: The Release of Medicare Payment Data—What this New Level of Transparency Means for Providers and Industry
Originally recorded April 24, 2014 | April 24, 2014

U.S. sanctions Russian and Ukrainian officials after Crimea vote
Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Alert | March 17, 2014

Supreme Court interprets Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower protection to reach employees of public company's private contractors
Financial Services Alert | March 6, 2014

New Ukraine-related sanctions: what you need to know
Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Alert | March 6, 2014

Court rejects FCA liability theory based on FDA manufacturing standards
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | March 4, 2014

Expansive False Claims Act Theories Gain Traction in Eighth Circuit Ruling
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | October 22, 2013

Webinar Recording: TCPA vs. your customer communications: Serious changes coming for promotional texts and telemarketing
Originally recorded October 8, 2013 | October 16, 2013

Second Circuit ruling narrows double jeopardy protections in honest services prosecutions
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | August 21, 2013

Diving into E-Data, Second Circuit provides guidance regarding searches of computers
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | July 22, 2013

Enforcement Trends Related to Executive Liability in Health Care Investigations
June 12, 2013

Text of Governor Cuomo's "Public Trust Act" unveiled
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | May 2, 2013

Government's increased use of noncommittal intervention filings complicates qui tam proceedings under the False Claims Act
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | April 18, 2013

Spare change and spare parts: U.S. government publishes rules implementing Export Controls Reform Initiative
Export Controls Alert | April 17, 2013

Governor Cuomo introduces new legislation to target public corruption in wake of bribery scandals
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | April 16, 2013

Court affirms extended window for fraud claims during war
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | March 29, 2013

What gets trebled? Seventh Circuit joins circuit split in deciding whether to use "gross" or "net" trebling
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | March 27, 2013

Can employers force arbitration of False Claims Act retaliation claims?
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | March 25, 2013

Step carefully when making campaign contributions: DOJ and FEC continue to prosecute improper contributions
Inside The Beltway | March 20, 2013

Clear as jade: OFAC's new general license still leaves ambiguity for U.S. companies doing business in Myanmar
Export Controls Alert | March 4, 2013

Gabelli v. SEC
Securities Litigation Alert | March 1, 2013

Baksheesh, Refresco or Podmazyvat: A bribe by any other name can still get you prosecuted in the United States
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | February 15, 2013

Webinar Recording: Shedding Light on the Sunshine Act Final Rule: Implications for Health Care Providers
Originally recorded February 13, 2013 | February 15, 2013

D.C. Circuit sharpens definition of honest services fraud
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | February 14, 2013

Complying with U.S. export controls without violating anti-discrimination laws
Export Controls Alert | January 9, 2013

Webinar Recording: The First Amendment and Off-Label Promotion: Understanding the Implications of U.S. v. Caronia
Originally recorded December 5, 2012 | December 6, 2012

Interpreting FERA's "claims" as "cases," Sixth Circuit finds retroactivity and deepens circuit split
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | November 26, 2012

Coventry Health Care, Inc. agrees to $3 million settlement for its employees' unauthorized access to the Medicare database
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | November 21, 2012

Collateral manager vindicated as SEC drops claims alleging disclosure violations in $1.1 billion CDO Squared offering
Securities Law Alert | November 21, 2012

Sixth Circuit limits reach of False Claims Act in case involving regulatory ambiguity
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | November 2, 2012

California attorney general expands antitrust investigation of acquisitions of physician groups by hospitals
Health Law Alert | September 19, 2012

Webinar Recording: Avoiding the Glare of Government Scrutiny: Understanding the implications of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act
Originally recorded June 28, 2012 | July 2, 2012

Fourth Circuit links "arm-of-the-state" analysis to False Claims Act
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | June 22, 2012

Recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations focus on the aviation industry and illustrate an expanding extraterritorial reach
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | April 18, 2012

Stirring muddy waters: siting securities transactions by the point of irrevocable liability
Securities Litigation Alert | March 8, 2012

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Former Department of Justice attorney joins Nixon Peabody's Government Investigations & White Collar Defense team
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Political asylum/immigration representation project honors Nixon Peabody attorney with annual pro bono award
June 12, 2014

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