Public Corruption



Understanding what’s at stake, we represent government officials, their staff and others working in the public eye who face allegations of corruption.

Our approach

Managing our clients’ personal, professional and financial exposure before litigation is as important to us as defending them tenaciously in the courtroom.

We explore all options to avoid indictment on public corruption charges in grand jury proceedings and complex investigations and build effective defense strategies to mitigate immediate and future consequences.

As a result, we resolve matters successfully, confidentially and quickly.

Our team of former federal and state prosecutors brings in-depth knowledge of the complex federal and state laws underlying public corruption offenses, including those brought under: the Hobbs Act, Travel Act, Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, the program bribery statue and mail and wire fraud statutes.

We handle matters involving:

  • Bribery kickbacks and gratuities
  • Granting favors
  • Honest services fraud
  • Extortion
  • Money laundering
  • Campaign and election law
  • Congressional investigations
  • Economic stimulus fraud
  • Government relief (e.g., disaster relief) fraud
  • Public works/construction projects
  • Misuse of public funds
  • Tax offenses
  • Violations of ethics laws
  • Conspiracy
  • Perjury

We work with

  • Federal, state and local level public officials
  • Private employees administrating federal, state or local programs
  • Politicians and their staff
  • Lobbyists
  • Judges
  • Labor union officials
  • Candidates for office
  • Government contractors

Michelle Wu sees 'crisis of public trust' in wake of City Hall bribery scandal

Boston Business Journal | February 26, 2020

This story highlights Boston Government Investigations and White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly, who completed an internal review of Boston Zoning Board of Appeal practices in the wake of a bribery scandal that implicated a top City Hall aide.

Following bribery scandal, Walsh revamps zoning board policies

Boston Globe | February 24, 2020

This story highlights Boston Government Investigations and White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly, who completed an internal review of Boston Zoning Board of Appeal practices in the wake of a bribery scandal that implicated a top City Hall aide.

As City Hall aide awaits sentencing for bribery, city looks for reforms

The Boston Globe | February 24, 2020

This article on the latest developments in the Zoning Board of Appeals scandal mentions that Boston Government Investigations and White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly completed a review related to the scandal last fall.

Feds want ex-city official Lynch to get four years in prison in bribery scandal

Boston Herald | January 19, 2020

This article on the continuing fallout from the Zoning Board of Appeals scandal mentions Boston Government Investigations and White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly, who prepared a report on the scandal last fall.

Boston Mayor Walsh says he's committed to ‘overhauling’ city zoning panel

Boston Business Journal | September 10, 2019

This article covers the City of Boston’s decision to hire Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly to investigate unfolding bribery allegations involving the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

City taps Nixon Peabody partner to investigate ZBA bribery scandal

Boston Business Journal | September 07, 2019

This article covers the city of Boston’s hiring of Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly to investigate a federal bribery case. The case relates to a Boston Planning and Development Agency staffer who pleaded guilty to accepting $50,000 in bribes to influence a Boston Zoning Board of Appeal vote to move a condo development project forward.

One more arrow in the government’s anti-corruption quiver: the Global Magnitsky Act

The Anti-Corruption Report | May 29, 2018

Corporate partners Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Isabelle de Smedt are quoted in this article discussing the business consequences of the Global Magnitsky Act, a new anti-corruption statute.

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