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

Federal prosecutors launch probe of law firm over donations

The Boston Globe | November 16, 2017

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is quoted in this article about the opening of a grand jury investigation of a Massachusetts law firm for its contributions to political candidates.

More calls for a probe of Thornton law firm’s political donations

The Boston Globe | November 02, 2016

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is quoted in regarding his representation of a Massachusetts law firm and its contributions to political candidates.

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