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Corporate Governance and Internal Investigations

Today’s business environment presents employers with complex legal, regulatory and corporate compliance challenges as both public and private organizations operate under an unprecedented level of scrutiny.

Overview

Our Corporate Governance and Internal Investigations Practice Group includes former senior in-house corporate counsel, distinguished trial attorneys and former government attorneys who offer a team approach to organizational compliance challenges. In many cases, we are retained to handle such matters by the organization’s senior management or by its board of directors.

We represent publicly-traded and privately-held organizations in a variety of matters involving corporate compliance, internal investigations and whistleblower litigation. We regularly advise employers on the development of compliance programs that meet industry best practices and comply with the U.S. Sentencing Commission Guidelines for Organizations as well as the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). In addition, we have extensive experience conducting internal investigations relating to code of conduct concerns, potential Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) violations and related anti-bribery matters. Our attorneys regularly defend employers against whistleblower claims pursuant to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX), the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, the False Claims Act (including Qui Tam/Relator claims), and other federal, state and local whistleblower laws.

Some of the specific services we provide include:

  • Providing counsel and/or conducting internal investigations of publicly-traded, privately-held and not-for-profit organizations in relation to allegations of fraud, financial impropriety, conflicts of interest, code of conduct violations and alleged backdating of stock options plans;
  • Defending federal contractor organizations against False Claims Act Qui Tam/Relator claims alleging contract fraud;
  • Developing and updating of codes of conduct, employee reporting mechanisms (whistleblower hotlines), and employee awareness and training programs pursuant to SOX and FAR requirements;
  • Defending whistleblower claims under Dodd-Frank, SOX and other federal, state and local laws asserted against publicly-traded companies in various forums, including administrative proceedings before OSHA as well as in federal and state courts; and
  • Developing FCPA compliance requirements and conducting related internal investigations.

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The False Claims Act: Latest Developments and Strategies to Minimize Risk

December 11, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

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2018 Update: Anti-Corruption Compliance Enforcement and Trends

November 15, 2018 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

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Best Practices for Nonprofits in the #MeToo Era: Investigations and Policies

November 8, 2018 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

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January 7, 2019

2019: The Year Ahead for Employers

January 7, 2019

Over the past year, state and local governments responded in a variety of ways to national policy, and the midterm elections painted a picture of what’s in store for employers in 2019 and beyond. Jackson Lewis’ annual report outlines upcoming issues, trends, legislation and regulations employers need to be aware of in the coming year... Read More

July 9, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh Nominated to U.S. Supreme Court

July 9, 2018

In the wake of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, President Donald Trump was presented with the rare opportunity to make his second U.S. Supreme Court nomination in as many years, nominating the Honorable Brett M. Kavanaugh to succeed Justice Kennedy. If confirmed by the Senate, Judge Kavanaugh would bring more than a dozen years of... Read More

June 28, 2018

U.S. Supreme Court Roundup – 2017-2018

June 28, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court term that ended June 2018 included decisions on many topics important to workplace law, including class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements, public-sector “agency shop” arrangements, and the Fair Labor Standard Act’s “automobile dealer” overtime exemption. The Court also examined who is a “... Read More

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February 13, 2019
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Teri Wilford Wood Discusses Her Move From In-House Counsel to Jackson Lewis

February 13, 2019

Teri Wilford Wood discusses making the career switch from in-house counsel at International Business Machines Corp. to join Jackson Lewis as Of Counsel in "Two Veteran In-House Counsel Talk About Why They Moved to Law Firms," published by Corporate Counsel.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

February 8, 2019
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Conrad S. Kee Named Office Managing Principal in Jackson Lewis' Salt Lake City Office

February 8, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (February 8, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Principal Conrad (“Shawn”) S. Kee has been appointed to Office Managing Principal of the firm’s Salt Lake City office. Mr. Kee focuses his practice in several areas of employment litigation, including... Read More

February 5, 2019
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Former IBM Counsel Teri Wilford Wood Adds Global Experience to Jackson Lewis in NYC

February 5, 2019

NEW YORK, NY (February 5, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Teri Wilford Wood has joined the firm’s New York City office as Of Counsel. Ms. Wood joins Jackson Lewis after more than two decades at International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), serving for most of... Read More

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A Look Back at Key Corporate Governance and Internal Investigations Issues in 2018
February 13, 2019

2018 was a transformative year for corporate governance. Record whistleblower awards, an increasing number internal investigations partly arising out of the #MeToo movement, an expansion of the role of companies’ boards, and corporate social responsibility all shaped 2018. This is our retrospective review of these trends. Read More

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Tenth Circuit Rules that False Claims Act (FCA) Does Not Cover Post-Employment Retaliation
November 13, 2018

In a win for employers, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that “…the False Claims Act’s anti-retaliation provision unambiguously excludes relief for retaliatory acts occurring after the employee has left employment.” Potts v. Center for Excellence in Higher Education, Inc., No. 17-1143 (10th Cir. Nov. Read More

California Law Pushes Virtue of Diversity Requiring Females on Boards of Directors
October 4, 2018

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed Senate Bill 826 into law which requires publicly-held corporations with principal executive offices in California to have a certain number of females on their boards of directors. The new law sets forth phased requirements for these corporations. Read More