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We are creative and tenacious investigators. At the outset of an investigation, we work with our client to develop a strategy—both effective and cost-efficient—for getting to the bottom of the problem. Whether the investigation is an internal corporate investigation involving possible criminal acts by employees or fraud on the company, or a civil investigation involving harassment or discrimination, we are thorough, discreet, and sensitive to the client’s needs.

Grand Jury Investigations

Grand juries investigate possible criminal offenses. Prosecutors who conduct grand-jury investigations typically use grand-jury subpoenas to compel production of documents and to require witnesses to testify. During a grand-jury investigation, prosecutors and law-enforcement officers also seek to obtain evidence in other ways, such as by executing search warrants and by interviewing witnesses. Founding partner Julie Porter, who served as a federal criminal prosecutor in Chicago for over 12 years, handles the firm’s grand-jury investigations. Drawing on her deep expertise in this area, Ms. Porter represents individuals and companies at all stages of a grand-jury investigation.

Internal Corporate Investigations

When company employees cross the line and engage in misconduct, there is much at stake—not just for that employee, but also for the company. Particularly when the misconduct at issue could constitute a federal crime, it is imperative for the company to approach the matter cautiously and strategically. The Department of Justice and federal government regulators like the Securities and Exchange Commission have strict rules and high expectations about how companies should respond in this situation. We understand how the government evaluates these matters. We are careful investigators and strategic thinkers who will work to help companies understand their options and—efficiently and discreetly—conduct whatever investigation is appropriate under the circumstances.

Words from our clients

I hired Ms. Chaney to negotiate a settlement with my employer after an unexpected termination. She was professional, responsive and kind. She is able to piece together information to determine my history of the working relationships between myself and work colleagues in order to develop the best achievable outcome for me. This insight was the most impressive and made me realize how fortunate I was to have been referred to her … This was the most difficult experience of my career and Ms. Chaney helped me navigate it with compassion and understanding … I will have Ms. Chaney review any and all employment contracts for me in the future to avoid making the mistakes I have made this time without her.