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White Collar Criminal Defense Area of Practice at Watson Spence, LLP

Our firm represents companies and individuals in white collar criminal investigations, trials and appeals. Additionally, our firm routinely manages large and complex receivership estates in the wake of criminal forfeiture proceedings and allegations of fraud. We are honored to be the choice of many individuals and businesses to meet their needs and to also be appointed by our courts to serve as receivers in complex matters. Given our team’s extensive investigative and trial experience, we are well-suited to handle a wide range of matters involving allegations of white collar crime, including RICO violations, public corruption, securities fraud, mail fraud, food safety, wire fraud, financial institutions, money laundering, and fiduciary theft.

Our white collar investigation and defense team has tremendous jury trial experience and brings along an invaluable “insider’s” perspective. Our team includes the former Chief Assistant District Attorney for Dougherty County, a former Division Supervisor for the Florida State Attorney’s Office, as well as a former assistant public defender for the Dougherty Judicial Circuit. Our lawyers have represented companies and individuals who have been involved in extensive state, federal, and/or Congressional investigations. Our boutique-style litigation practice and focus on complex commercial and fiduciary litigation marries perfectly with our white collar practice to provide cutting-edge services and advice. We have forged solid relationships with the professionals needed to assist in the preparation of these cases, including food science experts, forensic accountants, computer forensic experts, and banking officials. We know what is needed to prepare a case for trial and our team has the trial experience to back it up.

We regularly defend companies and individuals in criminal investigations brought by the Department of Justice, United States Attorneys’ Offices, and state district attorneys. We are well qualified to conduct internal and independent investigations, as well as compliance audits directed by in-house counsel, audit committees, or other groups of independent directors. Groups of independent directors include independent monitors, trustees, or receivers. Our team regularly handles large receivership estates, which have been implicated in complex RICO litigation brought by the state. Stated simply, we specialize in handling the complex. We have the dedicated and experienced personnel to provide superior services.