Our corporate clients find the need to perform internal investigations. The Firm’s attorneys pull their respective industry related experience to conduct such internal investigations and defend corporations and employees in complex investigatory and litigation matters.
In the current economic climate, corporate scrutiny is at an all-time high. The public and private sectors find themselves subject to federal, state, and local agency investigation. Corporate conduct, compliance and ethics have become an issue increasingly raised by private plaintiffs. As a result, our corporate clients see significant compliance related obstacles to navigate.
We have found that our corporate clients can be best protected from such scrutiny by understanding all the facts surrounding the allegations at hand. When the facts indicate a violation of policy, law, ethics, or other measure of scrutinization, the client must respond rapidly and measurably with remediation, employee discipline, and where necessary contacting appropriate governing agencies.
Corporate internal investigations are protected by the attorney-client privilege and can be beneficial for a number of reasons. A well designed internal investigation can:
- Identify key facts so that management and/or the board can make a fully informed decision as to how best to proceed;
- Cease any offending behavior;
- Prevent future misbehavior;
- Document the corporation’s response as the facts are learned;
- Protect management and boards of directors against a charge of being complicit in the misbehavior; and,
- Establish and create a corporate culture of compliance and openness.
Planning is key to internal investigations. The plan will address document and data collection and review, witness interviews, analysis of the facts and data, and regular reporting to the client on the investigation. The attorneys of the Firm are well suited to developing the right plan for our clients’ needs.
For any questions about internal investigations and their legal implications, please call Peter below:
ASSOULINE & BERLOWE, P.A.
3250 Mary Street, Suite 100
Miami, Florida 33133
Main: (305) 567-5576
Fax: (305) 567-9343
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