Best Lawyers for Criminal Defense: White-Collar in California, United States

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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice
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Joel M. Athey was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Joel M. Athey

DLA Piper LLP
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    San Clemente, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Corporate Compliance Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Corporate Governance Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Criminal Defense: White-Collar Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - ERISA
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Berkeley, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Berkeley, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Redwood City, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care Criminal Defense: White-Collar Health Care Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Newport Beach, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    San Jose, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Costa Mesa, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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John W. Keker was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

John W. Keker

Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Criminal Defense: General Practice Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Qui Tam Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    San Clemente, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Beverly Hills, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Corporate Compliance Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    San Jose, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Bet-the-Company Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Litigation - Municipal
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Antitrust
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  • Location:
    San Clemente, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Santa Barbara, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Mill Valley, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    San Juan Capistrano, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Salinas, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar

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Practice Area Definition

Criminal Defense: White-Collar Definition

Once a niche practice developed by only some law firms, white-collar defense has become a core practice with national and international scope at most large American law firms. Over the last 15 years, white-collar defense has grown to respond to the globalization of both American and foreign corporations, the expansion of government oversight of businesses in the U.S. and abroad, and the numerous financial scandals that have erupted over the same period.

“White-collar defense” captures a broad set of substantive areas of the law, all of them arising from the myriad ways that local, state, federal, and foreign governments regulate businesses and entrepreneurs — what they say to investors and the general public about their own successes and failures (securities law); how they compete with one another (antitrust law); how they win business, deliver services, and seek payment when governments are themselves the customers (False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act); how businesses treat the environment; and whether they comply with general laws against theft, fraud, bribery, tax evasion and corruption. Public officials must navigate similar rules and thus present similar types of issues included under the broad category of white-collar defense.

The practice demands particularly versatile lawyers who deliver a range of services. White-collar lawyers try cases in court. They also specialize in risk management and compliance, training businesses and their individual employees about ways to minimize potential criminal and civil liability. Corporations engage white-collar lawyers to conduct internal investigations of their own business practices to assess and prepare for the risk of criminal and civil liability. Individuals and corporations demand white-collar representation as much when they are merely witnesses to alleged wrongdoing as when they are accused of it. White-collar litigation also involves assessing victims’ damages and their potential remedies as well as representing those accused of wrongdoing in administrative and court proceedings.

White-collar practices also must anticipate and prepare for the potential trajectory of a white-collar case. For example, an internal investigation identifying potential criminal or civil issues can lead to government enforcement actions and follow-up civil claims by alleged victims or competitors — all arising from the same conduct. The risk of criminal punishment and civil fines and liability potentially running into the billions of dollars, increase the complexity of white-collar matters and the demand for sophisticated counsel.
Once a niche practice developed by only some law firms, white-collar defense has become a core practice with national and international scope at most large American law firms. Over the last 15 years, white-collar defense has grown to respond to the globalization of both American and foreign corporations, the expansion of government oversight of businesses in the U.S. and abroad, and the numerous financial scandals that have erupted over the same period.

“White-collar defense” captures a broad set of substantive areas of the law, all of them arising from the myriad ways that local, state, federal, and foreign governments regulate businesses and entrepreneurs — what they say to investors and the general public about their own successes and failures (securities law); how they compete with one another (antitrust law); how they win business, deliver services, and seek payment when governments are themselves the customers (False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act); how businesses treat the environment; and whether they comply with general laws against theft, fraud, bribery, tax evasion and corruption. Public officials must navigate similar rules and thus present similar types of issues included under the broad category of white-collar defense.

The practice demands particularly versatile lawyers who deliver a range of services. White-collar lawyers try cases in court. They also specialize in risk management and compliance, training businesses and their individual employees about ways to minimize potential criminal and civil liability. Corporations engage white-collar lawyers to conduct internal investigations of their own business practices to assess and prepare for the risk of criminal and civil liability. Individuals and corporations demand white-collar representation as much when they are merely witnesses to alleged wrongdoing as when they are accused of it. White-collar litigation also involves assessing victims’ damages and their potential remedies as well as representing those accused of wrongdoing in administrative and court proceedings.

White-collar practices also must anticipate and prepare for the potential trajectory of a white-collar case. For example, an internal investigation identifying potential criminal or civil issues can lead to government enforcement actions and follow-up civil claims by alleged victims or competitors — all arising from the same conduct. The risk of criminal punishment and civil fines and liability potentially running into the billions of dollars, increase the complexity of white-collar matters and the demand for sophisticated counsel.