Compliance & Government Investigations

Our interdisciplinary Compliance & Government Investigations Practice Group comprises attorneys with deep experience in handling criminal and civil government enforcement matters, both in private practice and as supervisory attorneys in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Armed with this experience, we handle the entire spectrum of government enforcement issues that arise for our clients, ranging from compliance policy making and training, to routine government subpoenas, to full-blown crises such as law-enforcement raids on company facilities that require a rapid, sophisticated and cohesive response.

We assist clients of various sizes throughout the U.S. by conducting internal investigations or responding to federal, state or local government investigations. We also work with clients globally, particularly during U.S. or foreign government investigations into alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other foreign anti-corruption laws. We understand the governmental priorities and practices that bear on these issues, and we guide clients through their dealings with government agencies and regulators. The firm routinely handles matters involving DOJ (including U.S. Attorneys’ Offices throughout the country), states attorney general, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Health and Human Services’ and other Offices of Inspector General. In addition, we have served as the Regulatory Auditor for the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Third Party Auditor for the NYSE Amex, as well as in a similar capacity for an international professional services firm and a global financial services company.

We stand with our clients before, during and after their dealings with the government to ensure the best possible outcomes. Even during these high-stakes engagements, we endeavor to minimize the disruption these issues can cause to our clients’ businesses. Our attorneys provide support to a broad range of business sectors, including healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, government contracting and many others. Critical subjects on which we provide counsel include:

  • Healthcare fraud and abuse
  • FCPA and other foreign anti-bribery laws
  • Securities fraud
  • Bank fraud
  • Mail and wire fraud
  • Fraud in government contracting
  • Environmental crimes
  • Domestic public corruption
  • Antitrust violations
  • Consumer protection statutes

Regardless of the subject matter concerned, we help our clients develop a strategy and identify what is needed in light of the particular circumstances involved. We offer our clients a full array of compliance, defense and investigative services that can be deployed as necessary as the situation evolves, including:

  • Compliance planning and training
  • Internal investigations
  • Civil and administrative defense
  • Criminal defense
  • Witness representation
  • Victim representation
  • Independent regulatory audits
  • Monitorships
  • Response to Congressional investigations

We tailor each representation to provide the particular services essential to achieving the client’s objectives in the most efficient manner possible.

  • Obtained a jury trial victory on six of seven counts for the former vice president of Pilot Flying J who, along with three others, was accused of seeking to defraud customers

    Bass, Berry & Sims obtained a jury trial victory on six of seven counts for the former vice president of...
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  • Successful representation of a public company in an 18-month Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation related to accounting and disclosure issues, resulting in a decision by the SEC to terminate the investigation

    We successfully represented a public company in an 18-month Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation related to accounting and disclosure...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Represented a large hospital system and negotiated a favorable settlement with HHS-OIG utilizing the OIG’s Self-Disclosure Protocol.  More specifically, our team conducted an internal investigation into possible compliance issues, drafted the disclosure for provision to HHS-OIG, and negotiated the final settlement between the parties resulting in a favorable resolution for the hospital.

    We represented a large hospital system and negotiated a favorable settlement with HHS-OIG utilizing the OIG's Self-Disclosure Protocol.  More specifically,...
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    Client Type: Nonprofit
  • Represented a global healthcare company in relation to an investigation conducted by DOJ and HHS-OIG into alleged violations of the False Claims Act. The alleged false claims involved the manner in which certain negative pressure wound therapy devices were being marketed and distributed as durable medical equipment. Conducted an internal investigation and negotiated a favorable settlement with DOJ, HHS-OIG, and counsel for the relator. No post-settlement oversight was required.

    We represented a global healthcare company in relation to an investigation conducted by DOJ and HHS-OIG into alleged violations of...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Successfully represented a company in a confidential Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation arising from a former employee’s complaint about allegedly improper accounting practices

    We successfully represented a company in a confidential Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation arising from a former employee's complaint...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Successfully represented cardiologist in FCA lawsuit, which alleged that defendants submitted false claims in connection with medically unnecessary cardiac procedures

    We successfully represented a cardiologist in a False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit, which alleged that the defendants submitted false claims...
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  • Successfully represented hospital in connection with self-disclosure to U.S. Department of Justice and settlement of potential FCA claims regarding medical necessity of in-patient psychiatric services

    We successfully represented a hospital in connection with a self-disclosure to the U.S. Department of Justice and settlement of potential...
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  • Representation of hospice provider in intervened FCA action pending in Eastern District of Tennessee based on allegations that hospice services provided not medically necessary

    We are representing a hospice provider in an intervened False Claims Act (FCA) action pending in the Eastern District of...
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  • Engaged by the owner of a small, minority-owned construction company to respond to federal procurement-fraud criminal investigation that ultimately resulted in declination of prosecution

    We were engaged by the owner of a small, minority-owned construction company to respond to federal procurement-fraud criminal investigation that...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Engaged by a transportation company and its President/Owner to respond to federal procurement-fraud criminal investigation that ultimately resulted in declination of prosecution

    We were engaged by a transportation company and its President/Owner to respond to federal procurement-fraud criminal investigation that ultimately resulted...
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    Client Type: Private Company
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International Counsel
Richard W. Arnholt
Member
Angela L. Bergman
Associate
Brian D. Bewley
Member
Kevin J. Butler
Associate
James H. Cheek, III
Member
J. Taylor Chenery
Member
E. Steele Clayton, IV
Member
Christopher J. Climo
Associate
Robert E. Cooper, Jr.
Member
Matthew M. Curley
Member
Wallace W. Dietz
Member
Kaitlyn L. Dunn
Associate
John C. Eason
Associate
Lindsey Brown Fetzer
Associate
Scott D. Gallisdorfer
Associate
Jeff H. Gibson
Counsel
Anna M. Grizzle
Member
Kaitlin E. Hazard
Associate
Brooke Howlett
Associate
Kate Hunter-Salas
Associate
John E. Kelly
Member
Britt K. Latham
Member
J. Brook Lathram
Member (retired)
Katherine S. Linsey
Associate
Thaddeus R. McBride
Member
Sara K. Morgan
Associate
J. Allen Overby
Member
W. Brantley Phillips, Jr.
Member
Robert K. Platt
Associate
Eli J. Richardson
Member
Lisa S. Rivera
Member
Michael J.  Rivera
Member
Brian D. Roark
Member
Molly K. Ruberg
Associate
Taylor M. Sample
Associate
Danielle M. Sloane
Member
John C. Speer
Member
Russell E. Stair
Member
Samuel E. Stumpf Jr.
Member (retired)
Meredith Mallard Thompson
Counsel
Kathryn Hannen Walker
Member
Jeffrey P. Yarbro
Counsel
Virginia Maynard Yetter
Associate
Abby Yi
Associate
Sylvia Yi
Associate

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