New York Internal Investigations Attorneys
The Internal Investigations attorneys at Peters Brovner LLP handle internal investigations that often begin in crisis management mode, can become the subject of intense public scrutiny and can involve a variety of areas, such as regulatory compliance, fraud, corporate governance and criminal misconduct.
We conduct investigations in a manner that both meets our clients’ objectives and is efficient and cost-effective. As a small firm, we can investigate allegations quickly, discreetly and with minimum disruption, and report our findings in a rigorous and reliable manner.
Peters Brovner LLP attorneys are seasoned litigators who have handled complex matters in federal and state trial and appellate courts.
What are Internal Investigations?
Internal investigations are procedures that review certain aspects of the conduct of an organization or employees of that organization. The purpose of the review is to determine whether external laws or regulations or internal policies have been violated and to allow either discipline of wrongdoers of changes to internal compliance policies. The internal investigation can also allow an organization to respond to inquiries from law enforcement and regulators, improve internal procedures and respond to public inquiries and manage reputational risk.
Our internal investigations may consist of the following steps:
- Background and computer assisted research on the entity involved;
- Collection and review of written documents;
- Interviews of employees and other witnesses;
- Forensic review of computer email and accounting systems as needed;
- Creation of a compliance plan going forward;
- Responding to government regulators and prosecutors if necessary;
- Responding to, or initiating, civil litigation if necessary.
Why Work with an Internal Investigations Attorney
Companies that can benefit from an internal investigation include those:
- Facing criminal or civil investigation by the government law enforcement or regulatory agencies
- Facing a potential public scandal
- In an industry where others are facing investigations by the government and want to get ahead of the curve.
- Companies that want to make sure that they are in compliance with all relevant laws, rules and regulations.
- Companies that want to ensure that they are in compliance with their own rules and regulations.
Internal Investigations in New York That We Handle
The internal investigations lawyers at Peters Brovner LLP handle a variety of different investigations. Mark Peters and Lesley Brovner draw on their years of experience conducting complex investigations, including their time serving as Commissioner and First Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Investigations, New York City’s Inspector General.
Specifically, Peters Brovner conducts investigations into employee misconduct as well as broader systemic failures to follow either government regulations or internal policies.
These investigations may be triggered by inquiries from prosecutors or enforcement agencies such as the New York State Attorney General, one of the New York City District Attorney’s Offices, The Southern or Eastern District U.S Attorney’s Offices of New York, or any of the New York City or State Agencies. Alternatively, our investigations sometimes begin before any government inquiry in an attempt to get ahead of a problem before it gains the attention of government regulators or prosecutors.
In addition to conducting the internal investigation, Peters Brovner LLP will provide a compliance plan to correct any problems and prevent them from occurring in the future. These plans are designed to be practical as well as to pass muster with government regulators who may demand action from a company.
Contact a Seasoned Internal Investigations Attorney
The investigative attorneys at the law offices of Peters Brovner LLP have decades of experience conducting complex investigations. Before founding Peters Brovner LLP, Mark Peters and Lesley Brovner served as Commissioner and First Deputy Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Investigation (“DOI”), one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the country. At DOI, they oversaw the Inspectors General for all New York City agencies and oversaw hundreds of investigations that resulted in criminal prosecutions and major agency reforms.
Prior to DOI, Lesley was a prosecutor for many years at the New York State Attorney General’s Office where she focused on complex, white collar investigations and Mark was chief of the public corruption unit at the Attorney General’s Office.
If you or someone you know is interested in having an internal investigation conducted, please reach out to the lawyers at Peters Brovner LLP for a free consultation.