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Internal Investigations

Corporations, educational institutions, non-profit groups, and other entities rely on Cohen Seglias’ Internal Investigations Group to uncover waste, fraud, abuse and other wrongdoing within their organizations in a confidential and cost-effective manner. In today’s legal and regulatory environment, the need for organizations to promptly investigate and respond to allegations of misconduct within their ranks is more important than ever. Newspaper accounts of fraud and cover-ups in highly-regulated industries like the financial services industry as well as institutions of higher education have given rise to new legislative and regulatory requirements that require the prompt investigation of alleged misconduct. Internal investigations are also necessary or expected in response to whistleblower complaints, allegations of sexual misconduct on college campuses, complaints of sexual or racial harassment in the workplace, matters under investigation by government agencies, auditing irregularities and matters subject to civil or administrative litigation.

The cost of ignoring these requirements can be severe, including the loss of grant funds, debarment, waiver of critical defenses in litigation and regulatory enforcement proceedings, legal liability, increased legal fees, fines and costs and even corporate criminal prosecution. The attorneys in Cohen Seglias’ Internal Investigations Group are experienced in conducting these types of comprehensive internal investigations in order to discreetly uncover the truth so that our clients can make informed and legally defensible decisions. Individual targets of such investigations also rely on the Group for advice and representation in defending against misconduct allegations. The Group is supported by the firm’s Electronic Discovery and Document Retention Group, who are the firm’s experts in recovering email, text messages, and other forms of electronically stored information (ESI). The Group includes a former state investigator and prosecutor, whose experience has proven to be invaluable in cases involving allegations of misconduct that are the subject of parallel government investigations. When the stakes are high, experience counts. Clients rely on the experience of Cohen Seglias’ Internal Investigations Group for their internal investigative needs.

  • Conducted an internal investigation for a well known Fortune 500 consumer packaged goods company into allegations of age and race discrimination in decisions related to employee compensation, promotions, and discipline.
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a state government agency into allegations that the agency took improper enforcement action against a licensee for political purposes.
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a state government agency into allegations that its policies governing alternative education had a disparate impact on minorities.
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a mid-sized medical billing firm into allegations of race discrimination in the workplace.  
  • Investigated and litigated a case against a regional archdiocese concerning allegations brought against a priest by a former altar boy.
  • Many dozens of investigations at institutions of higher education concerning allegations of research misconduct.

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