Our Internal Investigations group brings to bear a deep well of fact-finding and analytical experience and subject matter knowledge addressing our clients’ need to know the facts and what they mean. We employ time-tested project management principles to design and execute an investigation plan that contains costs and meets critical time expectations. Our understanding of the essential rules of attorney client privilege and attorney work product protections, as well as the rights of employees and employers, inform our strategies, especially when sharing of the results is required. We partner with our clients across state and national borders to examine allegations and, while always being mindful to minimize business disruption as much as possible, give our clients a 360-degree view.
We conduct investigations for companies, legal departments, boards of directors, and special committees in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Our engagements range from investigations of allegations of individual or small group wrongdoing to international, enterprise-wide assessments of business practices.
Wherever conducted, successful investigations require that those who will have to solve the problem are confident they can rely on the integrity and accuracy of the investigation’s result—because without integrity and accuracy an investigation can do as much harm as good. Whether reporting to a single compliance officer, or to a special committee of a board of directors, or to a government authority such as the Department of Justice, the U.K. FCA or CFTC, we understand transparency and integrity of process are essential.
We are experienced at working with our clients to analyze the investigation results in real time and convey the results and their meaning to leaders within the company, to government authorities, and to other key stakeholders forreal world, real time use of what is learned.
Our Subject Matter Experience
We regularly conduct investigations relating to a broad range of topics; here are a few:
- FCPA and public corruption
- False government reporting
- Responses to government investigation demands
- Healthcare fraud and related self-reporting
- Whistleblower allegations
- Accounting irregularities
- Employee conduct management processes
- Misconduct of officers and directors
- Vendor misconduct
- Intellectual property rights infringement
- Trade Secrets theft
- Market manipulation
- Antitrust and Cartel behavior
- Money laundering
- Moore & Van Allen Earns Prominent Practice and Attorney Distinctions in Financial Times North America Innovative Lawyers Report12.2023
- Twenty-Eight Moore & Van Allen Attorneys Named to 2023 North Carolina Super Lawyers or Rising Stars Lists01.2023
- John Fagg and Jim McLoughlin commentary featured in Lawdragon: White Collar Enforcement Under the Biden Administration04.2023
- Business North Carolina, 02.2021
- Kate Wellman and John Stoker served as guest speakers for Strafford CLE: Attorney-Client Privilege and Bank Examination Privilege for Financial Institutions08.2023
- Precious McLaughlin served as a guest speaker for a Southern Politics Class: The Evolution of Voting Rights11.2022
- Valecia McDowell and Elena Mitchell Featured in an Episode of The Financial Executive Podcast Entitled “Auditing a Company’s Civil Rights Record”06.2022
- Valecia McDowell guest speaker for Extraordinary Women on Boards: How Corporate Board Members Detect Signs of Trouble03.2021
- John Stoker and Kate Wellman’s article published by Law360: Suit Alleging FDIC Overdraft Overreach May Not Make Waves09.2023
- Valecia McDowell and Raquel Macgregor Pearkes co-author NCLW article: Amotion sees resurgence after almost a decade09.2023
- Courtney Duncil’s article published by Bloomberg Law: Why ChatGPT Won’t Put Discovery Counsel Out of a Job08.2023
- Kyle Jacob and Jim McLoughlin co-author Westlaw article: Supreme Court dramatically expands scope of state court jurisdiction over businesses07.2023
- Lexi Narducci’s article published by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly: The sun sets on a takings clause claim05.2023
- Kate Wellman and Aishaah Reed Foster’s article published by Westlaw: CFPB targets credit card late fees with lower safe harbor and elimination of annual inflation adjustment in new proposed rule02.2023
- Valecia McDowell, Chassity Bobbitt, and Jonathan Gilmartin author Westlaw article: Diversity culture clashes: the desire for and backlash to DEI audits and interventions02.2023
- Valecia McDowell and Elena Mitchell’s article published by Bloomberg Law: Racial Equity Audits: The New ESG Frontier04.2022
- Neil Bloomfield and Kate Wellman’s article published by Thomson Reuters: President’s working group report calls for stablecoin regulation12.2021
- Jim McLoughlin and Ed O'Keefe's article published by Westlaw: When corporate reporting creates criminal riskWestlaw, 03.2021
Blogs and Resources
- MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog, 10.09.2023
- John Fagg and Jim McLoughlin commentary featured in Lawdragon: White Collar Enforcement Under the Biden AdministrationMVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog, 04.25.2023
- John Fagg and Jim McLoughlin commentary featured in Lawdragon: White Collar Enforcement Under the Biden AdministrationMVA Litigation Blog, 04.25.2023
Our attorneys are thought leaders. We teach investigations courses at Duke University School of Law and Wake Forest School of Law to help train the next generation.
We serve as panelists in continuing education events for the Bar and for industry leadership at SIFMA and other top industry and education events
We have been published by prestigious law reviews and media such as The New York University Law School, Annual Survey of American Law, Bloomberg, Westlaw, Inside Counsel, American Banker, Corporate Compliance on the topics important to the skillful conduct of internal investigations.