Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations Department

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What the team is known for Draws from a high-caliber team with years of prosecutorial experience, demonstrating deep strengths in high-stakes white-collar criminal matters and major investigations. Enviable client base includes a number of leading financial institutions, corporate clients and senior directors and offices, who turn to the firm for its excellence in disputes concerning corruption, money laundering, antitrust and healthcare fraud.

Strengths A source comments: "The people they attract are top notch. The team they've put together is as good as any in any of the big firms, not just in the city but in the country."

A peer enthuses: "They're terrific. I think the world of them and really enjoy working with them."

Work highlights Represented three senior executives at Wells Fargo in connection with multiple regulatory investigations and litigation arising from the bank's sales practices crisis.

Notable practitioners

Melinda Haag specializes in representing individuals on diverse mandates in litigation, investigations and enforcement actions. A source enthuses: "I think the world of her. She's one of the best white-collar lawyers in practice right now."

Walter Brown is a widely respected white-collar practitioner. He focuses his practice on the representation of high-ranked executives in sensitive investigations and regulatory matters. Interviewees consider him "a real star."