Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations Department

New York
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What the team is known for Respected litigation practice with a track record of handling of criminal defense proceedings and investigations involving multiple regulatory bodies, drawing on extensive in-house prosecutorial experience. Called on by clients from a broad range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, financial services and technology. Adept at handling cross-border and multijurisdictional proceedings by the DOJ, SEC and international regulatory bodies, aided by a notable global platform.

Strengths"They are top-notch attorneys who offer detailed, sophisticated analysis of legal issues while providing practical solutions," one impressed client comments.

A further source praises the team's "terrific communication and ability to spot issues rapidly, frame them well and provide comprehensive protection."

Another interviewee highlight's the "strong team of partners and associates," noting their ability to "quickly develop the facts of a case and reach a resolution leading to the best possible outcome."

Work highlights Advised Abraaj Investment Management on DOJ and SEC investigations into an illegal misappropriation of investors’ capital by the company’s principal after the company's founder and managing partner were arrested on fraud charges.

Notable practitioners

The "incredibly able"
Christopher Garcia
is described by one client as "an outstanding attorney - very thorough, practical, and professional." He co-heads the firm's global white-collar group and maintains a well-regarded investigations practice, which regularly sees him called on by global companies to conduct internal investigations and defend regulatory proceedings.


Jonathan Polkes
is a seasoned criminal trial attorney with enviable experience defending clients embroiled in regulatory proceedings and civil securities litigation. One impressed client describes him as an "effective and incredibly smart attorney."


Sarah Coyne
takes on a wide variety of criminal defense work, but is particularly noted for her experience conducting regulatory proceedings and sensitive internal investigations for financial services firms. "She's the kind of person you want in your corner; she will not compromise her client's interests for anything," one source notes, with another adding: "she's diligent, hard-working and a pleasure to work with."