Grand Jury Investigations

Jon May is available to represent corporations and their executives in response to subpoenas issued by a federal grand jury. Grand Jury practice can often be the most important representation that a federal criminal defense attorney can render.

Where a company has received a subpoena for documents, counsel must determine what exposure the company faces and what records to produce, who to produce them to, whether to seek an order to quash or modify the subpoena as overbroad, and what document to withhold as privileged.

When an executive has received a subpoena to testify, counsel must determine whether it is in the best interests of the executive to appear before the grand jury. If a decision is made for the client to testify, counsel must prepare the client for that testimony and later determine what was said since counsel is not permitted in the grand jury room with the client.

How counsel handles these tasks can make the difference between what is just an expensive and uncomfortable process, and an indictment that costs the company millions (and sometimes billions) of dollars along with a hit to its reputation and stock price.

For an executive, counsel’s advice to the client can mean the difference between a painful experience and criminal charges that can ruin a career and bankrupt a family.