Any investigation.  Any indictment.  Any hour.

When crisis strikes, we are there.

From white collar conspiracies to capital murder, our attorneys recognize that great lawyering means more than making a winning legal argument.  Government scrutiny and complex business litigation require managing public trust to protect your business and standing in the community.

When the stakes are high, things move fast.  Bad news spreads instantly.

In the court of public opinion, judgment comes before the first court appearance.  A verdict can take years.

All the audiences—not just the court and jury, but also the trade journals, bloggers, customers, shareholders and business competitors—must be considered when making real-time decisions in crisis.

The White Collar & Criminal Defense Group collaborates with each of the firm’s practices to help clients think through pressing issues, to mitigate risk and develop effective legal and communications strategies before and after crises occur.

The Group brings a broad range of private and public sector experiences to leverage best practices, provide informed strategic advice, and develop a compelling communications strategy to fortify the client’s brand and reassure important stakeholders.

Our attorneys have a range of professional experiences, including a former prosecutor and a former in-house counsel to an international corporation advising on a range a range of best practices and compliance issues including Foreign Corrupt Practice Act, anti-kickback / anti-bribery statutes and antitrust.  We also have extensive experience defending maritime criminal prosecutions and related regulatory investigations by various port authorities and the United States Coast Guard.

We serve clients who are engaged in simultaneous civil actions, criminal investigations and collateral litigation in state, federal and appellate courts.  We defend investigations, prosecutions and lawsuits in the following areas:

  • Accounting Irregularities
  • Antitrust
  • Bankruptcy / Intercreditor Fraud
  • Broker-Dealer / Investment Management
  • Class Actions & Multidistrict Litigation
  • Commercial Lender Liability
  • CFTC Regulations
  • Death Penalty (Federal & State)
  • Derivative Actions
  • Dodd Frank Act & General Financial Fraud
  • Economic Espionage
  • Employee Solicitation & Raiding
  • Environmental Regulations (including Maritime pollution violations)
  • Export/ Import Violations
  • False Claims Act
  • Fiduciary Obligations
  • FinCen Regulations
  • FINRA Regulations
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Government Contracting
  • Grand Jury Investigations & Subpoenas
  • Healthcare Fraud (Medicare & Medicaid Fraud)
  • Homeowners Associations
  • Internal Investigations
  • Maritime Investigations
  • Market Manipulation
  • Money Laundering
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Privacy & Cybersecurity
  • Procurement Fraud
  • Qui Tam (Relators & Whistleblower Claims)
  • RICO & Other Conspiracies
  • Securities Fraud
  • SEC Regulations
  • Shareholder Litigation
  • Tax Fraud
  • Tortious Interference of Contract
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Unfair Competition & Deceptive Trade Practices
  • Valuation Disputes

Most Recent Posts


Cranfill Sumner Attorneys Lead PLAN Webinar

Stephen Bell, Zac Bolitho and Patrick Mincey led the recent PLAN webinar entitled “Anti-Money Laundering Enforcement at the SEC & DOJ: Trends, Considerations & Strategies for D&O Carriers and Counsel.” The webinar was held on Sept. 30.… Read More


Patrick Mincey Featured on Legal Podcast

Patrick Mincey, an attorney in the Wilmington and Raleigh offices of Cranfill Sumner LLP (Cranfill Sumner), was featured on the Objection to the Form podcast which is hosted by Justin Humphries, the Managing Partner of The Humphries Law Firm.… Read More


Patrick Mincey to be Featured on Webinar

Patrick Mincey will be a featured presenter of the PLAN webinar entitled “Anatomy of the Corporate Federal Investigation.” The webinar will cover strategies and best practices for carriers and their counsel navigating Federal probes of and enforcement against their insureds.… Read More


Melody Jolly and Patrick Mincey Recognized by Benchmark 40 & Under 2019 Hot List

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Melody Jolly and Patrick Mincey, attorneys in the Wilmington office of Cranfill Sumner LLP, were recently recognized among the Benchmark 40 & Under 2019 Hot List. The list recognizes law firm partners in the United States and Canada who are accomplished in their practice areas. Benchmark compiles the list based on several phases of research, including a review of candidates’ recent case work, peer review, and client feedback on their performance.… Read More


Patrick Mincey Featured in Business North Carolina

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“Protect directors, officers with coverage,” an article by Patrick Mincey, has been published in the September edition of Business North Carolina magazine. The article explains the role of Directors and Officers liability insurance in protecting businesses and professionals that are investigated by the United States government.… Read More


Patrick Mincey and Matt Gambale to Lead PLAN Webinar

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Patrick Mincey and Matt Gambale will lead the upcoming “D&O Policies And Federal Criminal Investigations: The Law, Strategies and Best Practices for Carriers and their Counsel” webinar by PLAN. The webinar is scheduled for 1PM EST on July 26 and is designed for D&O claims professionals, coverage counsel, and defense counsel.… Read More


Cranfill Sumner Attorneys Featured in Wrightsville Beach Magazine

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John Martin and Patrick Mincey are featured in the latest edition of Wrightsville Beach Magazine. “Longevity, Profitability and Personality” examines the process of becoming a partner in a legal services firm. John and Patrick share their personal insights and experiences in the article.… Read More


The Government’s Adoption of Big Data Analysis Yields Fruit

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“The Government’s Adoption of Big Data Analysis Yields Fruit,” an Insights article that examines instances of big data analysis by the U.S. government by Patrick Mincey, was published on the online edition of the Greater Wilmington Business Journal on Dec. 15.… Read More


Government Pursuit Of Health Care Fraud

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“Government Pursuit Of Health Care Fraud,” an Insights article that examines fraud in the health care industry by Patrick Mincey, was published on the online edition of the Greater Wilmington Business Journal on Dec. 1.… Read More


Cybersecurity Vigilance In The Boardroom

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An Insights article by Patrick Mincey was published on the online edition of the Greater Wilmington Business Journal on July 15. The article entitled “Cybersecurity Vigilance In The Boardroom” examines the importance of cybersecurity for businesses.… Read More