White Collar Criminal Defense & Government Investigations

Corporations and their executives face constant challenges, particularly in this age of economic turbulence and increased regulatory scrutiny. Not the least of these challenges are government investigations into allegations of regulatory violations and/or alleged criminal misconduct. Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi’s White Collar Criminal Defense & Government Investigations Group brings together an experienced group of trial attorneys and former prosecutors who know how to evaluate criminal cases and provide clients with aggressive, practical and creative solutions tailored to address the difficult circumstances presented by criminal investigations and prosecutions. Collectively, the lawyers who comprise the firm’s White Collar Criminal Defense & Government Investigations group have been involved in hundreds of government investigations on both the defense and prosecution side.


The group consists almost entirely of former prosecutors. The perspectives gained by the members of the group as former federal and state prosecutors, combined with our extensive investigative and trial experience, give us a unique advantage in communicating with the government and obtaining results on behalf of our clients. Our attorneys have prosecuted and tried significant cases in both federal and state court, handling a myriad of white collar criminal matters. Positions our White Collar Criminal Defense & Government Investigations attorneys have held include:

  • U.S. Senator, New Jersey
  • Attorney General, New Jersey
  • Chief Counsel, Office of the Governor of New Jersey
  • Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey (Appeals, Criminal, Fraud, Special Prosecution, Criminal Divisions; General Crime Unit)
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of New York
  • Assistant Prosecutor, Essex County, New Jersey
  • Assistant Prosecutor, Hudson County, New Jersey

Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi clients benefit not only from the depth of our attorneys’ experience in the public sector, but in our integrated approach to resolving each matter. Our attorneys often work with colleagues in various departments of the firm with specialized and relevant industry knowledge, tailoring our advice based on the circumstances and the client’s unique needs.  


The advice that our team provides is not limited to situations in which individuals or entities have already been charged with a criminal offense. We are intimately familiar with the investigatory processes employed by law enforcement agencies and are well-prepared and experienced in representing clients during federal and state grand jury investigations. We are adept at evaluating ongoing investigations and providing advice designed to protect our clients’ interests as those investigations proceed. We also work proactively to ensure such issues do not arise. Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi attorneys evaluate compliance issues and conduct internal investigations for corporations and other entities, including the investigation and evaluation of all underlying circumstances and allegations, in order to identify, anticipate and develop strategies for dealing with any civil or criminal liability that could potentially arise. We stand ready not only to provide advice regarding compliance issues and solutions on a proactive basis but are well-suited and prepared to provide counsel in connection with any resulting investigations or in any litigation that may ensue.