Finch McCranie, LLP is one of the most experienced specialty law firms in the United States, with a history of more than 50 years. Led by former federal prosecutors, Finch McCranie’s attorneys have excelled in representing companies, boards of directors, and individuals in federal white collar criminal and SEC investigations and prosecutions, and in corporate governance, internal investigations, and compliance matters; representing whistleblowers in False Claims Act qui tam cases, and in SEC, CFTC, and IRS whistleblower claims; representing clients in complex commercial litigation; and representing plaintiffs in wrongful death and serious personal injury cases.

Unlike many other firms that handle complex matters, Finch McCranie’s lawyers regularly try cases. Our jury trial experience allows us to be cost-effective in preparing cases for settlement or trial and to approach each case with a readiness to go to trial. Our proven track record enables us to resolve many cases before trial in a way most beneficial to our clients.

In 2015, former U.S. Deputy Attorney General and former PepsiCo General Counsel Larry D. Thompson joined Finch McCranie as counsel in our Atlanta, Georgia office. Since then, Finch McCranie has expanded its services in corporate compliance, monitorships and internal investigations. We recently broadened our practice to Washington, D.C. with the addition of two other former senior Department of Justice counsel, Renée Brooker and Eva Gunasekera, to better serve our clients. In our Atlanta office, we have added other experienced attorneys, Gary Thompson and Lee Gutschenritter.

Former Deputy Attorney General Larry D. Thompson

Larry D. Thompson’s unique background includes serving as United States Deputy Attorney General from 2001-2003, and as PepsiCo’s General Counsel, Executive Vice President for Government Affairs and Corporate Secretary for a decade through 2014. Previously, Mr. Thompson served as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia from 1982 to 1986, and then founded and co-chaired the special matters and government investigations practice of an international law firm, where he represented businesses and individuals for more than a decade. Currently, Mr. Thompson is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ethics Research Center (ERC), the research arm of the Ethics and Compliance Initiative (ECI). He brings a wealth of experience in helping companies develop world class ethics and compliance programs. Mr. Thompson now also serves as the Independent Compliance Monitor and Auditor for Volkswagen AG, and is supported by the firm in that role.

Former Director of the SEC’s Atlanta Office Walter Jospin

Walter Jospin joined the firm in May 2018. From February 2015 until January 2018, he served as Director of the SEC’s Atlanta Office, where he supervised the office’s enforcement and examination programs. Early in his career, Jospin was a staff lawyer with the Enforcement Division of the SEC, where he investigated and prosecuted securities cases. During his time at the SEC, many of Jospin’s cases were parallel investigations also brought by a U.S. Attorney’s Office. Prior to becoming Regional Director, Jospin was a partner with Paul Hastings LLP, where he represented boards of directors, special committees, and audit committees in internal investigations and various governance matters. He also represented public companies, registered entities, funds, boards of directors, and individuals in connection with investigations and prosecutions brought by the SEC, U.S. Attorney’s Offices, FINRA, and state securities commissions. In private practice, Jospin has successfully represented companies and individuals in both civil and criminal securities investigations and prosecutions relating to insider trading, disclosure failures, periodic reporting failures, Investment Advisor and Broker Dealer regulations, and accounting and financial fraud allegations.

Leading Federal Trial Lawyer Carl Lietz

In January 2018, the firm added a leading federal trial lawyer to our criminal and civil trial practice, Carl Lietz. With more than 20 years of experience, Mr. Lietz began his career as a law clerk to two federal judges, then tried cases continually as a trial attorney for five years in the Office of the Federal Defender in Atlanta. While there, Carl tried a significant number of federal cases, litigated hundreds of evidentiary and sentencing hearings, and argued cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Since then, he has regularly handled white collar matters involving allegations of mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, health care fraud, bribery and public corruption, overprescribing, money laundering, and a host of other federal crimes. He now also handles civil cases in our trial practice.

Other Senior Department of Justice Attorneys Join Finch McCranie

Augmenting our partners’ experience as federal prosecutors, in January 2017, the firm added as counsel two former senior Department of Justice attorneys in Washington, D.C., Renée Brooker and Eva Gunasekera. With decades of combined experience in the Civil Division at the Justice Department, both Ms. Brooker and Ms. Gunasekera add their extensive backgrounds in evaluating companies’ compliance with laws they enforced such as the False Claims Act, the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA), the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and other civil and criminal laws.

Compliance, Monitorships, Corporate Governance and Internal Investigations Expertise

Since 2017 Larry D. Thompson has served as the Independence Compliance Monitor and Auditor of Volkswagen AG, supported by the other attorneys of the firm. Based on our attorneys’ experience in government, corporate compliance, and internal investigations, Finch McCranie is uniquely positioned to assist businesses and organizations in response to allegations of wrongdoing.