White Collar Criminal and SEC Defense

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The attorneys at Finch McCranie, LLP have extensive experience in white collar criminal and SEC matters, including cases of national significance. They have defended businesses and individuals in cases alleging healthcare fraud, tax fraud, anti-trust violations, securities fraud, political corruption, government program fraud, perjury, obstruction of justice and other white collar crimes.

Our former clients include a U.S. Congressman, a former Governor, Fortune 500 corporations, CEOs, doctors, lawyers, executives and other business persons.


With our attorneys’ experience as federal prosecutors and defense counsel, we are well-versed in all aspects of white collar criminal and SEC investigations and prosecutions. Federal criminal cases are typically pursued by prosecutors who use grand juries to investigate federal crimes. Because of our lawyers’ experience in supervising federal grand jury investigations and SEC investigations, our attorneys are able to guide the firm’s clients through the process. We have also tried white collar criminal and SEC cases over more than three decades.

Experience and judgment go hand-in-hand in a white collar criminal defense case. Having both prosecuted federal criminal and SEC cases, and now having defended them over three decades, our attorneys have acquired considerable experience that has led to a mature and reasoned judgment.


As reflected in their backgrounds below, the partners at Finch McCranie have professional experience particularly suitable for defense of white collar criminal and SEC cases:

Larry D. Thompson is the former U.S. Deputy Attorney General, the second highest ranking position in the U.S. Department of Justice. In a distinguished public and private sector career over more than three decades, Mr. Thompson also has prosecuted complex cases as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, directed internal investigations and defended individuals and businesses in special matters as a partner in a major law firm, and served as General Counsel and Senior Vice President of PepsiCo, Inc. During his tenure as Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Thompson led the Department of Justice’s National Security Coordination Council, as well as the government-wide Corporate Fraud Task Force. From 1995 to 1998, he served as Independent Counsel for the Department of Housing and Urban Development Investigation.

Richard W. Hendrix is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and state prosecutor. He has also served as Associate Independent Counsel in the HUD investigation. On the defense side, his clients have included public officials, including a former U.S. Congressman. Mr. Hendrix also has defended clients in some of the largest health care fraud investigations in Georgia, as well as many other businesses and individuals who were the subjects of grand jury investigations or indictments. He also has lectured and published articles in the white collar field.

Walter E. Jospin is the former 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. 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.

Carl Lietz is a trial lawyer with over 20 years of experience representing individuals and entities in federal criminal matters. He began his career as a law clerk to two federal judges and then worked 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 leaving the Defender Office over a decade ago, Carl has continued to work almost exclusively on federal criminal matters, with a particular emphasis on white collar matters. Carl regularly handles 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.

Michael A. Sullivan served as Associate Independent Counsel in the HUD investigation and its prosecution of a former Cabinet member and another former senior Executive branch official. He was also appointed as a Special Assistant District Attorney in Georgia. Starting in 1987, Mr. Sullivan began representing businesses and individuals in grand jury investigations and criminal prosecutions concerning allegations of health care fraud, tax fraud, antitrust violations, political corruption, perjury, obstruction of justice, and other white collar crimes.

Steven R. Wisebram is a former federal prosecutor and counsel to a Congressional Committee. He has extensive experience in the prosecution of public officials ranging from U.S. Congressmen to local elected officials, and in the prosecution of fraudulent financial schemes. As a defense attorney, he has successfully represented clients charged with a wide range of offenses, including bank fraud, health care fraud, and fraud against the United States.

Our firm has the experience and determination to bring your case to a successful resolution. Please contact us for a consultation to discuss your case.

Types of White Collar and SEC Defense we have performed for our clients: