Clients come to me when their liberty, careers and futures are all at stake. Because I believe a government investigation is a tremendous threat that is never to be taken lightly, I take a proactive approach that allows me to step back and see the entire field for my clients, anticipate issues, make quick, effective decisions and ensure that clients are never surprised throughout the process.
Corporations and individuals across the country call on Gene Besen to help them navigate investigations, civil enforcement actions and criminal proceedings brought by various government agencies. Leader of the White Collar Defense Practice Group, his clients span several industries – healthcare, pharmaceuticals, financial services plus many more – and they need proactive strategies to sidestep prosecution and minimize the financial impact of controversies involving a broad range of allegations, including billing fraud, kickbacks, securities fraud, insider trading, FCPA violations, pay-to-play schemes, antitrust violations and price fixing.
Gene has guided clients to favorable outcomes in investigations and criminal prosecutions brought by every enforcement agency that oversees their activities, including the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of Health and Human Services, the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Texas State Securities Board. Always focused on preventing government intervention altogether, Gene often helps clients develop compliance policies and also conducts internal investigations and audits to identify emerging issues before they become real problems.
Gene also has extensive experience representing hospitals, physicians, pharmacies, laboratories, pharmaceutical corporations, financial institutions, hedge funds and utilities in a wide range of civil and commercial litigation matters. These disputes typically involve claims related to his white-collar criminal practice, including False Claims Act violations, healthcare fraud, securities fraud, kickbacks and clawback actions involving alleged fraudulent transfers.
Gene’s practice also goes far beyond handling investigations and enforcement proceedings, allowing him to help clients expand and protect their businesses, instead of just solving problems that have already materialized. He serves as outside general counsel for several entrepreneurs and growing companies throughout the country, advising on the entire gamut of everyday and big-picture issues and opportunities that arise during the life cycle of their businesses.