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She is a white collar criminal defense lawyer with more than a quarter-century of trial experience. Claire served as Executive Director of the Federal Defenders of Western North Carolina before joining Womble Carlyle.
Government Investigations & White Collar Criminal Defense
Prior Legal Experience
Below are some recent representative matters:
Conducted internal investigation into employee misconduct at large testing laboratory
Conducted internal investigation at medical device manufacturer after FBI search. Successfully avoided corporate criminal prosecution on allegations of government contract fraud
Securities Fraud, Wire Frauds and Other Complex Crimes
Defended CEO of Florida community bank charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and false statements. Obtained a significant sentencing departure.
Counsel at trial for former chief accounting officer of a large homebuilder facing conspiracy, securities fraud and obstruction charges
Obtained miss-trial in large-scale racketeering mortgage fraud trial involving over 85 defendants
Represented individual charged in large scale nation-wide investment/Ponzi scheme at trial
Represents directors, executives and witnesses before federal and state grand juries
False Claims Act and Qui Tam (whistleblower) Defense
Successfully negotiated qui tam resolution where the government rejected the majority of the whistleblower’s claims against medical device manufacturer
Compliance and Risk Assessments
Conducted compliance and risk assessment for major agricultural company. Implemented controls and assessed security and employment risks