Trial Practice

Behind the Mueller Investigation: Anatomy of a Criminal Investigation

Synopsis The anatomy of a criminal investigation is a complex and fascinating topic. Using the Mueller investigation as a backdrop for this presentation, the presenters provide a thorough look into the investigative process, discussing such topics as how an investigation begins, interviews by law enforcement, and the Grand Jury process, while additionally providing insightful practice pointers that can be used to aid your client if they should, unfortunately, find themselves on the wrong side of an investigation.


I. A Look Into the World of Criminal Investigations
    A. What's Really Been Happening in the Last Year?
    B. Recap of Important Events
    C. How an Investigation Begins
    D. Important Tools of the Investigation Process
        1. The Investigator's Arsenal
        2. Requests for Interview by Law Enforcement
        3. The Grand Jury Process
    E. The Mueller Investigation: What Can Be Learned
        1. Criminal Information and Cooperators
        2. The Initial Indictments
        3. Additional Indictments
        4. More Guilty Pleas Arise
        5. The Crimes
        6. Potential Investigative Directions
        7. Special Reports and Question of Impeachment
        8. Questions Still to Be Resolved

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Carolina Fornos

Carolina A. Fornos, a Pillsbury Litigation partner and former federal prosecutor, is an experienced trial and appellate attorney whose practice areas include commercial litigation, civil and criminal enforcement matters, and cross-border internal investigations and compliance, including AML and FCPA compliance.

Ms. Fornos has extensive experience in all phases of federal investigations and litigation. As a former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, in both the Civil and Criminal Divisions, she spent almost nine years handling a wide range of matters ranging from False Claims Act cases and health care fraud to bribery, bank fraud, tax fraud, and money laundering violations. As a member of the Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture Unit, Carolina investigated money laundering crimes and potential violations of the Bank Secrecy Act.

Ms. Fornos received her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans in 2000, her M.A., Political Science from Louisiana State University in 1996, and her B.A. from Louisiana State University in 1994

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Mark R. Hellerer

Mark R. Hellerer is a partner in the New York office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. He has more than 25 years of experience in litigation of complex commercial disputes, white-collar criminal matters, and regulatory enforcement proceedings. He serves as the leader of the firm’s Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense practice group.

Mr. Hellerer has been recognized by a number of organizations including Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and Who’s Who in American Law.

Mr. Hellerer’s work includes representation of individual and corporate defendants, targets and witnesses in criminal and regulatory matters, conduct of internal corporate investigations, advice to corporations and financial institutions on regulatory compliance issues, and prosecution of civil RICO, fraud and business tort claims.

Mr. Hellerer regularly handles civil, administrative, and criminal matters involving antitrust, banking, environmental claims, the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, money laundering, and securities fraud. A substantial portion of Mr. Hellerer’s practice involves the representation of international companies and financial institutions and their officers and directors.

During his prosecutorial career, Mr. Hellerer was awarded both the John Marshall Award for Outstanding Trial Performance and the Director’s Award for Superior Performance from the Department of Justice.

Mr. Hellerer earned his J.D. from the University of Buffalo Law School in 1976, and his B.A. from Fordham University in 1971.


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Course Code : 775539

Release Date : 06/18/2018

Length : 56min
Recorded Date : 3/21/2018

Format Type : eLearning
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