Internal Investigations, Compliance, Risk Analysis & e-Discovery

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Shipley Snell lawyers are experienced in conducting internal investigations for clients, both in the United States and abroad. Our team has also assisted clients in compliance reviews, accident response, and massive e-discovery efforts.  Shipley Snell has conducted pre-litigation risk analyses, often in condensed time frames, to advise clients on litigation and settlement strategies. Many of these projects have assisted clients with avoiding litigation and achieving successful business resolutions.

When conducting investigations, analyzing risks, or assisting in e-discovery, our lawyers utilize their industry-specific knowledge, particularly related to energy, utilities, petrochemicals, and construction. Further, our extensive experience in trying and defending disputed matters is invaluable in helping clients discover key facts, manage crisis situations, evaluate financial risks, and avoid litigation or enforcement actions.

Representative Matters

Members of the Shipley Snell team have assisted clients with the following representative internal investigations, compliance reviews, risk analysis, and e-discovery efforts:

·       Completed risk assessment and comparison of various venues and dispute resolution mechanisms for a component manufacturer regarding multiple construction defect claims.

·       Represented energy and oilfield services companies with internal investigations and response to government enforcement actions regarding alleged violations of U.S. law, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

·       Completed comprehensive assessment of a company’s risks associated with multiple contractual arrangements for the placement of third-party equipment on the company property.

·       Conducted employee interviews, as well as review of documents and electronic data, in response to government subpoenas for major refiner.

·       Performed comprehensive risk analysis, including data input, and decision tree, for mass environmental tort claims.

·       Developed and implemented strategies for the efficient identification, review, and production of corporate clients’ vast volumes of electronically stored data.

·       Represented a major manufacturer in connection with its voluntary withdrawal from the market of an aerosol tire inflator product and personal injury suits arising out of use of the product.

·       Counseled refinery and petrochemical facilities in connection with catastrophic explosions and other events, including assisting with the company’s initial response to OSHA, EPA, and other government investigations, and represented the company in litigation with governmental agencies, insurance companies, contractors, and personal injury claimants.

·       Represented barge operator in U.S. Coast Guard/NTSB investigation after a collision.

·       Represented energy company in an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice into a business practice involving complex accounting issues.