June 01, 2018 Feature

You’ve Been Served! : A Guide for What to Do When the Government Comes Knocking

A guide for what to do when the government comes knocking.

Stephanie Yonekura and Michelle Roberts Gonzales | The authors are with Hogan Lovells in Los Angeles.

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The day starts ordinarily enough. Coffee, email, a quick call, more (oh so much more) email. But then the receptionist calls you (let’s say you are in-house counsel), or the company’s chief executive calls you (let’s say you are outside counsel): “Um, the company just got served with a subpoena, and it’s from the U.S. Attorney’s Office (or the Securities and Exchange Commission).”

You scan the document and learn the government is demanding all kinds of information—internal financial data, communications, materials that you know the C suite would never want turned over to regulators or prosecutors. What do you do now?

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