Congress has broad power to investigate. A congressional investigation can be particularly unnerving for individuals and companies, from the glaring media spotlight to the threat of subsequent civil or criminal legal actions. Congressional committees operate under a different set of rules and procedures than do the federal or state courts, with the added pressures of both politics and the press often involved.
If you have received a congressional subpoena, or other Congressional request for documents or information, KaiserDillon’s team will guide you in all aspects of the process: communicating with the investigating committee; evaluating how to respond; providing documents or testimony, as appropriate; preparing to testify, as appropriate; litigating if necessary; and managing the legal, political, and other implications of the investigation and subsequent findings.
KaiserDillon’s partners understand the congressional investigation process from our work with clients under investigation, and from our work within the government. Partner William (Bill) Pittard joined our firm after serving as the Acting General Counsel and the Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives, where he advised on and litigated significant constitutional issues and worked with congressional committees conducting investigations into issues ranging from the use of performance-enhancing substances in professional sports to gun-walking on the U.S.-Mexico border.
As a key member of our Government Investigations team, Bill now particularly focuses on clients connected to the Legislative Branch, whether as officials of that branch or as individuals and businesses preparing for congressional hearings or otherwise responding to congressional inquiries.