Clients bring their most serious government enforcement problems to Carolyn McNiven because she is a strong client advocate, whether the matter is criminal, civil or both. Carolyn’s understanding of government decision-making is grounded in her long experience as a federal criminal prosecutor in Chicago, where Carolyn handled the most complex and sensitive white collar investigations including several high-profile prosecutions of sitting state and federal officials and corporate executives. She established and led Chicago’s health-care fraud task force, and has a deep familiarity with how the federal and state enforcement authorities analyze civil and criminal health-care matters.
As a trial attorney with a strong winning record, Carolyn is not afraid to take a case to trial where appropriate. Although Carolyn enjoys trying cases, she is particularly skilled at negotiating with enforcement authorities before charging decisions are made to optimize outcomes for her clients. While in private practice, Carolyn has represented both individuals and companies facing government enforcement action. In one year, Carolyn convinced federal prosecutors to dismiss three separate indictments. In light of her multidisciplinary health-care enforcement background, Carolyn is routinely called upon to defend individuals and companies operating in the health-care sector (providers and manufacturers), who are under criminal inquiry or may be facing a civil (False Claims Act) action.
Carolyn also counsels companies faced with sensitive legal and practical problems relating to suspected cybercrime, cybersecurity breaches, economic espionage, health-care regulatory breaches, and anti-corruption matters. Carolyn has experience in designing and operating corporate compliance programs, particularly those operating in challenging international environments, such as India, where she has spent significant time supervising compliance matters.