Crisis Management and Congressional Investigations Practice


Sophisticated clients operating in increasingly challenging business environments need attorneys who operate at the intersection of law, politics, and public relations. Cadwalader’s Crisis Management and Congressional Investigations Practice provides clients with a suite of resources for solving today’s biggest issues.

We understand that these complex business concerns cannot be resolved in courtrooms alone – they require a multifaceted approach based on knowing the policy and policymakers at all levels of government. Leveraging our relationships in Washington and throughout the business world, we add value by focusing on long-term, strategic solutions to immediate crises. Our attorneys identify and monitor changing variables, analyze potential actions and outcomes, and make strategic decisions throughout the course of a crisis, managing the flow of information between the client, regulatory bodies, and the press to prevent or mitigate reputational and financial damage to clients.

Our team is led by a career Department of Justice official with deep and extensive Washington DC experience across administrations, who has also worked as a key staffer in the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives and as a senior White House Counsel. His knowledge of and experience with congressional investigations, including relevant committees and subcommittees, is invaluable for clients dealing with both high-profile and very sensitive matters. We have the expertise clients need to navigate the unique landscape of congressional investigations and inquiries while avoiding potential missteps that can bring legal, commercial, and reputational harm.

Backed by our nearly 80-attorney Global Litigation Group that includes a highly experienced White Collar Defense and Investigations practice in Washington, DC, Cadwalader is able to build the right team of trusted advisors to address our clients’ crises, no matter the size, subject, or industry.


  • Served in the Executive Office of the President as Senior Associate Counsel and Special Assistant to the President in the Office of the White House Counsel, advising White House Counsel and senior administration officials on broad oversight and regulatory matters involving the White House, Health and Human Services, and federal agencies contributing special expertise on health care regulatory and litigation matters and science and technology oversight and policy issues.
  • Assisted on congressional oversight and investigations and coordinated responses to related litigation, FOIA requests, and Inspector General investigations.
  • Provided subject matter expertise to Congressional staff on a variety of topics including insider trading, market manipulation, stock buy-backs, activist investors, foreign companies listed on U.S. exchanges, administrative proceedings, public company disclosure requirements, the Electronic Communication Privacy Act, the Financial CHOICE Act and other issues.
  • Worked for a 501(c)(3) oversight organization led by former congressional investigators.
  • Served as a legislative intern for a congressman, which included reviewing policy issues for staff in order to analyze bills, and drafting speeches for committee hearings.
  • Interned and worked for senators and members of congress on both sides of the aisle, including as a legislative aide for tax and financial services policy.

Private practice

  • Represented multiple CEOs before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence related to congressional investigation of potential Russian activities impacting the 2016 Presidential election.
  • Obtained successful outcomes for clients in congressional investigations before House Intelligence Committee and other congressional oversight committees.
  • Represented clients in enforcement and regulatory proceedings before Congress, the U.S. Departments of Justice, Labor, Commerce, Transportation, Treasury, Health and Human Services, as well as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Represented Pershing Square in connection with an investigation by the Senate Special Committee on Aging into its purchase of Valeant Pharmaceuticals. That included responding to subpoenas and preparing CEO Bill Ackman for his congressional testimony.
  • Represented former Intelligence Community officials in connection with congress’s investigations into 2012 Benghazi attack and Russia’s interference into the 2016 presidential election.
  • Co-authored an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court in support of appellant Shaun McCutcheon in McCutcheon v. FEC.
  • Represented a wealthy businessman charged with bribing state government officials through campaign contributions.
  • Assisted an executive of a large international investment bank in preparing for testimony in front of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

10 Attorneys

Avergun, Jodi L. Partner Washington
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Blanche, Todd Partner New York
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Gansler, Douglas Partner Washington
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Gerver, Keith M. Associate Washington
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Gould, Adam Associate Washington
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Grider, Mark Partner Washington
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Risell, Cheryl Special Legal Consultant Washington
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Simpson, William Associate Washington
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Tompkins, Anne M. Partner Charlotte
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Wharton, Kendra L. Associate Washington
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