The increasingly prominent role of state Attorneys General in bringing civil enforcement and criminal actions presents a host of challenges and opportunities for companies in virtually every industry. With broad authority to launch investigations and bring actions on behalf of states or consumers, state attorneys general can have a profound impact on corporations, foundations, individuals and investors. The rise of coordinated, multistate investigations and enforcement actions, often in conjunction with federal agencies like the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission, poses substantial dangers to larger companies that operate regionally or nationally. Moreover, Attorneys General are popularly elected, with direct electoral accountability for their actions, unlike nonelected federal prosecutors or regulators, which has to be taken into account when dealing with them. Navigating this landscape requires a deep understanding of the political, legal, and governmental factors influencing state Attorneys General investigations and litigation.
Cadwalader’s state Attorneys General practice is led by Doug Gansler, who served for two terms as the Attorney General of Maryland and is a past president of the National Association of Attorneys General. Doug also is the former State Attorney for Montgomery County, the largest county in Maryland, and a former Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. Doug brings his more than 20 years of experience in these and other positions to bear on behalf of a wide variety of clients.
He and other members of the Global Litigation Group handle complex matters for clients across a range of industries, including financial services, insurance, data privacy, technology/telecoms, pharmaceutical, automotive, health, hospitality and other consumer industries. The firm combines the depth of its Global Litigation Group, including numerous former federal prosecutors in its White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice, with its experience and access to state Attorneys General across the US. This unique combination of experience, relationships and depth enables Cadwalader to achieve favorable outcomes for its clients when confronted with investigations by state Attorneys General.