Global Investigations Review (GIR) named Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC (SPM) to this year’s esteemed GIR 100 list. GIR is an independent guide to the world’s leading firms that handle sophisticated cross-border and government-led internal investigations. Rankings for the annual guide are based on extensive research of active matters and client-based feedback.
GIR recognized the SPM team’s global experience and multilingual abilities, calling out in particular recent matters in the Latin American market including Brazil, where SPM has been called upon to assist with some of the country’s biggest corporate crises. Last year the SPM team served as US counsel to an independent committee established by the board of directors of mining company Vale into the causes of the tragic 2019 collapse of a Brazilian dam. GIR noted that, “In grave crises, Brazilians trust Smith Pachter.” GIR also highlighted SPM’s experience in complex investigations in many other regions of the world, and in representing not only companies but also executives and other individuals, including for example, in a cross-border matter involving the U.S. SEC and Australian securities authorities.
SPM’s White Collar practice group was established in 2014 by founding partners Iris Bennett and Joseph Covington, both of whom have decades of experience in the field. The firm’s investigations team now includes Nora Brent, Cormac Connor, Kathryn Muldoon Griffin, Carlos André Grover, Elizabeth Jochum, Jonathan Keller, Meghan Leibold, Vincent Li, Michael Lowman, Julia Shagovac, and Daniel Solomon. The team’s multilingual abilities enable them to conduct matters in Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, and German. Finally, the team’s experience, not only in private practice but also as former federal criminal and federal securities prosecutors and in federal criminal defense, and as in-house counsel and compliance officers, enables them to bring a sophisticated yet practical approach to their investigation matters.
About Smith Pachter McWhorter
Smith Pachter McWhorter is a preeminent boutique firm that focuses on Construction, Government Contracts, and White Collar Defense and Investigations. Working in close consultation with each client served, our firm is known for developing strategies that assist in the prevention and resolution of disputes, and tailored solutions that realize client goals.