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Congressional Investigations 101: Congressional Investigations Are The Big Time [PODCAST]

The Democrats have taken control of the U.S. House of Representatives and have promised an aggressive agenda of investigations and oversight. Although their majority is slim, Democrats now chair committees, determine which investigations to pursue and hearings to hold, and wield subpoena power. Inquiries have already started on drug pricing. Recently, the United States Attorney subpoenaed information from the Trump Inaugural Committee about hundreds of donations made by private companies and individuals. There is little doubt this will get Congressional interest.

Few people understand what this means and why it is different from other investigations. However, this podcast will feature conversations with individuals who have helped clients navigate the legal and political landmines that often accompany congressional investigations.

In this episode, Barry Hartman, former Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resource Division, explains that investigations are big time and why prudence is the watch word.

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About this Author

Barry Hartman, Litigation Attorney, Environmental Attorney, KL Gates Law Firm

Mr. Hartman represents companies and individuals in criminal and civil investigations, trials, and appeals primarily involving complex federal regulatory programs, with an emphasis on environmental matters, and advises clients on compliance with those programs. He also conducts internal investigations, counsels clients regarding corporate compliance programs, and represents clients in Congressional investigations regarding lobbying, ethics, and related issues. He has represented clients in industries including maritime, energy, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, recycling, chemicals,...

Bruce Heiman, KL Gates Law Firm, Public Policy Attorney
Practice Area Leader — Policy / Regulatory

Bruce Heiman engages in a wide ranging federal counseling and lobbying practice. He has represented leading companies and trade associations in technology, financial services, postal, trade, transportation and manufacturing industries. He is one of two Practice Area Leaders of K&L Gates’ Policy and Regulatory Practice and serves on the firm’s Management Committee. He is nationally ranked as a top government relations lawyer by both Chambers USA and The Legal 500.

Mr. Heiman regularly assists clients design and implement a Washington, D.C. “...

Nancy Iheanacho Government Investigations Litigator

Nancy Iheanacho is an associate at the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. She is a member of the investigations, enforcement, and white collar practice group. Her practice focuses on the defense of individuals and corporations subject to government investigations, regulatory enforcement actions, and other litigation matters.

*Admitted only in Maryland. Not Admitted in D.C. / Supervised by Stavroula E. Lambrakopoulos, a member of the DC Bar.

Professional Background

During law school, Ms. Iheanacho served as a student attorney in the William & Mary Appellate...