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White Collar Federal Criminal Investigations & Federal White Collar Criminal Charges: Individuals and companies facing federal criminal investigation or federal criminal charges for fraud, theft, corruption and other non-violent crimes benefit from our experience and understanding of how federal criminal investigations work and how prosecutors decide whether to bring federal criminal charges. More
Criminal Defense: People and businesses charged with a federal or local crime or under criminal investigation by federal or local law enforcement need lawyers who know how police and prosecutors think. We are former prosecutors who have investigated and tried hundreds of cases.  That experience gives us the savvy, knowledge and skill to protect you, your loved ones, and your livelihood. More
Civil: Clients often face complicated problems involving both personal and business issues. Sensitive personal issues may be at stake as well as confidential business issues. Our unique blend of experience and abilities gained from internal investigations, criminal prosecutions, and business law allow us to guide our clients through these difficult intersections with creative and strong solutions. More
College & High School Student Defense: Schools, colleges and universities have unique systems for judging and punishing student code violations that operate differently from criminal and civil court proceedings. Our experience and understanding of these cases offer our student clients and their parents critical guidance to navigate these unfamiliar systems. More
Whistleblower: Courageous people exposing fraud and wrongdoing – whistleblowers - often find themselves the target of retaliation and investigation. Our investigative and defense experience aids our clients in maximizing the value from their whistleblower cases while maximizing protection from retaliation against them for being whistleblowers. More
Crime Victims: Crime victim lawyers serve a number of roles for a victim of crime, ranging from safeguarding victim rights, being a liaison to prosecutors in an existing investigation or prosecution to helping an individual or business assess whether they have been a victim of crime be it fraud, embezzlement of funds or even assault. More

INVESTIGATE

Qui Tam & Federal False Claims: Whistleblowers exposing fraud against the federal government may reap financial awards for their efforts in safeguarding the integrity of our tax dollars. Our credibility with the government and experience at developing investigations maximize the potential value of our clients’ qui tam/false claims cases. More
SEC Whistleblower Claims: New SEC (Securities & Exchange Commission) regulations and procedures allow whistleblowers to report stock and investment fraud and wrongdoing with the potential of reaping financial awards.  Our knowledge and experience in this area is reflected in the fact that our lawyers met with SEC staff during the drafting of these new procedures and our comments were published by the SEC. More
IRS Whistleblower Claims: IRS fraud reporting regulations offer awards to whistleblowers but little guidance in how to develop and submit cases.  Our experience at working with the government in exposing fraud offers our clients invaluable guidance in this relatively new area of the law. More
State & Municipality False Claims: Many states and cities have their own qui tam and false claims statutes.  Our experience and national network of alliances allows our clients to pursue their claims with state and local governments as well as the federal government. More
State & Municipality Insurance Fraud: Some state laws allow their Insurance Commissioner to pursue fraud claims for wrongful billing of private insurance companies.  We advise our clients on the selection and use of these statutes in their cases. More
Whistleblower Rewards: Courageous people sometimes come across a wrong they must right even though that righteous action comes at great personal risk and sacrifice. Whether the wrong involves fraudulent billing, fraudulent overcharging, or fraudulent off-label marketing of a drug, or exposing a cover-up of great public importance, whistleblowers need skilled legal counsel to develop and present their cases while protecting themselves from retaliation against their having become whistleblowers. We work closely with whistleblower clients from the infancy of the case to safeguard the value of their case as well as their personal rights and protections. More

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Corporate Law: Running and expanding a business requires legal and business guidance. Our experience at corporate governance and all aspects of corporate law from startups to international companies gives our clients access to advice ranging from the simple to the sophisticated. More
Business Formation: Using the right corporate structures and agreements with partners, vendors and employees is critical to the successfully starting a business. Our experience at advising clients ranging from small community businesses to international Fortune 500 companies give our clients the savvy and knowledge to start-up the right way. More
Business Operational Needs: Now that you’ve started your business, you need to run it. From assessing the best contracts to enter into with vendors to negotiating with your commercial landlord, WGW lawyers offer solid, practical guidance. More
Technology Transactions: Technology transactions require familiarity with law and technology. Our legal experience with numerous hi-tech startups coupled with a strong technology background successfully guides our clients through a wide range of technology transaction issues. More
Civil: Clients often face complicated problems involving both personal and business issues. Sensitive personal issues may be at stake as well as confidential business issues. Our unique blend of experience and abilities gained from internal investigations, criminal prosecutions, and business law allow us to guide our clients through these difficult intersections with creative and strong solutions. More
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Shanlon Wu quoted in Forbes article on upcoming legislation regarding college campus sexual assualt. Read here
  • Shanlon Wu quoted in US News article on the importance of discussing sexual violence on college campuses as a family. Read here
  • W.Post publishes Shanlon Wu’s Letter to the Editor on campus sexual assaults. Read here
  • Attorney Shanlon Wu awarded 2014 Super Lawyers rating.
  • Shanlon Wu quoted in this Self Magazine article on cyber stalking
  • WGW lawyers Julie Grohovsky and Jonathan Cook along with Janet Goldstein of Vogel, Slade & Goldstein invited by ABA to meet with representatives from the UK's Financial Conduct Authority and The Bank of England to discuss crafting of UK whistleblower programs for the UK banking system. Nov 21, 2013
  • The US Supreme Court affirmed the position taken by WGW and Hogan Lovells in an amicus brief. The lead amicus attorney was Neal Katyal, former acting Solicitor General of the United States. Court affirmed 5-4 the constitutionality of DNA samples being taken from arrested defendants. June 2013.
  • US Supreme Court hears oral argument in Maryland v. King today.  WGW on amicus brief on behalf of victims along with former US Solicitor General Neal Katyal of Hogan Lovells. Read about it here 
  • Shanlon Wu is quoted in the McLean Patch for his support of the need for a Model Student Bill of Rights. See the article here
  • Shanlon Wu moderated panel at National Asian Pacific American Bar convention on Small Firm and Solo Practice leveraging strategies, November 2012. Check out his interview here.
  • Shanlon Wu spoke at the George Washington University with Phi Alpha Delta Pre-law Fraternity about the different career paths available to lawyers, October 2012.
  • Shanlon Wu spoke at American University with fraternity and sorority presidents and chapter advisors on campus safety issues, September 2012.
  • WGW client opens new nightclub in DC – Tropicalia – 2001 14th Street, N.W. – 14th & U, N.W.
  • Shanlon Wu awarded Super Lawyers rating at superlawyers.com.
  • Julie Grohovsky interviewed on whistleblowers and qui tam cases at Levick Communications BulletproofBlog.
  • Julie Grohovsky served on Advisory Board of The Tree House, Montgomery County Maryland’s Child Assessment Center, supporting child victims of sexual and/or physical abuse.
  • Julie Grohovsky consulted for the National Institute of Corrections Project on Addressing Prison Rape.

TRANSACTIONAL

  • Advised owner of newly opened Washington, D.C. nightclub on formation, development and opening of nightclub.
  • Advised government subcontractor in negotiations with principal contractor.
  • Advised owner of successful Washington, D.C. restaurant on re-negotiation of commercial lease.

WHISTLEBLOWER

  • Eight million dollar settlement on behalf of ex-employee whistleblower and United States in federal false claims action against FedEx.
  • Represent corporate insider of large pharmaceutical company in developing federal and state false claims actions.

COLLEGE STUDENT DEFENSE

  • Washington, D.C. area university:  Defended sorority chapter president in university investigation of hazing practices.
  • D.C. Superior Court:  Defended student criminally charged with use of a fake ID and simple assault.

WHITE COLLAR

  • EDVA:  Defended doctor under investigation for health care fraud and successfully negotiated civil settlement in lieu of criminal charges.
  • US Department of Justice: Defended individual under indictment for ITAR charges and facing extradition to United States.

MEET OUR ATTORNEYS:

Attorney Shanlon Wu white collar defense attorneyShanlon Wu

Shan Wu is a former federal prosecutor whose law practice focuses on w hite-collar, criminal and student defense matters.  From 1999-2000, Shan served as Counsel to Attorney General Janet Reno, advising her on criminal and civil investigations, E-Gov, E-Commerce (electronic signatures, internet gambling, internet telephony, privacy & public access issues in electronic court filings), congressional oversight, and legislative review. His responsibilities included serving as liaison to the FBI, DEA, Criminal Division, Executive Office of United States Attorneys, National Institute of Justice, and White House Counsel’s Office.

Attorney Julie Grohovsky Criminal defense lawyerJulie Grohovsky

Julie Grohovsky is a former federal prosecutor whose practice focuses on cases brought under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. An accomplished trial lawyer, Julie has investigated hundreds of cases, tried over forty cases to verdict, and argued appellate cases in both the local and federal courts. She is the former Director of Training for the United States Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia, where she was responsible for training all of the lawyers and support staff in the largest U.S. Attorney’s Office in the country.

Attorney Douglas Whipple student defense attorneyDouglas Whipple

Doug Whipple is a transactional lawyer whose recent representations include: establishment and structuring of patent, TM, and copyright pooling between DaimlerChrylser, BMW, Harman/Becker Automotive Systems, and Audi for the development of MOST, an international high-speed electronic communications standard for use in automobiles; US counsel for Materna Information & Communications GmbH, a German wireless solutions provider; issuer's counsel in a German technology IPO; and the establishment of an OEM telematics alliance in Germany.