Criminal Defense, White Collar Defense, Internal Investigations

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Sideman & Bancroft’s Criminal Defense, White Collar Defense, Internal Investigations Practice Group provides expert legal representation to individuals, businesses, and institutions in high-stakes criminal, civil, and regulatory defense and internal investigations. Our criminal attorneys have a proven track record of success, relying on their extensive experience and deep understanding of the complexities of both criminal and civil litigation to expertly navigate parallel criminal and civil proceedings.

They are former prosecutors and life-long criminal defense attorneys with deep roots in the Northern District of California. Together, they have taken hundreds of cases to trial, argued complex cases before state and federal courts, and prevailed in complex appellate litigation—including at the United States Supreme Court.

At Sideman & Bancroft, client satisfaction is paramount. We prioritize clear communication, strategic planning, and personalized attention to every case. Our goal is not only to achieve favorable legal outcomes but also to provide our clients with peace of mind during challenging times. Whether you are under investigation, facing criminal charges, or seeking to strengthen your compliance measures, Sideman & Bancroft is ready to advocate for you. Schedule a consultation to learn more about how our Criminal Defense and White Collar Practice Group can protect your interests and safeguard your future.

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Areas of Concentration

White Collar Criminal Defense

Sideman & Bancroft has a long history of successfully resolving matters involving white collar crimes. Our clients are global and our practice diverse. We represent individuals and corporations in investigations and prosecutions involving securities fraud, insider trading, embezzlement, antitrust violations, FCPA violations, and more. Our team includes former prosecutors and seasoned litigators who understand the nuances of regulatory enforcement and are adept at navigating complex corporate and financial environments.

We have substantial, successful experience counseling and representing clients who are the subjects or targets of complex federal and state prosecutions and regulatory enforcement investigations and actions including but not limited to the following areas:

  • Bank Fraud
  • Cybersecurity & Data Breach
  • Environmental Crimes
  • Export Administration Regulations
  • Embezzlement
  • Money Laundering
  • Government Fraud
  • Securities Fraud
  • Trade Secret Theft
  • Insider Trading
  • Arms Export Control Act
  • Clean Food and Drug Act
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Wire and Mail Fraud

Tax Crimes

Sideman & Bancroft offers clients unparalleled experience and depth in handling both state and federal criminal tax-related cases. Established by firm co-founder Richard J. Sideman, a nationally recognized expert in tax controversies, the Tax Group includes tax lawyers who are former federal prosecutors from the Department of Justice Tax Division and former IRS attorneys. With their extensive and rich experience, our San Francisco based tax lawyers have established the firm’s national reputation for skillful resolution of complex tax disputes. The group’s tax lawyers have earned high rankings nationally as well as for the San Francisco area in the annual “Best Law Firms“ report by U.S. News.

General Criminal Defense

We bring the same deep experience, skill and advocacy to protecting and defending the constitutional rights of individuals involved in the investigation and prosecution of general crimes, ranging from misdemeanors to complex felonies. We meticulously prepare each case, leveraging our courtroom prowess and negotiation skills to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients. Whether you are facing charges related to fraud, drug offenses, violent crimes, or any other criminal matter, our attorneys are committed to protecting your rights and securing your future.

Our attorneys have secured dismissals and won acquittals in cases ranging from murder to sexual assault to narcotics and gun offenses. We have extensive experience in state and federal courts and a track record of success including but not limited to in the following areas:

  • RICO
  • Violent Crimes
  • Narcotics Offenses
  • Firearms Offenses
  • Homicide
  • Sex Offenses
  • Robbery
  • Arson
  • Extortion
  • DUI

Compliance, Regulatory, and Internal Investigations

Beyond defense in criminal and white collar matters, our practice extends to providing proactive legal counsel and compliance strategies. We assist businesses and individuals in mitigating risks, conducting internal investigations, and implementing effective compliance programs tailored to industry regulations and best practices.

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