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Charlotte Federal Court Trial Lawyers: Practice Areas

Federal Criminal Litigation: White Collar

Will Terpening has been helping those accused of criminal fraud and related misconduct in federal court for two decades. Executives, business owners, lawyers, securities professionals, and other financial professionals have trusted Terpening to defend them in high-stakes federal white collar criminal cases alleging the following:

    • Securities fraud.
    • Tax fraud.
    • Healthcare fraud.
    • Mortgage fraud.
    • Loan fraud.
    • Real estate fraud.
    • PPP Loan Fraud.
    • Identity theft.
    • “Parallel proceedings” defending simultaneous litigation (for example, managing concurrent Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, and private securities litigation matters).

We are here to guide you before, during, and after your federal white collar matter. You can rely on us during every step of your challenge, from when you are first contacted by the authorities, through responding to subpoenas and pretrial plea negotiations, through trial, and (if necessary) through sentencing and appeals. We have deep and wide experience at each stage, and a proven record of success and positive client feedback. 

Government agents are good at seeming to be your friend… at first. But mistakes and misunderstandings during “informal” FBI, SEC, or IRS interviews, with responding to government subpoenas, or in handling the execution of a search warrant at your home or place of business can lead to delayed or less favorable resolution with the government, or worse. Early issues can make it much more difficult to favorably resolve criminal cases later. Thus, we encourage prospective clients to contact us when they first hear from federal authorities.

Illustrative cases:

    • Jury trial in federal court in Charlotte of a respected Wilmington tax attorney on IRS/tax fraud cases. Result: Acquittal.
    • Represented CEO of a large healthcare securitization company in two jury trials spanning over a month in federal court in Columbus, Ohio on charges of securities fraud alleging losses in the billions of dollars and obstruction of justice.
    • Represented prominent real estate developer dealing with fraud charges in pre-indictment negotiations with United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Result: pre-indictment declination (government decided not to pursue an indictment).
    • Represented teacher accused of impersonating an FBI agent. Result: successful deferred prosecution leading to no prison time or criminal record.
    • Represented businessman accused of SBA loan fraud at two-week jury trial. Result: no prison time.

Will Terpening has been board certified as a specialist in federal criminal law by the North Carolina Bar.