PRACTICESHealth Care Fraud
Securities & Financial Fraud
Procurement and Contracting Fraud
Intellectual Property Crimes
Cyber Fraud and Theft of Trade Secrets
EDUCATIONSt. Mary's University School of Law, JD 1979
Washington & Lee University, BA 1976
S. Michael McColloch
With over thirty years of broad experience, Mr. McColloch brings seasoned and informed judgment to every case, no matter how daunting the challenges seem. This ability to evaluate a complex factual and procedural dispute—where the client’s very future is at stake—was honed over many years of defending the seemingly indefensible, with few resources and against formidable odds.After serving as a briefing attorney, Mr. McColloch spent his early years defending hundreds of street crime cases, often for indigent clients charged with heinous offenses. These were the toughest criminal cases in the system, and to win he had to investigate and put together cases the old fashioned way: single-handedly, on time and on a very limited budget. Success only came from persistence, expertise and cutting-edge, creative defenses. A winning reputation long ago led to engagement in far more complex litigation—but the bedrock principles of putting together a successful defense remain the same.
Mr. McColloch understands the issues facing corporate officers, board members and companies targeted by government agencies in criminal and agency enforcement actions—circumstances that can threaten the very survival of a business concern or the liberty of its executives. The core principles of effective defense apply with equal force to even the most complex regulatory enforcement actions, but the business client—whether public or private, regulated or not—faces additional challenges in reporting, accounting, employment, compliance and public relations that demand multifaceted guidance and expertise. Mr. McColloch has successfully navigated officers and companies through difficult cases stemming from actions commenced by the Department of Justice Criminal, Civil and Antitrust Divisions, the Securities and Exchange Commission, state securities regulators, FINRA, the Office of Inspector General of HHS, the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT), state attorneys general, the Federal Trade Commission, the N.T.S.B., the D.E.A., the Environmental Protection Agency, state environmental enforcement agencies, numerous state prosecutors, and others. Mr. McColloch has challenged—and outmaneuvered—the most powerful government agencies in their own forums and at every level of the judicial arena, from state and federal district courts to state supreme courts to federal circuit courts of appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court.