Claire is a fighter. She protects her clients from the long reach of the government (both state and federal). Her 25+ years of experience fighting in the trenches of the criminal justice system has honed her litigation and negotiation skills. She has tried numerous cases, negotiated favorable resolutions and obtained dismissals. Several of her most complex matters have been resolved favorably without publicity or reputational damage to the client. She represents companies in grand jury investigations and related enforcement proceedings as well as witnesses and individual targets.

She also leads internal investigations assisting corporate clients in identifying and correcting problems while negotiating with enforcement authorities to attain the best result possible.

Besides aiding clients with criminal and civil enforcement issues, she also counsels and provides in-house training for clients in numerous compliance areas such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), anti-trust, government contracts, qui tam and false claims matters.

Claire’s expertise and reputation has been acknowledged as she is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, named in Chambers USA for Criminal White Collar Criminal defense, and ”2017 White Collar Attorney of the Year in Charlotte” by Best Lawyers in America.

Presentations

  • Crisis over Cocktails-Dealing with Cyber Crime, CPE Executive Conference, Charlotte, December 2016
  • The Panama Papers-A View from the U.S., Lex Mundi Litigation, Arbitration, and Dispute Resolution Practice Group Meeting, Barcelona, Spain, July 2016
  • Solve the Problem: Avoid the Crisis, National Association of Corporate Directors, Charlotte, June 2016
  • Executives Beware: the Implications of DOJ’s New Yates Memo, NC Bar Association White Collar CLE, Greensboro, May 2016
  • Compliance as Risk Management, Minority Corporate Council Association Summit, Palm Beach, March 2016
  • What You Need to Know about the Yates Memo, American College of Trial Lawyers-NC State Meeting, Pinehurst, March 2016
  • To Catch a Thief-You Don’t have to be a Criminal to Think Like One, ACC National Conference, San Francisco, October 2015
  • An FCPA Survival Guide for U.S. Companies -  How U.S. Corporate Leaders can avoid the U.S. Government’s Wrath in the New Global Marketplace,  Greater Philadelphia Delaware Valley Chapter of Association of Corporate Counsel, August 2015 
  • Creating Compliance Strategies for a Hypothetical Tax and Employment Law,  Association of Corporate Counsel Advanced Compliance Education Summit ,  New Orleans, April 2015
  • Is it Over Yet? Sentencing Trends and How Best to Prepare, North Carolina Bar Association White Collar CLE, April 2015
  • Winning Your Case Through Motions, C.J.A. Panel Annual Seminar on Federal Criminal Practice, Western District of North Carolina,  April 2015
  • Tips and Trends in Federal Criminal Trials-Can Your Client Afford to Go to Trial and Other Issues, American College of Trial Lawyers-NC meeting, March 2015
  • FTC Compliance & Enforcement: How to Remain Compliant with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (and what to do if you still get in trouble), Association of Corporate Counsel Ethics and Compliance Committee Webcast, December 2014
  • The Paper Chase: Winning Your Case Through Motions, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual White Collar Seminar, November 2014
  • Performing a Risk Assessment and Management of Findings-Building the Base for Compliance Programs and Company Policies, 2014 Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting, October 2014
  • How to be Ready When Compliance Policies and Procedures Fail, Association of Corporate Counsel Ethics and Compliance Committee Webcast, November 2013
  • To Catch a Thief-Protecting Your Business from Intruders, Ballantyne Briefings Business Group, November 2013
  • Perspectives on the Anti-Corruption Statutes: The UK Anti-Bribery Act of 2010, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Doing Business Internationally, British American Business Council of North Carolina, May 2013
  • To Catch a Thief-You Don’t Need to be a Criminal to Think Like One, National Webcast, Association of Corporate Counsel, June 2012
  • Ten Big Pitfalls of Companies that Don’t Often Get Sued, Association of Corporate Counsel (Local Chapter), April 2012
  • Speaker, Office of Defender Services National Training Branch Programs, 1998 to present
  • Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Federal Practice Seminars, 1994-present
  • All Star Advocacy, Mecklenburg County Bar, January 2009
  • Criminal Defense in a Post-9/11 World, North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, September 2004
  • Double Jeopardy Issues, Wake Forest University CLE Criminal Practice Program, September 1999
  • How to Handle Difficult Clients, Mecklenburg County Bar Association, January 1996

Professional Activities

  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
    • Board member 2013-2016
    • Chair, Law Day Committee
    • Bar Center Committee
    • Bar History Committee
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • President, Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, 2008-2010, Vice-President, 2007-2008; Board Member 2003-2008
  • Commissioner, N.C. Commission on Indigent Services, 2000-2005
  • Member, North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
  • Member, Mecklenburg County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • Member, Federal Defender Association 

Honors and Awards

  • Chambers 2018 USA Ranked Lawyer, White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, North Carolina 
  • Received the Best Lawyers™ 2017 White Collar "Lawyer of the Year" award in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Received the Best Lawyers™ 2018 Criminal Defense: General Practice "Lawyer of the Year" award in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Super Lawyers Honoree, 2016 - 2019
  • Selected to the 2016 North Carolina Legal Elite for Criminal Law
Experience

Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

  • Represented distributor of safety products in nation-wide anti-trust investigation. Investigation closed with no charges filed.
  • Represented international manufacturer of medical supply devices in a government contract fraud investigation. No charges filed.
  • Represented CFO of services company as a target in grand jury investigation into accounting fraud. Client not charged.
  • Represented company employee as target in grand jury investigation of federal contract fraud by company and its employees. Target not charged
  • Represented indicted employee in government fraud and obstruction indictment. All charges dismissed.
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Bar admissions

Pennsylvania

North Carolina

Admitted to practice before:

  • Supreme Court of North Carolina
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third and Fourth Circuits

Education

  • J.D., Temple University School of Law
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania
    • cum laude