Areas of Practice
Delivering legal insight with a business outlook is a hallmark of Alicia Villarreal's law practice. Whether you are proactively seeking to prevent misconduct or responding to an occurrence, she will help you navigate to a cost-effective, timely solution. Ms. Villarreal defines success for her practice in terms of how well she helps your team stay focused on your core business. Her experience covers multiple sectors and industries, including aerospace and defense, retail, food services, healthcare, banking and finance, technology, and transportation and logistics, among others. Here are some of the ways Villarreal Law will generate value for your organization . . .
When you receive an allegation of employee or executive misconduct, the mark of excellent legal counsel is to help you determine the appropriate scope of the company's response. Not all matters require a "leave no stone unturned" approach. Ms. Villarreal will help you tailor the response to one the circumstances reasonably justify. By giving you the critical and timely advice you need to navigate the path forward, Ms. Villarreal will help your team move beyond the morale-draining cloud that misconduct can create. Her investigative expertise delivers the facts in-house counsel, the board of directors or audit committee needs to safeguard corporate integrity against allegations of misconduct involving:
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Anti-Corruption
- False Claims Act and Whistleblower Matters
- Program and Contracting Fraud
- Bribery, Kickbacks and Gratuities
- Bid Rigging and other Procurement Fraud
- Conflicts of Interest
- Ethics Breaches
- Workplace Misconduct
Thorough due diligence in connection with mergers, acquisitions and expansions will avoid costly mistakes that inevitably surface down the road, detracting from the company's core business. Villarreal Law's services include conducting appropriate due diligence of foreign agents, consultants, and third party vendors and subcontractors in Latin America, Europe and Asia. Delivering the facts you need to evaluate the business ethics and compliance of your overseas partners is one of the many ways Villarreal Law can help your organization stay on the right path.
Compliance Programs and Assessments
To accomplish its function, a compliance program must be tailored to the unique risks of your business. That means taking into account not only the industry and geographic areas in which you operate, but the specific types of risk inherent in your operations. Whether designing a new compliance program for your organization or auditing your existing one, Villarreal Law will ensure that your team has the practical knowledge needed to proactively identify and respond to risks. The result will be a realistic compliance program that accomplishes its chief objective--safeguarding integrity by preventing and detecting misconduct.
When resolving allegations of corporate fraud or misconduct, the government often requires as a condition of settlement that a company retain the services of an independent monitor to oversee compliance measures. Ms. Villarreal is available for appointment as a neutral monitor in those circumstances. With decades of investigative experience in both the public and private sectors, including 14 years as a federal criminal prosecutor, she brings the skill set, integrity and neutrality necessary for fairness to all parties.
Responding to Government Action
Grand jury subpoenas, search warrants, and requests for interviews by law enforcement agents or prosecutors are matters that require the assistance of highly experienced counsel. Ms. Villarreal will help you ascertain the status of the company and its executives or employees as subjects or targets of the investigation, and develop the appropriate response, then interface with the government's representatives on your behalf. Experience on both sides of a prosecutor's desk in corporate investigations gives her enhanced insight into the process to ensure your rights are fully protected.
Trial Strategy Consultation
Making your case in court requires a persuasive trial strategy that connects with the judge and jury both logically and intuitively. As an experienced trial lawyer who has successfully tried many federal jury trials, Ms. Villarreal brings the judgment and perspective of a seasoned advocate to your trial team. Mapping trial strategy is one of her greatest strengths, as is connecting with everyday people who serve as jurors. She will ensure that your case is presented in the most persuasive manner to convince the fact-finder of its merit.