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The federal government has ramped up its efforts to hold individuals accountable in cases of corporate wrongdoing, and in-house counsel have more frequently than ever found themselves in the crosshairs of those investigations. In the past, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rarely targeted in-house lawyers for acting in their role as legal advisors. Nonetheless, recent criminal and civil actions commenced against in-house counsel for participation in alleged wrongdoing committed by companies show that the actions of corporate counsel are being scrutinized closely by the government.

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