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In response to allegations of potentially criminal wrongdoing by a client of your firm, your investigation team has completed its review of the facts. You believe your conclusions position the client to receive cooperation credit from the government, so your plan is to make an “attorney proffer” of your findings to the US Attorney’s Office. Such attorney-to-attorney discussions have for decades been a key tool in the kit of the white-collar defense lawyer. These presentations, typically made outside the presence of the client, serve multiple purposes, including demonstrating a desire to be cooperative and an ability to be of assistance, but also to gauge potential scope and depth of the authorities’ interest in the subject matter.

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