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10.30.2017 Williams Mullen’s White Collar and Investigations Team Celebrates Swearing-In of Robert J. Higdon, Jr. as U.S. Attorney

On Oct. 30, friends, family and colleagues – past and present – gathered at the United States Courthouse in Raleigh to celebrate the swearing-in of Robert J. Higdon Jr., as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Mr. Higdon was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in late September. Prior to his appointment, he led Williams Mullen’s North Carolina White Collar and Investigations practice.

“Bobby was a great choice for this role to serve the citizens of North Carolina,” Williams Mullen White Collar and Investigations practice co-chair Chuck James said. “We’re going to miss him, but our team features several attorneys with significant white collar experience in North Carolina and beyond who will continue to serve our clients moving forward.”

With Mr. Higdon’s departure, the firm’s North Carolina White Collar and Investigations team will be spearheaded by Camden Webb, who has nearly 20 years’ experience representing clients in North Carolina and beyond in white-collar crime investigations. He has significant experience defending health care industry clients facing investigations and prosecutions.

“Working with Bobby directly in our Raleigh office for the past two-plus years was a true pleasure,” Mr. Webb said. “We obviously wish him the best, and I’m excited to continue helping clients navigate administrative and criminal investigations in North Carolina and throughout the U.S.”

Mr. Webb is joined on the team by Mr. James, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and Chief Deputy Attorney General for Virginia; Patrick Hanes, who has more than 22 years of White Collar & Investigations experience; and attorneys and litigators throughout the firm’s other practice areas, including environmental, labor and employment, financial services, immigration, health care and more.

“Bobby is an outstanding lawyer, and we are all proud of him to get this opportunity,” Mr. Hanes, also a co-chair for the practice, said. “I’m excited to follow his work in North Carolina. In the meantime, Chuck, Camden, myself and the rest of our team will continue to help clients throughout the country facing white-collar investigations.”

The multi-disciplinary team frequently assists businesses and individuals facing state and federal administrative and criminal investigations, congressional inquiries, administrative investigations, derivative suits and whistleblower cases. They represent clients in state and federal investigations relating to antitrust enforcement, environmental enforcement, the False Claims Act (FSA), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the Lacey Act and more.