Caitlin Poe is a litigation and regulatory compliance attorney who represents criminal and civil clients, with a particular focus on representing professional clients adverse to the federal government. Her experience includes criminal and civil cases involving securities regulation, intellectual property, environmental compliance, health care fraud and financial fraud. Caitlin also represents business entities and individuals in connection with government and internal investigations, and she is skilled in managing complex civil litigation matters in federal court.

Caitlin Poe is a litigation and regulatory compliance attorney who represents criminal and civil clients, with a particular focus on representing professional clients adverse to the federal government. Her experience includes criminal and civil cases involving securities regulation, intellectual property, environmental compliance, health care fraud and financial fraud. Caitlin also represents business entities and individuals in connection with government and internal investigations, and she is skilled in managing complex civil litigation matters in federal court.

A skilled criminal attorney can work with entities and individuals who are not subject to government scrutiny — and help make sure they stay that way. Caitlin works with businesses to conduct internal investigations of potential violations of policy or law and to identify appropriate remedial actions to protect the business’s interests.

Caitlin also assists individuals and entities in responding to subpoenas from government agencies or grand juries, identifying and producing documents, preparing for interviews or testimony and working with clients to identify and address any issues or potential exposure through this process.

Caitlin also represents clients who are the subject of an investigation by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission or the Office of Inspector General of other federal agencies.

Early intervention from counsel facilitates negotiations with prosecutors and investigators to help turn potential criminal prosecutions into civil actions and potential civil actions into administrative resolutions. Caitlin works with government attorneys to terminate investigations or to negotiate favorable civil settlements and criminal pleas. Her diverse background in the criminal, civil and administrative arenas allows her to provide clients with a full spectrum of advice about strategic avenues and potential outcomes of the investigation.

Prior to entering private practice, Caitlin clerked for the Honorable James C. Dever III, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Caitlin has been named among North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” for Criminal Law by Business North Carolina (2019-present). She was named to the publication’s “Young Guns” list in 2017 and 2018. She has also been listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2018-present) and named to Benchmark Litigation's 40 and Under Hot List (2018-present).

She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University Of Virginia, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law and Politics. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Georgia.

THE CASES MENTIONED BELOW ARE ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE MATTERS HANDLED BY MS. POE.  CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE.  NOT ALL CASE RESULTS ARE MENTIONED BELOW.  PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE A SIMILAR OUTCOME.

Federal Criminal Prosecutions

  • Represented multiple individuals charged with criminal violations of the Economic Espionage Act, resulting in below-Guidelines sentences for each.
  • Represented a client charged with government contracting fraud, who received a below-Guidelines sentence.
  • Prepared clients for interviews and grand jury testimony in an investigation of a public company for alleged environmental violations, resulting in no charges against our clients.
  • Advised an individual charged with immigration fraud.
  • Represented health care providers in connection with a national Medicare-Medicaid fraud enforcement effort.

Federal Civil Enforcement and Forfeiture

  • Represented an individual in response to an SEC subpoena for documents and testimony, resulting in a letter declining to pursue an enforcement action.
  • Responded to a Drug Enforcement Agency administrative forfeiture, resulting in full return of assets whose seizure was challenged.
  • Represented a health care company facing False Claims Act claims, resulting in a civil settlement below the government’s initial demand.

Investigations and Responses

  • Counseled a professional accused of a violation of the Controlled Substances Act, resulting in an administrative settlement.
  • Prepared a client for an investigatory interview in a public corruption investigation, resulting in no charges against the client.
  • Conducted an internal investigation regarding a potential securities violation, updated the company's compliance policies, and trained the board of a public company on compliance matters.
  • Assisted a client in responding to a grand jury subpoena in a campaign finance investigation.
  • Conducted an internal investigation into potential financial crimes in a nonprofit organization.
  • Prepared a risk analysis for a company with an overseas manufacturing facility and developed a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance policy program for the company.
  • Assisted clients with responses to SEC subpoenas.