Wes Camden helps businesses and professionals respond to government investigations or criminal prosecutions. A former federal prosecutor, Wes uses his insight to frame his client’s situation, while attempting to mitigate the damage these investigations frequently bring. The earlier he is involved, the more likely he can alter the direction of the case. Wes also draws on his experience when conducting internal investigations of potential wrongdoing and advising private clients on appropriate responsive actions.

Wes Camden helps businesses and professionals respond to government investigations or criminal prosecutions. A former federal prosecutor, Wes uses his insight to frame his client’s situation, while attempting to mitigate the damage these investigations frequently bring. The earlier he is involved, the more likely he can alter the direction of the case. Wes also draws on his experience when conducting internal investigations of potential wrongdoing and advising private clients on appropriate responsive actions.

Wes' clients benefit from his perspective on how a government investigation develops and the tactics that prosecutors and investigators will likely use to build their case. His counsel aids clients in avoiding criminal charges and achieving other non-public outcomes.

He often tells his clients, "Where you begin your response to a government investigation often dictates where you end. Generally, the most critical moments in responding to a government investigation are the first ones. Successfully navigating the initial interactions with government agents, or initial request for documents by a government agency, can significantly impact the outcome of the investigation."

Wes has spent his entire career litigating cases in the federal courts of North Carolina, both for and against the United States Department of Justice. His experience includes:

  • High-stakes matters involving health care fraud.
  • Clean Water Act violations.
  • Mail and wire fraud.
  • Racketeering and public corruption.
  • Computer hacking.
  • Customs violations.
  • Money laundering.
  • False Claims Act violations.
  • Immigration law violations.
  • Federal firearms violations.
  • Restitution and forfeiture.

Numerous publications have recognized Wes’ work. He is listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers (2015-2019), which has also named him among the top 100 lawyers in North Carolina (2018-present). He has been named among North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” by Business North Carolina for Criminal Law (2014-present), and in 2019, he was named to their “Legal Elite Hall of Fame.” He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America© (2018-present) and was named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America in 2018.

Wes earned his Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University, and he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Belmont University.

THE CASES MENTIONED BELOW ARE ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE MATTERS HANDLED BY MR. CAMDEN.  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.

  • Computer Hacking: Tried what is believed to be the very first computer hacking prosecution in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina under 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(5)(A), the most serious violation possible under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
  • Mail Fraud / Wire Fraud: Represented client in responding to prosecution for fraud scheme involving diversion of corporate marketing funds. After multiple vigorously contested sentencing proceedings, the Court sentenced client to 18 months, with a recommendation for immediate designation to a halfway house. This sentence was a downward variance from the advisory guideline sentence, and well below the sentence sought by the government.
  • False Claims Act: Negotiated a civil, rather than criminal, resolution on behalf of a client accused of submitting false information in connection with a federal contract regarding air quality testing conducted pursuant to the Clean Air Act.
  • Medicare Fraud: Represented client accused of Medicare overbilling scheme with significant estimated loss. Negotiated plea agreement limiting client’s exposure to 60 months imprisonment.
  • Clean Water Act: Litigated on behalf of client accused of Clean Water Act violation for failing to comply with municipal ordinance regarding wastewater pretreatment. After trial, client was acquitted of multiple counts, and for the counts of conviction, was sentenced to pay a fine in an amount far less than what the government had sought at sentencing.
  • Post-conviction litigation: Represented client in post-conviction proceedings in which he sought to have his money laundering conviction vacated based on the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Santos. The District Court granted the requested relief, modified the client’s sentence to time served, and reduced his restitution judgment to nothing.
  • Restitution and forfeiture: Helped a financial institution seeking to recover loan collateral that was seized by the government in connection with the prosecution of one of the institution's former customers. Also partnered with a team of South Carolina attorneys to resolve the restitution and forfeiture issues in their client's criminal prosecution.