Lisa Krigsten is a partner in Dentons’ White Collar and Government Investigations practice. Lisa has first-chaired dozens of complex criminal cases in her nearly 20 years of practice. As a trial attorney and then as a special litigation counsel for the US Department of Justice (DOJ), Lisa investigated and prosecuted high-profile criminal cases across the US, including in Boston, Georgia, Florida, Kansas, Mississippi and Texas. As a result of her outstanding investigative and trial work, she received two Special Commendation Awards.
In recognition of the breadth of her experience, Lisa received a presidential appointment to be the principal deputy assistant attorney general for Civil Rights. While in that leadership position, she guided the national enforcement of federal anti-discrimination laws in a division with more than 500 lawyers. Lisa approved civil litigation on behalf of the United States and also coordinated the Justice Department’s responses to various congressional inquiries. She testified before the House Judiciary Committee regarding the federal government's role in state criminal investigations.
In private practice, Lisa's extensive negotiation and trial experience give her the insight to provide strategic counsel to clients under the threat of an investigation, criminal prosecution or civil litigation initiated by the federal government. She has represented clients before the Justice Department, the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She also leads internal investigations for companies that need to determine whether a violation of law occurred.
Each year, Lisa teaches a week-long intensive Trial Advocacy class at the University of Iowa College of Law.
- Investigated, with others in the White Collar group, the leadership of a European parent company's Los Angeles-based subsidiary. This high-stakes investigation involved coordinating electronic data experts, investigators and other lawyers in a surprise takeover of the subsidiary, as well as interviewing key personnel to obtain truthful information about the alleged wrongdoing.
- Defended, with others in the White Collar group, an international financial services company against allegations that a subsidiary misled the investing public regarding the viability of US$4.3 billion of asset-backed securities. The investigation involved a detailed review of documents to determine the extent to which individuals within the subsidiary were aware of information, as well as the extent to which the information known by the subsidiary was shared with parent company.
- Conducted an internal investigation for a company specializing in clinical trials for pharmaceuticals. The investigation centered on allegations that data reported about a trial had been falsified. Lisa's investigative report formed the basis of a federal prosecution of a physician and a clinical trial researcher who were responsible for conducting the clinical trial and reporting the data to the pharmaceutical company.
- Retained by an international Fortune 100 company to write its global internal investigations protocol and provide training to in-house attorneys, who were located in several international locations, regarding best practices in investigations.
- Represented one of the nation's largest urban police departments in an investigation by the Justice Department.
- Defended an importer of Chinese chemicals against a federal investigation into allegations of the antidumping and import violations.
- Defended a publicly traded financial institution against an investigation by HUD for alleged unfair lending practices. After Lisa successfully narrowed the scope of the investigation, the matter was favorably resolved without litigation.
- Handled a privately held company's litigation against an international financial services institution concerning a dispute about more than US$200 million in interest rate swaps. The case was successfully resolved at the end of discovery.
- Provided a law firm with advice and guidance in a federal criminal investigation into the activities of one of its institutional clients for violations of trade sanctions against Iran.
- Lisa is routinely retained as counsel for corporate executives and other employees who are under criminal investigation by the DOJ or state prosecutors. For example, she is counsel for the chief financial officer of a medical device company who is under investigation for health care fraud. She also served as counsel for an individual accused of obtaining fraudulent state tax credits.
- Kansas City Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2012
- "Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege to Protect the Company," The National Law Journal, November 2012
- "Recent Amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines: New Incentives to Create Effective Compliance Programs and Disclose Criminal Activity," Journal of Health Care Compliance, May 2011
- "Criminalizing Management Decisions: Prosecuting the Responsible Corporate Officer," Criminal Litigation, American Bar Association, Volume 11, Number 1, November 2010
Activities and Affiliations
- Speaker and panelist, "Significant Legal Developments in the Central and Midwest Regions," ABA's 29th Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime, New Orleans, LA, March 2015
- Moderator, "Litigation Trends Affecting In-House Counsel," Women, Influence, Power, and the Law conference, Washington, DC, October 2013
- Speaker, "Advanced Investigative Strategies: Investigating to Win in Litigation," Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Mid-America Chapter - CLE, Kansas City, MO, August 2013
- Speaker, "Protecting Confidential Communications in Government Litigation," in-house counsel education program sponsored by Dentons, Kansas City and St. Louis, MO, June 2013
- Speaker, "Advanced Investigative Strategies: Investigating to Win in Litigation," Federal Express Corporation in-house counsel CLE, Memphis, TN, May 2013
- Speaker, "Strategies in Investigations: Preparing for a Government Inquiry," general counsel summit sponsored by a division of a Fortune 100 company for its vendors, Chicago, IL, November 2011
- Speaker, "Government Investigations: Strategies in Prevention," 2011 Bank Legal Issues Conference, Missouri Banker's Association, October 2011
- Speaker, "ADA Patient Care Requirements Update—2011," HIPAA College, February 2011
- Speaker, "ADA Compliance: Meeting your Obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act," Greater Kansas City Hotel & Lodging Association, August 2009