Grand Jury Investigations
When the Grand Jury calls, you need experienced legal counsel
For an individual or entity, there is no more consequential a legal process then a federal or state grand jury investigation. It is a critical period of time for a person who finds themselves in the position of being a target or subject of a grand jury. Criminal liability may increase or be mitigated depending upon how this process is navigated.
Grand juries have broad investigative powers, including the ability to subpoena documents and/or witnesses before them. Whether responding to a grand jury subpoena for documents or testimony, how the process is handled will impact whether charges are ultimately sought.
The laws and rules surrounding grand jury investigations are complex and difficult to navigate. Engaging an attorney who is familiar with grand jury investigations is of monumental importance during this critical stage of a criminal investigation.
RPWB has two former federal prosecutors who have practiced extensively in this area. Will Lewis and Gordon Rhea are experienced white-collar criminal defense attorneys who have handled all aspects of grand jury investigations on both the prosecution and defense side.
As a former Assistant United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina, Will Lewis has led federal grand jury investigations running the full spectrum of criminal charges, including public corruption, healthcare fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, tax evasion, human trafficking, narcotics and violent crime. He has litigated issues involving grand jury practice from indictment, through trial, and appeal.
Gordon Rhea is a skilled criminal defense trial attorney with more than 40 years of experience defending people accused of crimes. He serves as private counsel to clients that include prominent business people, judges and other highly-placed officials. He is a veteran of hundreds of trials, appeals and sentencings throughout the United States. Prior to entering private practice, Gordon served as a special assistant to a United States Senate Investigating Committee and as an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington D.C., and the United States Virgin Islands.
If you or your business receive a grand jury subpoena or target letter, contact Will Lewis or Gordon Rhea to represent your interests and rights through the grand jury process.
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Feb 21, 2020
Terry Richardson Honored with the 2020 War Horse Award
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — RPWB founding attorney Terry Richardson was honored with the War Horse Award by the Southern Trial Lawyers Association this week, a distinction recognizing his contributions to the legal profession over the past 40 years. From the nameplate on his desk (“Illegitimis non carborundum” – Don’t let the bastards wear you down) […]READ MORE
Feb 02, 2020
$1.5 Billion Syngenta Corn Farmer Settlement Finalized
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Feb 01, 2020
RPWB is a 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firm
CHARLESTON, S.C. – U.S. News & World Report has named Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman as a 2020 Best Law Firm for the firm’s work in personal injury, mass torts and class actions, product liability, medical malpractice, securities litigation, healthcare law and railroad law. U.S. News’ announcement came on the heels of the 2020 Best […]READ MORE
Jan 31, 2020
16 RPWB Lawyers Selected For Best Lawyers List
CHARLESTON – RPWB was once again the top-listed plaintiff law firm in South Carolina for product liability cases as well as mass tort and class action lawsuits in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, which was released in August 2019. In total, 16 RPWB attorneys were designated as 2020 Best Lawyers, including […]READ MORE
Jan 30, 2020
Asbestos causes mesothelioma, and now scientists know why
It is no secret that exposure to asbestos causes cancer. However, while scientists definitively established this link decades ago, the exact mechanism was still a mystery. A recent study apparently demonstrates just how asbestos causes mesothelioma, which at some point in the future could possibly be helpful to doctors in South Carolina who treat patients […]READ MORE
Jan 22, 2020
Study confirms link between cosmetic products and mesothelioma
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Jan 18, 2020
FDA pushes for more testing amid asbestos exposure concern
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Jan 17, 2020
Is diagnosing mesothelioma difficult?
If you’ve worked in a job that exposed you to asbestos, you may already know the risk for mesothelioma. But when the disease takes years to show up, how do doctors know whether or not you have it? Mesothelioma is a rare disease. And many different illnesses have similar symptoms. To diagnose patients, doctors must […]READ MORE
Jan 15, 2020
How can I find clinical trials for mesothelioma?
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Jan 08, 2020
Asbestos litigation: Johnson & Johnson faces another lawsuit
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Dec 31, 2019
Construction workers learn of asbestos exposure months later
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Dec 23, 2019
Miners, construction workers at higher risk for mesothelioma
Asbestos has not disappeared from South Carolina. Whether from old buildings and products or in new uses, asbestos can still be found in many — all over and even in the workplace. Almost anyone could be at risk for exposure, but there are some who face an even greater risk than others. Here are some […]READ MORE
Dec 18, 2019
Renovations caused asbestos exposure for residents, workers
Having a safe place to live is important for the health and safety of all South Carolina residents. No one really wants to face ongoing health threats at home. Unseen dangers can be anywhere, though. For some people, a particularly troublesome unseen danger is asbestos exposure, which can cause life-threatening illnesses. The Occupational Safety and […]READ MORE
Dec 11, 2019
You have probably been affected by asbestos exposure
There are many valid concerns about being exposed to the toxic substance known as asbestos. Since asbestos exposure is known to cause mesothelioma and other fatal diseases, most people want to avoid it at all costs. However, many people in South Carolina have been exposed to asbestos on at least one occasion. Limited exposure to […]READ MORE
Dec 03, 2019
Demolition site cited for second asbestos exposure violation
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