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Spears & Imes LLP

Spears & Imes devotes its practice to complex litigation and investigative work in the areas of civil litigation, white collar criminal defense, and regulatory matters including securities enforcement.  Our lawyers have decades of experience trying civil and criminal cases before juries in federal and state courts across the country, regulatory cases before administrative law judges and agency hearing panels, and cases before a variety of arbitration tribunals.  We have defended numerous individuals and institutions in investigations by federal and state prosecutors, the SEC, FINRA, and other regulators, as well as in parallel proceedings in which a criminal investigation, a regulatory inquiry, and a civil lawsuit progress simultaneously or in quick succession, all based on the same underlying facts.  We also regularly handle appeals of civil and criminal cases. 

The firm's practice is international in scope; in recent years, the firm has represented clients located in Canada, England, France, Gibraltar, Germany, Honduras, Japan, Switzerland, Spain, Israel, the Netherlands, Iceland, and the Cayman Islands.

For many years, Spears & Imes has been recognized as a "Leading Firm" among Specialist Firms with expertise in White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations by Chambers & Partners, which describes the firm as a "highly respected litigation boutique offering expert advice in all areas of white-collar criminal defense as well as securities enforcement," with a "strong bench of experienced trial advocates."  Chambers has also recognized partners David Spears, Linda Imes and Joanna Hendon as "Leading Individuals" in White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations.  Additionally, Mr. Spears and Ms. Imes have been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers and have received an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

Spears & Imes is also committed to pro bono work on behalf of indigent clients.  Our lawyers volunteer our legal services in a wide range of areas, with the same skill and diligence that define our representation of paying clients.

AV Preeminent® is a certification mark used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies.  Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process.  Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary.

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