Miller Keffer  Pedigo - Strategic Counseling

K. Lawson Pedigo

Complex Civil and Financial Litigation

Government Investigations

FDIC - Director and Officer Defense

White Collar Defense

Securities

Indian Law - Accounting Claims Against the United States

Health Care Fraud and Abuse

Tax Litigation

Antitrust

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and International Fraud

Environmental

Internal Investigations and Legal Audits

 

Experience

Lawson Pedigo, formerly with the United States Department of Justice's Tax Division and Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., joined Miller Keffer Pedigo as a named partner in 2004.  He concentrates on representing individuals and entities involved in complex commercial and financial litigation matters as well as governmental investigations of all types.

Mr. Pedigo, licensed in 1985, has over twenty years of experience in litigation, including prosecuting complex financial frauds and tax cases for the United States Department of Justice.  Since entering private practice, he has represented individuals and corporations in a wide range of complex financial litigations matters. He also represents clients in government investigations and audits of all types, including securities and SEC inquiries, Health Care Fraud and Abuse (civil, criminal and administrative) matters, FDIC claims against fiduciaries, tax and environmental cases.  He has represented numerous clients in high-profile investigations. His area of practice also includes FCPA compliance counseling, antitrust defense and ERISA litigation.

Please click to view Judge Starr's commentsMr. Pedigo, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Judge Advocate, was a Senior Trial Attorney with the Tax Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.  In February of 1996, he was appointed to be a Special Assistant United States Attorney to act as co-counsel in the prosecution of a major bank and tax fraud conspiracy in Austin, Texas, that caused an estimated loss of over $1 billion to the federal government.  In 1999, he was appointed as Associate Independent Counsel and worked for Judge Kenneth Starr.  In 2001, he successfully obtained an acquittal for his client in the U.S. v. Jeffus, et al. prosecution which was the largest EPA laboratory fraud case ever prosecuted by the Justice Department.  In 2002, he successfully defended a significant ERISA matter involving fiduciary liability questions. In 2008, he successfully assisted a large Mexican bank in recovering millions of dollars of losses caused by a fraud scheme involving actions and misconduct in three continents.

Current Representations:

He currently represents two large Indian tribes pursuing historic accounting claims against the United States.

He also represents Directors and Officers of financial institutions in responding to FDIC notices of responsibility for potential fiduciary claims.

In state court litigation he represents an oil and gas company in all of its civil  litigation matters and administrative proceedings.

He is also representing an individual involved in a securities matter, defending contentions involving hundreds of millions of dollars in losses claimed by investors.

Military Background

Mr. Pedigo has remained active in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  He has served as an Intelligence Officer in the Reserves and currently holds a Top Secret security clearance.  He has also received a number of military honors, including the Combat Action Ribbon for his service in Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Accounting and Tax Qualifications

Mr. Pedigo is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Texas. In addition he was awarded a Master of Laws (LLM) in Taxation from Georgetown University and has made numerous CLE presentations on fraud and investigative topics.

Legal Memberships

Mr. Pedigo's past ABA activities include membership in the Section of Taxation, the Health Care Fraud Subcommittee of the White Collar Crime Section of the ABA, and Co-Chair of the Accounting and Tax Fraud Sub-Committee of the Criminal Laws Committee of the Business Law Section.

Professional Speaking

Mr. Pedigo has made numerous presentations on government investigation and financial fraud topics.  Internationally, he has spoken on corruption issues and trial techniques in the American Legal System.  In April 2004, he appeared at the United Nations (UNCITRAL) as a delegate to the United Nations Colloquium on International Commercial Fraud held in Vienna, Austria.  In August 2004, he was co-presenter at a seminar titled "International Commercial Fraud: FCPA Prosecution and Defense Perspectives" sponsored by the Association of Corporate Counsel held in Houston, Texas.

In 2007 he was a key presenter in Geneva, Switzerland on Strategies for  International Tracing and Recovery of Fraud Proceeds. In 2009, he was on a panel presenting at the Texas Education Association Convention in Houston, Texas to speak about responding to investigations involving public school districts. He has also made presentations to lawyers in Mexico and Taiwan.

Education

Mr. Pedigo received a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting in 1982 and a Juris Doctorate in 1985, both from Baylor University, and a Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in 1990.  Mr. Pedigo was admitted to practice law in Texas in 1985.

Contact Information:

214.696.2050
214.234.0440 (direct)
214.696.2482 (fax)
E-mail: klpedigo@mkp-law.net

Practice Perspective

“The background of prosecuting complex federal financial crimes as well as handling federal tax controversies, is invaluable for having insights on the prospective viewpoint an   attorney representing the federal government may follow approaching a particular situation.”

Accomplishments

Justice Department experience as Senior Trial Attorney for major cases.  Appointed Associate Independent Counsel on Whitewater Investigations for Judge Kenneth Starr.

Won Jury Acquittal for client in largest EPA and Justice Department fraud prosecution receiving front-page coverage in the Wall Street Journal.

Significant International Clients and high-profile representations in financial disputes and investigations.

Represents Major Indian Tribes in historic accounting claims against the United States.

United Nations appearance in 2004 at Commission on International Trade Law as a Delegate at Colloquium on International Fraud in Vienna, Austria. [See page 2 at paragraph 3 of the report for the reference to the April 2004 Colloquium].

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Marine Corps Veteran Lieutenant Colonel with 20 years of service, including Judge Advocate and Intel Officer billets, combat experience and current high-security clearances.

Licensed CPA (Texas) and Master of  Laws  in Taxation  from Georgetown University and seasoned CLE Lecturer on fraud and investigative topics.

Speaking Engagements:

Navigating the Combined Civil and Common Law System in Switzerland to Maximize Your Chances of Recovery in a Trans-national Fraud, Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery (Organizer: C5), June 20, 2007, Geneva

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