Brady Hair and Derk Van Raalte both served as Assistant United States Attorneys in the Charleston office of the District of South Carolina. While in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Hair prosecuted one of the highest profile bank fraud cases in South Carolina History. His investigation led to the convictions of the bank president and several members of the board of directors. It was one of the first “straw” loan prosecutions in bank fraud cases. A three week trial ended in the conviction of the bank president and a substantial prison sentence. Of course, Hair and Van Raalte also prosecuted many other “White Collar” cases while at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Brady Hair left the U.S. Attorney’s Office in May 1995 and entered private practice.
Defense of Federal & State White Collar Crimes
Over the past 22 years, Hair and Van Raalte have defended numerous Federal and State White Collar cases. They have represented many people investigated by all Federal Agencies including the F.B.I., Customs, DEA, BATF, Homeland Security, Secret Service, EPA, SEC, SBA and other Regulatory agencies. The client list includes major Corporations of various types and their executives, Health Care Providers of all kinds, Financial Advisors, Bankers, Defense Contractors, Manufacturing companies and their executives in Environmental investigations, Customs violations and other Federal Criminal investigations.
In addition to handling Federal White Collar cases, the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office has a very active criminal enforcement division. The Attorney General investigates a variety of fraud cases, including Medicaid and environmental issues. The Department of Environmental Control or DHEC has jurisdiction over numerous criminal matters and is especially active in the environmental crimes arena.
Former Prosecutors with Real-World Experience
The Attorney General has a state-wide grand jury that investigates environmental, public corruption, drugs and other cases. Any matter that involves the Federal or State Criminal Justice system needs to be handled by lawyers who have actual experience and practice in these Courts. Knowledge of “how” the Criminal Justice system “works” is often essential to a successful resolution. Having practiced as prosecutors and defense lawyers for 30 years, we know the people involved and have developed a reputation with prosecutors that we work hard for our clients. Our firm offers this knowledge, coupled with personal attention to our clients. Your case is never referred to paralegals and you won’t have to deal with secretaries when you call us. We limit the number of cases we handle so that we can focus our attention on attaining the very best result for you. We understand that your case is the most important case we have and you will be treated this way.