Two of the most important assets any business has are its people and its reputation. Internal misconduct threatens to damage both. Misconduct – whether it involves harassment, violation of legal requirements, or even criminal conduct – can damage morale, cause good employees to leave, and ruin a reputation that may have taken years to achieve. When leaders of a business or nonprofit organization are confronted with suspicions of internal misconduct, they need two things: the unvarnished truth and their legal options clearly explained.
Our skill set enables us to meet these needs in a timely fashion. Before helping to found Kennedy Vuernick, John Kennedy served as director of New Jersey’s first statewide Office of Inspector General. As director, he oversaw a staff of auditors, investigators and attorneys who performed the traditional inspector general functions for state-level departments and agencies. The office investigated allegations of employee misconduct; performed fraud vulnerability assessments; and conducted performance audits. Each assignment resulted in a report to the agency head. The job was not to tell them what they wanted to hear, but to tell them what they needed to hear. That mindset carries through to this day.
Our experience as prosecutors and our reputation as being dedicated to fighting fraud also serve us well in guiding clients through their response to a government investigation or subpoena. We understand how law enforcement agencies conduct investigations, and how they evaluate the evidence and the parties involved. We use that experience in advising our clients on their legal options.
With more than a half-century of combined experience investigating financial malfeasance and reviewing the operations of government agencies, we are supremely qualified to conduct internal investigations, serve as an Independent Private Sector Inspector General, or act as a court-appointed monitor. We conduct impartial and thorough investigations, and provide well-grounded, workable solutions to the governing bodies of businesses, nonprofits, and government entities.