Gaza & Hogan is uniquely positioned to serve as an independent monitor in both law enforcement and civil matters. The United States Department of Justice and numerous state attorneys general have the legal authority to enter into agreements requiring independent monitors. Such monitors may be required for police departments under consent decrees or for corporate entities under non-prosecution, corporate integrity, or civil settlement agreements.
For monitoring purposes, the firm’s attorneys have an in-depth understanding of law enforcement and corporate functions. The firm has established relationships with independent experts in finance, technology, academia, law enforcement, the community, and other partners who are able to become part of a diverse and respected monitoring team. The firm’s attorneys have drafted policies and procedures relevant to monitoring and are trained in the methods of assessing and evaluating the progress of organizations. Perhaps most importantly, the firm’s attorneys are experts at managing the often complex interplay between the government’s interests, community concerns, corporate interests, stakeholder expectations, and the incentives of other parties. An independent monitor needs to be able to work with everybody while maintaining the integrity of the monitorship.
Gaza & Hogan offers distinct advantages for municipal entities and companies who require an independent monitor. As a specialized practice, the firm is able to concentrate on a relatively few high-profile matters. The firm does not have to contend with the often difficult conflict of interest issues of larger firms. With lower overhead costs and greater concentration, the firm is able to offer its services as an independent monitor at reasonable fees or with flexible fee arrangements.
Thus, Gaza & Hogan is able to serve as independent monitors that will deliver the highest quality of services, complete results in a timely fashion, and perform all of these functions within a budget that is reasonable.