The first inside look at how the elite white-collar crime defense bar goes about its work. Mann's book reveals that these lawyers see their main task as controlling information about their clients, especially the flow of harmful information to government investigators. As both lawyer and sociologist, Mann was able to gain access only rarely available to scholars. His book raises important questions for the bar and for the administration of justice.
"A pioneering study. . . . This is a splendid book. I think it is destined to become the classic study of the white-collar crime defense bar." —George C. Kiser, Social Science Quarterly
"An excellent introduction to white-collar criminal defense for practitioners, law students, and potential clients. . . . I would make this book required reading for all prosecutors."—Lawrence B. Pedowitz, former federal prosecutor, Legal Times of New York
"Analytical, detailed, well illustrated, and an authoritative portrait of American white-collar crime attorneys at work."—M. David Ermann, Contemporary Sociology
"Sheds light on some of the most fundamental ethical questions that can arise in law practice. For this reason, [Mann's] book is not only a significant contribution to the sociology of the legal profession, but a sociological study with special value for lawyers."—Ted Schneyer, American Bar Foundation Research Journal