Saturday, April 22, 2006

Upcoming NACDL White Collar Crime Day

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (here) is having a full day seminar in Philadelpha that will explore white collar crime.  It is an incredible array of speakers and promises to be an informative program.  The program description states:

“The Practice of White Collar Criminal Defense,” will have seasoned white collar lawyers and professionals share their insight on how to represent white collar defendants in a wide array of cases. This program will appeal to both seasoned white collar veterans who wants to broaden his ir her expertise as well as serve as a primer for those who are interested in starting a white collar practice. We will update you on current cases and introduce you to the relevant issues and precautions in Securities Law, Criminal Tax Enforcement, Healthcare Fraud, Mail and Wire Fraud, Sentencing in a Post-Booker World, as well as two panels on dealing with joint defense agreements, parallel proceedings, immunity agreements, and the when, where, why, and how to proffer.

Speakers include -

David Angeli – Portland, OR
NACDL White Collar Crime Committee Vice-Chair David Angeli focuses his practice on complex civil and criminal litigation, with an emphasis on health care, securities, financial and white-collar criminal matters. He has represented numerous individuals and business entities in state and federal courts around the country. Most recently, Angeli represented Joseph Hirko, the former CEO of Enron Broadband Services, in a 3-month federal criminal trial, winning acquittals on 14 of 27 counts and deadlocking the jury on the remaining 13. He is an adjunct professor of law at the Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, where he teaches a federal white collar crime seminar.

Amy Baron-Evans – Boston, MA
Amy Baron-Evans is the National Sentencing Resource Counsel to the Federal Public and Community Defenders Office. She represents Defenders’ interests before the US Sentencing Commission, develops sentencing policy, and provides training in sentencing advocacy. She has authored a number of articles and lectured on a variety of criminal law issues including computer searches, the federal sentencing guidelines, mental health issues, DNA evidence, and professional ethics for criminal lawyers. Baron-Evans is a former Co-Chair of NACDL’s Federal Sentencing Guidelines Committee and Co-Chair of the Practitioners’ Advisory Group to the US Sentencing Commission.

Blair Brown – Washington, DC
NACDL Board Member and White Collar Crime Committee Co-Chair Blair Brown has a national white collar criminal defense practice. Prior to joining Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, he was a staff attorney for the Public Defender Service in the District of Columbia where he eventually became Deputy Chief of the Trial Division. Brown co-chairs the DC subcommittee of the ABA Criminal Justice Section’s White Collar Crime Committee and has served as a faculty member of the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Program and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. He lectures on criminal and civil practice topics, and has served as a constitutional and criminal law commentator on television and before the District of Columbia City Council. Brown is a board member of the Innocence Project of the National Capital Region. He has published articles on grand jury investigations, federal sentencing law, and federal procurement fraud prosecutions and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

Gerald Feffer – Washington, DC
Gerald Feffer is a partner in the Washington, DC law firm of Williams & Connolly and has a nationwide white collar criminal defense practice. As a former Assistant Deputy Attorney General of the Tax Division in charge of criminal investigations, he has developed a national practice representing clients under investigation for criminal tax fraud and money laundering violations and has successfully represented a number of clients under investigation for health care, banking, securities, and environmental fraud. Feffer is the Chairman of the ABA’s Annual National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud and is a former Chairman of the Association's Criminal Tax Committee. He was recently named as one of "Washington's Top Lawyers" by the Washingtonian, and ranked as one of the 20 Best Go-To Litigators in the DC area by the Legal Times. Feffer is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Tax Counsel.

Ross Garber – Hartford, CT
Ross Garber focuses his practice on the litigation of complex criminal and civil cases. In addition to his litigation practice, he counsels clients on dealing with state and federal government agencies and conducts internal and external investigations for companies in a variety of industries where he assists in creating corporate compliance and integrity programs. Garber served as chief counsel to the Office of the Governor of Connecticut during eight days of televised legislative hearings on whether the Governor should be impeached. Garber is a faculty member at the ABA's National Institute on White Collar Crime and recently conducted a training session for the National Governors' Association on Crisis Management for Governors' Legal Counsel.

Peter Goldberger – Ardmore, PA
NACDL Federal Rules and Procedures Committee Co-Chair Peter Goldberger is the founder and principal of a three-lawyer firm, which focuses its nationwide practice on the post-conviction aspects of federal criminal cases, particularly sentencing and appeals. He has argued before the US Supreme Court and most of the federal circuits. Working for over ten years under a CJA appointment, in 2003 Goldberger was one of the attorneys who won the first DNA exoneration from Pennsylvania’s death row. Twice named one of Pennsylvania’s ‘Super Lawyers’ by the Philadelphia Magazine, Goldberger has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for more than a decade. He is the co-author of a two-volume Practice Guide for Federal Appellate Procedure in the Third Circuit (1997; now out of print), and the author of a chapter in Collier on Bankruptcy, covering immunity and Fifth Amendment privilege.

Lawrence Goldman – New York, NY
NACDL Past President Larry Goldman (2002-2003) has been practicing criminal law in New York City since 1972, specializing in white collar cases. From 1966 - 1971, he served as an assistant district attorney under Frank Hogan in New York County. Goldman is Co-Chair of NACDL’s White Collar Crimes Committee, Chair of the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, and he is on the executive committee of the Criminal Justice Section of the New York State Bar Association. He is a past president of both the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NYSACDL) and the New York Criminal Bar Association (NYCBA). Goldman has lectured at numerous bar associations and law school programs on various aspects of criminal law and procedure, trial tactics, and ethics. In 1998, he was honored with the Robert J. Heeney Award, NACDL’s most prestigious recognition. Goldman has also received the Outstanding Practitioner Award from the NYCBA, the Thurgood Marshall Award from the NYSACDL, and the Charles F. Crimi Award from the New York State Bar Association Criminal Justice Section.

Jan Nielsen Little – San Francisco, CA
Jan Nielsen Little has been in private practice for 18 years and previously prosecuted public corruption cases for the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section. Little is a partner at Keker & Van Nest in San Francisco specializing in white collar cases and fraud-related civil and SEC litigation. She and John Keker recently defended CSFB banker Frank Quattrone and Enron CFO Andrew Fastow. Little received the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice’s Significant Achievement Award for the acquittal of Patrick Hallinan, a criminal defense attorney charged with RICO offenses in connection with his defense of criminal cases.

William Mateja – Dallas, TX
William Mateja is a principal at Fish & Richardson PC. Prior to joining the firm, he served as Senior Counsel to Deputy Attorneys General Larry Thompson and James Comey. He was the point person for President Bush's Corporate Fraud Task Force, oversaw the Justice Department's corporate, civil, and criminal health care fraud efforts as well as the development of its sentencing policies post-Protect Act. Mateja is a frequent lecturer on topics ranging from corporate fraud, sentencing of white collar defendants, Sarbanes-Oxley, corporate criminal liability, corporate compliance, parallel proceedings, corporate prosecution guidelines, and Justice Department sentencing policies. He is an author of Sentencing Reform, The Federal Criminal Justice System, and Judicial and Prosecutorial Discretion (2004).

Robert Morvillo – New York, NY
Robert Morvillo was Chief Trial Assistant to the US Attorney in charge of the Frauds Unit, Southern District of New York (1970-1971) and Chief of the Criminal Division, US Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York (1971-1973). He is a past president of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers (1993-1994), served on the Board of Trustees for the Federal Bar Council (1989-1997), and was Chairman of the American College of Trial Lawyers (1998-2000). Morvillo is well-known for his defense of Martha Stewart.

Gary Naftalis – New York, NY
Gary Naftalis represents individuals and corporations in complex criminal, regulatory, and civil matters including allegations of insider trading, market manipulation, accounting irregularities, and other financial fraud. He recently defended Michael Eisner, the former CEO of The Walt Disney Company, in the shareholders derivative lawsuit relating to the hiring and termination of Michael Ovitz. During his 30 year career, Naftalis has successfully represented numerous securities industry clients, Salomon Brothers, Kidder Peabody, and Canary Capital Partners. He has been counsel for significant figures and entities in the investigations concerning corporate accounting irregularities, including the recent representation of the Chairman and Founder of Global Crossing. Naftalis is a former faculty member of Columbia and Harvard Law Schools and has authored or co-authored numerous books and articles including The Grand Jury: An Institution on Trial (with Judge Marvin E. Frankel).

Catherine Recker -- Philadelphia, PA
Catherine Recker is a partner at Welsh & Recker PC, specializing in white collar defense. She represents individuals and corporate clients in traditional criminal proceedings, as well as in civil penalty forfeiture, license revocation, and similar proceedings including SEC enforcement actions, false claims act suits, debarment and preclusion proceedings involving the HHS, DEA, FDA, and analogous state agencies, antitrust, internal investigations and parallel civil matters.

Leon Rodriguez – Washington, DC
Leon Rodriguez is a principal in the Ober Kaler law firm’s White Collar Criminal Defense Group. He counsels and defends physicians, hospitals, HMOs, PPOs, nursing homes, home health agencies, and labs against claims of Medicare and medical fraud and abuse. Rodriguez has directed numerous complex white collar criminal investigations, particularly in matters of health care and securities fraud. In 2004, he was selected by Nightingale’s Healthcare News as one of the outstanding healthcare litigators. Rodriguez is a co-author of Criminal Investigations, published in Ober Kaler’s The Nonprofit Legal Landscape (2004).

Audrey Strauss – New York, NY
Audrey Strauss represents institutions and individuals in white collar criminal defense and regulatory matters. From 1975 to 1982, Strauss served in the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York as Chief Appellate Attorney, where she was responsible for the office’s criminal appeals before the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She also served as Chief of the Fraud Unit, where she supervised all securities and fraud cases prosecuted by the US Attorney’s Office. Strauss writes a regular column on corporate criminal issues for the New York Law Journal and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a director of the Legal Aid Society of New York and the Office of the Appellate Defender. In 2004, Strauss was ranked by the Chambers USA among the top 10 leading white collar criminal lawyers in the country.

John "Rusty" Wing – New York, NY
A former chief of the Fraud Unit in the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, John Wing has represented individuals and corporations in a wide variety of complex criminal matters involving allegations of securities fraud, environmental violations, RICO, money laundering, tax fraud, bribery, extortion, government contracts fraud, antitrust violations, labor law violations, customs fraud, and bank fraud. He also conducts internal investigations and engages in consulting work for clients victimized by or involved in criminal activities of others. In 2005, Wing was named one of New York’s best lawyers in New York Magazine and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America. He has lectured extensively on jury trial work and criminal law topics and has been a faculty member at the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop and the New York District Attorney’s Trial Advocacy Program. Wing has appeared as a television commentator for Fox 5, MSNBC, and Court TV.

William Winning -- Philadelphia, PA
William Winning concentrates his practice in the representation of individuals and corporations under investigation for, or charged with, violations of federal and state criminal law. He has significant experience representing clients in a variety of regulatory and government compliance matters. Winning Co-Chairs the White Collar Crime & Complex Criminal Defense Practice Group at the Cozen and O’Connor Law Firm. He was recently named as one of the Best Lawyers in America and was selected a ‘Pennsylvania Super Lawyer’ by his peers.

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