6th Annual White Collar Crime Institute

Thursday, May 11, 2017 | 9 am – 6:30 pm

Networking Luncheon and Reception Included

Karen Patton Seymour
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Bethany McLean
Contributing Editor
Vanity Fair

Maria T. Vullo
New York State Department of Financial Services










  • White collar criminal prosecutions, investigations, and reform efforts have widespread political, social, and economic reverberations, and this year is certainly no exception.  The scope and nature of white collar matters have become more complex, as defense attorneys, prosecutors and regulators must define the contours of cooperation and adjust to an evolving and uncertain enforcement landscape—all under intense press and public scrutiny.

    The White Collar Crime Committee has assembled a comprehensive full-day program that will explore these and other critical developments that have characterized this era of white collar enforcement. The keynote speakers will be Maria T. Vullo, Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services, and Bethany McLean, Contributing Editor of Vanity Fair and known for her work on the financial crisis and the Enron scandal, as co-author of The Smartest Guys In the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron.

    Our panels will include senior government enforcement officials, members of the media, and top practitioners in the field. During the plenary sessions, you will learn about the unique challenges of handling public corruption cases, learn about recent high-profile trials, and hear from former white collar defendants, the decision-making calculus of whistleblowers and future implications for congressional investigations.

    Special Feature: Women in White Collar Kickoff Reception held the evening before, Wednesday, May 10, 2017 from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm, an opportunity to hear from Judge Valerie E. Caproni, District Judge for the Southern District of New York, and to network in a more intimate setting the evening before the institute. This reception is included in the institute price and all registrants and faculty are encouraged to attend.

    Live Program: $799 Member | $899 Nonmember
    Special Pricing for Attorneys Admitted 5 years or less: $599 Member | $699 Nonmember
    Special Pricing for Government/Nonprofit/Academics: $299 Member | $399 Nonmember
    Registration for Kickoff Reception Only: $50 Member | $80 Nonmember

  • Elkan Abramowitz
    Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC

    Barry H. Berke
    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

    Reginald J. Brown

    Dane H. Butswinkas
    Williams & Connolly LLP

    Jack P. DiCanio
    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP

    G. Robert Gage, Jr. 
    Gage Spencer & Fleming LLP

    James D. Gatta
    Chief, Criminal Division
    United States Attorney’s Office, EDNY

    Hon. John Gleeson
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    Former Judge
    United States District Court
    Eastern District of New York

    Susanne Sachsman Grooms
    Democratic Deputy Staff Director Chief Counsel
    House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

    Robert K. Kelner
    Covington & Burling LLP

    Erika A. Kelton
    Phillips & Cohen

    Leslie B. Kiernan
    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

    Rahul Mukhi
    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

    Susan R. Necheles
    Hafetz & Necheles LLP

    Michael J. Osnato, Jr. 
    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

    Matthew S. Owen
    United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

    Breon Peace
    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

    Michael Schachter
    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

    Paul H. Schoeman
    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

    Alexandra A.E. Shapiro
    Shapiro & Arato

    Jordan A. Thomas
    Labaton Sucharow LLP

  • 8:30 am – 9:00 pm Registration
    Sponsored by Ropes & Gray LLP
    9:00 am – 9:15 am Welcome Remarks
    Karen Patton Seymour
    9:15 am – 9:45 am Morning Keynote Address
    Superintendent Maria T. Vullo
    9:45 am – 11:00 am Handling Public Corruption Cases

    • Legal issues in the wake of McDonnell
    • Dealing with leaks and other PR challenges
    • Special considerations in defending clients who hold government positions

     Moderator: Susan R. Necheles
    Panelists: Barry H. Berke, G. Robert Gage, James D. Gatta, Rahul Mukhi, Alexandra A.E. Shapiro

    11:00 am – 11:15 am Morning Coffee Break
    Sponsored by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    11:15 am – 12:30 pm Lessons From Recent Trials sponsored by Freshfields Bruckhaus & Deringer US LLP

    • Use of jury consultants pre-trial and during trial
    • Strategies and tactics that have worked (and did not work) in recent trials
    • Presenting a defense (and when not to)
    • Presenting evidence – use of technology and visuals
    • How to make lemonade from lemons

     Moderator: Michael S. Schachter
    Panelists: Elkan Abramowitz, Dane H. Butswinkas, Jack P. DiCanio, Paul H. Schoeman

    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Networking Luncheon
    1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Afternoon Keynote Address: A Conversation with Bethany McLean
    Moderated by Karen Patton Seymour & Michael J. Osnato, Jr.
    2:00 pm – 3:15 pm Former White Collar Defendants Speak

    • Charges and outcomes in each case
    • Immediate collateral consequences and fallout following trial
    • Takeaways from trial – challenges, surprises, watershed moments
    • Key lessons learned and suggested changes to criminal/civil enforcement process

    Moderator: Honorable John Gleeson
    Panelists: Rashmi Airan, Todd Newman, Victor Teicher

    3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Afternoon Coffee Break
    Sponsored by Davis Polk LLP
    3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Whistleblower Psychology sponsored by Exiger LLC

    • The psychology of blowing the whistle
    • The role of whistleblower counsel in identifying and vetting high-value whistleblowers
    • The internal and defense lawyer perspective on navigating a fluid whistleblower-driven investigation
    • A qualitative perspective on how the SEC works with whistleblowers

    Moderator: Michael J. Osnato, Jr. 
    Panelists: Erika A. Kelton, Breon S. Peace, Jordan A. Thomas

    4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Congressional Investigations sponsored by Guidepost Solutions LLC

    • Responding to Congressional Investigations
    • Understanding the landscape – privilege, press and other practice pointers

    Moderator: Robert K.  Kelner
    Panelists: Reginald J. Brown, Susanne Sachsman Grooms, Leslie B. Kiernan, Matthew S. Owen

    5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Networking Reception

  • NY: 7.5 professional practice
    NJ: 7.5 general
    CA: 7.5 general
    PA: 6.0 general

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    Sponsoring Association Committee:

    White Collar Crime | Karen Patton Seymour, Chair

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Maricela Alfonso, Membership and CLE Relations Associate
    (212) 382-6608