• Featured matters as a white collar practitioner

    • The Audit Committee of a public company in an SEC investigation and internal investigation.
    • A large multinational corporation in a cross-border FCPA investigation out of Canada and China.
    • Another large multinational corporation and several of its subsidiaries in multiple matters being investigated and prosecuted out of the USAO and the DOJ, including coordination with nearly a dozen international law firms.
    • One of the world’s largest telecommunications companies in litigation and a multi-week civil trial involving theft of trade secrets, RICO, conspiracy, among other claims.
    • A public company in a cross-border internal investigation into potential books and records and internal controls violations.
    • A high technology company and several executives in a criminal investigation conducted by the USAO, the FDA and the DEA following a raid of its corporate offices. The case was resolved with a US$3 million misdemeanor NPA and no criminal charges against the individuals.
    • A CEO in a criminal antitrust investigation, including through the DOJ Antitrust Division’s Leniency Program.
    • A corporation and its principals in a criminal antitrust prosecution conducted by the DOJ Antitrust Division and FBI.
    • A software company in a public corruption investigation being conducted by the USAO and FBI.
    • A government contractor in a public corruption investigation being conducted by the USAO, FBI and Inspector General.
    • A government contractor in a Department of Defense Inspector General whistleblower investigation.
    • A CEO and Founder, as well as an information technology company, in a criminal tax investigation being conducted by the USAO for the Southern District of New York and the IRS.
    • A former controller of a publicly traded company in SEC and Special Litigation Committee investigations relating to revenue recognition issues and earnings restatement.
    • A public company in an internal investigation into a senior executive’s eight-figure theft and embezzlement scheme, as well as follow-on federal criminal prosecution of a former senior executive.
    • A chemical manufacturing company charged with environmental crimes involving the packing, labelling and transportation of hazardous materials. The case resulted in prosecutors dropping all 10 criminal counts and resolution through a modest civil settlement.
    • An American multinational banking and financial services corporation and its senior executive in a federal criminal trial involving more than US$100 million in victim bank losses.
    • A multi-billion dollar company in an international investigation into allegations of kickbacks, bid rigging and breach of fiduciary duties.
    • Corporate victims before the USAOs in criminal theft of trade secrets cases.
    • A Fortune 10 company (and several of its subsidiaries) in criminal and administrative FCPA investigations relating to alleged kickbacks paid to the Iraqi government during the U.N.-sponsored Oil-for-Food Program. Defense culminated in the DOJ declining to bring criminal charges and SEC resolving the case on favorable terms.
    • A Fortune 200 company against criminal allegations of price manipulation in the natural gas market relating to the California energy crisis. Negotiated US$50 million DPA with the DOJ and the USAO for the Northern District of California.
    • A major insurer in a US$90 million arbitration of cross-border loans and political risk insurance. The case was resolved with a favorable settlement for the client.

    Featured matters as a federal prosecutor

    • Convicted the owner and operator of a defunct Chicago hospital, Edgewater Medical Center, in one of the district’s first-ever Sarbanes-Oxley conspiracy cases, with complex offshore trusts and monetary judgments totaling more than US$188 million.
    • Convicted one of the nation’s “Top 10 Most Wanted” mortgage fraud defendants as part of a long-term undercover fraud investigation.
    • Member of Silk Road Task Force; convicted the world’s largest online drug trafficker on Silk Road, described then by the government in court filings as the most sophisticated and extensive criminal marketplace of its kind on the Internet.
    • Designated as the government’s nationwide point of contact for a Top International Criminal Organization Target (TICOT) and led the government’s money laundering investigation into one of the largest global digital currency exchangers and its top executive.
    • Investigated and prosecuted the largest criminal customs fraud, food fraud, and international trade fraud cases in U.S. history, the first in 2010 at nearly US$80 million, and the second series in 2013 at nearly US$180 million, for a total of approximately US$260 million.

    Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

    • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.S., Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude
    • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
    • Illinois
    • District of Columbia
    • Maryland
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Honorable Eugene E. Siler, Jr.
    • American Law Institute, Member & Member of Regional Advisory Group for Region 7 (Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin)
    • American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
    • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
    • ABA Criminal Justice Section Council, past Voting Member
    • ABA Criminal Justice Section Global Anti-Corruption Committee, Co-Founder & National Co-Chair
    • ABA Criminal Justice Section Victims of Crime Task Force & Subgroup Committee Chair on Third Parties 
    • ABA International Law Section, Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, Senior Advisor
    • ABA Criminal Justice Section CLE Board Membership, Board Member
    • ABA Criminal Justice Section Task Force on College Due Process Rights and Victim Protections, past National Chair
    • Bloomberg BNA Criminal Law Reporter and White Collar Crime Report, Advisory Board Member
    • Chicago Crime Commission
    • Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association – Chicago Chapter, Associate Member and past Chief Business Officer & Board Member
    • International Association of Independent Corporate Monitors, Board Member
    • Mitchell A. Mars Foundation, Board Member
    • Various ABA Criminal Justice Section and University of Chicago Law School programs, institutes and symposiums; past Chair and Member 
  • Speaking engagements since 2016
    • “NPAs and DPAs:  10 Years Since Massey,” The University of Chicago Law Review, “Briefly” a podcast production (Co-Presenter; December 2020)  
    • “The New US Administration and What It Will Mean for Investigations Specialists,” GIR Live Interactive: Regional Spotlight - North America (Panelist; December 2020)
    • “Corporate Criminal Liability Brown Bag,” ABA CJS Practice-Ready Clinic,” Online (Presenter; December 2020) 
    • “Corporate America Must Stand Up Against Modern-Day Slavery,” Corporate Lab, Univ. of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL (Guest Lecturer; October 2020)
    • “Internal Investigations,” Corporate Lab, Univ. of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL (Guest Lecturer; October 2020)
    • “How Corporate America Can Help Defeat Modern-Day Slavery,” Room 800, Chicago Club (Presenter; September 2020)
    • “Monitoring the Effectiveness of Financial Controls,” Dechert Coffee Break Compliance Broadcast Series (Presenter; August 2020)
    • “Compliance Drill: Re-Thinking Contingency Planning and Compliance Amid More Overlapping, Unpredictable Exposure: ABC, Fraud, AML, Trade, Sanctions and Geopolitics,” ACI’s 36th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Washington, D.C. (Moderator; December 2019)
    • "Internal Investigations," Corporate Lab, Univ. of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL (Guest Lecturer; November 2019)
    • "The Risks of Importing ‘Tainted’ Merchandise:  Weathering the Growing Nexus Between Trade Violations and Anti-Corruption Risks for Companies and Individuals," ACI Forum on Anti-Corruption Compliance in High Risk Markets, Washington, D.C. (Moderator & Panelist; July 2019)
    • "Criminal Trade Secret Theft: What You Need to Know," Webinar (November 14, 2018)
    • "Changing Landscape of Internal Investigations," Corporate Lab, University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL (Guest Lecturer; October 2018)
    • "Abuse Lawsuits & Liabilities: New Factors to Consider," Permanent Capital 4th Annual Investment Committee Symposium, New York, NY (Featured Speaker; October 2018)
    • "Overview of Selected Trial Issues," Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking, University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL (Guest Lecturer; Winter 2018)
    • "Life, Law, and Leisure:  Navigating Lawyer Wellness," Corporate Lab, Univ. of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL (Facilitator and Co-Presenter; February 2018)
    • "Honeygate:  Trade & Customs Fraud Enforcement and White-Collar Crime," United States Department of Commerce 5th Annual ITA Day, Washington, D.C. (Keynote Speaker; January 2018)
    • "Internal Investigations," Corporate Lab, Univ. of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL (Guest Lecturer; January 2018)
    • "Lawyers, Guns and Honey," Episode One of Documentary Series, Rotten, Netflix (Featured; January 2018)
    • "Conducting Effective Internal Investigations: Practical and Strategic Considerations," Illinois Council of School Attorneys, Webinar (Presenter; September 2017)
    • "Money Laundering Red Flags in Real Estate," Partner Retreat Meeting, San Diego, CA (Presenter; September 2017)
    • "Trade & Customs Fraud Enforcement: A 'High Priority,'" First 100 & Beyond Strategy & Planning Summit for Businesses, Chicago, IL (Panelist; May 2017)
    • "President Trump and the FCPA:  How to Navigate the FCPA in the New Administration," ABA CJS Nationwide Roundtable Series, Chicago, IL (Moderator; February 2017)
    • "College Sexual Assault: Protecting the Rights and Interests of the Victim and the Accused," ABA Ninth Annual Fall Institute, Washington, D.C. (Moderator; November 2016)
    • "Protecting Your Most Valuable Assets – Trade Secrets, IP, and Your Employees," Trade Secrets Breakfast Briefing, Chicago, IL (Presenter; November 2016)
    • "Tipper X and Insider Trading," Corporate Lab, Univ. of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL (Facilitator & Introductory Remarks; October 2016)
    • "Intersection of Trade Secrets Violations and the Criminal Law," Webinar (Panelist; October 2016)
    • "The Role of Corruption in Human Trafficking & the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," Human Trafficking Seminar, Loyola Univ. School of Law, Chicago, IL (Presenter; October 2016)
    • "Human Trafficking (Modern Slavery) in Supply Chains:  Risks and Realities," Partner Retreat Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ (Presenter; September 2016)
    • "Sexual Assault on College Campuses: Balancing the Rights and Interests of the Accused and the Victim," ABA Presidential Showcase Program, San Francisco, CA (Moderator; August 2016)
    • "The Modus Operandi of Corruption: Detecting Bribery Schemes, High Risk Structures, Hidden Parties and other Questionable Transactions," ACI 7th Global Forum on Anti-Corruption Compliance in High Risk Markets, Washington, D.C. (Panelist; July 2016)
    • "Food Fraud Prevention Overview and Strategies," 2016 Food Safety Summit, Rosemont, IL (Panelist; May 2016)
    • "The Prosecutors of Silk Road and its Off-Shoot:  Lessons Learned and Thoughts for the Future," Univ. of Chicago Law School Conference on Data Privacy and Cybersecurity, Chicago, IL (Moderator & Panelist; April 2016)
    • "All-Participant Roundtable," Univ. of Chicago Law School Conference on Data Privacy and Cybersecurity, Chicago, IL (Moderator; April 2016)
    • "Transnational Investigations and Enforcement Efforts," Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking, University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL (Guest Lecturer; Winter 2016)
    • "Catch Me if You Can: International Trade Fraud on the Rise," University of Virginia School of Law Student Legal Forum, Charlottesville, VA (Featured Speaker; February 2016)
    • "Human Rights in Business: A Movement Toward Corporate Consciousness," Northwestern Conference on Human Rights, Chicago, IL (Moderator; January 2016)