John B. Bellinger III
John B. Bellinger III is a partner in the international and national security practices of Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, DC. He represents U.S. and foreign companies as well as sovereign governments on a variety of international law and U.S. national security law issues, including foreign investment in the United States and foreign policy sanctions. He has extensive experience in U.S. foreign relations litigation involving the Alien Tort Statute, the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and the immunities of foreign government officials, and the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments. Mr. Bellinger is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow in International and National Security Law at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mr. Bellinger served as The Legal Adviser for the U.S. Department of State under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice from April 2005 to January 2009. He previously managed Secretary Rice’s Senate confirmation and co-directed her State Department transition team. As Legal Adviser, a Senate-confirmed position and the senior international lawyer in the U.S. Government, he directed a staff of 180 lawyers who advise the Secretary of State, U.S. Ambassadors, and the State Department on U.S. and international law applicable to U.S. foreign policy. Mr. Bellinger represented the United States before the International Court of Justice in Mexico v. United States (Medellin) and the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal and negotiated a number of treaties and international agreements, including the Third Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions. He received the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award in 2009.
Mr. Bellinger served from February 2001 to January 2005 as Senior Associate Counsel to the President and Legal Adviser to the National Security Council at the White House, where he was Dr. Rice’s principal lawyer when she was National Security Adviser. He previously served as Counsel for National Security Matters in the Criminal Division of the Justice Department during the Clinton Administration (1997-2001), as Special Counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (1996), and as Special Assistant to Director of Central Intelligence William Webster (1988-1991).
Mr. Bellinger received his A.B. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1982, his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1986 , and an M.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 1991. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Society of International Law, and the American Law Institute. He is a member of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on International Law and the Department of Defense Legal Policy Board, a Counselor to the ALI’s Restatement (4th) on Foreign Relations Law, and one of four U.S. members of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague. Mr. Bellinger has testified before Congress on numerous occasions. He speaks regularly on US and foreign radio and television, has lectured at numerous U.S. and foreign universities and law schools, and is the author of many articles on international law issues, including op-eds in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, and The International Herald Tribune.
Mary Pat Brown
Mary Patrice Brown is a partner in O’Melveny’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of the White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Practice. Before joining O’Melveny & Myers, Brown was a Deputy Assistant Attorney General and a top advisor to the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. She also has held a number of other senior leadership positions within the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., including Chief of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and head of the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility. Over the course of her distinguished career as a federal prosecutor, she has represented the United States government in more than 100 criminal appeals and jury and bench trials.
Brown earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She is the co-author of Negotiating Justice: Prosecutorial Perspectives on Federal Plea Bargaining in the District of Columbia, 43 American Criminal Law Review 1063 (2006) (with Steve Bunnell).
She is a member of The American Law Institute; American Bar Association; The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation; District of Columbia Bar Nominating Committee (2010); U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia Circuit Committee on Admissions and Grievances (2001-2006); The Barristers, Washington, D.C.; Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court, Washington, D.C.
Her honors include inclusion in the 2013 edition of the Martindale- Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers; Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys Director’s Award for Superior Performance in a Managerial or Supervisory Role; U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia “STAR” Award; U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, recipient of multiple Special Achievement Awards for Superior Performance
John E. Clark
In a legal career spanning more than 50 years, John Clark has divided his time between private litigation practice and public service as a federal prosecutor, as a Texas appellate judge, and as a private citizen member of federal and state agency boards and commissions. He earned his law degree at the University of Texas, practiced first in Austin, then served in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice and as an Assistant United States Attorney in San Antonio before being appointed in 1975 by President Gerald Ford as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas.
He is also the author of a non-fiction best seller, “The Fall of the Duke of Duval,” about his investigation and prosecution of legendary Texas political boss George Parr and members of his corrupt regime. Since 1991 he has been Of Counsel with the San Antonio firm of Goode Casseb Jones Riklin Choate & Watson.
Over the last 20 years John Clark has become a nationally recognized attorney for whistleblowers in “qui tam”lawsuits under the False Claims Act and its state law counterparts. Total recoveries for the federal and state governments in cases in which he has been involved exceed $3 billion and continue to grow.
James Cole was sworn in as the Deputy Attorney General on Monday, January 3, 2011. Cole first joined the Department in 1979 as part of Attorney General’s Honors Program and served for 13 years – first as a trial attorney in the Criminal Division, and later as the Deputy Chief of the Division’s Public Integrity Section, the office that handles investigation and prosecution of corruption cases against officials, and employees at all levels of government. At Public Integrity Cole tried a number of notable cases, including prosecution of a U.S. District Judge, a member of Congress, and a federal prosecutor.
He entered private practice in 1992 and was a partner at Bryan Cave LLP from 1995 to 2010, specializing in white collar defense. He served as a court-appointed independent monitor to a large insurance company to establish and oversee corporate compliance programs and ensure it adhered to laws and regulations. He also counseled businesses on securities, regulatory, and criminal law issues.
While in private practice in 1995, Cole was tapped to serve as Special Counsel to the House Ethics Committee. In that role, he led an investigation into allegations that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had improperly used tax-exempt money for partisan purposes and misled the Committee in its inquiry. His investigation led to a bipartisan resolution that was approved by an overwhelming majority of the full House, and resulted in a formal reprimand of Speaker Gingrich and a requirement that he pay penalties.
Cole has been a member of the adjunct faculty at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching courses on public corruption law and legal ethics, and has lectured at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a former chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) White Collar Crime Committee and served as the Chair Elect of the ABA Criminal Justice Section. He received his B.A. from the University of Colorado and his J.D. from the University of California-Hastings.
On September 4, 2013, James B. Comey was sworn in as the seventh Director of the FBI.
A Yonkers, New York, native, James Comey gained standing as a champion of the law early in his career. After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School, Comey returned to New York to join the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York as a junior attorney. There, he gained credibility by taking on numerous crimes, most notably organized crime, and served as the lead prosecutor in the case of the United States v. John Gambino, et al. Afterward, Comey became an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, where he prosecuted the high-profile case that followed the 1996 terrorist attack on the U.S. military’s Khobar Towers in Khobar, Saudi Arabia.
Comey returned to New York to become the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. At the end of 2003, he was tapped to be the deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice (DOJ) under then-U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and moved to the Washington, D.C. area.
Comey left DOJ in 2005 to serve as general counsel and senior vice president at defense contractor Lockheed Martin. Five years later, he joined Bridgewater Associates, a Connecticut-based investment fund, as its general counsel. In early 2013, Comey became a Lecturer in Law, a senior research scholar, and Hertog Fellow in National Security Law at Columbia Law School.
E. Bart Daniel
Bart Daniel will moderate the panel on the False Claims Act. He served as United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina from 1989 to 1992. While U. S. Attorney, he was presented the United States Attorney’s Flag Award for his outstanding achievements in the investigation and trials of Operation Lost Trust, the largest legislative public corruption case in U.S. history at the time.
After graduating from from law school in 1980, Bart served as an Assistant State Attorney General assigned to its Economic Crime Unit. He prosecuted financial crimes, tax fraud and other white collar cases in Circuit Court for two years. For the next four years, Bart served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney prosecuting fraud, securities, tax, and customs violations.
Bart returned to private practice in 1992. Since that time, he has been active in defending criminal and civil enforcement actions including health care, securities, environmental, and pharmaceutical litigation. Bart has obtained numerous not guilty verdicts in federal and state white collar criminal trials.
Bart has served as Special Counsel to the Governor, conducting an internal investigation into allegations of public corruption and influence peddling in state government. He also served as Lead Counsel for the South Carolina House of Representatives before a Three-Judge Federal Panel in the trial involving reapportionment and the drawing of district lines. Bart also was appointed Special Counsel by the South Carolina Securities Commissioner to represent South Carolina in a complex securities fraud matter with national implications.
Bart has prosecuted and defended many False Claim Act or “whistleblower” actions in the U.S. District Court. He is a lifetime member of NAFUSA and currently serves as its treasurer.
Bart has been named in Best Lawyers in America and South Carolina Super Lawyers. He is a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference.
Bart has published extensively on healthcare, securities, environmental, and other enforcement matters. These include his most recent book entitled Health Care Fraud and Collateral Consequences 2nd Edition (2010), along with Federal and State Securities Enforcement (2008), Computer and Intellectual Property Crimes (2003), Environmental Crimes and Corporate Liability 2nd Edition (1999) and the featured article “Health Care Reform” in the South Carolina Lawyer (September 2010).
Bart has also lectured extensively on the False Claims Act and enforcement actions to attorneys, providers and consultants, as well as government prosecutors, auditors and investigators.
Judge Paul L. Friedman
Paul L. Friedman is a judge on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Before taking the oath of office on August 1, 1994, he was a partner in the firm of White & Case and the managing partner of its Washington, D.C. office. Judge Friedman was law clerk to Judge Roger Robb on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to Judge Aubrey E. Robinson, Jr., on the U.S. District Court. He was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States, and Associate Independent Counsel for the Iran/Contra Investigation. Judge Friedman is a Past President of the District of Columbia Bar. He has served on the Advisory Committee on Federal Criminal Rules of the U.S. Judicial Conference and the American Bar Association Special Commission on Multidisciplinary Practice, and has chaired the Rules Committee of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Judge Friedman is the Secretary of the American Law Institute and is a member of the ALI Council and its Executive Committee; he is an advisor to the ALI’s Model Penal Code Sentencing Project. He is a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Andrew Goldsmith was appointed in January 2010 as the Justice Department’s first National Criminal Discovery Coordinator. In this role, he oversees a wide range of national initiatives designed to provide federal prosecutors with training and resources relating to criminal discovery, including electronic discovery. Goldsmith previously served as the First Assistant Chief of DOJ’s Environmental Crimes Section, and successfully prosecuted the Atlantic States in New Jersey during 2005-06, an eight-month trial that is the longest environmental crimes-related prosecution in U.S. history. His articles on criminal e-discovery have appeared in the United States Attorneys’ Bulletin. In 2010, Goldsmith earned his third Attorney General’s Award when he received the Award for Excellence in Information Technology in recognition of his work in the area of e-discovery. Goldsmith previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. He also served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan D.A.’s Office. Goldsmith graduated from Albany Law School, which presented him its Distinguished Alumni in Government Award in 2008.
Michael Granston is the Director of the Civil Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. Before joining the Department, he clerked for Judge David Ebel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and worked for the law firm of Covington and Burling. He joined the Department in 1997 as a Trial Attorney. In his current capacity as Director, his responsibilities include establishing the Department’s position on matters of False Claims Act interpretation and policy. He has lectured extensively and appeared on numerous panels relating to the False Claims Act and the Department’s civil enforcement activities.
Michael Isikoff is the national investigative correspondent for NBC News, specializing in in national security and law enforcement issues. He has been a lead reporter for the network on the Boston Marathon bombing, the Newtown shooting massacre, the Penn State sex abuse scandal, and other major national stories. He has appeared frequently on NBC Nightly News, the Today show, Morning Joe, the Rachel Maddow Show, and many other MSNBC shows.
Isikoff is the author of two New York Times best-selling books: “Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War,” co-written with David Corn, and “Uncovering Clinton: A Reporter’s Story,” which chronicled his own reporting of the Monica Lewinsky story. A one hour MSNBC documentary based on Hubris aired in Feb. 2012 and was the highest rated documentary on the network in a decade.
Prior to joining NBC News, Isikoff was a national investigative correspondent for Newsweek magazine where his work earned multiple awards, including two National Magazine Awards. In 2009, Isikoff was named on a list of the 50 “Best and Most Influential Journalists” in the nation’s capital by Washingtonian magazine.
Isikoff came to Newsweek from The Washington Post, where he had been a reporter since September 1981. Isikoff graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in 1974 and received a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 1976.
Jameel Jaffer is a deputy legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union. Since joining the staff of the ACLU in 2002, he has litigated many cases concerning national security and civil liberties, including cases involving the CIA’s rendition and targeted killing programs, the surveillance provisions of the USA Patriot Act, and the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping program. He argued Clapper v. Amnesty before the U.S. Supreme Court last year, and over the last few months he has testified about government surveillance to the Privacy & Civil Liberties Oversight Board and the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. Before joining the staff of the ACLU, Jaffer served as a law clerk to Hon. Amalya L. Kearse on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and to Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada. He is a graduate of Williams College, Cambridge University, and Harvard Law School.
H. Marshall Jarrett
H. Marshall Jarrett was appointed director for the Executive Office for United States Attorneys by Attorney General Holder on April 13, 2009. The Executive Office, created in 1953, provides general guidance and supervision to the 94 United States Attorneys Offices and its nearly 12 thousand employees.
Prior to assuming the position of director, Jarrett served as counsel for the Office of Professional Responsibility, where he supervised investigations of professional misconduct by Department of Justice attorneys. He has served as an associate deputy attorney general and as deputy chief of the Public Integrity Section. In addition, he has served as chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and as criminal chief and first assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia.
Jarrett is a recipient of the Edmund J. Randolph Award for outstanding service to the Department of Justice and has been conferred the rank of meritorious executive in the senior executive service.
Jarrett also served as deputy director of the enforcement division of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and as a deputy attorney general for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law.
Robert S. Litt
Robert S. Litt was confirmed by unanimous consent by the Senate to serve as the second General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on June 25, 2009.
Before joining the ODNI, Mr. Litt was a partner with the law firm of Arnold and Porter, LLP. He served as a member of the governing body of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section and a member of the Advisory Committee to the Standing Committee on Law and National Security.
From 1994 to 1999, Mr. Litt worked at the Department of Justice where he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division and then as the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General. His duties at DOJ included FISA applications, covert action reviews, computer security and other national security matters.
Mr. Litt started his legal career as a clerk for Judge Edward Weinfeld of the Southern District of New York and Justice Potter Stewart of the U.S. Supreme Court. From 1978 to 1984, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He also spent one year as a special advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs.
Mr. Litt holds a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.A. and J.D. from Yale University.
Loretta E. Lynch
Loretta E. Lynch was appointed by President Barack Obama and on May 3, 2010, took the oath of office as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. In that capacity, she is responsible for overseeing all federal and civil investigations and cases in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, as well as Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island. She supervises a staff of approximately 170 attorneys and 150 support personnel. She is the chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee.
Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s office in 1990, Lynch practiced law as a litigation associate for a leading New York based firm. She began her career in the Eastern District prosecuting narcotics and violent crime cases. Lynch served as Chief of the Long Island Office from 1994 to 1998, after serving as the Deputy Chief of General Crimes and as Chief of Intake and Arraignments for the district. While in the Long Island office, she prosecuted white collar crime and public corruption cases, and was the lead prosecutor in a series of trials involving allegations of public corruption in the Long Island town of Brookhaven. Ms Lynch also served the district as Chief Assistant, where she was a member of the trial team in United States v. Volpe, et al., a five-week civil rights case involving the sexual assault by uniformed New York City police officers upon Haitian immigrant Abner Louima.
Ms. Lynch was appointed by President Clinton as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, serving from 1999 to 2001. While U.S. Attorney, Ms. Lynch was a member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, serving as Co-Chair of the White Collar Crime Subcommittee. She was a frequent instructor for the Department of Justice in their Criminal Trial Advocacy Program and served as an Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University School of Law.
Before returning to the office as United States Attorney in 2010, Lynch was a partner in the New York office of Hogan & Hartson, L.L.P. and was a member of the firm’s Litigation Group. Her practice focused on commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, and corporate compliance issues. While at Hogan, Lynch also served as Special Counsel to the Prosecutor of the ICTR, and conducted a special investigation into allegations of witness tampering and false testimony at the Tribunal.
Lynch received her A.B., cum laude, from Harvard College in 1981. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1984, where she was an advisor to the first year moot court competition and a member of the Legal Aid Bureau and Harvard Black Law Student Association.
Ronald C. Machen, Jr.
When the conference officially opens on Friday morning, Ronald C. Machen, Jr., the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, will welcome conference attendees to Washington. Machen was nominated by President Barack Obama on December 24, 2009 and confirmed by the United States Senate on February 11, 2010. He also serves as a member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee.
Before Machen’s appointment as U.S. Attorney, he was a partner at the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr and practiced in the firm’s Investigations and Criminal Litigation group. Before practicing at WilmerHale, Mr. Machen served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia from 1997 to 2001. Machen joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1997 after having served as a law clerk to the Honorable Damon J. Keith, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge for the Sixth Circuit. Mr. Machen graduated from Harvard Law School in 1994.
During his career, Machen has been repeatedly recognized for his professional accomplishments. In 2012, he received a “Visionary Award” from the Legal Times for helping to advance the practice of law during his time as U.S. Attorney. In 2008, the National Law Journal named him one of the “50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America.” In 2007, The American Lawyer identified him as one of the “50 Most Promising Litigators in America Under the Age of 45,” and in 2006, the Washingtonian magazine named him one of D.C.’s “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40.”
David Margolis is an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. He has served the Department for 48 years under 18 Attorney Generals. He has also served as an acting deputy assistant attorney general, and an acting deputy attorney general by order of the President. From 1982 to 1983, he was on leave of absence at the request of the Attorney General to implement the President’s directive establishing the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces, including recommendations for the allocation of investigative and prosecutive resources, and for national policies and priorities.
His many awards include The Henry E. Peterson Memorial Award (the Criminal Division’s highest award), The President’s Rank Award for Distinguished Service (the highest award for senior federal executives) and the Department of Justice Lifetime Service Award. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School.
Theodore B. Olson
On Saturday morning, September 28, NAFUSA member Ted Olson will anchor a panel on the Supreme Court. Olson served as the solicitor general of the United States, 2001-2004. He also served as the assistant attorney general in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel, 1981-1984. He is currently a partner in the Washington office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Earlier this year, Olson was named one of “The Most Influential Lawyers in America” by the National Law Journal.
In March, he argued the historic case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, challenging California Proposition 8, which overturned a State Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriage. n June. the United States Supreme Court held the the case was not properly before the court. California officials had declined to appeal the trial court’s decision and proponents of Proposition 8 were determined by the Supreme Court to lack standing to step into the state’s shoes. The ruling left in place the trial court victory for two same-sex couples who had sought to marry, and is considered a major victory for Olson and David Boies, co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs.
Carter G. Phillips
Carter G. Phillips is the Chairman of the Executive Committee of Sidley Austin LLP and was the managing partner of the Washington, D.C. office from 1995 to 2012. He served as a law clerk to both Judge Robert A. Sprecher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Chief Justice Warren E. Burger of the Supreme Court of the United States. Phillips was Assistant to the Solicitor General from 1981-1984 during which time he argued nine cases in the Supreme Court on behalf of the federal government. Since joining Sidley, he has argued 67 cases for a total of 76 arguments before that Court which are the most of any lawyer currently in private practice. Phillips has also argued more than 100 cases in United States courts of appeals. He is a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, the American Law Institute, and a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He received Chambers’ highest level of rankings, in Appellate Law (Nationwide) for the fourth year in a row in 2012. In 2010, he was honored as one of “The Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers” by the National Law Journal and in 2009, he was named one of the “90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 Years” by the Legal Times.
Mark K. Roberts
Mark Roberts is a principal in Ernst & Young’s Government Contract Services group and has over 28 years of experience in government contracts having worked in private industry, public accounting and at a law firm serving as a consultant and litigation specialist. He serves as a consultant and expert witness for clients primarily in the aerospace, defense, construction and healthcare industries.
Prior to working as a consultant, Mark worked with a major aerospace and defense contractor. At that company, he held positions involving accounting, finance and contract management. His duties included: preparing contract proposals and budgets, preparing and negotiating indirect rate agreements with the U.S. government, monitoring contract costs and profitability, investigating deviations from budgets, measuring “earned value” on contracts, preparing estimates-at-complete and analyzing company cash flow.
As a consultant, Mark encompasses a wide range of consulting assignments for numerous government and commercial contractors. Consulting assignments primarily involve regulatory issues relating to contract pricing, cost accounting, profitability and administration. Mark also assists contractors in assessing the adequacy of their accounting, estimating, billing and purchasing systems and the ability of those systems to comply with applicable procurement regulations.
As a litigation specialist, Mark assists legal counsel in matters involving: contract fraud, False Claims Act, contract claims, contract terminations, bid protests, post acquisition disputes and defective pricing. He also testifies as an expert in government contract cost accounting matters, having testified in Federal District criminal and civil courts and before the Civilian and Armed Services Boards of Contract Appeals.
In recent years, Mark has assisted several major contractors with the restructuring and integration of their organizations following mergers and acquisitions. These performance improvement type activities are aimed at eliminating organizational redundancies, improving operational efficiencies and reducing costs. Following the organizational realignment, Mark also assists contractors in redesigning and simplifying their cost accounting systems and structure while ensuring compliance with applicable cost accounting regulations.
Charlie Savage is a Washington correspondent for The New York Times. Savage covered national legal affairs for the Boston Globe from 2003 to 2008. He received a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2007. His book about the growth of executive power, Takeover: The Return of the Imperial Presidency and the Subversion of American Democracy, was named one of the best books of 2007 by both Slate and Esquire.
Jack W. Selden
Jack Selden, a partner in the White Collar Criminal Defense, Litigation and Health Care Groups in the Birmingham office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, has practiced law for over 30 years. Previously he served as both the United States Attorney and as an Assistant U. S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. While United States Attorney, he established the Affirmative Civil Enforcement (“ACE”) Unit of the United States Attorney’s office, responsible for investigating and prosecuting all fraud and qui tam actions under the False Claims Act. He also established the Huntsville branch office of the United States Attorney, enhancing the ability of the United States to investigate and prosecute defense procurement and other fraud cases. Additionally, Jack served as a member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Subcommittees on White Collar Crime and Sentencing Guidelines. Jack currently serves as the Chairman of the “DOJ Dialogue Group” committee of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section, which meets quarterly with the Attorney General of the United States and other leadership within the Department of Justice to discuss criminal justice issues.
In the areas of white collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations, and corporate compliance, Jack defends clients accused of criminal violations at the federal and state levels. He also has extensive experience in complex civil litigation, including cases arising from federal fraud investigations under the Federal False Claims Act and qui tam whistleblower actions. Jack litigates cases involving allegations of health care and defense procurement fraud, securities and financial fraud, FHA mortgage fraud, and “off-label” pharmaceutical matters. Jack regularly represents corporate and individual clients under investigation by the Department of Justice, various offices of United States Attorney and Inspectors General, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Department of Defense, as well as various State Attorneys General.
Kenneth L. Wainstein
Kenneth L. Wainstein is Co-Chair of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft’s Business Fraud group. He focuses his practice on corporate internal investigations and civil and criminal enforcement proceedings. His 20 years of public service have garnered him an intimate knowledge of Justice Department policy, extensive crisis management skills, credibility among prosecutors and regulators, and strong relationships with Congress, the District of Columbia bench and bar, and U.S. Attorneys around the country.
In 2008, after 19 years at the Justice Department, Wainstein was named Homeland Security Advisor by President George W. Bush. In this capacity, he coordinated the nation’s counterterrorism, homeland security, infrastructure protection, and disaster response and recovery efforts. He advised the President, convened and chaired meetings of the Cabinet Officers on the Homeland Security Council, and oversaw the inter-agency coordination process for homeland security and counterterrorism programs.
Prior to his White House service, Wainstein was twice nominated and confirmed for leadership positions in the Justice Department. In 2006, the U.S. Senate confirmed Wainstein as the first Assistant Attorney General for National Security. In that position, he established and led the new National Security Division, which consolidated DOJ’s law enforcement and intelligence activities on counterterrorism and counterintelligence matters, and also oversaw the Department’s role in regulatory mechanisms such as the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS). Wainstein led several national security initiatives, including the launch of the national, inter-agency Export Control Enforcement Initiative targeting illegal exports of sensitive technology and weapons components.
In 2004, he was appointed, and later confirmed as, the United States Attorney in Washington, DC, where he oversaw the investigation and prosecution of high-profile white-collar and public corruption cases, including the case against Riggs Bank for Bank Secrecy Act violations and the prosecution of the MZM Chief Executive Officer for paying bribes to former Congressman Randall “Duke” Cunningham. Prior to that, he served as General Counsel of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and then as Chief of Staff to Director Robert S. Mueller. At the FBI, Wainstein was involved in myriad sensitive national security and criminal enforcement matters, as well as a variety of civil litigation, managerial, and Congressional oversight issues. In 2001, Wainstein was appointed Director of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, where he provided oversight and support to the 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices.
From 1989 to 2001, Ken served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in both the Southern District of New York and the District of Columbia, where he handled numerous prosecutions, trying 25 jury trials and arguing over a dozen appellate arguments.
Wainstein maintains a Top Secret clearance. He is also frequently recognized for his work, recently being named one of Washington’s “Top Lawyers” in the national security field by Washingtonian magazine. Over the course of his career, he has received the Edmund J. Randolph Award for Outstanding Service to the Department of Justice, the Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance, and the Lawyer of the Year Award from the Bar Association of the District of Columbia. Ken has served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center since 2009, teaching National Security Investigations and Litigation. He is a member of the Director’s Advisory Board of the National Counterterrorism Center; a member of the CIA General Counsel’s External Advisory Board; a member of the Webster Commission on the FBI, Counterterrrorism Intelligence, and the Fort Hood Shootings; the Co-chair of the Committee on National Security Law, Policy & Practice of the District of Columbia Bar Association; a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a member of the steering committee of the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute; and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Former United States Attorneys.
Ken earned his B.A. from the University of Virginia, with high distinction and Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a moot court board member and the Note and Comment Editor of the California Law Review. Following law school, Ken served as law clerk to the Honorable Thomas Penfield Jackson of the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia.
Reid H. Weingarten
Reid Weingarten, a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, is widely recognized as one of the nation’s top white-collar criminal defense lawyers. In 2012 Chambers USA gave him a top-tier ranking nationwide in the category Litigation: Trial Lawyers, as well as the rare distinction of a “star” ranking in the Washington category Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations. Chambers also presented him with its sole Award for Excellence in white-collar litigation. In 2011, The National Law Journal named him one of the “Most Influential Lawyers in White-Collar Defense” and selected him for its annual feature on “Winning.” Who’s Who Legal has named him “International Business Crime Defense Lawyer of the Year” for six consecutive years, noting in 2012 that he was the most highly regarded lawyer in its research and was variously described as “the dean of white-collar criminal defense,” “DC’s finest trial lawyer,” and “utterly superb.”
Mr. Weingarten works from Steptoe’s Washington and New York offices, and has represented individuals and corporations in some of the most high-profile cases in the country. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a trial attorney for the Public Integrity Section of the US Department of Justice and as a deputy district attorney for Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.
Tony West was appointed the Acting Associate Attorney General on March 9, 2012, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 25, 2013. Previously, he was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Division on January 22, 2009. He was confirmed as the head of the Civil Division by the U.S. Senate on April 20, 2009.
As the Acting Associate Attorney General, West’s primary responsibility is to advise and assist the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General in formulating and implementing Departmental policies, and programs related to a broad range of issues, including civil litigation, federal and local law enforcement and public safety. West, the third ranking official at the agency, oversees the Department’s civil litigating components (Antitrust Division, Civil Division, Civil Rights Division, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Tax Division, Community Relations Service, Executive Office of U.S. Trustees, Office of Information Policy and Foreign Settlement Claims Commission) and grant-making components (Office of Justice Programs, Office on Violence Against Women and Community Oriented Policing Services).
In his capacity as Acting Associate Attorney General, West serves as the Co-Chair of the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico, the Vice Chair of the Steering Committee of the President’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force and the federal government’s Chief FOIA Officer. He has taken an active role in leading the Department’s response to the Deepwater Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, improving the federal government’s relationship with Native American communities, raising awareness about intimate partner violence and enhancing collaboration between federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement.
From April 2009 to March 2012, West served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division, which is the largest litigating division in the Department of Justice. In addition to focusing on traditional areas of the Civil Division’s work – such as representing the United States in legal challenges to congressional statutes, Administration policies and federal agency actions, as well as defending the President, Cabinet officers and other federal employees in lawsuits filed against them – West bolstered the Civil Division’s affirmative civil enforcement efforts in areas such as health care fraud, mortgage fraud, procurement fraud and other civil actions to recover taxpayer money lost to fraud and abuse. West also emphasized the Civil Division’s responsibility to bring civil and criminal actions to enforce the nation’s consumer protection laws. During his tenure in the Civil Division, West served in various positions on the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, including Co-Chair of the Mortgage Fraud Working Group, the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group and the Consumer Protection Working Group.
West first served in the Department of Justice a year after graduating from law school. From 1993 through 1994, he served as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Attorney General. From 1994 to 1999, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of California. From 1999 to 2001, West served as a state Special Assistant Attorney General in California.
Prior to returning to the Justice Department, West was a litigation partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco.
Pete Williams will moderate the panel on the Supreme Court. Williams is an NBC News correspondent based in Washington. He has been covering the Justice Department and the U.S. Supreme Court since March 1993.
Prior to joining NBC, Williams served as a press official on Capitol Hill for many years. In 1986 he joined the Washington staff of then Congressman Dick Cheney as press secretary and a legislative assistant. In 1989, when Cheney was named assistant secretary of defense, Williams was appointed assistant secretary of defense for public affairs. While in that position, Williams was named Government Communicator of the Year in 1991 by the National Association of Government Communicators.
A native of Casper, Wyoming, and a graduate of Stanford University, Williams was a reporter and news director at KTWO-TV and Radio in Casper from 1974 to 1985. Working with the Radio-Television News Directors Association, for which he served as a member of its board of directors, he successfully lobbied the Wyoming Supreme Court to permit broadcast coverage of its proceedings and twice sued Wyoming judges over pre-trial exclusion of reporters from the courtroom. For these efforts, he received a First Amendment Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Juan C. Zarate
Juan Zarate is a Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Senior National Security Analyst for CBS News, a Visiting Lecturer of Law at the Harvard Law School, and a national security and financial integrity consultant.
Zarate served as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism from 2005 to 2009, and was responsible for developing and implementing the U.S. Government’s counterterrorism strategy and policies related to transnational security threats. Zarate was the first ever Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes where he led domestic and international efforts to attack terrorist financing, the innovative use of Treasury’s national security-related powers, and the global hunt for Saddam Hussein’s assets. Zarate is a former federal prosecutor who served on terrorism prosecution teams prior to 9/11, including the investigation of the USS Cole attack.
He is the author of the recently published Treasury’s War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare (2013), Forging Democracy (1994), and a variety of articles in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall St. Journal, LA Times, the Washington Quarterly and other publications. Zarate has his own weekly national security program on CBSNews.com called “Flash Points.” He is a graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Law School and a former Rotary International Fellow (Universidad de Salamanca, Spain). Zarate sits on several boards of advisors, including for the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) and HSBC’s Financial Services Vulnerabilities Committee.