2017 Conference Speakers


Robin Ashton

Robin Ashton has led the Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility since 2011. Ms. Ashton began her career at the Department in the litigation section of the Antitrust Division. She later served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia from 1991 until 2011, where she handled numerous complex appeals in the D.C. Circuit and the D.C. Court of Appeals, prosecuted over 50 felony jury trials and supervised hundreds of grand jury investigations. She served for five years as the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney for Management, where she managed and provided oversight in significant civil and criminal cases and special operations. The USAO-DC is the nation’s largest U.S. Attorney’s Office, with over 700 employees.

From 2001 to 2005, Ms. Ashton served on detail as the Deputy Director of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, where she worked closely with the 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices. From 2005-2006 she served on detail to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Ms. Ashton received her B.A. from the University of Michigan, and her J.D. from the College of William and Mary.

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John T. Boese

John T. Boese is a member of the Litigation Department in Fried Frank’s Washington, DC office. He joined the Firm in 1977 after five years in the United States Department of Justice, and he became a partner in 1980. He was a managing partner of the Washington, DC office and co-chair of the Washington, DC Litigation Department from 2001- 2005. Prior to joining Fried Frank, Mr. Boese was a trial attorney with the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice, where he was awarded a Special Commendation for Outstanding Service. For over 35 years, Mr. Boese has assisted corporations, academic and other non-profit institutions, individuals, and state and local government entities in a wide variety of federal white-collar criminal and civil investigations and proceedings. He is now of counsel at the Firm.

Mr. Boese is a nationally recognized expert on the civil False Claims Act. He has represented defendants in numerous False Claims Act cases brought by qui tam relators or by the Department of Justice. His clients include corporations and institutions in a broad variety of industries. He has represented defense contractors, hospitals, churches, construction companies, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, oil & gas companies, major retailers, import/export firms, computer manufacturers, software and computer service providers, universities and airports in False Claims Act litigation. He has appeared in over 40 Federal district courts and argued in most of the Federal circuit courts of appeal.

He is the author of the book, Civil False Claims and Qui Tam Actions (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business 4th ed.), a comprehensive, two-volume treatise on the civil False Claims Act and qui tam enforcement at both the Federal and state levels. This book, updated bi‑annually, was published originally in 1993, and the Fourth Edition was released in January 2011. The book is commonly cited as authority on this subject by courts at all levels, including by the United States Supreme Court, as well as by practitioners and academics. The book was recently cited by the Securities and Exchange Commission as authority in drafting its proposed rules on whistleblower awards under the Dodd-Frank Act. In 2007, Mr. Boese testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on behalf of the US Chamber of Commerce regarding proposed amendments to the False Claims Act.

Mr. Boese lectures frequently to private and public groups on civil and criminal fraud issues. He was for many years the co-chair of the annual ABA National Institute on the Civil False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement and; the Vice-Chair of the Debarment and Suspension Committee, Public Contracts Section, of the American Bar Association; and a member for the American Law Institute. Mr. Boese was recently named as an Advisor to the ALI project on Principles of Law, Compliance, Enforcement and Risk Management for Corporations, Non-Profits and Other Organizations. He lectures on the False Claims Act at a number of law schools including American University and George Washington University. He was a member of the ABA Task Force on New Contractor Business Ethics and Compliance Program Regulations set up to study the new Federal Mandatory Disclosure Rule and he was co-chair of the Qui Tam Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Section of Criminal Justice from 1998 to 2006.

Mr. Boese received his JD, magna cum laude, from St. Louis University Law School in 1972, where he was Assistant Editor of the Law Review, and his BS from Washington University in 1969. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia; the United States Supreme Court; the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits; the District of Columbia and Federal Circuits; and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the District of Columbia Courts of Appeals.

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Paul D. Clement

Paul Clement is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Paul served as the 43rd Solicitor General of the United States. He has argued over 85 cases before the United States Supreme Court.

Paul is a graduate of Georgetown University, Cambridge University, and the Harvard Law School. Following law school, Paul clerked for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court. After his clerkships, he went on to serve as Chief Counsel of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Federalism and Property Rights.

Paul is a Distinguished Lecturer in Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he has taught in various capacities since 1998, and a Distinguished Lecturer in Government at Georgetown University. He also serves as a Senior Fellow of the Law Center’s Supreme Court Institute.

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Neal Katyal

Neal Katyal is a Professor of Law at Georgetown University and a Partner at Hogan Lovells. He previously served as Acting Solicitor General of the United States. He has argued 34 cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, with 32 of them in the last 8 years. Most recently, Neal argued the “Travel ban” case on behalf of the State of Hawaii against President Trump in the Court of Appeals. In the 2016-17 Term alone, Neal argued 7 cases in 6 separate arguments at the Supreme Court, far more than any other advocate in the nation, (the next highest number, 4 arguments, was reached by two attorneys). At the age of 47, he has already argued more Supreme Court cases in U.S. history than has any minority attorney, with the exception of Thurgood Marshall (with whom Neal is currently tied). His numerous distinctions include: Edmund Randolph Award (highest civilian award given by U.S. Department of Justice), 40 Most Influential Lawyers of the Last Decade Nationwide by National Law Journal (2010), and 90 Greatest Washington Lawyers Over the Last 30 Years by Legal Times (2008). He has appeared on virtually every major American news program, as well as on Stephen Colbert and House of Cards.

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Adam Liptak

Adam Liptak covers the Supreme Court for The New York Times. Liptak’s column on legal affairs, “Sidebar,” appears every other Tuesday.

A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, Liptak practiced law at a large New York City law firm and in the legal department of The New York Times Company before joining the paper’s news staff in 2002.
Liptak was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting in 2009 and received the Scripps Howard Award for Washington reporting in 2010.

He was awarded Hofstra University’s Presidential Medal and an honorary doctorate from Stetson University College of Law.
Liptak is a visiting lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School and an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law.

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Evan Norris

Evan Norris is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York. From the inception of the investigation until 2017, Mr. Norris was the lead prosecutor of the FIFA case, one of the most significant prosecutions ever brought by the Department of Justice. Mr. Norris led a years-long investigation that resulted in the filing of RICO, fraud, and money laundering charges against dozens of individuals and entities for their involvement in the corruption of international soccer. Together with a team of AUSAs and agents from the FBI and IRS, Mr. Norris devised the investigative and prosecutorial strategies for this groundbreaking cross-border case and managed the Office’s coordination with foreign enforcement authorities both in the period leading up to the first arrests in Switzerland in May 2015 and continuing thereafter.

In December 2015, Mr. Norris was appointed Director of the EDNY FIFA Task Force, in which position he supervised teams of AUSAs and DOJ trial attorneys prosecuting the indicted case, United States v. Jeffrey Webb et al., and 11 related cases, and conducting multiple related investigations of individuals and entities. Under Mr. Norris’s leadership, the Office publicly announced charges against 43 individuals and entities, 22 guilty pleas, and the entry into a deferred prosecution agreement with an Argentine sports marketing company. In total, the individual and corporate resolutions announced under Mr. Norris’s leadership included over $330 million in forfeiture and criminal penalties.

Mr. Norris has also distinguished himself through his other work during his tenure in the U.S. Attorney’s Office. In his first years in the Office, Mr. Norris served as a line prosecutor specializing in domestic and international organized crime cases, successfully trying to verdict three month-long RICO cases involving charges ranging from securities fraud to extortion to murder. Mr. Norris has also served as a supervisor in various sections of the Office, including the National Security & Cybercrime Section, where in his role as Chief he was responsible for supervising all of the Office’s counterterrorism, cybercrime, espionage, export, and sanctions cases. In addition to his government work, Mr. Norris has served as an adjunct professor at NYU School of Law, where he co-teaches a seminar on federal criminal prosecution.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2007, Mr. Norris worked in private practice in New York and clerked for a federal district judge in the Southern District of New York. Mr. Norris is a graduate of Columbia College and Harvard Law School.

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Theodore B. Olson

Theodore B. Olson is a Partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Washington, D.C. office; a longtime Member of the Firm’s Executive Committee, and Founder of the Firm’s Crisis Management, Sports Law and Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice Groups.

Olson was Solicitor General of the United States during 2001-2004.  From 1981-1984, he was Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice.  Except for those two intervals, he has been a lawyer with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., since 1965.

His sixty-two Supreme Court arguments have included cases involving separation of powers; federalism; voting rights; the First Amendment; the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses; patents and copyrights; antitrust; taxation; property rights; punitive damages; the Commerce Clause; immigration; criminal law; securities; telecommunications; the internet; the 2000 presidential election (Bush v. Gore); campaign finance (McConnell v. FCC and Citizens United); same-sex marriage (Hollingsworth v. Perry); and other federal constitutional and statutory questions.

He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation (2009 to the present) and the Board of Visitors of the Federal Society (2004 to the present); he is a Member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships (2014 to the present) and the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States (2010 to the present). He previously served as a member of the President’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board from 2006 until 2008. In 2010, he was selected by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

He has twice received the Department of Justice’s Edmund J. Randolph Award, its highest award for service. He was also awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, that Department’s highest civilian award; and the American Bar Association Medal, that organization’s highest award.

He received his law degree in 1965 from the University of California at Berkeley where he was a Member of the California Law Review and Order of the Coif.  He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific, where he was recognized as the outstanding graduating student in both forensics and journalism.  Olson has written and lectured extensively on appellate advocacy, oral communication in the courtroom, civil justice reform, and constitutional and administrative law.

He, along with David Boies, is the author of “Redeeming the Dream, the Case for Marriage Equality.” Both men were featured in HBO’s “The Case Against 8,” an Emmy documentary finalist, also short-listed for an Academy Award.

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Jack Selden

Jack Selden has practiced law for 35 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. Jack serves as 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. Jack is a past vice chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section.
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. In March 2016, Jack won a summary judgment on behalf of AseraCare Hospice in a case described by Law360 as “dealing a blow to the U.S. Department of Justice and capping one of the most extraordinary court battles in FCA history.”

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DeMaurice Fitzgerald Smith

DeMaurice Fitzgerald Smith is the Executive Director of the National Football League Players’ Association (NFLPA). He was elected unanimously in 2009 by the Board of Player Representatives following the death of former Executive Director Gene Upshaw and reelected to his third three-year term in March 2015. At the time of his election, Sports Illustrated wrote that Smith had been selected to the toughest job in the business of sport.

On August 4, 2011, Smith signed a 10-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with NFL management, after leading the Players through the owners’ 132-day lockout where the NFL Owners sought a massive rollback on pensions and salary while at the same time extending the season by two extra games. Through the creative use of the first ever employee lockout insurance, Smith and his team employed a novel multi-faceted strategy that enjoined the NFL’s use of $4B of lockout funds, engaged a state and federal lobbying agenda that included Congressional Hearings on concussions and player health, and created an aggressive public relations strategy to protect and enhance the Player’s rights and financial return. The new CBA has not only resulted in the largest increases in the salary cap (currently over $1B increase in four years) but crafted new mechanisms to ensure that players realize the amounts in cash. This year free agent guaranteed salary broke through the $1B mark for the first time in history and salary and overall benefits will result in a compensation package of over $5B. At the same time, the new CBA codifies new health and safety protocols for Players, achieved longer off-seasons, significantly reduces the amount of contact during practices, provides for unannounced inspections of training camps, creates the first compliance and accountability structure for NFL medical personnel, and provides the Players’ with a comprehensive transition program when they retire.

Prior to his election to the post at the NFLPA, Smith was serving on the transition team for the Department of Justice following the election of President Obama, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia for nearly ten years as a Violent Crime and Homicide Prosecutor and later became Counsel to then Deputy Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. He was awarded the US Attorney’s Office highest honor for courtroom advocacy and the Department of Justice’s highest honor by US Attorney General Janet W. Reno. Smith served as a Partner in the law firms of Latham & Watkins, LLP and Patton Boggs, LLP, in Washington, D.C. where he represented Fortune 50 corporations, boards of directors and senior executives in civil and criminal matters.

Smith has been awarded the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award, the Keeper of the Dream Award, by the Action Network Alliance, the City of Justice Award by the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy and was inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges’ Hall of Excellence. He serves on the Board of Directors for ULLICO; The Board of Directors for the US Congressional Award; the Board of Advisors for the Office for Access and Advancement for Public Black Universities; and as an Advisory Board Member of The Power of Diversity Mentorship Exchange Program. Smith Chairs the Annual Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Fundraising Dinner, and has been named one of the top 10 most influential executives in sports.

He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, with honorsand a 1985 graduate of Cedarville University. Smith is on the Faculty of the National Trial Advocacy College in Charlottesville, Virginia; Executive in Residence and the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia, and is a guest lecturer at Georgetown University, Columbia University, Harvard University, George Washington University, and the University of Virginia School of Law. He has also been a guest speaker at the New York Stock Exchange, and has served as the commencement exercise speaker for his alma mater, the University of Virginia School of Law (2015), the University of Maryland (2014), and as a featured speaker during the Howard University School of Law commencement activities.

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