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Filip, Gorelick, Khuzami, Rakoff, and Wells Lead All-Star Faculty at The Sedona Conference® on Parallel Fraud Proceedings

The 15th Annual Sedona Conference® on Complex Litigation will examine “Strategic and Tactical Decision-Making in Parallel Fraud Proceedings,” May 2-3, 2013 in Del Mar, CA, and feature a superstar faculty of corporate fraud prosecutors and defense counsel.


The 15th Annual Sedona Conference® on Complex Litigation, examining “Strategic and Tactical Decision-Making in Parallel Fraud Proceedings,” features a “superstar” faculty including such high-profile names as:

• Mark Filip, a former acting Attorney General of the United States, now of Kirkland & Ellis, who led BPs defense in the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion;

• Jamie Gorelick, a former Deputy United States Attorney General who served on the 9/11 Commission, now of WilmerHale;

• Robert Khuzami, who is just stepping down as Director of the Division of Enforcement of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission;

• Judge Jed Rakoff, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; and

• Theodore V. Wells Jr., who co-chairs the litigation department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and represented such high-profile defendants as U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli, investment banker Frank Quattrone, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney, and former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer.

Faculty co-chairs Neil MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and John Richter, also a former United States attorney who once headed the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and now of King & Spalding, have put together what Sedona Conference Founder Richard Braman calls a “phenomenal faculty.” He notes that “this conference presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engage in cutting-edge dialogue in a smallgroup setting with, literally, the best trial lawyers in America.”

Other distinguished faculty include: Bradford A. Berenson, General Electric Company; Hon. David O. Carter, CentralDistrict of California.; Reuben A. Guttman, Grant & Eisenhofer, P.A.; Hon. William Q. Hayes, Southern District of California; Carol Lam, QualComm; Karen Seymour, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; Ariana J. Tadler (invited), Milberg LLP; and Kenneth L. Wainstein, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.

The blue-ribbon faculty will engage conference participants in stimulating and in-depth dialogue concerning the latest thinking, strategy, tactics, and policy regarding parallel proceedings in the context of corporate fraud enforcement - which today has reached unprecedented levels, comes from increasingly diverse sources, and often involves simultaneous or successive criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings.

Panel discussions will address the following topics:

• Strategies in the pursuit and defense of companies, officers, directors, and employees

• Understanding the latest in government fraud enforcement initiatives, priorities, tools, and actions

• Use of the False Claims Act by the government to recover money lost to fraud where the government is the victim

• The rise of civil qui tam lawsuits and the impact of those filings

• The impact of Dodd-Frank regulatory changes on fraud enforcement

• Practical strategies to mitigate enforcement, sanctions, and sentences

• Ethical considerations in parallel proceedings

• Advising officers, directors, and employees in the context of parallel criminal, civil, and administrative actions

• Understanding the new and aggressive investigative techniques

• The role of corporate governance and compliance in prevention, risk mitigation, and defense

The conference will be held Thursday and Friday, May 2-3, 2013, in Del Mar, California, just north of San Diego. The conference begins at 8:30 am on Thursday, and ends with a grab-and-go lunch at 1:00 pm on Friday. Due to the special nature of this conference, registration is by invitation only and is limited to 45 participants (in addition to the faculty) to ensure an intimate environment conducive to meaningful dialogue. The Sedona Conference® will be applying for 11 MCLE hours, including one hour of ethics credit.

The web site for further conference details, faculty bios, and information on applying for an invitation can he found at



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