General Counsel Event

April 26, 2012

Andrea T. Vavonese
Senior Counsel
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Andrea T. Vavonese focuses her practice on government contracting and commercial litigation. Vavonese serves as general counsel for government contracting firms, including a construction company, advising on all aspects of dealing with the federal government, including procurement, contract negotiations, national security, protection of intellectual property, changes, compliance and disputes. She advises clients regarding "Other Transaction Agreements" with the United States Department of Homeland Security. Vavonese counsels clients on matters impacting government contractors, such as suspension and debarment, small business regulations and the Freedom of Information Act. She also represents clients, including technology companies, on litigation matters relating to patents, trademarks, trade secrets, cybersquatting, construction and earnout disputes.

Vavonese has conducted jury and bench trials, arbitrations and mediations. She has argued motions in federal, state and administrative courts and has taken and defended numerous depositions. She has handled federal bid protests and federal and state appeals, including matters before numerous federal boards of contract appeals.

From 2002 to 2006, Vavonese served as litigation counsel for VeriSign Inc., where she defended and prosecuted lawsuits, governmental investigations and subpoenas for the company and its subsidiaries worldwide. She handled patent, trademark, domain name, unfair competition, earnout and employment litigation. She also worked closely with senior management to develop litigation strategy and mitigate litigation risk. Prior to joining VeriSign in 2002, Vavonese was an associate at Akin Gump. Vavonese received her B.S. in accounting from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1991. She became a certified public accountant in 1993. She received her JD magna cum laude in 1997 from the Catholic University of America, where she was a member of the Catholic University Law Review.

She is a member of the District of Columbia and Virginia Bars and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and various federal trial and appellate courts.

Glenn Harris
Counsel to the Inspector General
U.S. Small Business Administration

Glenn Harris has served as the counsel to the inspector general at the Small Business Administration (SBA) since April 2004, managing the legal division of the Office of Inspector General (OIG). In this capacity, Harris oversees numerous civil fraud and debarment and suspension actions as well as works with investigators and prosecutors on white collar criminal fraud actions. Harris is also the chair of the Council of Counsels to the Inspectors General (comprised of OIG attorneys across the federal government) and a key contributor to the Council of Inspectors General for Integrity and Efficiency Legislation Committee and Suspension and Debarment Working Group.

Prior to joining the OIG, Harris worked at the SBA Office of General Counsel, holding the positions of chief counsel for enforcement from 2000 to 2004 and trial attorney from 1992 to 2000. During this period, he was also appointed as a special assistant United States attorney in numerous federal districts across the country with responsibilities for handling district court and appellate litigation. Before working at SBA, Harris was a litigation associate at Piper & Marbury (now known as Piper DLA) and at Dyer, Ellis, Joseph and Mills (now known as Blank Rome LLP). Harris graduated in 1988 with honors from The George Washington University Law School, where he served on the Law Review and had two articles published.

Amy Hutchens
General Counsel and Vice President of Compliance and Ethics Services
Watermark Risk Management International LLC

Amy Hutchens serves as Watermark's general counsel and vice president of compliance and ethics services. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University and Vanderbilt University School of Law, Hutchens served as a special assistant United States attorney and an Air Force judge advocate for 11 years before beginning her civilian career as in-house counsel to a large and diverse government contractor.

She has federal criminal and civil litigation experience, as well as extensive experience advising executive management on compliance and ethics matters. Hutchens is certified by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics as a Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP). She has developed, implemented, audited and managed all aspects of compliance programs to ensure they meet the rigorous requirements of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and the Federal Acquisition Regulation. She has experience assessing risk, drafting internal policies, training employees at all levels, developing codes of conduct, and establishing monitoring and investigative protocols to maximize value and effectiveness in compliance programs.

Hutchens has a passion for helping organizations do right by their shareholders, employees, clients, customers and communities, and in doing so mitigate the business risks associated with ethical and compliance failures.

Glenn S. Leon
Assistant Chief, Fraud Section, Criminal Division
U.S. Department of Justice

Glenn S. Leon is assistant chief of the Fraud Section for the Department of Justice. He supervises 25 prosecutors in the corporate, securities and financial institutions unit, and oversees more than 100 active cases, including prosecutions of complex securities fraud schemes involving public and non-public companies, financial institutions, investment companies and executives. Cases that he oversees include market manipulation, insider trading, Ponzi schemes and accounting, mortgage, bank, disclosure and consumer fraud schemes. He has also investigated and prosecuted several FCPA cases, including as a member of the most recent trial team in the so-called Africa Sting case. In his current position, he is also involved in forming U.S. Department of Justice policy on fraud matters including the Criminal Division's role in the Residential Mortgage Backed Securities Task Force.

Prior to joining the Fraud Section, Leon spent 13 years at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, first as an assistant United Stated attorney and then as senior litigation counsel. There, he prosecuted fraud and public corruption, computer hacking and intellectual property, organized crime and narcotics trafficking, homicide and violent crime cases. Early in his career, he spent time as an associate with two major law firms in New York City.

Leon earned his bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from Brandeis University, and his law degree from New York University School of Law, where he was an editor for the Annual Survey of American Law Journal.

Nicole H. Sprinzen
Senior Counsel
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Nicole Sprinzen's practice focuses on criminal defense and related civil litigation, as well as government and internal corporate investigations. She is an experienced trial attorney who has tried federal and state cases in the District of Columbia and throughout the country, and handled a number of contested sentencings and evidentiary hearings. Prior to joining the firm, Sprinzen served as a prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division's Fraud Section between 2008 and 2012.

Sprinzen has prosecuted and defended organizations and individuals in securities and commodities fraud cases, as well as procurement fraud, mortgage fraud, health care fraud, bank fraud and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases. As a prosecutor, she also lead criminal investigations in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, and in parallel with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission.

Sprinzen has represented clients in investigations by U.S. government authorities under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty and has coordinated parallel foreign proceedings under the treaty. She also advises clients concerning the U.S. money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act laws and the U.S. Treasury implementing regulations. She has taken a substantial role in capital murder cases, including at the trial and U.S. Supreme Court appellate levels, on a pro bono basis.

In the area of civil litigation, Sprinzen has handled matters including shareholder class action and securities fraud, accounting fraud, civil forfeiture and breach of contract cases. Her experience also includes representing clients in matters governed by the First Amendment and she has represented clients concerning defamatory statements made about them by various media outlets. She also has handled litigation pursuant to California's anti-SLAPP statute, which supplements the First Amendment in that state.

Before joining the Department of Justice, Sprinzen was an associate and then counsel with the firm. Sprinzen received her B.A. in English from Lafayette College in 1996 and her JD cum laude in 1999 from The Catholic University of America, where she was an associate editor of The Catholic University Law Review. She completed an externship with District Court Judge Thomas F. Hogan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in 1999. Sprinzen is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland bars.