General Counsel Event

September 15, 2011

David Debold
Gibson Dunn

David Debold joined the Washington, D.C., office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in 2003. He practices in the litigation department, and is a member of the firm's Appellate and Constitutional Law, Securities Litigation and White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Groups.

Since joining the firm, Debold has represented numerous individuals and businesses in a wide variety of matters, including: major SEC enforcement actions and investigations involving accounting irregularities, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act allegations, and books and records issues; large-scale corporate internal investigations for Fortune 50 companies (including independent investigations for audit committees of boards of directors); federal criminal investigations and prosecutions involving a number of federal offenses in the environmental, tax, mortgage loan fraud, securities fraud, stock options backdating and money laundering areas; securities class actions; federal appeals across the spectrum of civil and criminal cases; petitions for writs of certiorari filed in the United States Supreme Court in both civil and criminal cases; and merits appeals in the United States Supreme Court. Debold also has significant experience in employment litigation including defending against whistleblower retaliation claims brought under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

Prior to joining the firm, Debold served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Detroit, Mich., where he had a distinguished career in government service as a member of the office's Criminal Trial and Appellate Divisions. In his years as a trial lawyer for the United States Attorney's Office, he directed more than 100 grand jury investigations and brought to trial more than a dozen felony cases, including a multi-million dollar construction loan fraud, a large-scale investment scam and the attempted murder of a federal agent. During his tenure with the government he also served as Special Counsel to the Sentencing Commission.

Throughout his career, Debold has argued more than 85 cases in the United States Court of Appeals and briefed more than 150 appeals. Debold also has extensive experience drafting dispositive and other substantive motions at the trial level in both state and federal courts. He has been assigned responsibility for overseeing motions practice in a major securities class action and accounting malpractice case involved demands for damages in excess of $1 billion.

Debold graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1985, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Cornelia G. Kennedy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

John Brownlee
Holland & Knight

John Brownlee serves as chair of Holland & Knight's National White Collar Defense and Investigations practice. Brownlee's practice focuses on domestic and international enforcement defense matters and related civil litigation and federal white collar criminal defense. He is heavily involved in the firm's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and False Claims Act practices and in handling mandatory disclosure matters, internal investigations, and grand jury and inspector general investigations. Brownlee has extensive experience at the U.S. Department of Justice and the highest levels of federal law enforcement.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Brownlee served as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia. Nominated by the president, he was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2001 and served with distinction for nearly seven years. As the district's chief federal law enforcement official, Brownlee supervised the prosecution of all federal crimes and the litigation of all civil matters involving the federal government.

Brownlee served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1997 through 2001. He also had the distinct honor of serving as a law clerk for The Honorable Sam Wilson, U.S. District Judge, Western District of Virginia. Brownlee is a graduate of Washington and Lee University (B.S. business administration and accounting) and the College of William & Mary School of Law (J.D.).

Brownlee served on active duty in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer and was a member of the Judge Advocate General Corps in the U.S. Army Reserves. He is a graduate of the Army's Airborne and Ranger programs. He previously served as an adjunct law professor at the University of Virginia School of Law where he taught trial advocacy.

Scott L. Marrah
Kilpatrick Townsend

Scott Marrah is the leader of the Kilpatrick Townsend's Special Investigations & White Collar Crime Team and has extensive experience in the areas of white collar criminal defense, internal, criminal and SEC investigations, and complex commercial litigation. Marrah has significant trial and appellate experience gained from years as both a federal prosecutor and a defense attorney in private practice.

Prior to joining the firm, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he successfully investigated and prosecuted a wide array of federal offenses in the areas of terrorism and national security, securities fraud, RICO, white collar crime, money laundering, export control and commerce violations, organized crime, trademark infringement and counterfeiting, mail, wire and bank fraud, and international narcotics. As an Assistant United States Attorney, Marrah had numerous jury trials, bench trials and hearings in federal court, and also briefed and argued appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Before serving as a prosecutor, Marrah was a partner in an international law firm where he handled internal corporate investigations, white collar criminal defense, False Claims Act cases and complex business litigation matters. He also handled matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, healthcare, environmental and SEC issues.

Bill McCollum
SNR Denton

Bill McCollum is a partner in SNR Denton's Public Policy and Regulation practice. He joined the firm following his term as the 36th attorney general of the state of Florida. McCollum served as attorney general from 2007 to 2011, where he addressed issues ranging from a constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act to consumer protection, mortgage and Medicaid fraud, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

As a member of the Florida Cabinet, McCollum was one of four statewide elected officials who shared executive power over the state pension fund, the Financial Services Commission (insurance, banks and securities), the Division of Bond Finance and the Department of Revenue.

A Republican, McCollum also served as a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Florida's 8th district, from 1981 to 2001, where he served on the Judiciary, Banking and Financial Services, and Intelligence committees. During his Congressional service, McCollum held a number of leadership positions, including chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime; chairman of the Subcommittee on Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence; vice chairman of the Banking and Financial Services Committee; ranking member of the subcommittee overseeing the Federal Reserve; and vice chairman of the House Republican Conference for three terms. He was one of the 15 members selected to serve on the House Committee to Investigate the Iran-Contra Affair.

A native of central Florida, McCollum has been active in investigating consumer fraud cases, and he spearheaded an investigation and settlement of telecommunications advertising and data use practices while serving as attorney general. In private practice, McCollum advised a wide range of clients in the telecommunications, manufacturing, technology and health care sectors on a host of policy and regulatory matters, and he maintains a wide-ranging set of relationships with thought leaders at the federal and state level as a result of his public service. Early in his career, McCollum practiced with a Florida firm specializing in insurance defense and was in the Navy Judge Advocate Generals Corps. He is a retired commander in the United States Naval Reserves, where he served for 23 years. From 2001 to 2007 he was in private practice where he focused on federal government policy.