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Presented by the NVTC General Counsel Committee

April 26, 2012

In-House Counsel on the Front Line in the Battle Against Fraud

The federal government’s efforts to enforce against fraud are more aggressive than ever. Department of Justice civil fraud judgments are on the rise, suspension and debarment activity has increased, and fraud-related criminal indictments are making the newspaper headlines regularly. Companies and individuals accused of fraud face significant sanctions and penalties. Companies are regularly facing multi-million dollar fines for their transgressions from civil and criminal enforcement agencies. Individuals face monetary penalties and even jail time. Both companies and individuals can be prohibited from doing business with the federal government.

In-house counsel advising companies need to understand the changes in the laws, trends in enforcement activities and common pitfalls to avoid. Join the NVTC General Counsel committee as a panel of experts bring vast experience advising companies faced with issues of fraud, prosecuting fraud cases and implementing sanctions and penalties against those charged with fraud. The discussion will also focus on what every in-house counsel needs to know to stay ahead of these issues so that they can effectively assist their company with identifying, avoiding and contending with these significant issues, including:

  1. Strategies for in-house counsel to identify fraud red flags, including procurement fraud, kickbacks, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Bribery Act.
  2. Trends in fraud enforcement and penalties, including jail time, fines, suspension and debarment.
  3. How in-house counsel and company management can recognize issues unique to doing business with the federal government (e.g., False Claims Act, false statements, mandatory disclosure requirements).
  4. Tips for determining what companies need to know to do business as or with a small business under federal programs (e.g., recent trends in the investigation and enforcement of fraud and false claims regarding qualifying as a small business, including “affiliation” and joint ventures, eligibility for SBA programs including the 8(a) program, and compliance and reporting requirements).


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


Glenn Harris, Counsel to the Inspector General, U.S. Small Business Administration
Amy Hutchens, General Counsel and Vice President of Compliance and Ethics Services, Watermark Risk Management International LLC
Glenn S. Leon, Assistant Chief, Fraud Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Nicole H. Sprinzen, Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP


Platinum Sponsor: eTERA Consulting
Gold Sponsors: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; Holland & Knight; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP; Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Silver Sponsor: Federal Publications Seminars

For more information about sponsorships for this event and committee, click here.

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