On April 29, 2010, Partner Joseph P. Covington and Of Counsel Iris E. Bennett along with a multidisciplinary team of attorneys from across the Firm will host "Doing Business in Bad Neighborhoods: Tips and Challenges for Staying on the Right Side of the FCPA," a CLE seminar coinciding with the release of their treatise Practicing Under the U.S. Anti-Corruption Laws,
recently published by Aspen Publishers. Partners David A. Savner
(former General Counsel at General Dynamics), Andrew Weissmann
and Jessie K. Liu along with Alexandra Wrage, President of TRACE International will join Ms. Bennett for this panel discussion of FCPA compliance tips and challenges from a general counsel's perspective, managing risk posed by agents, consultants, and other third parties and what to look for in outside counsel, among other things. The opening reception will feature wines from around the world and dinner hors d'oeuvres.
Joseph P. Covington is a partner in the Firm's Litigation Department. He is Co-Chair of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice. Mr. Covington counsels government contractors with respect to a wide variety of potential violations of acquisition regulations and federal laws pertaining to the relationship between contractors and the government. He provides guidance in the establishment and conduct of company compliance programs.
Iris E. Bennett is Of Counsel to Jenner & Block and a member of the Firm's Litigation Department. She is a member of its White Collar Defense and Investigations and Antitrust Litigation Practices. Ms. Bennett conducts internal investigations for companies concerned about potential violations of criminal law and provides counseling with respect to resolution strategies and remediation. She has significant experience representing companies that operate internationally and that are subject to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
Jessie K. Liu is a partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department. She is a member of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice. Ms. Liu returned to Jenner & Block after more than six years with the U.S. Department of Justice. Most recently, she served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division. In this capacity, she supervised the Division’s Appellate, Employment Litigation, and Housing and Civil Enforcement Sections, and oversaw the Department of Justice’s enforcement of a wide variety of anti-discrimination statutes.
David A. Savner
is a partner in Jenner & Block’s Chicago office and a member of the Firm’s Corporate Practice. Mr. Savner is the former Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary for leading global defense contractor General Dynamics. During his nearly 12 years of service as the chief legal officer for the company, Mr. Savner led a worldwide legal department of approximately 80 attorneys and was instrumental in helping to transform the company from a $4 billion enterprise into a $31 billion global leader in the defense industry. Mr. Savner led the General Dynamics legal team in the company’s acquisition and successful integration of over 50 businesses around the globe.
is a partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department and is Co-Chair of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice, where he is joined by eighteen former federal prosecutors and SEC attorneys. Mr. Weissmann is a nationally-recognized white collar litigator. In 2009, he won the largest FINRA arbitration award in history arising from the failure of the auction rate security market. He has represented U.S. and foreign corporations and executives in connection with criminal and civil investigations and lawsuits, including representation before the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, arbitrations, and state and local authorities.