Events & Announcements

Upcoming Events

WWCDA DC Chapter Holiday Party, December 4, 2018


Fairmont Hotel Georgetown
Colonnade Room
2401 M Street, NW
Washington, DC

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Elegant Appetizers & Drinks
Business Casual (Festive Attire, if desired)

Sponsored by EY Forensic & Integrity Services
RSVP by November 30, 2018:

South Florida Fall Breakfast on November 6, 2018


The Women’s White Collar Defense Association

invites the South Florida legal community to join us in celebrating the newly confirmed 

U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Florida

Ariana Fajardo Orshan

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
8:00am- 10:00am

Greenberg Traurig 
333 SE 2nd Avenue, Suite 4400
Miami, FL 33131

Breakfast to be provided  

Space Will Be Limited:  Please RSVP to

WWCDA in collaboration with NACDL Annual White Collar Conference on November 8, 2018

You are invited, save the date!

The Women’s White Collar Defense Association
The Women’s Committee of the
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
will co-host lunch:

Thursday, November 8, 2018
Reception: 1:00-1:30pm; Lunch with a Program: 1:30 to 2:30pm

AlixPartners will sponsor this event – Thank you!

Location: Sidley Austin LLP
1501 K Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005

Space will be limited: Details for signing up will follow soon.

In addition to lunch, the WWCDA will also co-host a Cocktail Party on November 8, 2018, 6:00pm at Bobby Van’s. Zuckerman Spaeder has graciously agreed to let us co-host with them. Thank you!   

NACDL’s 2018 White Collar Seminar “Defending the White Collar Case: In & Out of Court” will be held at the Capital Hilton, Washington, DC November 7-9, 2018. Each year the white collar defense bar gathers to learn from each other, to improve their skills, and to ensure they are well-positioned to provide their clients the best defense possible. The power of prosecutors is great, but this defense revival meeting is even greater.  Attend and learn from the experienced, high-quality faculty, including NACDL and WWCDA member Susan Bozorgi.

Registration for non-NACDL members includes one year of membership with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). NACDL fosters an environment where women in criminal defense can support and learn from one another. Through education, online and in-person networking, leadership opportunities, and much more, women find the encouragement they need for professional growth and advancement.

WWCDA Chicago Fall Cocktail Party on November 8, 2018

On November 8, 2018, Riley Safer will be graciously hosting our Fall Cocktail Reception and encourages you to bring a friend/contact to join in.  Feel free to invite contacts from “across the aisle,” in-house contacts or colleagues who are active in White Collar work.

Please direct RSVPs and questions to Therese Squillo, (copied on this invitation as well).

We look forward to seeing you there!

DC Chapter Luncheon on October 30, 2018

We are thrilled to welcome Kerri L. Ruttenberg, Author, Images with Impact: Design and Use of Winning Trial Visuals, for a presentation on:

Images with Impact:  Effective Visuals for Trial and Professional Presentations

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
12:30 p.m.

Jones Day
51 Louisiana Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

RSVP to by October 29th

Whether you’re presenting to a jury, judge, agency, clients or colleagues, this program will help you design and use visual images to more effectively communicate key messages.  Kerri will address why visual communication matters, and what works and why using common visual tools like maps, timelines, and photographs.  She’ll also discuss graphic design basics to help attendees improve their own visuals and more effectively edit visuals designed by others.  And, Kerri will provide strategic tips on spotting and avoiding misleading visuals. More on Kerri’s fascinating career can be found on her bio.

* This program is pending approval for 1.00 hour of general credit by the Virginia MCLE Board. This program has been approved for 1.00 hour of general credit by the State Bar of California and 1.00 hour of areas of professional practice credit (including transitional credit) by the New York State CLE Board.  Jones Day is a State Bar of California MCLE approved provider, as well as an accredited provider in New York.  Application for CLE credit in other states will be made as needed.

Ireland Chapter Inaugural Dinner

Joanelle O’Cleirigh, leader of the Irish Chapter, hosted a dinner in Arthur Cox for the members of the Irish Chapter last week.  Members from both sides of the legal profession in Ireland (solicitors and barristers) attended.  The group shared their experiences and discussed future ideas for the Chapter.  The Irish Chapter launched in July, so the event was a great opportunity for the women to get to know each other better, and everyone is looking forward to the Chapter’s next event in November.

Pictured in photo (L-R):  Karyn Harty, McCann Fitzgerald; Mary Rose Gearty SC; Joanelle O’Cleirigh, Arthur Cox (Chapter leader); Aoife Corridan, Michael Staines & Co; Ciara Dunny, Matheson; Karen Reynolds, Matheson; Clare Carroll, McCann Fitzgerald; Louise Byrne, A&L Goodbody; Catherine Derrig, McCann Fitzgerald; Jean Tomkin, Sheehan & Partners; Monica Lawlor BL.

Florida Chapter False Claims Act Enforcement Roundtable on September 27, 2018

Please join Morgan Lewis, the Florida chapter of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association, and the American Bar Association Qui Tam Subcommittee for a discussion on False Claims Act Enforcement with perspectives from the government, relators’ counsel, and defense bar.

Topics will include:

  • Evolving theories of FCA cases
  • Current landscape of nonintervened cases moving forward
  • Post Escobar developments in selecting and litigating cases
  • Impact of the recent DOJ memo on dismissal of meritless qui tams
  • State of kickback cases
  • The government’s and relators’ focus on individual liability, corporate liability, and private equity exposure
  • What is on the horizon with Florida FCA enforcement efforts

When: Thursday, September 27, 2018, 4:00–6:30 pm – Libations and hors d’oeuvres to immediately follow roundtable

Where: BOULUDSUD Méditerranée, JW Marriott Marquis Miami, 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL 33131


Meredith S. Auten
Morgan Lewis, Philadelphia

Marc S. Raspanti
Pietragallo, Gordon, Alfano, Bosick & Raspanti, LLP

Alison Tanchyk
Morgan Lewis, Miami

Susan Torres
Deputy Chief, Civil Division,
U.S. Attorney’s Office SDFL

CLE Credit: Currently pending approval in FL

Click here for more information and to RSVP.