Panelist Profiles

Javier Bleichmar is a partner at Labaron Sucharow LLP.  Mr. Bleichmar concentrates his practice on prosecuting complex securities fraud cases on behalf of institutional investors. Since joining Labaton Sucharow, Mr. Bleichmar was instrumental in securing a $77 million settlement in the In re St. Paul Travelers Securities Litigation II on behalf of the Lead Plaintiff, the Educational Retirement Board of New Mexico.  Most recently, he has been a member of the team prosecuting securities class actions against British Petroleum and The Bear Stearns Companies, Inc. Prior to joining Labaton Sucharow, Mr. Bleichmar practiced securities litigation at Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP, where he prosecuted securities actions on behalf of institutional investors. He was actively involved in the In re Williams Securities Litigation, which resulted in a $311 million settlement, as well as securities cases involving Lucent Technologies, Inc., Conseco, Inc. and Biovail Corp. During his time at Columbia University Law School, he was a managing editor of the Journal of Law and Social Problems and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. As a law student, Mr. Bleichmar served as a law clerk to the Honorable Denny Chin, United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York. After law school, Mr. Bleichmar authored the article “Deportation As Punishment: A Historical Analysis of the British Practice of Banishment and Its Impact on Modern Constitutional Law,”14 Georgetown Immigration Law Journal 115 (1999). 


Paul Butler is associate dean for Faculty Development and the Carville Dickinson Benson Research Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School.
Professor Butler teaches in the areas of criminal law, civil rights, and jurisprudence. His scholarship has been published in many leading scholarly journals, including the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Law Review (two articles), the Stanford Law Review and the UCLA Law Review (three articles). He has been awarded the Professor of the Year award three times by the GW graduating class. He was a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the acting co-director of the GW/Oxford Human Rights Program at Oxford University.  He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2003 and received a Soros Justice Fellowship in 2006.

Professor Butler is one of the nation’s most frequently consulted scholars on issues of race and criminal justice. He has written a column for The Legal Times and published numerous op-ed articles and book reviews. He lectures regularly for the American Bar Association and the NAACP, and at colleges, law schools, and community organizations throughout the United States.  

Professor Butler served as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, where his specialty was public corruption. While at the Department of Justice, Professor Butler also served as a special assistant U.S. Attorney, prosecuting drug and gun cases. After graduating from law school, he clerked for the Hon. Mary Johnson Lowe in the United States District Court in New York, and then joined the law firm of Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in white collar criminal defense. His book “Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice” has just been published.


James T. Conversano is a director in the FTI Forensic and Litigation Consulting practice and is based in Washington, D.C
.  Mr. Conversano has more than 17 years of regulatory, compliance and forensic investigation experience.  Mr. Conversano recently provided expert analysis for the SEC Office of Inspector General's 477-page report titled "SEC Office of Inspector General's Investigation of the Failure of the SEC to Uncover Bernard Madoff's Ponzi Scheme" and the subsequent recommendations report titled "Review and Analysis of OCIE Examinations of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, LLC."

Prior to joining FTI in 2007, Mr. Conversano spent 4 years as a senior accountant working in the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.  Prior to joining the SEC in 2003, Mr. Conversano spent 11 years as a senior financial analyst working at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.


James D. Cox is the Brainerd Currie Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law.
Professor Cox is a native of Kansas. He entered law teaching as a fellow at Boston University and has since taught at the University of San Francisco, Stanford, and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, before joining the Duke faculty in 1979. He has focused his writing and teaching in the areas of corporate and securities law, and is the author of a book on the utilization of financial information in the regulation of public corporations, a 2003 multi-volume treatise on corporate law, and a casebook on securities regulations (5th ed. 2006). He spent the spring of 1989 as a senior Fulbright research fellow at the University of Sydney. He is a former member of the New York Stock Exchange Legal Advisory Committee and the NASD Legal Advisory Board, and is currently a member of the ABA Committee on Corporate Laws and the Standing Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. In 2001, Professor Cox was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Mercature from the University of South Denmark. He earned his B.S. in 1966 from Arizona State University; a J.D. in 1969 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law; and an LL.M. in 1971 from Harvard University.


David N. Ellenhorn is senior trial counsel at the Office of New York State Attorney General.
  Mr. Ellenhorn has been a trial lawyer for almost forty years in a wide-ranging variety of matter.  He has served as special counsel to Proskauer Rose LLP, partner at Solomon, Zauderer, Ellenhorn, Frischer & Sharp, chief counsel to the New York State Commission of Investigation, and assistant United States attorney in the Washington, D.C. United States Attorney’s Office.  He taught trial practice at Yale and NYU, lectures for the Practicing Law Institute, the Federal Bar Council, and the New York State Bar Association, and is a member of the American Law Institute, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the Federal Bar Council. Mr. Ellenhorn is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School.


Diana B. Henriques is a senior financial writer for The New York Times,
where she has worked since 1989 and has specialized in financial fraud, white-collar crime and corporate governance issues. She was previously a staff writer for Barron's magazine, a Wall Street correspondent for The Philadelphia Inquirer and an investigative reporter for The Trenton (N.J.) Times. In 2005, she was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and won a George Polk Award, the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting and Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize, for her 2004 series exposing insurance and investment rip-offs of young military consumers. She is currently working on a book about the Bernard L. Madoff scandal and is the author of three previous books: "The Machinery of Greed," "Fidelity's World," and "The White Sharks of Wall Street."

Ms. Henriques is a 1969 graduate of The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.  She graduated with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, majored in international affairs and was a General Motors Scholar. She now serves as chairwoman of the International Advisory Council of the university’s Elliott School of International Affairs.


Edward Labaton is a senior partner at Labaton, Sucharow LLP.
Mr. Labaton has specialized in the areas of securities and corporate litigation. Mr. Labaton has been president of the Institute for Law and Economic Policy since its founding in 1996. Recently, Mr. Labaton co-authored It’s Time to Resuscitate the Shareholder Derivative Action. He earned a B.B.A. from the City University of New York, Baruch College, and a LL.B. from Yale University.


Stephen Labaton was a reporter at The New York Times
where he covered legal, regulatory and policy issues for more than 20 years. He began his career in the 1980's covering the Wall Street corruption cases and ended it last December as the senior writer in the Washington Bureau of The Times, covering the market crisis. Mr. Labaton is a two-time winner of the Loeb Award and a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist. He now practices law and advises companies on policy and regulatory issues in Washington.


Frederick Lawrence, is dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School. 
Dean Lawrence came to GW Law as dean in August 2005. One of the nation’s leading civil rights experts, he is the author of, Punishing Hate: Bias Crimes Under American Law, which examines bias-motivated violence and how the United States deals with such crimes. He has written widely in the areas of civil rights crimes and free expression.

Dean Lawrence began his legal career in 1980 as clerk to Judge Amalya L. Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Later, he was named an assistant U.S. attorney for the southern district of New York, where he became chief of the office’s civil rights unit. In 1988, he joined the faculty of Boston University School of Law where he taught courses on civil procedure, criminal law, civil rights enforcement, and civil rights crimes. He also served as the school’s associate dean for academic affairs from 1996 to 1999. In 1996 he received Boston University’s Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, the university’s highest teaching honor.

Dean Lawrence has been a senior visiting research fellow with the University College London Faculty of Law and has studied bias crimes law in the United Kingdom through a Ford Foundation grant. He has lectured nationally and internationally about bias crime law and testified before Congress in support of federal hate crimes legislation on several occasions – most recently in 2007 – and concerning Justice Department misconduct in Boston.

In 2004, he was a member of the American delegation to the meeting of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on Enactment and Enforcement of Legislation to Combat Hate-Motivated Crimes and in 2009 he delivered the keynote address to the OSCE meeting on hate crime law enforcement. From 2003 to 2006, he served as chair of the National Legal Affairs Committee of the Anti-Defamation League. Dean Lawrence also has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts with the New York Choral Society.


Lawrence E. Mitchell is the Theodore Rinehart Professor of Business Law at The George Washington University Law School.
He is the author of The Speculation Economy: How Finance Triumphed Over Industry (2007) (awarded ForeWord Magazine’s 2007 Gold Medal for the Best Book in Business and Economics and the 2009 “IPPY” Silver Medal for Finance/Investment/Economics), and Corporate Irresponsibility: America’s Newest Export (2001), among other books and publications. Professor Mitchell is currently working on his next book, Financialism: The End of American Capitalism. He has written extensively on matters of corporate governance, finance, law, and ethics, among other subjects.  A graduate of Williams College and Columbia University Law School, Professor Mitchell practiced corporate law in New York from 1981 to 1987 before entering academia.


Ira Lee Sorkin is co-leader of Dickstein Schapiro LLP’s Securities—Litigation, Regulatory, and Compliance and White Collar Criminal Defense & Investigations Practices.
Mr. Sorkin focuses his practice on white-collar criminal defense, arbitrations, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement and other regulatory investigations and proceedings, New York Stock Exchange and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority defense, and criminal and civil litigation.

From 1984 to 1986, Mr. Sorkin was the director of the SEC's New York office, where he supervised investigations and prosecutions of numerous violations of the federal securities laws, including stock manipulation, insider trading, books and records, mutual funds fraud, sales of unregistered securities, fraud by investment advisors, and other violations. From 1971 to 1976, Mr. Sorkin served as an assistant U.S. attorney, and then deputy chief, of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.


Robert W. Tuttle is professor of law and the David R. and Sherry Kirschner Berz Research Professor of Law and Religion, at the George Washington University Law School,
where he has taught since 1994. After graduating from GW Law School in 1991, he earned a Ph.D. in religious ethics from the University of Virginia; he also holds a B.A. from the College of William & Mary, and a M.A. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.  He teaches in the areas of property, trusts and estates, and professional responsibility. Professor Tuttle is the author or co-author of numerous articles and reports in the fields of legal ethics and church-state law. He serves as legal counsel to the Washington, DC, Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and as a board member of Lutheran Services in America.


Josephine Wang is general counsel for the
Securities Investor Protection Corporation.

Josephine Wang joined SIPC in 1983, assuming positions of increasing responsibility before becoming general counsel and secretary in 2004.  Before joining SIPC, she was an attorney with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. While on the staff at SIPC, she has had primary responsibility for some of the larger liquidations under the Securities Investor Protection Act (“SIPA”), including those of Bevill Bresler & Schulman, Inc., First Interregional Equity Corporation, and Stratton Oakmont, Inc.  She has briefed and argued cases at all levels of the federal court system.  She is the co-author of a comprehensive article examining the impact of stockbroker liquidations under SIPA on securities transfers (12 Cardozo Law Review 509 (1990).  In addition, she has served as a director on the board of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund and has been a speaker on behalf of SIPC both nationally and internationally.

 

 


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