Bethel Will Speak as Panelist at ABA Minority Counsel Program in D.C.

On May 16, 2014, from 8 to 10 a.m., Executive Partner Pamela J. Bethel will participate as a panelist at a conference sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. Ms. Bethel will represent the National Bar Association, a predominantly African-American bar group, at the session at the […]

The Strange Case of the Paper-Napkin Conspiracy

By Pamela J. Bethel Recently, we explained, in the context of white-collar crime, why e-mail is a dangerous tool to use, even when you are not guilty, and why one should never be too complacent about what prosecutors may be up to. Here is another lesson: Even a seemingly unbreakable conspiracy can fall apart. All […]

Beware of What Prosecutors Aren’t Telling You

By Pamela J. Bethel Last week, we wrote about a cautionary lesson from some pending white-collar criminal cases: Watch what you put into an email. Whether you are guilty or innocent, your words may come back to bite you. Here is another lesson from one of those cases, the New York state prosecution of former […]

Cautionary Tales: Don’t Assume Your Emails Will Remain Private

By Pamela J. Bethel Anyone who is pursuing or defending white-collar criminals these days knows that the essence of any case is usually what is found in the defendants’ emails. It’s a pretty good assumption that anything you say in an email will eventually be found out — and that therefore before writing an email […]

O’Riordan Receives Award From Organization of Women Business Leaders

We are delighted to announce that our partner Carol L. O’Riordan has been selected to receive the President’s Award of the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization – DC (WPEO-DC). The WPWEO is a regional partner organization of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses. The WBENC is a coalition […]

DOD Requires Contract Offerors to Disclose Their Ownership

By Carol L. O’Riordan This is the sixth blog post in our series about new federal regulatory initiatives that are on tap for the first half of 2014. The Department of Defense recently amended the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to add a provision that requires companies offering to perform contracts for DOD to […]

GSA Taking Another Step Towards Fully Electronic Contracting

By Carol L. O’Riordan This is the fifth blog post in our series about new federal regulatory initiatives that are on tap for the first half of 2014. The General Services Administration (GSA) has issued a proposed rule to amend the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to require electronic submission of modifications under Federal […]

New Rule Will Enhance Small Business Set-Asides

By Carol L. O’Riordan This is the fourth blog post in our series about new federal regulatory initiatives that are on tap for the first half of 2014. On November 2, 2011, the Defense Department, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration issued an interim rule, amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation […]

Lessons to Be Learned From Avon’s FCPA Experience

Avon Products Inc. announced recently that it could face penalties from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission for alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The beauty products company faces an ongoing government investigation of its alleged payment of bribes in China and other countries that it paid […]