Given my practice area, people often ask me why people commit white-collar crimes. I ask myself this question; and, just as often, I ask myself how can I help my corporate clients mitigate the risks of committing a crime? Despite my lifelong quest to answer both these questions, I have no good answers. Unfortunately, the…

At times, corporations and their leaders fumble when assessing legal risks. The result is trouble – corruption, procurement fraud, securities violations, inflated earnings, and trade violations. When it happens, it often results in criminal prosecutions, shareholder lawsuits, and negative media creating a perception that companies are filled with scoundrels. Often the prosecutions, the lawsuits and…

Do ethics and compliance have a price? Yep, and it varies depending on the scenario. But for this post, I am going to start my calculation at about $4.5 billion dollars. In 2015, Forbes Magazine put Ms. Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of Theranos, on its list of the world’s richest self-made women with a…

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