Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Joe D. Whitley to Chair 8th Annual Homeland Security Law Institute in Washington, D.C.

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Nationally Recognized White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney Leads the American Bar Association Homeland Security Signature Conference on June 20-21 and Pre-Conference Workshops on June 19

Joe D. Whitley, shareholder and chair of the Atlanta White Collar Criminal Defense Practice Group of international law firm Greenberg Traurig, will serve as chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) eighth-annual Homeland Security Law Institute. The conference, which takes place Thursday, June 20, and Friday, June 21, at the Capital Hilton at 1001 16th Street NW, Washington, DC, is designed for attorneys practicing homeland security law. Attendees may receive 13 continuing legal education (CLE) credits and participate in workshops on a variety of hot topics including homeland security and policy issues, regulatory and legislative developments in homeland security, transportation and supply chain security, immigration policy, cybercrime, issues with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the law enforcement agenda, and the security of current cyber and power infrastructure. Greenberg Traurig, a main sponsor of the institute, will provide two pre-program workshops on Wednesday, June 19, at its offices located at 2101 L Street NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC, 20037.

Whitley, who has had a long and wide-ranging career in the Department of Justice, is a nationally known attorney who focuses his high-profile law practice on white collar criminal matters and regulatory enforcement, international antitrust, U.S. export controls and FCPA compliance. In addition to chairing the conference, he will serve as a panelist on the "Trends in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Anti-Bribery Enforcement" panel, as well as "The Office of DHS General Counsel (2003-2013)" panel. He also will lead spearhead the two pre-program workshops at Greenberg Traurig: “Careers in Homeland Security” and “Homeland Security Law & Policy 101.” More information about the Homeland Security Law Institute and online registration are available at:

“The Homeland Security Law Institute is designed to help attorneys keep pace with and be prepared to address the ever-changing Homeland Security challenges and issues facing our nation,” said Whitley, the former and first General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “With 2013 marking the tenth anniversary of the formation of the Department of Homeland Security, this year’s program also will serve to pay tribute to all the men and women at DHS who daily protect and defend our nation.”

In 2005, after Whitley’s tenure at the Department of Homeland Security, he conceptualized the ABA’s Homeland Security Law Institute. In 2006, he served as chair of the first-annual event, which is currently in its eighth year. Other career milestones include Whitley being appointed three times as a United States Attorney for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia and serving as Program Chair and Chair-Elect of the American Bar Association’s Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section.

The attorneys with the Greenberg Traurig White Collar Criminal Defense Practice Group recognize that government has taken an increasingly aggressive investigative posture toward businesses, especially those subject to government regulations. While other law firms are merely beginning to define this issue in efforts to address the complexity of business crimes today, Greenberg Traurig has extensive experience protecting companies in federal and state criminal investigations, government audits, regulatory investigations, and civil and contract fraud cases. Its team is comprised of former prosecutors who served at the highest levels of federal and state government and have tried hundreds of federal criminal and civil cases.

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