Lunch & Learn 3/10/2021


Topic: Lessons Learned from Monitorships That will Benefit Your Corporate Compliance Program & Culture

Summary:  In this interactive ACE Lunch & Learn webinar, three attorneys from Kilpatrick Townsend’s Government Enforcement and Investigations Team will share lessons they have learned while assisting companies to improve their compliance and ethics programs in the wake of compliance failures and crises.  Drawing on their experience working on one of the most high profile monitorships in recent years, the three-year independent compliance monitorship for Volkswagen AG, they will provide practical advice on what they have seen work best at companies striving to improve their global compliance culture and programs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand corporate monitorships, and why your organization wants to avoid one
  • What corporate compliance failures have led to recent corporate monitorships
  • Best practices for instilling and improving a compliance culture and program within a complex, international and multicultural organization
  • Best practices for reviewing, auditing, and testing your anti-fraud, ethics and compliance policies, procedures and controls

Date & Agenda: Wednesday, March 10, 2021  11:30am – 1pm.

11:30 AM: Welcome & Intros
11:40 AM: Program
12:30 PM: Q&A

Audience: This event is open to all compliance & ethics professionals.

CEU/CLE: We are happy to provide up to 1.5 credits for SHRM.  This education activity has been submitted to the Compliance Certification Board (CCB)® and the GA Bar and is currently pending their review for approval of CCB CEUs (SCCE) and CLEs (GA Bar). Credits will be issued based on actual run time and attendance.

Location: A Zoom link will be provided upon registration.

Cost: $75 non-members | No cost to current ACE members


  • Scott Marrah | Partner & Co-Leader of Kilpatrick Townsend’s Government Enforcement and Investigations Team; Former Deputy Monitor for Anti-Fraud, Ethics, and Compliance to Volkswagen AG
    Scott has extensive experience in the areas of white collar criminal defense, internal, criminal and SEC investigations, and complex commercial litigation. Mr. Marrah has significant trial and appellate experience gained from years as both a federal prosecutor and a defense attorney in private practice. Mr. Marrah assists clients with government enforcement issues including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the False Claims Act (including government contracting, healthcare and tax matters), Civil Investigative Demands, securities fraud allegations, criminal environmental and antitrust issues and export enforcement. He also regularly represents financial institutions in matters with DOJ, SEC, FDIC, and OCC, including subpoena compliance and internal investigations. He assists companies with grand jury inquiries and has handled
  • Adria Perez | Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend
    Adria focuses her practice on representing both corporations and individuals in white collar criminal defense matters, government enforcement issues, as well as internal, criminal and SEC investigations. Her experience includes handling issues relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, commercial bribery, False Claims Act (including government contracting, healthcare and tax matters), environmental crimes and Civil Investigative Demands. Ms. Perez assists clients in responding to inquiries from and government investigations conducted by the DOJ, SEC, OCC and Office of Inspector General from a variety of federal agencies. She also counsels clients on developing and strengthening compliance programs and policies.
    Ms. Perez had a significant role on the Volkswagen AG Independent Compliance Monitor & Auditor team that oversaw VW AG’s compliance with Plea Agreement and Consent Decree obligations arising from parallel criminal and civil cases concerning emissions fraud with regard to the company’s diesel-powered cars sold in the United States. She led and managed working groups of attorneys, auditors, and consultants in reviewing, auditing and testing aspects of the company’s anti-fraud remedial measures and compliance program improvements.
  • Doug Gilfillan | Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend
    government regulatory investigations and enforcement actions, and complex civil litigation. A former federal prosecutor, Doug has acted as lead counsel and tried numerous cases to jury verdict in a wide variety of white collar criminal cases. Prior to joining the firm, Doug served in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, where he supervised and handled a wide variety of white collar criminal investigations and prosecutions. Most recently, Doug was Chief of the Cyber Crimes and Intellectual Property Section and National Security Cyber Specialist in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia. In that role, he supervised the investigation and prosecution of computer intrusions and data breaches, intellectual property offenses, and counter-proliferation cases. Doug also consulted with companies and third parties regarding cyber legal issues and investigations. Prior to serving as the Chief of the Cyber Section, Doug was Deputy Chief of the Economic Crimes Section. In that role and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Doug supervised and handled investigations and prosecutions of securities and investment fraud, public company accounting fraud, criminal False Claims Act matters, matters arising under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, health care fraud, public corruption matters, criminal tax matters, federal program and government contracting fraud, and union and labor fraud cases, among other matters. As sole and lead counsel, Doug tried several multidefendant, multi-week cases to jury verdict and handled the ensuing appeals in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.



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