WilmerHale Partner David Ogden, former US Deputy Attorney General and chair of the firm’s Government and Regulatory Litigation Practice, was a guest speaker during several events at the 7th Annual Global Ethics Summit held in New York on March 10-11, 2015. Ethisphere and Thomson Reuters co-host the highly acclaimed annual event that brings government and regulatory officials, board chairs and legal executives together for discussions about advancing corporate integrity and performance.
Mr. Ogden provided remarks at the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance dinner held at the Harvard Club on Tuesday evening. Regarded as a leading advocate in the US Chamber of Commerce’s campaign initiative to reform the False Claims Act to make it fairer and more effective at preventing fraud before it occurs, Mr. Ogden provided in-depth insights into the emerging role for compliance-based reforms in this and other areas.
On Wednesday, March 11, Ogden participated in a breakout panel session entitled “Compliance Programs, Enforcement Trends and Global Regulations,” which provided guidance on whistleblower activity, new international regulation reforms and anti-corruption laws. During the presentation Mr. Ogden referenced the white paper he co-authored and released in 2014 with the US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, titled Fixing the False Claims Act: The Case for Compliance-Focused Reforms. The release of the white paper generated substantial news coverage in Law360, Reuters, Main Justice and Corporate Counsel, among others.
The Global Ethics Summit annual event is held in New York and brings together executive officers, board chairs, communication executives, governance, risk management and compliance leaders, and government and regulatory officials. This year’s theme was “Elevating Value Through Integrity: How Leading Companies Accomplish Excellence Worldwide.”
Mr. Ogden is a member of the firm’s Litigation/Controversy and Regulatory and Government Affairs Departments. His practice focuses on complex disputes with serious financial implications. He served as the Deputy Attorney General of the United States from 2009 to 2010 and as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division, US Department of Justice, from 1999 to 2001.