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Big Brother IS Watching You: How to Manage, Negotiate and Survive a Federal Inquiry

October 26, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Presented by

Edwin J. Tomko and Ferdose al-Taie of Dykema Cox Smith in Dallas

Would you know what to do if the Government knocked on your door? Edwin J. Tomko and Ferdose al-Taie will be bringing their unique experience as federal prosecutors and white collar defense attorneys to give you tips on how to avoid and navigate a federal inquiry. The presentation is geared toward in-house counsel; however, all attorneys who represent businesses will benefit from this discussion. A special focus will be made on those issues specific to the Energy sector.

  • Date:    Thursday, October 26, 2017
  • Time:    3:30 to 5:00 – CLE presentation with 1.5 CLE hours, including .5 hours of ethics, pending
    5:00 to 6:30 – Happy Hour with light appetizers and drinks provided
  • Cost:     $40 member; $55 non-member
  • Place:    Black Walnut Café, 9000 New Trails Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77381

About the presenters

Edwin J. Tomko is a four-year-member of Dykema Cox Smith’s business litigation group focusing on federal and state white collar crime cases involving government contracts, financial institutions, securities, environmental and health care issues. Prior to embarking upon his law firm career in 1988, he served almost two decades in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), where he once headed the SEC’s Houston office, as well as in the office of the District Attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mr. Tomko has been involved in numerous high-profile securities fraud cases brought by the DOJ, including the representation of one of five defendants who proceeded to trial in a case commonly referred to as the Enron Broadband prosecution. He also represented one of the top officers in a variety of actions that arose out of the In re Fleming Securities Litigation matter.

Ferdose al-Taie joined Dykema earlier this year and advocates for clients to resolve complex business challenges in regulatory inquiries and private party disputes involving securities, compliance, oil and gas, antitrust and competition law, government investigations, white collar criminal defense and business litigation.  Before joining the firm, she was Senior Counsel at the SEC’s Division of Enforcement headquarters in the DC, where she led investigations and prosecutions of federal securities law violations, including those with parallel criminal actions.

For more information, contact Kelli Smith at kelli.smith@steptoe-johnson.com.


  • If you are a WBA member, please use the form below to select the number of tickets you would like and press Submit.  You will be redirected to Paypal, where you can use your debit or credit card to submit payment.
  • If you are not a WBA member, please email Kelli Smith at kelli.smith@steptoe-johnson.com to RSVP.


October 26, 2017
3:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Black Walnut Cafe
9000 New Trails Dr.
The Woodlands, TX 77381 United States
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