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NACDL's 2022 West Coast White Collar Conference

Kona Kai Resort, San Diego, CA - 10.25 Credits/1.5 Ethics Credit

Agenda Faculty Venue Exhibitor/Sponsor Scholarships Pricing Register Online Register by PDF Materials

Join NACDL at a beautiful waterfront resort for its 12th Annual West Coast White Collar Conference in San Diego, CA, June 16-17, 2022, where our focus is on pure substance, the hottest topics, and offering our attendees the best faculty from the very diverse practice of white collar defense. 

This program will also feature outstanding networking events. Come join us at the Kona Kai Resort & Spa, rated the #3 Resort in Southern California by Conde Nast Traveler, 2020.

Bring the family and stay the weekend!

In order to ensure the highest level of safety for our attendees, NACDL will be implementing the following safety measures at the conference:

  1. All participants will need to self-certify they have received the full dosage of a vaccine for COVID-19 prior to attending.
  2. While no longer required, all attendees are encouraged to wear a mask in public indoor settings. NACDL will have masks available for all participants at the registration desk, and signs will be displayed as a reminder to keep masks on at all times (except when eating or drinking). 
  3. Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the hotel property, including at the entrance to all meeting rooms. 
  4. The seminar room will be arranged with socially distanced tables/chairs to the best of our ability.


The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Thursday, June 16, 2022
7:00 am

Registration & Exhibits & Continental Breakfast

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9:00 am Welcoming Remarks – NACDL President Martin Sabelli (San Francisco, CA) Program Chairs
9:15 am

Convincing the Jury: Voir Dire, Focus Groups, Questionnaires, and Other Tools  

Panelists: Meryl O’Bryan, Lake Research Partners (Washington, DC); Joshua Ulibarri, Lake Research Partners (Phoenix, AZ)

10:30 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
10:45 am

Enforcement Hot Topics: COVID Fraud, Government Contracting Fraud, and More

Panelists: Ben Au, Orrick (Los Angeles, CA); Koren (Kori) Bell, Larson LLP (Los Angeles, CA); Rasha Gerges Shields, Jones Day (Los Angeles, CA); Michael Heiskell, Johnson, Vaughn & Heiskell (Fort Worth, TX); Ismail (Izzy) Ramsey, Ramsey & Ehrlich LLP (Berkeley, CA)

12:00 pm KEYNOTE LUNCHEON: U.S. Supreme Court Update Jeff Fisher, Stanford Law Supreme Court Litigation Clinic (Stanford, CA)
1:30 pm

Avoiding the Clink: Ethical Pitfalls and Precautions for Defense Counsel 

Panelists: Steven Ragland, Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP (San Francisco, CA); Nic Marais, Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP (San Francisco, CA); Earll Pott, Klinedinst PC (San Diego, CA); Amy Richardson, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP (Washington, DC)

2:45 pm Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break

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3:00 pm

Carry the One: Examining and Cross-Examining Financial Experts

Panelists: Barry Pollack, Kramer Levin | Robbins, Russell (Washington, DC); Brook Dooley, Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP (San Francisco, CA); David Willingham, King & Spalding LLP (Los Angeles, CA)

4:15 pm

A Pound of Flesh or Twenty? Coercive Plea Bargaining and the Disappearance of Criminal Trials 

Speaker: Martín Sabelli, Law Offices of Martín A. Sabelli (San Francisco, CA)

6:00 pm

Networking Reception

Sponsored by:

Miller & Chevalier

Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP

Friday, June 17, 2022
8:30 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
9:00 am

The Judges Speak: Judges on Sentencing

Panelists: Martha Boersch, Boersch & Illovsky LLP (Oakland, CA); Hon. Richard Franklin Boulware II, U.S. District Court, District of Nevada (Las Vegas, NV); Hon. Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, District Judge N.D. Cal. (Oakland, CA); Hon. Philip Gutierrez, Chief District Judge C.D. Cal. (Los Angeles, CA)

10:15 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break

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10:30 am

Only Two Things Are Certain and This Isn't About Death: Defending Criminal Tax Cases

Panelists: Joe Rillotta, Miller & Chevalier Chartered (Washington, DC); Sandra Brown, Hochman Salkin Toscher Perez P.C. (Beverly Hills, CA); Sara Neill, Capes, Sokol, Goodman & Sarachan, P.C. (Saint Louis, MO); Sarah Paul, Eversheds Sutherland LLP (New York, NY)

11:45 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
12:00 pm

When the Lawyer is the Defendant: Lessons from the Kenneth Ravenell, Joshua Treem, and Sean Gordon Trial

Panelists: Addy Schmitt, Miller & Chevalier Chartered (Washington, DC); Rebecca LeGrand, LeGrand Law PLLC (Washington, DC); Joshua Treem, Brown Goldstein & Levy LLP (Baltimore, MD); Robert (Bob) Trout, Schertler Onorato Mead & Sears, LLP (Washington, DC)

1:30 pm Conference Adjourns




Kona Kai Resort & Spa
1551 Shelter Island Dr.
San Diego, CA 92106

Online Reservations: NACDL 2022 West Coast White Collar Seminar
Phone Reservations: 619-221-8000
Group rate: $199+ tax  (Expires May 25, 2022) 
Please mention "NACDL" to receive the applicable discount rate. 
Rooms/discounted group rates are not guaranteed if the block has been filled prior to the cut-off date.

Sponsorship and Exhibits

For information on exhibiting or sponsorships, please contact NACDL's Sales and Marketing Manager Jason Petty at or call (202) 465-7637.

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NACDL would like to thank the following sponsors, exhibitors, and affinity partners for their support and contributions:

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Welcoming Reception:

Miller & Chevalier

Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP

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Conference At-A-Glance Agenda Sponsor:


The McHard Firm


Needs Based Scholarships

Based on need, scholarships are available to NACDL members for up to 50% off the standard seminar fee of $499. Approved recipients are responsible for the remainder of the tuition fee, which is $250 (all other expenses are not included). The reduced scholarship fee includes seminar tuition, admission to all evening social events, and downloadable seminar materials. Travel, hotel, and other costs are not included.

To Apply: Prepare and e-mail or fax a letter of no more than two pages explaining the reason why you believe you should receive the grant to: NACDL Director of Events Akvile Athanason, at All applications must be submitted before registering for the seminar and received by May 20, 2022.



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Members of NACDL enjoy exclusive registration rates for our seminars along with all the benefits from joining.

Registration Fees
NACDL Members: Regular, Life, and Sustaining Members $499
Non-Members (includes 1 year membership)  $728
Law Firm Groups of 3 (must register at the same time; 1 payment; no changes or cancellations allowed). To register a group, please visit: $429
ALL State & Federal Defenders $299
ALL California Lawyers (Residents Only) $459
Corporate Counsel Lawyers $469
NACDL Members - International $279
Non-Attendee Guest/Spouse Events Package $150
Non-Attendee Materials / Audio Recordings
Course Materials Only $150
Audio Recording of Seminar & Course Materials $150

Code of Conduct

NACDL endeavors to foster a working, learning, and social environment free of harassment, discrimination, intimidation, and insult. To that end, NACDL has adopted a Code of Conduct for Affiliated Persons that applies to all attendees and participants of any kind at all NACDL sponsored events.

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