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2019 Conference Speakers

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Bruce Dorris, J.D., CFE, CPA
President and CEO
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Bruce Dorris is the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). He also serves as an advisory member to the ACFE Board of Regents. Dorris has conducted anti-fraud training for the United Nations, the American Bankers Association, colleges and universities around the world, as well as with the FBI, GAO and other federal and state law enforcement agencies in the United States.

His expertise has been featured in interviews with the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, and the Atlantic among others.

Dorris earned his Juris Doctor from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in 1993 and is licensed to practice law in state and federal courts in Texas and Louisiana. Prior to joining the ACFE, he served as a prosecutor in Louisiana for 13 years, focusing primarily on financial crime investigations. Additionally, he is also licensed as a Certified Public Accountant.

Dorris has been with the ACFE for 12 years, previously serving as Vice President and Program Director, and is proud to be involved in the continued growth and professional direction of the world’s largest anti-fraud organization.

Rusty Hardin
Partner, Rusty Hardin & Associates, LLP

Rusty Hardin is the name partner of his 14-attorney firm in Houston, Texas. He has more than 40 years of litigation experience, having begun his career as an assistant district attorney for Harris County in 1975. He served as chief of one of the office’s felony divisions for eight years and was named Prosecutor of the Year in 1989. In 1991, Hardin moved into private practice, and he established Rusty Hardin & Associates in 1996.

The firm manages a wide variety of cases and appeals, focusing primarily on civil matters, including complex commercial litigation, contract disputes, and claims involving serious personal injury. The firm also engages in a substantial white collar criminal defense practice in both federal and state court. Hardin has tried over 170 jury trials in addition to a number of commercial arbitrations. His clients have been as varied as Arthur Andersen in both its civil and criminal cases; Dow Jones, for whom the firm won a new trial in the face of the largest libel verdict in history; the J. Howard Marshall II estate in the nationally-followed probate trial involving claims made by Anna Nicole Smith; ExxonMobil Corporation; Rice University; Las Vegas Sands; and a lengthy roster of professional athletes that includes Wade Boggs, Warren Moon, Rudy Tomjanovich, Calvin Murphy, Adrian Peterson, and Roger Clemens.

Hardin’s reputation and skill have led to numerous honors. He is one of only four attorneys in the U.S. and the only attorney in Texas honored as a 2018 Global Elite Thought Leader in litigation by the international legal research firm Who’s Who Legal. Hardin is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) and a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL), and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He served as chief trial counsel for Independent Counsel Robert Fiske and his successor Kenneth Starr in the Whitewater investigation. Since 2009, Hardin has served on the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America by The National Law Journal in 2013, and he was named one of “The 25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter-Century” by Texas Lawyer in 2010. The London-based Chambers has recognized Hardin as a top U.S. trial lawyer and as a Texas Band 1 lawyer in both general commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense. Best Lawyers has recognized him in both commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense, and it named him 2019 Lawyer of the Year in the Houston area for white collar criminal defense. Benchmark Litigation selected Hardin as a Litigation Star in Texas in General Commercial Litigation, and he was the recipient of the 2013 Lifetime Excellence in Advocacy Award from the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists. In 2016, the firm was selected as a Litigation Department of the Year honoree by the publishers of Texas Lawyer, and Hardin was selected as a member of America’s Top 100 Attorneys. Hardin earned recognition in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for both commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense work. Additionally, he was ranked as one of the Top Ten “Super Lawyers” in Texas by Texas Monthly for four consecutive years and was named by Texas Lawyer as a “Go-To Lawyer” for civil defense litigation in 2002 and commercial litigation in 2007. In 2011, Hardin received the Houston Press Readers’ Choice award for Best Lawyer in Houston, and in 2009, he received the Houston Press Readers’ Choice awards for Best Civil Attorney and Best Criminal Defense Attorney in Houston.

Hardin has held a number of leadership positions on committees for the State Bar of Texas and has served on the faculty of numerous public and professional institutions. He is also a highly sought-after speaker for national and regional bar associations and business groups.

A native of North Carolina, Hardin received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and his J.D. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

    Weston Smith
    Former CFO, Healthsouth 
    Convicted Fraudster 

    Weston Smith began his career as a CPA with Ernst & Young, specializing in audit and healthcare consulting. He was hired by Healthsouth Corporation during it’s infancy, and ultimately became CFO of the company with over 2,000 locations in all 50 states and five countries. However, underneath the persona of success, Mr. Smith was a participant in a financial statement fraud that ran for over 15 years, with an earnings overstatement of over Three Billion dollars. The multi-year fraud was undetected by auditors and the SEC, until Mr. Smith exposed the fraud, and accepted the consequences of his own actions. Subsequently, he served as a witness in the government’s criminal case against Healthsouth’s former CEO, Richard Scrushy. Today, in addition to working as an accountant for small businesses, Mr. Smith is a lecturer and trainer with an emphasis on fraud prevention and ethics promotion. He has been published in Issues in Accounting Education, and has spoken for universities, corporations and professional groups across the country and internationally. He has also appeared on CNBC, Fox Business Network, and other media outlets.

    The Healthsouth Fraud: A Case of Ethical Malpractice

    Presentation Objectives:

    • Understanding toxic versus healthy corporate culture
    • Mechanics of fraud and how to discover them
    • Seeing the financial and non-financial red flags of fraud
    • Awareness of the toll of the fraud on the Innocent
    • Protecting yourself and company from unethical conduct of others
    • .The challenge: How will you respond?

    Teresa Anaya, CFE, ACMS, ITIL3, CBP, CCI
    Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator 

    Ms. Anaya’s has over 25 years of experience in accounting and information technology with most recent 10 years in fraud, money laundering and terrorist financing investigations. Ms. Anaya draws her knowledge and experience from her work performing investigations for global financial institutions, including investigating reason for failure of financial institutions in the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008. Her area of expertise is in the financial institution vertical, specific to global “Know Your Customer” standards, transaction monitoring and suspicious activity reporting. In addition to her investigation experience, she’s developed requirements for the first line of defense against fraud and anti-money laundering systems utilized in global financial institutions. Ms. Anaya’s is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Anti- Money Laundering Specialist, ITIL 3 Certified and a Certified Bitcoin Professional and co-developed the first Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator Training program.

    Investigating Cryptocurrency Transactions

    Presentation Objectives:

    • Introduction to cryptocurrency
    • Understand basics of blockchain
    • Understand how to perform a transaction
    • Discuss where to store cryptocurrency
    • Discuss how and why criminals use cryptocurrency
    • Discuss case studies and forensics

    Steven Patterson, CFE
    Deputy Director, West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center

    Steven Patterson, CFE, is the Deputy Director of the West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center. Received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Alderson Broaddus College. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner ("CFE"). Previously an Internal Auditor Manager & Fraud Investigator for both Massey Energy and Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. He has overseen several comprehensive fraud investigations, with over 17 years of experience in internal auditing, fraud investigation, and analyst with over $20 million in recovery and deterrence efforts. He is an adjunct instructor and board member for the forensic accounting program at Ohio Valley University. Founding member and current President of the Charleston Chapter of the ACFE. Travels and presents nationally and internationally on fraud related topics and interviewing skills.

    Mary N. Cheney, Esq., CISSP
    The Cyber Security Law Firm of Texas

    Mary N. Chaney, Esq., CISSP, has over 20 years of progressive experience within the fields of Law, Information Security, Privacy and Risk Management. She graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio with her B.S.B.A in Information Systems and received her J.D. degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

    Ms. Chaney spent several years practicing law in Washington, DC focusing primarily on anti-trust and intellectual property rights infringement cases. She then transitioned to serve her country by becoming a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) where she investigated cybercrime and served as their Information Systems Security Officer.

    Ms. Chaney obtained her Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification in 2008. In her corporate career, she has held senior level information security roles with Comcast, Johnson & Johnson and GE Capital.

    Voluntarily, Ms. Chaney is the Chairman and CEO of Minorities in Cybersecurity, Inc. which focuses on leadership and career development for minorities and women. Ms. Chaney also holds advisory board roles for the Cyber Law Consortium, Post University and ChickTECH. In each of her volunteer endeavors Ms. Chaney strives to improve the cyber security and privacy community by ensuring both students and professionals have the resources they need to excel in their careers.

    Academically, Ms. Chaney is an adjunct professor with the University of Cincinnati where she teaches courses to assist with the development of the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

    Professionally, Ms. Chaney owns her own cyber security law practice, The Law Offices of Mary N. Chaney, P.L.L.C., The Cyber Security Law Firm of Texas, where she specializes in helping, the Board of Directors, CIO, CISO and General Counsel of any company, understand each other and to legally protect the enterprise from cyber security risk.

    David Utzke
    Senior Agent, US Government

    Dr David Utzke holds advanced degrees in computer science/programming, forensic accounting, international finance, global macro-economics, and cryptoeconomics. David also has over 25 years of experience in cryptocurrency technology, which started in 1990 with the introduction of the first centralized cryptocurrency called Digicash while serving in the military. As the technology evolved in 2009 with Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and decentralized cryptocurrency, David began development of blockchain forensic investigative techniques now used in his work as an agent with the U.S. government where he has supported several hundred cryptocurrency investigations over the past 6 years, leads cryptocurrency enforcement initiatives now including several thousand cryptocurrency cases, and continues to train and support field agents in ongoing investigations as well as continuing to develop his computer coding skills in Solidity, SAS, Python, SQL, and a number of other coding languages. 

    David holds professional certifications as a CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner), CFI (Certified Forensic Interviewer), Certified in CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Certified), CCE (Certified Cryptocurrency Expert), CBE (Certified Blockchain Expert), CEE (Certified Ethereum Expert), CPSP (Certified Protective Services Professional), CPTED (Certified in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design), and graduating from MIT ‘s Sloan School of Management in Cryptoeconomics.

    Bill Banowsky
    Partner, Thompson & Knight

    William L. Banowsky is a Partner in the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight LLP, where he focuses his practice on complex business litigation and arbitration, securities litigation, and corporate governance investigations. Bill has extensive experience in contract disputes, corporate shareholders rights, director and officer liability claims and disputes, and environmental impact litigation. Bill is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He received his J.D., cum laude, from SMU Dedman School of Law and his B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas Tech University.

    Mackenzie Wallace
    Associate, Thompson & Knight

    Mackenzie S. Wallace is an associate in the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight LLP, where she focuses her practice on federal and state trial actions involving securities, white collar, financial institutions, healthcare, energy, aviation, and general business and commercial litigation. Mackenzie has extensive experience representing healthcare providers in coverage and reimbursement disputes; fraud and civil RICO claims; Texas Prompt Pay Act, qui tam, and False Claims Act litigation; and matters relating to the violation of federal and state anti-kickback provisions and Stark laws. Mackenzie received her J.D., cum laude, from Baylor Law School; her M.A. in Taxation from Baylor University, and her B.B.A. in Accounting, cum laude, from Baylor University.

    Bill Stark
    Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig

    P. William (Bill) Stark is a leader of the Video Game and Esports Group and a Litigation shareholder. Bill advises clients in the esports and video gaming industry with respect to digital content development, distribution, regulation, entertainment, and consumption. He assists and counsels clients regarding esports regulation, training, anti-corruption, compliance, and litigation issues. Bill assists clients in understanding and navigating the complex and rapidly evolving esports legal and regulatory landscape to proactively navigate the opportunities and challenges that arise on a daily basis.

    Bill also advises clients regarding commercial and complex disputes. He is experienced trying cases in court and in a wide variety of arbitrations, including international commercial disputes, partnership disputes, real estate litigation, securities litigation, energy litigation, construction contracts, commercial arbitrations, labor and employment disputes and intellectual property. He represents individuals and businesses as both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts, as well as in national and international bodies, such as the American Arbitration Association, the ICC Court of Arbitration, and the London Court of International Arbitration.

    Steven V. Walkowiak
    Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig

    Steven V. Walkowiak is a leader of the Video Game and Esports Group and a Litigation shareholder. Steve additionally advises clients in the esports and video gaming space, both with respect to regulatory matters and privacy issues raised in this emerging and evolving market. He is involved in esports regulation and advises clients regarding video game disciplinary decisions, league training, employment, and anti-corruption policies. He has served as a consultant and esports legal advisor, working with parties throughout sports, media, and entertainment to navigate the complex and evolving esports legal landscape in issues as diverse as antitrust and employment, through media content licensing and intellectual property. He is also a member of both the Esports Bar Association and Video Game Bar Association.

    Steve additionally represents a wide range of businesses and individuals from trial through appeal. He focuses on complex commercial litigation, product liability, and consumer fraud litigation representing clients in both state and federal court, and before FINRA arbitration panels. Steve has defended numerous medical device and industrial product claims as well as defended against class certification on behalf of numerous products. Steve has advised on various oil and gas matters. This includes the acquisition and development of a major, urban gas pipeline through Dallas/Ft. Worth, including the acquisition through eminent domain and condemnation proceedings land necessary to complete the development project. In addition, Steve routinely assists in defending antitrust and complex business litigation disputes, and has deep experience with respect to franchise terminations, franchise litigation, and securing emergency relief for franchisors. He has sought and obtained emergency orders on behalf of franchisors in both state and federal courts in order to protect the franchisor’s brand, and secure smooth reacquisition of products and premises.

    Furthermore, Steve advises clients on critical issues pertaining to attorney-client privilege, with an emphasis on cross border privacy and privilege ramifications in the litigation and compliance spheres. He has been involved in international Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) internal investigations on behalf of clients, and developed compliance and privacy strategies for clients facing unique compliance and regulatory challenges. Steve advises clients with respect to eDiscovery and eRetention policies, and counsels clients relating to best practices with respect to electronic document retention and security, and electronic discovery.

    EJ Janik, CPA, CFE, CFF
    Principal and Practice Leader
    Ryan Fraud and Forensic Recovery, LLC

    Mr. Janik has over 31 years full-time forensic accounting services, including accounting, financial, economic, construction, fraud and business dispute consulting, with expert witness experience. His experience includes over 48 trial/hearing testimonies in 8 states of: 9 Federal, 17 State, 22 Arbitrations. He has testified on over 80 total expert matters, over 685 business dispute and consulting matters (31 years), 150 financial audits (Public Accounting – 7 years) and over 11 years of engineering and construction consulting matters.

    Carrie Ward
    Program Director, Senior Vice President, National Benefit Integrity MEDIC

    Ms. Ward is an accomplished executive with over 20 years of extensive experience in healthcare management, investigative management, and production quality control. Before joining the NBI MEDIC team, Ms. Ward held the positions of ZPIC Medi-Medi Project Director and MIC Director of Operations. Prior to joining Qlarant in 2009, she spent sevent years in both the private and public sector investigating fraud and abuse in healthcare. In addition, Ms. Ward spent eight years in the private sector investigating fraud for workers compensation, general liability, and auto insurance claims. She holds a master’s in Health Administration with a concentration of Health Policy from American Public University. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner and is an Accredited Healthcare Fraud Investigator. Ms. Ward has spoken in many different forums on healthcare fraud.

    John Brocar
    Director, Ryan Fraud and Forensic Recovery, LLC

    John Brocar is a Director with Ryan LLC. He is responsible for leading the Fraud and Forensic Recovery Practice in Chicago. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Forensic Interviewer. John specializes in providing corporate investigations, fraud prevention and detection and disbursement risk analysis services. As a subject matter expert in the area of disbursement risk analytics, he assists clients globally identify expense reimbursement fraud, conflicts of interest, business risk vendors, fictitious vendors, ghost payroll, p-card and fleet card anomalies and other disbursement risk scenarios. He has more than 25 years of experience working with retailers in a variety of segments including traditional department stores, specialty, big box, and convenience stores.

    Past Speakers


    Cyber-security expert
    Former FBI operative


    Former Enron CFO
    Convicted Fraudster


    Former FBI Special Agent

    Former ACFE Regent

    Former ACFE President

    ACFE Speaker of the Year

    Ethics Expert 

    Author, Trade-Based Money Laundering

    Investigations Futurist

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