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Mitchell Williams Attorneys Christopher D. Plumlee and Wendy L. Johnson Attend the American Bar Association 32nd Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime

March 05, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates and Woodyard, P.L.L.C. attorneys Christopher D. Plumlee and Wendy L. Johnson attended the American Bar Association’s Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime in San Diego Feb. 28 – March 2.

The White Collar Crime National Institute is a nationally recognized annual gathering of the national white collar bar. Plumlee and Johnson attended amongst 1,200 others to remain up to date on the latest advancements and knowledge in the field.

The Institute presents panelists and speakers who deal with the most significant and immediate issues of the times. The 2018 event continued its regular regional panels and tackled the role of women in white collar crime cases. Thirteen federal trial and appellate judges served on panels. Other topics covered included general counsel of major corporations discussing their roles in white collar investigations, substance abuse, mental health and the white collar lawyer, several ethics cases, defending a criminal case in an age of new technology and more.

Plumlee specializes in corporate internal investigations and white collar criminal defense and leads an experienced team of attorneys within the Investigations and Corporate Compliance practice, undertaking complex investigations within the United States and throughout the world. As a former Assistant United States Attorney, where he served as Chief of the Criminal Division, he offers clients years of extensive experience in the defense of complex white collar litigation. Plumlee routinely represents clients in disputes with businesses, government and regulatory entities, including ensuing litigation, and conducts international internal corporate investigations related to allegations of employee or executive misconduct, alleged financial improprieties, improper disclosure of trade secrets and other sensitive matters.

Johnson has over 12 years of experience as a federal and prosecutor and eight as a state prosecutor, providing clients with a vast understanding of the enforcement functions of federal and state governmental agencies. In her Investigations and Corporate Compliance practice, she advises clients in all significant areas of white collar crime, large-scale corporate internal investigations and complex tax investigations. She is a distinguished litigator, having tried many jury trials at both the state and federal level. She has also argued numerous cases before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Since its establishment in 1987, the Institute has been attended by leading federal and state judges and prosecutors, law enforcement officials, defense attorneys, corporate in-house counsel and members of the academic community. The faculty regularly includes some of the top members of the white collar bar in the United States and abroad. Among the audience are nationally-renowned lawyers, as well as many who are beginning to concentrate in the white collar area. Attendees have consistently given the Institute high ratings for the exceptional quality of its publication, the panelists’ presentations, the valuable updates on new developments and strategies, as well as the rare opportunity to meet colleagues in this field, renew acquaintances and exchange ideas.


About Mitchell Williams

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C. is a full service corporate law firm that offers clients comprehensive legal services, decades of diverse professional experience and extensive relationships, providing strategic, trusted counsel in matters of business, litigation and regulated entities. Established in 1954, the firm currently employs more than 90 attorneys in Little Rock, Rogers and Jonesboro, Arkansas and Austin, Texas.