Friday, October 5, 2018


Frost Tower

640 Taylor St,
Fort Worth, Texas 76102


Join us at the 2018 White Collar Seminar for a day’s worth of education and networking. The event will be hosted at the newly-opened Frost Tower in downtown Fort Worth. Attendees will receive:

  • 7 hours CLE, including 1 hour of Ethics credit (Couse Number 174020544)
  • Complimentary Parking in Frost Tower
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Catered Lunch (included)
  • Tickets to a Raffle Drawing
  • An invitation to join us at Perch (inside Frost Tower) after the Seminar.

Of course what seminar would be complete without a swag bag? Keep an eye out for news on what will be contained in yours!

Conference Schedule


8:30 am – 8:40 am Benson Varghese | Varghese Summersett PLLC

Benson Varghese, founder and Managing Partner of Varghese Summersett PLLC, welcomes white collar practitioners from around the state to the first annual White Collar Seminar in downtown Fort Worth.

Opening Remarks

8:40 am – 9:00 am Stephen P. Fahey | USAO NDTX

Steve Fahey, Chief of the Criminal Division for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas, will give open remarks regarding white collar cases and their importance in the federal system.

Inception of Federal White Collar Cases (Panel Discussion)

Whether the case starts with a target letter, a subpoena, a warrant, a complaint, or knowledge of a federal investigation, what are the first steps a white collar attorney should take? Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean McKenna, founder of the Law Office of Sean McKenna PLLC, Kelly Vickers, Partner at Locke Lord LLP, and Jay Dewald, Partner at Jackson Walker, will discuss the best practices for the initial evaluation of cases.

Download: Inception of White Collar Case – McKenna, Vickers, Dewald

Federal Discovery

Bill Mateja is a Partner at Sheppard Mullin and a long-time white collar trial lawyer who has focused on healthcare fraud and securities enforcement. He has held significant positions as a federal prosecutor and as counsel for the Department of Justice. Mr. Mateja will discuss various aspects of federal discovery as it pertains to white collar cases.

9:50 am – 10:40 am Bill Mateja | Sheppard Mullin

Co-Presenter: Jason C. Hoggan | Sheppard Mullin

Download: Federal Discovery and the Travel Act – Bill Mateja and Jason Hoggan


10:40 am – 10:55 am

Raffle: Billions Bundle

Federal Sentencing

Federal sentencing is a complex system of laws, guidelines, mitigation and judicial discretion. Attorney Mike Heiskell, a former federal prosecutor and a Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Hall of Fame Inductee, discusses sentencing issues that arise in white collar cases and how to best address them.


Paper – Federal Sentencing Michael P Heiskell 2018 

Presentation – Federal Sentencing Paper Michael P Heiskell 2018 


Raffle: Apple Airpods

Boxed lunch as our presentations continue.

11:45 am – 12:50 pm

Federal Case Law Update

It’s imperative for white collar attorneys to stay on top of significant legal developments in the federal arena. Glenn Roque-Jackson, an AUSA for the Eastern District of Texas, will take a look at significant decisions handed down by the Supreme Court that could affect your white collar practice.

12:00 pm -12:50 pm Glenn Roque-Jackson | Assistant United States Attorney, USAO EDTX

Download: Federal Case Law Update – Glen Roque-Jackson 2018 

Conflicts in Federal Cases

White Collar cases often involve a number of defendants, so conflicts arise with some regularity. Michael Lehmann, Assistant Federal Public Defender with the Northern District of Texas, will discuss the best practices for identifying and addressing conflicts in federal white collar cases.

12:50 pm – 1:50 pm Michael Lehmann | Assistant Federal Public Defender, FPD NDTX


Paper – Conflicts and Ethical Considerations – Michael Lehmann 2018

Presentation – Conflicts and Ethical Considerations – Michael Lehmann 2018

Federal Trials: Tips on Advocacy

District Judge Reed O’Connor will present tips on effective trial advocacy and share some of the best and worst trial techniques he has seen in his years on the bench.


2:40 pm – 2:55 pm

Raffle: Apple TV 4K Streaming Device

Developing Your Defense

Developing a strong defense strategy for a federal white collar case is no small undertaking. Mike Villa is Partner at Meadows Collier, where he focuses on securities, tax and bank fraud. He will discuss how to construct a reasonable reliance defense.

2:55 pm – 3:45 pm  Michael Villa | Meadows Collier

Download: Developing Your Defense – Michael Villa 2018

Panel Discussion

An all-star panel of federal criminal practitioners offer their best practices for handling white collar cases. The Hon. Jeffrey Cureton, U.S. Magistrate Judge of the Northern District of Texas, joins well-known white collar attorneys Michael Elliott, Partner at Elliott Sauter; Jeff Kearney, Managing Partner at Kearney Wynn, and Sarah Wirskye, founder of Wirskye Law Firm.

3:45 pm – 4:20 pm

Hon. Jeffrey Cureton | United States District Court, NDTX

Sarah Wirskye | Wirskye Law Firm

Michael Elliott | Elliott Sauter

Jeff Kearney | Kearney Wynn

Federal Issues You Can’t Afford to Overlook

Asset forfeitures and federal restitution are often collateral consequences in white collar cases.  Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Jumes, a Partner at Varghese Summersett and a nationally-recognized asset forfeiture attorney, discusses these practices and why they can be controversial.

4:20 pm – 4:55 pm Steve Jumes | Varghese Summersett PLLC


Paper – Civil and Criminal Forfeiture – Steve Jumes 2018 

Presentation – Civil and Criminal Forfeiture – Steve Jumes 2018 

Closing Remarks

4:55 pm – 5:00 pm

Closing Remarks

Raffle: Amazon Alexa Show



The 2018 White Collar Seminar has been accredited for 7 hours of CLE credit by the State Bar of Texas. This includes 6 hours of credit in Criminal Law and 1 hour of Ethics credit. The course number is 174020544.

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