Truth on Trial – Featuring Ty Cobb, Former Special Counsel to the President (On-Demand Video)




Ty Cobb, Former Special Counsel to President Trump; Major Garrett, Chief White House Correspondent, CBS News; Richard Painter, former Chief White House Ethics lawyer during the George W. Bush administration; Ambassador Norman Eisen; Richard S. Levick, Chairman & CEO, LEVICK; Peter Nicholas, White House Reporter, The Wall Street Journal; Michael Zeldin, CNN Legal Analyst and others …

Hear them talk about how today’s communicators need to navigate story-telling in a world where fake news and biased-information can affect the truth and the institutions in the United States.

Truth on Trial… We’re featuring the top talent in the legal, communications and media professions to share their best advice on navigating our changing world.



Topics include:

  • The view from experts who’ve been inside the White House legal system on how to address and solve the current polarization.
  • The importance (or not) of rebuilding institutional trust and, if so, how leaders from communications and media say it can be done.
  • The implications for communicators representing brands and non-profits.

Special Guest

Ty  Cobb, Former Special Counsel to the President

Ty Cobb recently retired from the government, where he served as the Special Counsel to the President, managing the White House response to the Office of Special Counsel. Previously, Ty was a long-time leader at international law firm Hogan Lovells, where he was widely recognized as one of the premier white collar, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement, and Congressional investigations lawyers in the world.  Prominent corporate clients (domestic and international) and senior executives facing serious corporate governance matters such as crisis management, allegations of corruption, bribery or trade sanctions violations routinely turned to Ty to guide them. A former federal prosecutor, Ty is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is regularly profiled in Best Lawyers in AmericaLawdragon 500 Top Lawyers in America, International Who’s Who of Business Crime Lawyers, and Superlawyers.  He was selected to the Ethisphere Hall of Fame in 2011 for his work advancing the cause of ethics in business and corporate compliance.  

Our Hosts

Richard Levick - The Gift of Safety, Security & Democracy: FBI Detractors Need to Recognize the Damage They’re WreakingRichard S. Levick, Esq, Chairman & CEO, LEVICK | @richardlevick 

Under his leadership, LEVICK has set new standards in global communications and brand protection for corporations, countries, and major institutions. Mr. Levick is one of the communications industry’s most important spokespersons and thought leaders.

A powerful advocate for the strategic initiatives that companies must pursue in today’s perilous environment, he regularly addresses corporate boards as well as industry and government leaders around the world, providing guidance on their most complex communications and reputation management challenges. He is featured in, and authors, countless articles, and is a frequent guest on prime time national and international television programs.

Mr. Levick is a much-sought after keynote and graduation speaker and is a columnist for the top business blogs including Forbes.

Mr. Levick has co-authored five books including, The Communicators: Leadership in the Age of Crisis; Stop the Presses; The Crisis and Litigation PR Desk Reference365 Marketing Meditations; and Lessons for Absent Children.


Doug Simon, CEO, D S Simon Media | @DSSimon 

Doug Simon is the CEO of award-winning video influencer marketing firm D S Simon Media. His firm advises and executes broadcast and social media video communications campaigns on topical issues for senior leadership of brands and non-profits. His firm has completed more than 100 projects for DC based industry groups and non-profits and has been involved with political campaigns on the local and national level since 1992. 

His firm pioneered Social Media LIVE™–multi-camera video production featuring an organization’s leadership with influencers distributed live to up to 30 social media sites simultaneously. Its unique approach to guiding clients, PRketing®, which connects communications to marketing results, was awarded a trademark by the US patent office. 

Doug is frequently quoted in top media across platforms. Television appearances include Reuters, Dateline NBC, PBS, CNN, Fox News Live and WNBC. He’s appeared on NPR and been quoted in USA Today and on The Huffington Post in addition to numerous trade publications. Doug’s video commentary on the 2012 political conventions was picked up by the humor site Funny or Die. 

Doug is the President-Elect of the PRSA-NY Chapter and he was a three-time president of the Publicity Club of New York. Additionally, he is the Founder of SPOKEies® the first ever awards program to recognize in-house spokespeople for representing their brands with authenticity and building trust. Doug began his broadcast career at NBC Sports, where he served as Talent Assistant to Bob Costas. His hobbies include performing stand-up comedy at New York’s top clubs and rooting for terrible sports teams including the Jets and Knicks while still remaining optimistic.


Judith A. Wilde, Chief Operating Officer and Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government | @ScharSchool

Judith Wilde is a Professor and the Chief Operating Office in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.  She received her PhD in research methods, statistics, and evaluation at the University of New Mexico.  Dr. Wilde’s recent research has focused on the employment contracts of university presidents, university presidents who serve on the boards of public corporation, and the services provided by executive search firms to universities seeking new presidents.  She has more than 50 media citations, 15 articles and op-eds, and 8 presentations in the last 2 years.   In her earlier career, Dr. Wilde worked to advance the education of English learners from kindergarten through college, providing technical assistance, as well as writing successful grants and contracts that gave more than $125M in assistance to schools, school districts, Native American tribes, states, and universities.  She has worked with 4 different federally funded centers, including serving as executive director of the US Department of Education-funded National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition.  In her private life, she is an FAA-certified hot air balloon pilot and amateur photographer.


Nneka Chiazor, Vice President of Public and Government Affairs, Cox Communications Virginia | @NnekaChiazor

Nneka Chiazor serves as Vice President of Public and Government Affairs for the Virginia region, overseeing all aspects of state and local government relations, employee communications, and media and community relations including the programming partnership with YurView on Cox channel 11 in Hampton Roads and throughout the state.

Chiazor brings to Cox more than 20 years of telecommunications experience and a broad policy background in wireless, wireline, and other technology areas.  She was most recently the Vice President of Public Policy & Government Affairs for Verizon Communications where she was the leading advocate before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other government agencies on a variety of policy areas, including public safety, cybersecurity and supplier diversity.

Active in numerous civic and business organizations, Chiazor serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association (VCTA), Norfolk State University’s School of Business Advisory Committee, and she is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association. Additionally, she has served on the Board of Directors of Somos, Inc., the telecommunications industry’s trusted toll-free number administrator as well as the Board of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA), a non-profit business league whose mission is to advance next-generation vehicle communication.


Karen DeWitt, Breaking News Correspondent for Talk Media News | @Kadewi3201

Karen DeWitt has had a long and distinguished career as a journalist, covering politics, foreign affairs, wars and disruptions, but has also worked on political campaigns. She compares the later to the labor of a Hebrew working for the Pharaoh. She’s covered the White House and national politics for The New York Times; foreign affairs and the White House for USA TODAY before joining that newspaper’s management as an assistant managing editor. She switched to television as a senior producer for ABC’s Nightline, where she wrote and produced the award-winning, Found Voices about the digitization of 1930s and 1940s interviews with former slaves. She returned to newspapers, as Washington editor for the Examiner newspaper and eventually left to help on local political campaigns; then to work as communication director for national nonprofits, including the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Sentencing Project. She had several blogs, including a food blog called “I don’t speak cuisine” at and recently launched a new one, On Fallow Ground. She is currently the breaking news correspondent for Talk Media News.




Ambassador Norman Eisen, Senior Fellow, Brookings | @NormEisen

Ambassador Norman Eisen is the author of The Last Palace: Europe’s Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House, forthcoming on September 4, 2018. He is a senior fellow at Brookings, a CNN political commentator, and the chair of the government watchdog group CREW. Eisen served from 2009 to 2011 in the White House as President Obama’s “ethics czar” and as the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2011 to 2014.

Eisen’s book tells the story of liberalism and illiberalism through the lives of the people who preceded him in his ambassadorial residence in Prague: its Jewish builder, Nazi occupier, post-WWII American savior, and Cold War movie star-ambassador. Interwoven throughout is the story of his mother, a Czech Holocaust survivor who was deported to Auschwitz on orders from those same Nazi forces who once occupied his ambassadorial residence. Eisen’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, and Politico. He has been profiled in The Washington Post, New York MagazinePoliticoThe Wall Street Journal, and Tablet. Eisen was named #11 on the Politico 50 list of thinkers shaping American politics, and to the Forward 50 list of American Jews.



Neil Foote - Starbucks Realizes for Social Branding to Work, You Have to Walk the TalkNeil Foote, President,  National Black Public Relations Society | @footecomm 

I’m a journalist, educator, entrepreneur, and author. I help entrepreneurs tell their stories. I’m also helping to prepare the current and next generation of storytellers – in print, on-air and digitally at UNT’s Mayborn School of Journalism. I’ve worked in all forms or media – newspapers, radio, digital, start-ups, advertising, marketing and public relations. I’ve been an up close and in person witness to disruption in newsrooms, in classrooms and in companies. I’m a passionate believer in the importance of diversity and inclusion. I write, lecture and participate in discussions about race, image, and media.

I’ve directed and developed several websites from inception to launch, Identifying, negotiating and managing strategic relationships. I’ve been recognized as a new media pioneer and expert on digital media strategy, public relations, branding, and marketing. He has distinguished himself in developing programs to increase the pool of diverse leaders in media. 

I’ve traveled the country participating in panels and giving speeches on a wide variety of topics, including interactive media strategy, public relations, social media, journalism, publicist, publishing, journalism, media planning and strategy, diversity, multicultural marketing, political strategy, messaging and outreach, marketing/promotions strategy and content development/strategy.


Major Elliott Garrett, Chief White House Correspondent, CBS News | @MajorCBS

Major Garrett was named CBS News’ Chief White House Correspondent in November 2012. As Chief White House Correspondent, Garrett reports for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms.  Garrett is also the host of “The Takeout,” a weekly podcast about politics, policy and pop culture.

While covering the White House for CBS News, Garrett reported extensively on presidential actions to confront ISIS, Ebola, nuclear negotiations with Iran and U.S.-European efforts to confront Russia in the standoff over Ukraine. On domestic issues, Garrett reported on the administration’s handling of the health care website rollout, numerous policy failures at the Veterans Administration and the president’s ongoing efforts in 2014 to address racial strife and criminal justice reform. He has traveled with the president to Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Before joining CBS News as Chief White House Correspondent, Garrett was a fixture during CBS News’ coverage of Campaign 2012 through a partnership with the National Journal, where he was Chief White House Correspondent. He co-hosted the network’s coverage of the 2011 South Carolina Republican Primary debate alongside “CBS Evening News” Anchor and Managing Editor Scott Pelley and offered analysis for every 2012 general election presidential debate.

Prior to National Journal, Garrett was the Chief White House Correspondent for Fox News. During his eight years at Fox, Garrett also covered two presidential elections, Congress, the war in Iraq and other major stories. Before joining Fox News, Garrett was a White House correspondent for CNN during the administrations of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Previously, he was a senior editor and congressional correspondent for U.S. News and World Report, where he reported on Congress and the impeachment of President Clinton. He was a congressional reporter for The Washington Times (1990-95) and the newspaper’s deputy national editor (1995-97). Earlier in his career, Garrett was a reporter for The Houston Post, Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Amarillo Globe-News.

Garrett is the author of three books: “Common Cents,” with former Rep. Tim Penny (D-Minn.), Little, Brown Publisher, 1995; “The 15 Biggest Lies in Politics,” St. Martin’s 1999; “The Enduring Revolution,” Crown Forum 2005. Garrett was graduated in 1984 from the University of Missouri with degrees in journalism and political science. A native of San Diego, Calif., he lives in Washington, D.C.


Jeffrey Hayzlett, Chairman & CEO, C-Suite Network | @JeffreyHayzlett

Jeffrey Hayzlett is a primetime television host of C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett and Executive Perspectives on C-Suite TV, and business podcast host of All Business with Jeffrey Hayzlett on C-Suite Radio. He is a global business celebrity, speaker, best-selling author, and Chairman and CEO of C-Suite Network, home of the world’s most trusted network of C-Suite leaders. Hayzlett is a well-traveled public speaker, former Fortune 100 CMO, and author of three best-selling business books: Think Big, Act Bigger: The Rewards of Being Relentless, Running the Gauntlet and The Mirror Test. Hayzlett is one of the most compelling figures in business today and an inductee into the National Speakers Association’s Speaker Hall of Fame.

As a leading business expert, Hayzlett is frequently cited in Forbes, SUCCESS, Mashable, Marketing Week and Chief Executive, among many others. He shares his executive insight and commentary on television networks like Bloomberg, MSNBC, Fox Business, and C-Suite TV. Hayzlett is a former Bloomberg contributing editor and primetime host, and has appeared as a guest celebrity judge on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump for three seasons. He is a turnaround architect of the highest order, a maverick marketer and c-suite executive who delivers scalable campaigns, embraces traditional modes of customer engagement, and possesses a remarkable cachet of mentorship, corporate governance, and brand building.


Laura Kane, Chief Communications Officer, Public Relations Society of America | @laura_kane

Laura Kane, PRSA’s first chief communications officer, is an award-winning strategist who has led cross-functional teams to drive innovation, manage complex issues, and develop integrated multi-channel campaigns. She is widely recognized for her ability to develop strong communications programs that influence audiences and drive business results. Laura joined PRSA from Marsh, the global leader in risk management, where she was senior vice president of global media relations and external affairs. Prior to Marsh, Laura served as vice president of corporate communications for Aflac; in this role, she developed and led integrated marketing communications campaigns that helped grow the company’s brand value from $904 million to $3.4 billion. She also developed Aflac’s thought leadership programs focused on ethics and corporate social responsibility to enhance corporate reputation. Laura was part of the team that pioneered Intel’s first mobile website in 2000. As director of multimedia for the ABC Television network, she was instrumental in building ABC’s first website as well as writing its e-commerce business plan. In 2008, she was inducted to the PR News PR Hall of Fame for achievements based on the ability to lead, innovative thinking, and sound judgment. Laura holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, College of Communications Arts and Sciences.


Andrew McCarthy, Contributing Editor, The National Review | @AndrewCMcCarthy

Andrew C. McCarthy, a former top federal prosecutor, is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, a contributing editor at National Review, and a well known commentator on legal, national security, and political affairs. He also writes regularly for PJMedia and The New Criterion.

McCarthy is a former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney in New York, best known for leading the prosecution against the Blind Sheik (Omar Abdel Rahman) and eleven other jihadists for waging a terrorist war against the United States – including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and a plot to bomb New York City landmarks. After the 9/11 attacks, he supervised the U.S. attorney’s command-post near Ground Zero. He later served as an advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Defense.

He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Willful Blindness: A Memoir of Jihad (2008) and The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America (2010), as well as Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy (2013). His latest book, released June 3, 2014, is Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment.


Simon Newman, CEO  & Founder, CMG Innovation, Inc. | @SiPN 

With over three decades working in leadership positions as an executive, private equity investor and strategy consultant, Simon currently advises companies, institutions and think tanks on complex, systems problems requiring broad experience in leadership, marketing, finance, technology and strategy.

Most recently he was the President of Mount St. Mary’s University, the second oldest Catholic University in the nation, where he was unanimously elected as a change agent. Prior to that, he had spent ten years in private equity and mergers and acquisitions where he completed over $33BN in transactions. Before that he spent ten years working in leadership positions as a start-up CEO, or C-executive brought in to transform or turnaround a business. He started his career in consulting with Bain & Co and LEK Consulting, and he has also held positions with Liberty Digital, FilmNet, and the investment bank Wasserstein & Perella.  He currently advises several foundations and non-for-profits including the Boys & Girls Club and the International Federation of Catholic Universities in France.  He has lived and worked in UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Australia and the United States.  He has degrees from Cambridge University (BA/MA) and Stanford (MBA).  He lives with his wife and two daughters in Maryland.


Peter Nicholas, White House Reporter, The Wall Street Journal | @peterwsj

Peter Nicholas previously worked at the Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer and Times-Picayune. Follow Mr. Nicholas at @peterwsj. He can reached at or at 202-862-9218.








Richard W. Painter, Former White House Chief Ethics Counsel & S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Minnesota | @RWPUSA

Professor Richard W. Painter received his B.A., summa cum laude, in history from Harvard University and his J.D. from Yale University, where he was an editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation. Following law school, he clerked for Judge John T. Noonan Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and later practiced at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City and Finn Dixon & Herling in Stamford, Conn.

He has served as a tenured member of the law faculty at the University of Oregon School of Law and the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was the Guy Raymond and Mildred Van Voorhis Jones Professor of Law from 2002 to 2005. He has been the S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Minnesota Law School since 2007.

From February 2005 to July 2007, he was associate counsel to the president in the White House Counsel’s office, serving as the chief ethics lawyer for the president, White House employees, and senior nominees to Senate-confirmed positions in the executive branch. He is a member of the American Law Institute and is a reporter for the new ALI Principles of Government Ethics. He has also been active in the Professional Responsibility Section of the American Bar Association. He is a board member and vice chair of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington as well as a founding board member of Take Back our Republic, a campaign finance reform organization.

Painter has also been active in law reform efforts aimed at deterring securities fraud and improving ethics of corporate managers and lawyers. A key provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, requiring the SEC to issue rules of professional responsibility for securities lawyers, was based on earlier proposals Painter made in law review articles and to the ABA and the SEC. He has given dozens of lectures on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to law schools, bar associations, and learned societies, such as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Painter has on six occasions provided invited testimony before committees of the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate on government ethics, securities litigation, and/or the role of attorneys in corporate governance.

Painter’s book Getting the Government America Deserves: How Ethics Reform Can Make a Difference was published by Oxford University Press in January 2009. His coauthored book (with Professor Claire Hill) Better Bankers, Better Banks: Promoting Good Business Through Contractual Commitment was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2015. From 2014-15 he was a residential fellow at Harvard University’s Safra Center for Ethics, which funded his work on a third book, Taxation only with Representation: The Conservative Conscience and Campaign Finance Reform (Take Back our Republic, 2016).

He has written op-eds on government ethics for various publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, and he has been interviewed several times on government ethics and corporate ethics by national news organizations, including appearances on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (MSNBC), Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN), CNN News, Fox News, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and Minnesota Public Radio News. Painter has also given expert testimony in cases involving securities transactions and the professional responsibility of lawyers. He testified as a defense witness in SEC v. The Reserve Money Market Fund (SDNY, November 2012), a jury trial of an SEC enforcement action against the founders of the world’s oldest money market fund that ended with a defense verdict on all of the fraud counts.

Painter is the coauthor of two casebooks: Securities Litigation and Enforcement (with Margaret Sachs and Donna Nagy; West Academic Publishing, 2003; second edition, 2007; third edition, 2011) and Professional and Personal Responsibilities of the Lawyer (with Judge John T. Noonan Jr.; Foundation Press, 1997; second edition, 2001; third edition, 2011). He has written dozens of articles, book reviews, and essays.


Andy Pharoah, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Strategic Initiatives, Mars, Incorporated | @andrew_pharoah

Andy Pharoah joined the Mars Leadership Team as Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Strategic Initiatives in September 2016.

In his dual role, Pharoah stewards the company’s communications, government relations and stakeholder engagement; while also leading management team effectiveness and helping lead delivery of transformative strategic initiatives for Mars, Incorporated.

Prior to his current role, Pharoah served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Sustainability & Strategy for Wrigley, a segment of Mars, Incorporated. His responsibilities encompassed all aspects of Corporate Affairs, leadership of Global Sustainability, and leadership of the development and deployment of Wrigley business strategy.

A native Londoner, Pharoah began his career in U.K. politics. He then spent 13 years with international communications consultancy, Hill & Knowlton, where he worked with a wide range of companies, governments and NGOs, as Head of the Corporate Practice for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Pharoah holds a bachelor’s degree in politics from the University of Leicester. An avid cyclist, Pharoah is happy to now live in a Virginia, a state with a longer cycling season and more hills that his previous home state of Illinois. He is Executive Committee Member of the Washington National Opera. He also serves on the Council of the Asia Society Policy Institute.


KayAnn P.  Schoeneman, Senior Vice President, Practice Director of Public and Corporate Affairs at Ketchum | @KSchoeneman

KayAnn Schoeneman is a veteran corporate communications professional with nearly 20 years of experience in public affairs, public policy, grassroots campaigns, market research and consumer advocacy. She currently serves as senior vice president and practice director of Ketchum’s public and corporate affairs team and is based in Washington D.C. Schoeneman creates innovative, data-driven campaigns for global clients including Fortune 100 companies, governments and leading trade associations. 

Prior to Ketchum, Schoeneman spent more than a decade in the political and public policy arena with experience in global, federal, state and local public affairs. She served as public affairs director for a top grassroots firm and was director of research for a boutique state and local procurement firm.  She also served as vice president of communications for the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, promoting the positive business climate and working with various stakeholders in the region. Schoeneman served as a campaign field analyst for the National Republican Congressional Committee’s $50M issue advocacy effort during the historic 2002 midterm election cycle, only the third time in the last 100 years that the president’s party gained House seats in a midterm election.  

Schoeneman was an adjunct professor at The Johns Hopkins University for the Master of Arts in communication program. She is a graduate of The George Washington University with a degree in international affairs and political communications.  She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and son.


Michael Tomasky, Political Commentator | @mtomasky

Michael Tomasky is one of America’s leading liberal political commentators. He is a columnist for The Daily Beast, where he’s written on domestic politics and international affairs since 2010. He is the editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, a respected intellectual and policy quarterly journal based in Washington that has published many of America’s most influential progressive thinkers. He is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. He is also a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, where he has written more than 50 essays and reviews since 2002. He is the former editor of The American Prospect. He has written opinion columns for The New York Times and The Washington Post; book reviews for The Atlantic; reported articles and essays for GQ and Harper’s and many other publications. He has made numerous television appearances and is a regular guest on several radio shows.

He is the author of four books, which include Left for Dead (1996), about the potential future of progressive politics after the Gingrich takeover; Hillary’s Turn (2001), about Hillary Clinton’s first U.S. Senate campaign; the e-book Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Beatles and America, Then and Now (2014), an essay intended to explain to readers why The Beatles had the impact they had, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of their arrival in the United States; and the early 2017 release Bill Clinton, a short political biography of the former president as part of The American Presidents series conceived by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. and now edited by Princeton historian Sean Wilentz. His next book, If We Can Keep It: A Brief, 300-Year History of the Fall of the Republic, will be published by Liveright in early 2019.

He was a fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center for the Press, Politics, and Public Policy within the Kennedy School of Government in 2003, and he has spoken to audiences across the country.


Shan Wu, CNN Legal Analyst | @shanlonwu

Shan Wu is a former federal prosecutor whose law practice focuses on white-collar, criminal and student defense matters.  From 1999-2000, Shan served as Counsel to Attorney General Janet Reno, advising her on criminal and civil investigations, E-Gov, E-Commerce (electronic signatures, internet gambling, internet telephony, privacy & public access issues in electronic court filings), congressional oversight, and legislative review. His responsibilities included serving as liaison to the FBI, DEA, Criminal Division, Executive Office of United States Attorneys, National Institute of Justice, and White House Counsel’s Office.

A consummate litigator, Shan has tried over twenty-five cases to jury verdict, argued appellate cases in the both local and federal court, led large-scale criminal investigations, litigated complex commercial cases, and counseled clients at all stages of criminal and civil investigations.  While in the government, Shan investigated and tried hundreds of criminal cases, served as a supervisor in the U. S. Attorney’s Office Misdemeanor Trials Section, led a Police Corruption Task Force, and served as senior supervisor on an Independent Counsel investigation regarding a Cabinet official.

As a federal prosecutor, he pioneered the use of expert testimony in domestic violence cases and, along with co-counsel, secured the first life-without-parole sentence for a serial rapist ever imposed in the District of Columbia. His outstanding legal work in the government was recognized through numerous Special Achievement Awards from the Justice Department as well as awards conveyed by law enforcement agencies and community groups.

In the private sector, Shan’s tenacious defense of individuals and companies is aided by experience gained working at the exclusive boutique litigation firm of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans and Figel where his practice included white-collar criminal defense, SEC enforcement actions, and complex civil litigation. His notable matters there included representation of individuals during the Enron investigation, defending an individual charged with making terroristic threats, counseling companies on compliance with grand jury subpoenas, defending against a qui tam/false claims action, and litigating a complex telecommunications arbitration. Shan’s practice, in addition to criminal defense, has included qui tam/false claims litigation and business litigation. Bi-lingual in Mandarin Chinese, Shan has worked extensively in China as a consultant to China’s largest law firm and served as of counsel for them in matters before the International Trade Commission.


Michael Zeldin, CNN Legal Analyst

Michael F. Zeldin is a CNN Legal Analyst. He is an internationally recognized financial crimes expert. He has served clients and lectured throughout the world on topics ranging from money laundering, terrorist financing and economic sanctions.

Mr. Zeldin is a board member of the Association of Certified Financial Crimes Specialists, as well as a member of the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association. He has lectured throughout the U.S. and internationally on financial crime topics as well as testified before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, on the topic of international money laundering.

Mr. Zeldin serves as a member of the board of KEEN Greater DC. KEEN’s Mission is to empower youth with disabilities by providing free, non-competitive one-to-one programs of exercise, fitness and fun, led by volunteer coaches.

Mr. Zeldin serves as a committee member of KidSave. KidSave endeavors to end the institutionalization of abandoned children through programming which enables the adoption of older children throughout the world. (