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Catching them Red-Handed: How to Investigate Employee Criminal Conduct While Also Protecting the Company, Sponsored by Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, P.C.


Perhaps now more than ever, in-house attorneys are being forced to deal with serious criminal conduct in the workplace. A report released by the Association of Fraud Examiners in 2017 estimates that corporations lost approximately $3.7 trillion to theft and fraud perpetrated by their employees over the prior year. In that same report, corporate officials interviewed estimated that their businesses lose 5% of revenues to fraud each year. Money is not the only corporate resource subject to employee theft. Trade secret theft has been on the rise nationwide. One survey found that 59% of employees who quit or were terminated in the last 12 months admitted to stealing company data, and 67% admitted to using their former employer’s confidential data to find a new job. In addition to theft and embezzlement, employees can engage in other criminal conduct on company time, including gambling and illegal drug uses. Committing such behavior while using company resources can exposes an employer to liability and also results in reduced productivity and general inefficiency.

To better equip in-house attorneys to confront these realities, we propose a lively and interactive presentation, discussing issues including how to protect your company from employee criminal conduct, they tupes of company policies that can be implemented to deter it, and key indicators of employee wrongdoing or fraud. In addition, attendees will received guidance on what to do when employee misconduct is uncovered, including how to select an investigator, preserve evidence, and oversee an investigation. The program materials will also include consideration of the types of legal actions and remedies available to companies who have been the victims of employee misconduct.

The presentation will be made jointly by an attorney experienced in conducting and advising clients regarding internal investigations and an investigator with over 20 years of experience who has conducted hundreds of financial fraud investigations, including investigations for corporate clients involving embezzlement, bribery, and theft of intellectual property.

This program will provide in-house attorneys with practical tools to protect against employee criminal conduct, minimize legal risk to the company, and respond when criminal conduct is uncovered.


Presenters: Philip K. Kontul, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart and William Hickman, CSI Corporate Security & Investigations


Philip K. Kontul’s practice focuses on representing clients in complex and high stakes litigation, including class and collective action cases involving the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour laws.

He has represented employers in a wide range of litigation matters in both state and federal court, at the trial level and on appeal, before arbitrators, administrative law judges and other tribunals throughout the country.

Mr. Kontul’s industry focus includes energy and natural resources, healthcare, and higher education.

Particular areas of expertise for Mr. Kontul are:

  • Counseling clients and representing them throughout the country in class action cases involving the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the use of background checks
  • Conducting internal investigations regarding employee misconduct and defending whistleblower litigation, including representing clients in the energy industry in trials and appeals filed under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act
  • Defending clients against claims filed in federal courts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state agencies under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Representing unionized employers and those who are subject to union organizing, including providing union avoidance training and representing employers in labor arbitrations and in matters before the National Labor Relations Board
  • Litigating cases filed under the Pennsylvania Whistleblower Law and other statutes on behalf of clients in the healthcare industry
  • Advising higher education clients in matters involving Title IX and in all areas of employment law

Mr. Kontul is a trusted counselor and advisor to his clients, acting as a partner in helping them to achieve their business goals while providing sound legal advice and guidance. He is regularly called upon for advice, counsel, and training of management employees in order to reduce the risks of litigation or avoid it entirely.

For the past six years, Mr. Kontul has served as a Hearing Officer for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, conducting hearings in matters involving alleged violations of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct.


Bill Hickman, CSI Chief Operations Officer, has been with CSI since 2006. He is a seasoned investigator with 20+ years of investigative experience conducting and teaching complex and sensitive investigations to investigators, agents, and students. Before joining CSI Bill served the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the Office of Inspector General for 6 years. He retired from his post as a Regional Director. Bill earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management and holds a BS in Administration of Justice.


CLE Registration and Breakfast - 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

CLE Program - 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

This program is preapproved for one hour of PA substantive cle credit.


Cost: ACC Members - $15.00; Non-Members - $25.00

Hardship Policy: Any lawyer may send a written request for a reduced fee, 30 days prior to program, and explain that the normal fee causes financial hardship, provide background material and must be signed by the lawyer.


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