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Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing

May 16, 2018
San Francisco, CA

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Member Price: $35
Non-Member Price: $75



Directors, C-suite executives, in-house counsel, and corporations are increasingly facing more frequent litigation and government investigations, including bet-the-company lawsuits and criminal actions. The opposition ranges from government agencies to shareholders, customers, and other businesses. 

The Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) policies on this matter, detailed in the so-called “Yates Memo,” are clear about intensifying individual accountability for corporate wrongdoing. Two mandates in the Yates Memo are particularly noteworthy:

  • In order to qualify for any cooperation credit, corporations must provide to the DOJ all relevant facts relating to the individuals involved in the corporation’s alleged misconduct.
  • Absent extraordinary circumstance or approved departmental policy, the DOJ will not release culpable individuals from civil or criminal liability even after resolving a matter with a corporation.

Matt Jacobs and Jessica Mussallem will share insights about the Yates Memo, in addition to how corporate leaders can minimize liability risks for themselves and their companies in light of the expanding attention on corporate and individual misconduct. 

Location and Time


Vinson & Elkins
555 Mission Street
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105

5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Registration

5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Program

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Cocktails/Networking

Speaker Spotlight


Matt Jacobs

Matt Jacobs is the managing partner of the San Francisco office of Vinson & Elkins LLP. A former federal prosecutor in the Northern District of California with more than 20 years of experience, Mr. Jacobs is well recognized for his experience in internal investigations, government investigations, and white-collar matters of all kinds, as well as complex commercial litigation. He frequently advises boards of directors, audit committees, and general counsels on critical issues. His background with the government, coupled with his depth of experience in both criminal and civil defense matters, enables him to deliver a unique, well-rounded approach to clients in need of innovative, yet practical and effective, solutions. Mr. Jacobs is a graduate of Stanford Law School and is Chambers-rated. He is ranked by the Legal 500 and has been recognized as one of the leading lawyers in San Francisco by San Francisco Magazine.

Jessica Mussallem

Jessica Mussallem is a partner in the San Francisco office of Vinson & Elkins LLP. Her principal areas of practice include complex commercial litigation, government investigations, and white-collar criminal defense, including the representation of corporations, audit committees, and individuals in criminal and internal investigations involving the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other government agencies. Ms. Mussallem has grown a national and international practice representing companies and executives in high-stakes matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, antitrust offenses, trade secrets, and securities violations, as well as companies in commercial disputes, including IP litigation and securities matters. She is a graduate of the University of California-Hastings College of Law.



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