Every day, businesses are confronted with employees who have done something wrong. Sometimes, that “something” is a violation of internal rules and policies, and nothing more. Other times, that “something” could trigger the interest of federal or state regulators or worse, prosecutors. This course, taught by Lee Vartan, a veteran criminal law attorney and Member of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi, PC, is designed to provide an overview of conducting a successful internal investigation, including whether to bring in outside counsel, issues around privilege, and reporting to and interfacing with government attorneys.
This program will benefit in-house counsel and employment attorneys.
Lee Vartan is a member of the firm's White Collar Criminal Defense and Government Investigations, Litigation and Privacy and Data Security groups.
Lee represents companies and individuals in both criminal and civil regulatory investigations and prosecutions by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and state attorneys general. Lee is also an experienced trial attorney, having tried nearly a dozen federal jury trials in New Jersey and New York.
Immediately prior to joining the firm, Lee was a partner in the New York office of an international law firm. Before that, he had a distinguished, seven-year career in federal and state government service. From 2007 to 2011, Lee served as a federal prosecutor in New Jersey. While serving as a federal prosecutor, he successfully tried a number of white collar and cyber cases to verdict, including money laundering cases, securities fraud, racketeering, computer intrusion, and mail, wire, and bank fraud.
In 2011, Lee served in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s counsel’s office, advising the governor and senior administration officials on policy and legislation. He was elevated to chief of staff to the New Jersey attorney general and then served as executive assistant attorney general.
As the executive assistant attorney general, Lee managed the day-to-day activities for the 8,100-person Department of Law and Public Safety including supervision of the New Jersey State Police, Division of Criminal Justice, Division of Gaming Enforcement and Division of Consumer Affairs. For the Division of Criminal Justice, he oversaw hundreds of investigations and prosecutions involving healthcare fraud, financial fraud, securities fraud and public corruption. For the Division of Gaming Enforcement, he managed the implementation of New Jersey's Internet gaming law and the licensing of both Internet gaming providers and “brick-and-mortar” casinos. Lee also served as New Jersey's liaison to the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), where he was responsible for determining New Jersey's participation in multi-state, attorney general-led enforcement actions in the areas of data privacy, consumer fraud and off-label prescription drug marketing.
Lee also served for several years as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law School, where he taught a course on the investigation and prosecution of federal cybercrimes.