September 2012

Jeffrey Hallam presents “Calling the Cops: Making Criminal Referrals and Working with Law Enforcement Agencies” to the Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel


Jeffrey Hallam, Partner, Sideman & Bancroft LLP
Bill Friedman, Director of Litigation, Cisco Systems, Inc.

September 21, 2012
Chantilly Restaurant, Atherton

Every company likely will find itself the victim of an intellectual property infringement, major fraud scheme, or significant employee embezzlement. The cost of pursuing civil litigation can seem prohibitive, especially where the target might be judgment proof. And yet, doing nothing is not really an option, because the deterrence of these crimes is important. For the September luncheon, two speakers with experience harnessing law enforcement resources will discuss the pros and cons of making criminal referrals in these situations, and how to work with law enforcement agencies and prosecutors offices to maximize the possibility of a successful investigation and prosecution.

Jeffrey Hallam, a partner at San Francisco’s Sideman & Bancroft, specializes in business crimes defense, the representation of corporate and individual crime victims, and civil litigation. Jeff has handled a wide variety of business crimes matters in the United States and abroad, including antitrust, environmental, FDA, export, money laundering, and mail and wire fraud matters, and criminal matters with significant asset forfeiture implications. He often represents corporate crime victims in the conducting of internal and external investigations, with the goal of referring individuals and entities who have committed crimes against the corporations to law enforcement agents and prosecutors, and in then seeking restitution recoveries on behalf of his corporate clients.

Bill Friedman has been with Cisco for 5 years and is currently a Director of Litigation, responsible for co-managing Cisco’s commercial litigation case load as well as acting as the primary legal support for Cisco’s very active Brand Protection program and Cisco’s service abuse team. In that capacity, Bill regularly interacts with various local, state and federal law enforcement and investigative agencies. Prior to joining Cisco, Bill worked for Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, and then Morgan Lewis, as a litigation associate in San Francisco.