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Welcome to Baker McKenzie’s Suspension & Debarment Corner. Here you will find the latest information, trends and enforcement actions related to government procurement, including suspension and debarment, bid protests, False Claims Act defense and related topics. Calling upon our deep bench of 4000+ lawyers and legal professionals worldwide, we will occasionally call upon guest practitioners to  write about related topics including white collar criminal convictions or civil judgments relating to fraud, antitrust violations, theft, bribery, and tax evasion. Readers can expect to find practical guidance and tips for compliance with public procurement policies as well as best practices for managing allegations of misconduct.


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Brian Whisler is a member of Baker McKenzie’s Compliance and Investigations, Dispute Resolution and Global Pharmaceuticals Practice Groups. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Whisler served as the criminal chief assistant United States attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, where he managed the criminal trial practice of the Richmond office which handled cases ranging from white collar crime, violent crime, public corruption and terrorism. Mr. Whisler focused his own trial practice on white collar prosecutions including health care fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, and tax fraud. He also served as an assistant United States attorney for the Western District of North Carolina where he focused on white collar prosecutions and served as chief of appeals and health care fraud coordinator.

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Maurice Bellan is a Washington, DC. based partner and is Vice-Chair of the Firm's North America Litigation and Government Enforcement Practice Group. He also leads the Firm's False Claims Act practice and advises clients on a broad range of fraud and anti-corruption matters. Maurice is a former trial attorney at the US Department of Justice and has been named by Savoy magazine as one of the most influential African-American lawyers in the United States.range of concerns involving fraud and anti-corruption, focusing on the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the False Claims Act. A former criminal investigator and trial lawyer at the US Department of Justice, Mr. Bellan has over 20 years of complex investigative, civil and criminal litigation experience. He was a former member of the judicial nominating committee of the Maryland bar and has served on the boards of organizations such National Senior Campuses, Inc. and the Downtown Columbia Arts & Culture Commission.

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Marilyn Batonga is a member of the Firm's Litigation & Government Enforcement Practice Group in Washington, DC. She has extensive experience in internal investigations, white collar defense, and anti-corruption due diligence. Marilyn is also a civil litigator and has handled matters before state and federal courts in New York. Marilyn has been recognized for her pro bono work, which involves the representation of minors in immigration and family court proceedings.

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Graham R. Cronogue is a litigation associate in Baker & McKenzie's Washington D.C. office.

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Patrick Dennien is an associate in the Compliance, Investigations, & Government Enforcement Practice Group in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Mr. Dennien worked at the World Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency as an integrity compliance specialist, where he assessed compliance conditions imposed on sanctioned parties by the World Bank. Mr. Dennien also advised parties sanctioned on the development and implementation of effective integrity compliance programs. Mr. Dennien began his legal career in Australia, where he practiced in administrative law and corporate litigation.

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Aleesha Fowler is an associate in Baker McKenzie’s North American Litigation Practice Group in New York, New York. She has experience in the areas of white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, regulatory compliance matters, and complex civil litigation. Aleesha’s pro bono practice focuses on indigent populations. She has provided legal advice to clients seeking to assert their rights in state housing court, as well as incarcerated clients seeking parole and other available remedies.