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Interviewing Techniques when Conducting an Investigation

January 23, 2019
5:00 PM PST to 8:00 PM PST
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The California Club
538 S. Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Interviewing Techniques when Conducting an Investigation
Companies large and small conduct internal corporate investigations every day. These investigations can have many causes: an employee placing a call to the company hotline warning of accounting fraud, allegations of improper behavior, a grand jury subpoena being served on the company or a whistleblower lawsuit being filed. Whatever the triggering event may be, attorneys, investigators and forensic accountants get involved in investigations to try to learn whether improper or illegal conduct took place, introduce remedial measures where problems exist and to get ahead of the allegations. Witness interviews form an integral part of investigations, and an interviewer’s ability to obtain facts from witnesses is a critical part of any successful investigation.

Come join our panelists to discuss:
• Interview techniques
• Special challenges
• Interviews v. Interrogations
• Legal matters
• Case studies


Demery Ryan

Littler Mendelson
Demery Ryan is an experienced litigator and trial attorney, defending management clients in employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims as well as wage and hour claims in state and federal courts and in arbitration. Ms. Ryan represents a broad range of employers, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. She leverages her litigation experience to create customized compliance strategies for clients, with a focus on implementing proactive employment policies to get out ahead of problems before they start.

Ms. Ryan especially enjoys partnering with her clients to advise on all manner of fair employment practices, including hiring practices, workplace accommodations, and performance management, always keeping in mind the individual culture and operational goals of each client.

Ms. Ryan also conducts interactive employee and management training sessions for a wide variety of individuals and organizations on harassment prevention, lawful and effective workplace investigations, and other employment issues. Ms. Ryan additionally has extensive experience conducting impartial investigations into employee complaints. She also provides one-on-one executive coaching (including “last chance” coaching) and small-group training.

Anna Winningham, CISSP

Executive Vice President
Risk Control Strategies
Anna M. Winningham is a former Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). During her 13 year tenure with the FBI she served as a case agent and a Supervisory Special Agent, overseeing multiple long-term, complex investigations including organized crime, drug, counter-terrorism, kidnapping and extortion investigations. In her last assignment with the FBI, Ms. Winningham was the Supervisory Special Agent for the Crisis Response Squad of the Los Angeles Field Office. Her responsibilities included oversight and management of the Evidence Response Team, the Crisis Negotiations Team, the Special Weapons and Tactics Team, and the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) response components.

Ms. Winningham has an expertise in strategic planning and response, to include continuity of operations, disaster recovery, incident management, crisis resolution, and tactical response of security and crisis management operations. She has managed critical incidents, planned and coordinated protection details for U.S. Government officials, and supervised tactical operations. As a former FBI Special Agent, Ms. Winningham has received extensive training in the proper collection and preservation of evidence, to include electronic evidence, managing surveillance processes, and managing investigative interviews.

Following her career with the FBI, Ms. Winningham has provided investigative, CSO and CISO and services to RCS’ private and corporate clients. She has served as an expert witness on multiple matters, to include workplace violence, IT security and forensics investigations.

Ms. Winningham stays current with the latest security practices by successfully completing the requirements to become a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). This is an advanced-level certification for IT professionals recognized worldwide for their standards of excellence.

Eileen M. Decker
Lecture in Law
USC School of Law

Eileen Decker most recently served as the United States Attorney for the Central District of California in which she was appointed by President Barack Obama and was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. As part of her duties, she served on five Attorney General Advisory Committees – Civil Rights, Cyber/Intellectual Property, Terrorism/National Security, Violent and Organized Crime, and White Collar/Fraud. Ms. Decker also served as Deputy Mayor for Los Angeles from 2009-2015, for both Mayors Villaraigosa and Garcetti, in which she oversaw public safety and homeland security issues.

Prior to serving as Deputy Mayor, Ms. Decker was an Assistant United States Attorney for almost 15 years, during which time she investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of cases. During her tenure as an Assistant United States Attorney, she was the first Chief of the National Security Section. She also served as Deputy Chief of the Organized Crime and Terrorism Section and as Deputy Chief of Organized Crime Strike Force.

Prior to becoming an Assistant United States Attorney, Ms. Decker was in private practice for three years at the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles. She also served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Gary L. Taylor in the Central District of California.

Ms. Decker was recently named a Specialist with the Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, a program that allows her to travel overseas to lecture and consult on issues of importance to foreign institutions and governments.

Ms. Decker received her B.A. from New York University’s School of Business & Public Administration, and her J.D. from New York University School of Law. She also served as a Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School, and received her M.A. in Homeland Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School.

The learning portion of the evening will qualify for 2 hours of CPE (Continuing Professional Education).

5:00 to 6:00 PM: Registration and Networking
6:00 to 8:00 PM: Meeting, Dinner, and Discussion

Ticket price includes dinner, beverages, and dessert. Entrée choices are Veggie, Chicken, or Salmon.

THE CALIFORNIA CLUB 538 S. Flower Street Los Angeles, CA 90071
Please do not park at the California Club itself.
Established in 1887, the beautiful California Club is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles and serves as an outstanding home for our monthly meetings. The California Club is located at 538 South Flower Street in Los Angeles. Many parking structures are located within one block of the Club, the nearest (next door) being the Westlawn Garage at 524 South Flower Street. The after 4:00PM rate at the Westlawn Garage is $8.The dress code is business casual (no denim, shorts, sneakers, etc.)

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