Hogan Lovells Forms Corporate Whistleblower Response Task Force

WASHINGTON, D.C., 1 December 2010 - Hogan Lovells US LLP has announced the formation of a Corporate Whistleblower Response Task Force, which will assist corporations in complying with the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the implementing rule that the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) has proposed.

The partners who are members of the task force have vast experience with corporate whistleblower programs and codes of conduct and their interplay with federal and state employment laws. Several members of the task force, which includes partners in the securities litigation and enforcement, corporate, and employment litigation practice groups, previously served with the SEC or the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). The task force is designed to provide insights regarding the likely perspectives of the SEC's Division of Enforcement and the DOJ regarding the effectiveness of a corporation's internal programs and its response to individual whistleblower complaints.

"We are pleased to formally announce the formation of the Corporate Whistleblower Response Task Force," said Washington, D.C. partner Joseph Connolly, who prior to joining Hogan Lovells held various legal positions of increasing responsibility at the SEC. "We believe this is a necessary entity to assist corporations with their compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act."

The Corporate Whistleblower Response Task Force includes partners Joseph Connolly, Alan Dye, Doug Fellman, and Doug Paul in the Washington, D.C. office, Stanley Brown, Robert Buehler, Amy Freed, and George Salter in the New York office, Paul Hilton and Daniel Shea in the Denver office, and Norman Blears, Howard Caro, and Michael Shepard in the Silicon Valley office.

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