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The MSBA's Corporate Counsel Section Presents


"Maintaining the Integrity of Internal Investigations: the Fiesta Bowl Case Study"

Christopher W. Madel, a partner at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP, led the second internal investigation of the Fiesta Bowl located in Phoenix, Arizona. This second investigation culminated in a 276-page report with 1,562 footnotes and thousands of additional pages of supporting schedules and spreadsheets. Covered by dozens of media outlets, the Final Report has received widespread praise, including:

■The Arizona Republic's Editorial Board stated: "The Fiesta Bowl executive committee should never lose sight of what appears to have saved their event's bacon, at least for now: the unflaggingly candid 276-page report released by the Fiesta Bowl itself, which exposed all those ugly warts."
■A leading legal commentator stated: "Any lawyer or other person asked to lead a special investigation centered on wrongdoing of the type that now surrounds the Fiesta Bowl should read RKMC's report first."
■Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne called the report "comprehensive."
■The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Task Force -- a Task Force that was created to review the Fiesta Bowl's conduct and the Final Report -- called the second investigation "exceedingly thorough" and noted that had the Special Committee not produced such a "thorough and open report" the Task Force "almost certainly would have recommended termination of the BCS Groups' involvement with the Fiesta Bowl."

Mr. Madel's speech will focus on the importance of independence and diligence when conducting internal investigations, and the necessity of avoiding common temptations inherent in the process.  His speech will draw on the Fiesta Bowl's first internal investigation and suggest "best practices" for conducting such investigations.


Christopher W. Madel , Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP
Christopher (Chris) W. Madel is a partner in the law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. (RKMC).  Mr. Madel specializes in government and internal investigations as well as commercial litigation. 

Regularly sought after to represent entities and individuals in their most sensitive, serious, and grave matters, Mr. Madel’s lead-counsel experience spans numerous civil and criminal matters. 

Mr. Madel is a 1989 graduate of Macalester College (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a 1992 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (cum laude).  He served as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, is a member of RKMC’s Executive Board, and is a frequent speaker on ethics and compliance topics.

1 hour of Ethics CLE credit applied for
Event code: 159715



Date:   Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Time:   12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:   MSBA Offices
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380
Minneapolis, MN 55402 


Corporate Counsel Section Members:  $20.00
MSBA Members (But Not Corporate Counsel Section Members):  $25.00
Join the Corporate Counsel Section and attend for FREE : $31
Non-MSBA Members:  $35.00
Law Students:  FREE

Teleconferencing is available. Please contact Tram Nguyen via email or at (612) 278-6316 by September 26 to arrange for teleconferencing.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.

Requests for an exception to this policy should be directed to Elyse Farnsworth, Section Services Director, by e-mail or at (612) 278-6336