(Atlanta, GA / March 3, 2015) Joe D. Whitley of Baker Donelson has been named co-chair of the advisory board for the Judge Alfred P. Murrah Center for Homeland Security Law and Policy at the Oklahoma City University School of Law.
The Murrah Center, in partnership with the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, will serve as a national resource for issues regarding homeland security law and policy. The formal launch of the center will be held in April in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Mr. Whitley and former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating will serve as chairs of the Murrah Center advisory board, comprised of eleven other professionals.
Mr. Whitley, a shareholder in Baker Donelson's Atlanta and Washington, D.C. offices, chairs the Firm's White Collar Regulatory Enforcement & Government Investigations Practice, where he represents clients nationally and internationally in white collar criminal matters and regulatory enforcement, corporate internal investigations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and U.S. export controls and compliance, and health care fraud, among other areas. Mr. Whitley has had a wide-ranging career in the Department of Justice, including serving as the Acting Associate Attorney General during the George H.W. Bush Administration, and being appointed by Presidents Reagan and Bush, respectively, to serve as the United States Attorney in the Middle and Northern Federal Districts of Georgia.
A frequent speaker and lecturer on white collar regulatory enforcement, compliance and corporate governance issues, Mr. Whitley's practice is focused on corporate defense and the representation of clients in complex civil and criminal enforcement matters brought by the Department of Justice, other federal agencies, State Attorneys General and local prosecutors. He has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America since 2001 in the area of Administrative/Regulatory Law and in Chambers USA since 2013 in the area of White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations. He has also been listed in Georgia Super Lawyers since 2010 and in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers since 2012. Mr. Whitley is an active member of the American Bar Association (ABA), where he serves as Last-Retiring Chair of the Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section. He is also a member of the ABA Criminal Justice Section.