Masters of Disaster

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Mar 21, 2016

The “Internet of Things” (also commonly known as IoT), is here. IoT is also continuously growing. The IoT is not a single event; it grows exponentially with the addition of sensors gathering data and the addition of products connected to the Internet. The increasing computer processing power predicted by Moore’s law continues. Faster and more complicated data analysis becomes possible that promises unprecedented benefits to humanity and commerce.

However, the increasing complexity of IoT also multiplies the vulnerabilities open to hackers. For all of the promise of Internet of Things, IoT also presents an unprecedented and continuously shifting security and privacy challenges. What does the law have to say about these challenges?

Eran Kahana is a cybersecurity, intellectual property lawyer at the law firm of Maslon LLP in Minneapolis and a Fellow at Stanford Law School. He counsels clients on a wide variety of matters related to cybersecurity, technology law, trademarks, patents, copyright and serves in a variety of cybersecurity thought leadership roles.

Eran explains in his interview on Masters of Disaster that no single law prescribes what a reasonable data security and privacy program should be that addresses all the challenges of IoT. Rather, building such a program requires both a thorough understanding and holistic view of a multitude laws, regulations, and standards that speak to the collection, storage, processing and security of personally identifiable data. This program can be built using a hybrid law/regulations/standards approach, but only with a thorough understanding of the nuances between the laws/regulations/standards.

In addition to his work at Maslon and with Stanford Law School, Eran works closely with the FBI, DOJ, Secret Service and colleagues from the private and academic sectors to promote and sustain cybersecurity best practices. He also serves as a director on the Executive Board of Directors and as general counsel of InfraGard (MN Chapter). At Stanford, Eran writes and lectures on the intersect between law and artificial intelligence. He has been interviewed on cybersecurity, privacy and technology law at Bloomberg Law, BBC, KABC Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, and Stanford University Radio, KZSU FM.



Eran Kahana

Mar 14, 2016

In an episode of Parks and Recreation, a plan to put fluoride in the water of the city of Pawnee hits opposition from those who fear “chemicals” in the water supply. Tom (Aziz Ansari) helps Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) turn the situation around and get popular support for her plan to put fluoride in the water by re-branding fluoride as “T-Dazzle,” making the public image of fluoride sexy rather than scary. The episode is one of my favorite illustrations of how public perception, rather than science, very often dominates public policy regarding chemicals.

Toxicology is about exposure, the dose of a substance that a person needs to get before harm results. Some consumer advocates of safer consumer products frequently focus on chemical hazards without regard to risks. For example, if a chemical is perceived to be dangerous, such as lead, some consumer groups advocate that all presence of lead should be eliminated from consumer products. Toxicology focuses on risk, not just the presence of a chemical, but how it is used in the product and the potential for human exposure impacting health. For example, electronics may contain some lead, but the risk of to human health from lead in internal components in a TV may be very low due to low exposure.

Tom Lewandowski is a toxicologist and chemist intimately aware of the public’s perceptions of chemicals and the emphasis the public sometimes places on the presence of chemical hazards in consumer products rather than the risk of chemical exposure to human health. He is currently leading Gradient’s efforts in the emerging area of green chemistry. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Brooklyn College/The City University of New York, where he teaches environmental science and environmental health. Also, he is an affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington School of Public Health where he lectures on toxicology and risk assessment. In 2012-2013, he served as chair of the Society of Toxicology’s Education Committee, which works to increase science literacy and public knowledge of toxicology.

Tom works as a toxicologist and principal scientist in the Seattle, Washington office of the consulting firm, Gradient. He has over 20 years of experience in the areas of product safety evaluation, pharmacokinetics, metals toxicology, and developmental toxicology. He is an author of numerous book chapters and manuscripts relating to the practice of risk assessment and developmental toxicology. He is board certified in toxicology in the US as well as Europe.



Tom Lewandowski, Ph.D.

(206) 267-2924



“T-Dazzle” segment from Parks and Recreation

Mar 7, 2016

This week, Barb Guthrie, Vice President and Chief Public Safety Officer for Underwriters Labratories, Inc., speaks with Masters of Disaster about the new UL standard for hoverboards, UL 2272, now also required by the CPSC.  Barb’s interview follows last week’s interview with Tim Cassidy on the risks found in lithium ion batteries.

A graduate electrical engineer, Barb, began testing and certifying products over 30 years ago.  Obtaining her MBA, Barb facilitated reciprocity agreements contributing to the global trade of certified products.  She moved to Denmark serving as Executive Director European Operations establishing testing laboratories throughout Europe. Upon returning to the US, Barb combined her engineering, standards development and conformity assessment expertise with the mindset of a dedicated mom to create, design and execute UL’s global youth safety education program - Safety Smart® in partnership with The Walt Disney Company.

Barb serves on various Boards including ANSI, ESFI, Health World Museum, Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, Liberty Mutual, Bradley University and chair’s UL’s Consumer Advisory Council.  Barb is Vice Chair and Corporate Fellow for the UL William Henry Merrill Society and was the 2015 recipient of the Kids in Danger Best Friend Award.



Barb Guthrie’s Contact Information




UL 2272 Press Release

Facts about Hoverboards and UL Safety

CPSC February 18, 2016, Letter on safety of self-balancing scooters file:///C:/Users/Leona/Pictures/SelfbalancingScooterLetter.pdf

Safety Smart®

Masters of Disaster interview with Tim Cassidy

SNL sketch about hoverboards

Feb 29, 2016

When hoverboards catching on fire becomes the joke of a Saturday Night Live sketch, you know a safety issue has hit a nerve in popular culture. 

This week Tim Cassidy, a lithium battery expert in consumer electronics, is featured on Masters of Disaster to give listeners more context about the complexity and history of managing safety risks with Lithium Ion Batteries.  This interview was conducted before the February 18 CPSC announcement that declares all hoverboards pose an unreasonable safety risk to consumers unless they meet specific Underwriters Laboratory (UL) requirements.

Tim Cassidy is Director of Product Safety and Compliance at Best Buy. A former colleague of mine at Best Buy, Tim is a leader with over 20 years of proven business process development skills, technology experience, market and new product development expertise. He bridges the gap between market and technical perspectives in new product development.


Tim Cassidy

SNL sketch

CPSC February 18 Letter

Feb 22, 2016

On Masters of Disaster this week, Tom Fox goes into more detail about his desire to be a compliance evangelist and why we may need more compliance evangelists now.

Thomas Fox assists companies with anti-corruption and anti-bribery compliance and international transaction issues. He was most recently the General Counsel at Drilling Controls, Inc., a worldwide oilfield manufacturing, and service company. He was previously division counsel with Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. where he supported Halliburton’s software division and its downhole division.

Tom is the author of the award-winning FCPA Compliance and Ethics Blog and the international best-selling book “Lessons Learned on Compliance and Ethics”. He is the author of the seminal text on the ‘Nuts and Bolts’ of anti-corruption compliance, Doing Compliance, published in October 2015 by Compliance Week.

In addition to his daily blog and bi-weekly podcast, he is a monthly columnist and blogger for Compliance Week; a bi-monthly columnist and frequent contributor to the SCCE Magazine and a Contributing Editor to the FCPA Blog. He is a well-known and frequent speaker on compliance and ethics, the use of social media in compliance and corporate leadership.



Tom Fox email

Compliance Evangelist: A New Chapter for FCPA Compliance and Ethics

Feb 15, 2016

Ellen Pekilis is a Canadian Attorney with interesting experience setting up employee hotline programs internationally. Her story working through barriers to getting her company’s employee hotline established in the EU is a great illustration of the legal and cultural differences that must be accommodated in international compliance. Basic assumptions that we in North America take for granted, such as the fairness of promoting an anonymous hotline for employees and the ability of employers to investigate employees for wrongdoing, do not necessarily hold true in other countries.  These cultural differences impact the way that compliance programs that are required under laws in Canada and the U.S. operate.

In our interview, Ellen describes the challenges of cultural differences in compliance and gives us a peek at how the new EU privacy regulation may impact the relationship between employees and employers in the international context.

Ellen Pekilis is an experienced General Counsel and Non-Profit Leader.  She is the former Executive Director of Energy Exchange a nonprofit based in Toronto, Canada, and the former General Counsel of the CSA Group, an internationally accredited standards development, and testing and certification organization also headquartered in Toronto, Canada.  Ellen is also a member of the Ontario Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.



Ellen Pekilis on LinkedIn

Feb 8, 2016

Jonathan Hemus is the founder and Managing Director of Insignia and an extremely experienced crisis management consultant with over 25 years’ experience providing crisis management advice and training to world leading organizations and brands. He is known for his specialist expertise in crisis management and is a highly regarded trainer and coach.  Before launching Insignia in 2008, he was the global leader of reputation management consultancy Porter Novelli’s crisis and issues management practice.

At Insignia he has developed plans and delivered training to prevent and prepare for crisis, and advised organizations in the midst of major incidents and issues. He has advised organizations including Ageas, Diageo, Disney, DP World, HSBC, the International Cricket Council, JP Morgan, Lafarge, Novartis, Procter and Gamble and PwC across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. Working with these organizations at the most senior level he has been instrumental in determining their reputational vision and steering them through issues and crises that have posed real threats to their integrity.

Jonathan is a regular media commentator on crisis management matters having featured on Sky News, BBC TV and radio, Al Jazeera, CNN, The Times and a wide range of international, regional and sector-specific media.

He has also spoken on reputation management, crisis communication and reputational risk management at national and international conferences and events, most recently at the International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference in Florida.  As well as delivering the UAE Government Leaders’ crisis management module for Henley Business School, he is also a guest lecturer in crisis management at Manchester Metropolitan University.

When not at work, you will find him pounding the streets in a forlorn quest to beat his time in the 2013 Manchester Marathon, grumbling about the fortunes of his beloved Aston Villa or sipping a refreshing beer at a cricket ground in England or beyond.




T:     0121 382 5304

Insignia Resource Library

Feb 1, 2016

Kristy Grant-Hart is an expert at transforming compliance departments into in-demand business assets.  She's the author of How to be a Wildly Effective Compliance Officer and Managing Director of Spark Compliance Consulting, a boutique consultancy focusing on the creation, energizing and optimization of corporate compliance and data privacy programs.  She is also an adjunct professor at Delaware Law School, Widener University, teaching Global Compliance and Ethics. 

Before launching Spark Compliance, Ms. Grant-Hart was the Chief Compliance Officer at United International Pictures, the joint distribution company for Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures in 65+ countries.  Ms. Grant-Hart was shortlisted for the 2015 Chief Compliance Officer of the Year award at the Women in Compliance Awards. 

Ms. Grant-Hart began her legal career at the international law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where she worked in the firm’s Los Angeles and London offices. While at Gibson Dunn, her team was nominated for Best Regulatory Law Firm of the Year at Thomson Reuter’s Compliance Awards. She is an experienced international conference speaker and has published articles in magazines and trade publications in the United States and Europe on anti-bribery topics and data privacy and data transfer between the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union. She has advised Fortune 500 companies on international compliance and created and revamped compliance programs for major companies in Europe and the United States. 

Ms. Grant-Hart graduated summa cum laude from Loyola Law School in California. She holds certification as a Corporate Compliance and Ethics Professional – International (CCEP-I) and is a member of the California Bar.



Kristy Grant-Hart


US Phone: +1-310-299-0955
UK Phone: +44 (0)203 514 1443
Twitter: @KristyGrantHart


Amazon:  How to be a Wildly Effective Compliance Officer


Jan 25, 2016

On Masters of Disaster this week, Tom Fox introduces listeners to his new podcast on leadership beginning February 2016 called Twelve O’Clock High. Below is a short excerpt from a recent article Tom wrote about the relationship of leadership to compliance and ethics:

Ethical leadership is absolutely mandatory to have a successful compliance program, whether it is based upon the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) or the UK Bribery Act. Senior management must not only be committed to doing business in compliance with these laws but they must communicate these commitments down to the organization. But leadership is not limited only to senior management within an organization. Tone at the Top begets Tone in the Middle; which begets Tone at the Bottom. At each rung there is the need for compliance leadership. In an article in the Harvard Business Review (HBR), entitled “Leadership is a Conversation”, authors Boris Groysberg and Michael Slind discuss how to improve employee engagement in today’s “flatter, more networked organizations.”

Thomas Fox assists companies with anti-corruption and anti-bribery compliance and international transaction issues. He was most recently the General Counsel at Drilling Controls, Inc., a worldwide oilfield manufacturing and service company. He was previously division counsel with Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. where he supported Halliburton’s software division and its downhole division.

Tom is the author of the award-winning FCPA Compliance and Ethics Blog and the international best-selling book “Lessons Learned on Compliance and Ethics”. He is the author of the seminal text on the ‘Nuts and Bolts’ of anti-corruption compliance, Doing Compliance, published in October 2015 by Compliance Week.

In addition to his daily blog and bi-weekly podcast, he is a monthly columnist and blogger for Compliance Week; a bi-monthly columnist and frequent contributor to the SCCE Magazine and a Contributing Editor to the FCPA Blog. He is a well-known and frequent speaker on compliance and ethics, the use of social media in compliance and corporate leadership.



Tom Fox email

FCPA Compliance Report

Twelve O’Clock High (1949)IMDb page

Jan 18, 2016

Compliance professionals are ingenious problem solvers who help their businesses thrive in today’s regulatory environment. Too often the contributions of compliance professionals go unappreciated due to poor communication of the value of what they bring to the bottom line.

My interview for this week’s episode of Masters of Disaster is with James Kehoe who shares with us his experience with the business case for compliance.  Although the field of James’ work is product regulation, his experience provides an understandable example of the basic problem of measuring the value of compliance in many other fields.

James Kehoe is a product manager at Compliance and Risks and currently has responsibility for the C2P product. Compliance & Risks provides innovative online tools that deliver the most timely and accurate global regulatory intelligence for consumer products.

James has over ten years’ experience, working in various strategic and consultative roles in engineering, project management, and business development in companies including General Electric and NECL. He also co-founded Policy Impact Assessment, a software start-up aimed at helping organizations understand how legislative changes affect commercial interests.



James Kehoe

Compliance and Risks

Jan 11, 2016

The Conflict Minerals disclosure requirements required companies to find information about the company’s products and supply chain that no one had captured before. What can be surprising are the things that a company may not know about its operations until they are brought together to solve a common problem.  Different departments of one company can naturally develop “tunnel vision” that concentrates efforts only to knowing what that department does.  How companies built conflict minerals disclosure compliance programs is a great example of the cross-functional nature of compliance within one business.  More information about the Conflict Minerals disclosure requirements under Dodd-Frank is found via article links, below.


Lawrence Heim, CPEA, has been helping companies navigate the process of building compliance programs to meet the Conflict Minerals disclosure requirements since the law was passed in 2010. Mr. Heim is a Director of Elm Sustainability Partners LLC and The Elm Consulting Group International, LLC, with more than 28 years of experience environmental and sustainability management, focusing on audit programs and risk assessments.  He began working on conflict minerals issues in 2010 as one of the original three audit firms approved to conduct Conflict Free Smelter audits, completing the first tantalum smelter audits under that program.


Mr. Heim was the only representative of the EHS consulting/auditing sector selected by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as an expert panelist in their 2011 Conflict Minerals Roundtable convened in developing the final regulation.  He was selected by The Auditing Roundtable to lead the development of auditor guidance for use in applying GAO Performance Audit standards to audits of Conflict Minerals Reports.  He is the firm’s lead on conflict minerals services, is the developer of the CMCheckPoint℠ tool and is currently assisting a range of industrial companies and retailers in assessing/developing their conflict minerals programs.  Mr. Heim is a frequent contributor to the media on the subject of conflict minerals programs and auditing and has made numerous public presentations across the country.



Elm Sustainability Partners LLC

Lawrence Heim

U.S. Firms Struggle to Trace ‘Conflict Minerals’ Wall Street Journal, Aug. 3, 2015

Conflict Minerals: Is Your Supply Chain Compliant? Association of Corporate Counsel, November 2015

Jan 4, 2016

Peter Anderson returns to Masters of Disaster to update us on changes to federal investigations and credit given to organizations for cooperation as explained by the DOJ in the Yates Memo.

In the Yates Memo, Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates delivers the following controversial statement,


Effective immediately, we have revised our policy guidance to require that if a company wants any credit for cooperation, any credit at all, it must identify all individuals involved in the wrongdoing, regardless of their position, status or seniority in the company and provide all relevant facts about their misconduct.  It’s all or nothing.  No more picking and choosing what gets disclosed.  No more partial credit for cooperation that doesn’t include information about individuals.  

What does this mean for organizations being investigated by the DOJ?  Is “identifying individuals” possible?  Will investigations be shorter or longer?  What are the unindented consequences?

Peter Anderson specializes in white collar crime and environmental litigation and is an expert in DOJ investigations.  Peter is a principal at the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. in Washington D.C.

Peter originally appeared on Masters of Disaster on October 12, 2015, to explain how pro-active investments in compliance can keep the government treating you like one of the good guys.

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.

Peter Anderson’s Contact Information:

(T) 202-789-6014
(C) 704-756-8800

Dec 28, 2015

Human beings have a natural bias to believe that disasters will not happen to them. The name “disaster” implies an unusual event, not something that happens in ordinary life. 

In this interview, Kemal Balioglu explains why disaster recovery for IT systems is needed for more ordinary events than the term “disaster” implies.  Frequently companies have a skewed perception of the value of disaster recovery services due to common misperceptions about the risk.  Why spend money on a disaster recovery system that is non-revenue generating?

What can take an IT system down can be as simple as a local rodent taking up residence in an electrical transformer.  It is not a matter if a “disaster” will strike, it is when and how often.  Precautionary measures like a disaster recovery system can prevent the very real and expensive impact to a business from lack of access to its IT systems and data centers.

Kemal Balioglu is Vice President of Products at Quorum, a California-based company that sells Disaster Recovery products as local appliances and in the cloud. Kemal has more than 15 years of global leadership in the software industry at companies ranging from startup phase to Fortune 100 and in various domains including automation, security, energy management, and data protection.

Kemal holds an M.S. EE from Technical University of Karlsruhe (Germany).



Kemal’s LinkedIn Page:



Quorum Resources Page

Disaster Recovery Journal

Computerworld Disaster Recovery Page - News and Practical Advice 


Dec 21, 2015

Data and metrics in ethics and compliance are becoming more important but are also hard to find.  How do you measure the number of times a disaster did not happen? Still, board audit committees tend to value data-based storytelling, and using more data is necessary to keep compliance and ethics adequately resourced. Kathleen Edmond is featured on today’s podcast to explain her perspective on the problem of data for compliance and ethics practitioners.


Kathleen Edmond is a partner in the law firm of Robins Kaplan LLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Kathleen helps companies of all sizes build effective compliance and ethics strategies and assess ongoing compliance efforts. She serves as counsel for large company chief ethics and compliance officers (CECO), on call and interim CECO for mid-sized companies, and advisor to entrepreneurs and small/ growing companies. After working in compliance and business ethics for most of her legal career, Kathleen believes that a company-wide, culturally-specific approach best addresses the challenges created by today’s compliance environment. By melding her compliance and ethics experience with a highly developed ability to discern key cultural components, Kathleen helps clients develop their vision for ethics and business conduct and create meaningful corporate social responsibility strategies.

Kathleen is recognized in the ethics and compliance field for leading edge communications and transparency, and she has a proven reputation as a thought leader for instilling organizational courage and integrity. She has become a sought-after speaker on ethics, compliance, and governance topics and she has presented at multiple key compliance seminars and conferences. She is also the recipient of numerous awards for her innovation and leadership in the field.



Kathleen Edmond



Leona Lewis


Dec 14, 2015

Nicole Rose is a leading international trainer, lawyer, and artist and CEO of Create Training, which uses animation in employee training. With 20 years experience in global companies, Nicole understands the challenges companies face when it comes to financial crime and workplace crime. She has seen first hand​ the legal spend, wasted management time, reputational loss as a result of bribery and corruption and occupational fraud. Nicole has worked with companies such as Wesfarmers, Rio Tinto, LinkedIn and Airbus, creating brilliant online training solutions globally. 

Nicole and her team at Create Training specialize in producing training videos that provide a return on investment, time and resources. Nicole is also the founder of The Centre For Excellence, providing incredible and affordable licensed training. Over 60,000 employees have undertaken their online training, and the feedback has been outstanding:
- 91% found the training engaging
- 95% said it was relevant to their role
- 83% said they had learned something new
- 86% wanted more



Create Training has created a 3 min animation of points made in her interview for Masters of Disaster.  Please see my website for the post of this episode to view the video.



phone +61 428 536 707 



Learn more about Create Training in the following Forbes article:



Dec 7, 2015

Carole Switzer is the President of the Open Compliance & Ethics Group (OCEG), a global nonprofit think tank that provides standards, guidelines, and online resources to help organizations achieve Principled Performance - the reliable achievement of objectives while addressing uncertainty and acting with integrity.


Traditionally, compliance programs were seen as a combination of “people + process + technology” with the “people” portion of the equation focused exclusively on ethical principles and “tone at the top.” Today, “people” also needs to include the skill sets and capabilities of the people in the organization, in addition to ethical principles.

Ms. Switzer is a recognized global leader in GRC. She holds a GRC Professional Certification (GRCP) from GRC Certify, is frequently published in leading business magazines, and lectures on GRC internationally. In 2010, she was honored with a lifetime membership in the Institute for Risk Management.

Ms. Switzer directed the development of the OCEG Framework, including the open source OCEG Red Book GRC Capability Model, of which she is a principal author, and the accompanying GRC Assessment Tools (known as the Burgundy Book).

Over the past decade, Ms. Switzer has presented the concepts of Principled Performance and GRC to audiences throughout the world, speaking to groups such as the International Conference of the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Italian Banking Association, The Caribbean Compliance Association, RIMS, the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, the Congress of Latin American Auditors, and events and training sessions throughout the U.S. and in, Germany, The Netherlands, Brazil, Colombia, Singapore, and elsewhere. She is a regular columnist for Compliance Week magazine and advises business school professors in several countries on teaching GRC.



Carole Switzer:

On-demand webcast mentioned in the interview

Nov 30, 2015

Eric Lambert shares the advantages of a “Compliance by Design” approach to legal risks. Compliance by Design advocates building into products and processes compliance strategies to allow the business to operate without slowing down. Eric recommends building strong relationships in the business to allow this pro-active approach to succeed.


Eric is Associate General Counsel at Jostens with experience in contracts, e-commerce, marketing, supply chain, compliance, privacy, export, intellectual property, litigation management, and general in-house practice.  He seeks practical, creative, risk-appropriate solutions to facilitate business objectives. 


Eric holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Rochester, and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.  He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).  Before joining Jostens in April 2014, Eric served as Associate General Counsel of Digital River, a leading e-commerce and e-marketing company.  Prior to Digital River, Eric served as a senior associate at Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren, a Minneapolis-based law firm, as a member of their Intellectual Property and e-commerce group.  Eric began his career in New York, working for Emanuel Publishing Corporation (a legal publisher), Prodigy Communications LP (an internet service provider), and IntraLinks, Inc. (a Software-as-a-Service provider). Eric resides in Lakeville, MN with his wife and two sons.



Eric Lambert Linkedin Page

Nov 23, 2015

In the spirit of Thanksgiving this week, I am excited to interview Edward Cassidy about his exceptional work representing death row inmates in Louisiana. Ed is the kind of lawyer that makes me proud to be an attorney.  Risk, compliance and ethics professionals have special abilities to help others in crisis or prevent harm. Ed is an exceptional example of someone who believes it is his privilege to serve using his gifts as an attorney.


Ed Cassidy practices in the Employment and Labor and Litigation Groups at Fredrikson & Byron. Ed has 32 years of litigation experience in a variety of jurisdictions on matters ranging from state and federal OSHA,  workers’ compensation, general litigation in state and federal court involving many jury trials, to post-conviction habeas corpus death penalty representation.


Pro bono and community involvement has been an integral part of Ed’s practice. He has

represented indigent parties in family law matters, post-conviction criminal proceedings, and he has been

appointed by the court many times as a guardian ad litem in Ramsey County child protection proceedings.

He has represented indigent parties in family law matters, post-conviction criminal proceedings,

and he has been appointed by the court many times as a guardian ad litem in Ramsey County

child protection proceedings.


In July 2009, the Louisiana Supreme Court appointed Ed lead counsel to represent an inmate on

Louisiana’s Death Row at Angola State Penitentiary. Ed leads a team of five Fredrikson & Byron

lawyers that in July 2010 filed a State Habeas Corpus Petition with the local district court,

seeking a new trial and related relief. A hearing on that Petition was completed in June 2013.


In 2014, Ed was appointed lead counsel to a second inmate on Angola’s Death Row in the State

Habeas Corpus Petition.


In 2015, Ed was appointed lead counsel to a third inmate on Angola’s Death Row. The Habeas

Corpus hearings, in this case, start in December 2015.


Minnesota State Bar Association, North Star Lawyer, 2012-2014

Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated, ‘2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor &


Certified Trial Specialist, Civil Trial Litigation Section, Minnesota State Bar Association, 1989-1995

Certified Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem in Ramsey County District Court

Minnesota Legal Services Coalition, Annual Pro Bono Award, 1995



Legal Assistance to the Disadvantaged Committee, Chair, 1992-1995

Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem, Ramsey County Child Protection Proceedings, 1999-present

Chair Ramsey County Correction Board, 2006-2009

Supreme Courts Legal Services Advisory Committee (LSAC), 2006-2012


Edward Q. Cassidy’s Fredrickson & Byron page


Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana

Supreme Court’s End-of-Summer Conference: Where Appeals ‘Go to Die’ New York Times, August 31, 2015

Nov 16, 2015

Today’s podcast features Jen McDonough (pronounced “McDunna”) aka The Iron Jen.  Jen empowers first responders and those who work in high-stress jobs to find strength in the face of adversity. She recently obtained her Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2 certifications. However, she still needs to get over her fear of tight spaces, heights, and fire. I thought she would be the perfect interview for a podcast called Masters of Disaster.


Jen’s interview also comes just in time for the holidays. Its November and it is well-known the holidays can be very stressful.  For people in high-stress jobs, ignoring stress can become as a way of life, but that can stop working when family relationships are added.  Ignoring stress is destructive in the long run.


In her roles as a motivational storyteller, engaging Amazon Top 100 author, and business coach, She is also an 8-time national weightlifter and 2-time US Olympic Festival medal winner as well as an Ironman triathlete. All three of her books have hit Amazon’s Top 100 categories including her book 5 Minutes a Day to Living Beyond Rich, which hit #1 under Amazon’s budgeting category. 


She lives in Lindstrom MN with her four awesome kids, one handsome husband, three naughty dogs and one ugly mortgage. You can find out more about her at

Nov 9, 2015

Richard Bistrong spent much of his career as an international sales executive in the defense sector and currently blogs and speaks on foreign bribery and compliance issues from that front-line perspective. Richard’s experience included a role as the Vice President of International Sales for a large, publicly traded manufacturer of police and military equipment, which required his residing and worked in the UK. For well over ten years, Richard traveled overseas in his sales responsibility for approximately 250 days per year.

In 2007, Richard was targeted by the US Department of Justice in an investigation of a UN supply contract and was terminated by his employer. In that same year, as part of a plea agreement, Richard assisted the United States, Great Britain, and other governments in their understanding of how FCPA, bribery, and other export violations occurred and operated in international sales.

In 2012, Richard was sentenced and served fourteen-and-a-half months of a Federal sentence at a Federal Prison Camp. He was released in December of 2013.

Richard now writes and speaks about current front-line anti-bribery compliance and ethics issues. Like today, Richard shares his experience on anti-corruption and ethical challenges in international business, reflecting on his experience as a former sales executive. Richard currently consults with organizations through his company, Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC, and welcomes the opportunity to exchange and share perspectives on real-world anti-bribery and compliance challenges.



Richard Bistrong

twitter @richardbistrong

Leona Lewis

twitter @complyethic

Nov 2, 2015

Masters of Disaster is the podcast on risk, ethics and compliance. Today’s episode focuses on risk by talking with Steve Banker, an expert in supply chain risk management. Risk management in supply chain has come a long way in the last 10 years. Steve Banker believes there is an emerging revolution in risk management based on real-time data. It is now possible in some companies to assess the impact of an earthquake on a supply chain in a matter of minutes. The potential to add predictive capabilities to risk analytics is emerging.

Steve heads up the Supply Chain & Logistics consulting team at ARC Advisory Services. Steve has managed consulting projects for manufacturers, retailers, software providers, and venture capital firms. Steve's research includes ROI analysis of a variety of supply chain applications, benchmarking, and best practice reports. He has aided users in supplier and consultant selections, and suppliers with acquisitions and product roadmaps.

Steve has been covering supply chain technologies since 1996. He is one of the best-known industry analysts covering supply chain management and a frequent speaker at industry events. In recognition of his contribution to the supply chain and logistics field, Steve was selected as a 'Pro to Know' by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine. Steve has a column in covering logistics and supply chain management and writes the Monday column in Logistics Viewpoints.

Before joining ARC, Steve was a Professor at Stonehill College and Pennsylvania State University. He holds an MBA from Babson College and a Ph.D. from Indiana University.



Steve Banker

ARC Advisory Services

Leona Lewis


Oct 26, 2015

Jay Rosen works for Merrill Brink International and assists global companies with foreign language based investigations of potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) exposure, patent and IP litigation and import/export compliance and cross-border matters. 

Jay has the experience to guide clients through both the best practices and pitfalls of translation solutions.  He helps businesses and representative counsels understand how and when to save on translation costs while minimizing business risk, essentially helping them navigate the appropriate ways to take advantage of cost-effective resources while ensuring the highest quality certified translations when necessary. 


Jay Rosen Linkedin Page

(310) 729-6746

twitter @FCPA_Translate

YouTube Videos

Merrill Brink International

Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics

Leona Lewis, Host of Masters of Disaster

Oct 19, 2015

Your legal department did an internal investigation of suspected executive wrongdoing, and the results show there is no problem. Isn’t that enough to protect us?  Maybe not.  If the internal legal department conducted the investigation, government prosecutors might view with suspicion its results.

David Schultz knows what makes an internal investigation credible in the eyes of prosecutors.  David is a former white-collar crime prosecutor as Minnesota Assistant Attorney General in addition to being a partner in the law firm of Mason LLP.  David also specializes in conducting government and internal investigations for corporations and public institutions. He has conducted investigations of state and federal regulatory compliance, Medicare/Medicaid billing practices and fraud, FDA civil and criminal, regulatory violations, NIH grants, academic fraud, financial fraud, and sexual misconduct.

I hope you enjoy the interview! - Leona


David Schultz

Maslon LLP

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Leona Lewis

Oct 12, 2015

Its difficult for businesses to understand the value of proactive investments in compliance until they have an investigation. Implementation of the general principles of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines is a challenge, but it is where the value of a compliance program lies.

White collar crime and environmental attorney, Peter Anderson, describes the evolution of working with the government in investigations. The government has broad discretion in investigations, and the law favors the government in regulatory cases. Peter explains the “old school” reactive adversarial approach compared with a “new school” proactive strategy.

Peter Anderson specializes in white collar crime and environmental litigation.  Peter is a principal at the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. in Washington D.C.

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.

Peter Anderson’s Contact Information:

(T) 202-789-6014
(C) 704-756-8800

Oct 7, 2015

Jonathan Armstrong is a UK attorney with Cordery Compliance, concentrating on privacy, technology and anti-corruption.  His practice includes advising multinational companies on matters involving risk, compliance and technology across Europe. 

This interview with Jonathan was recorded in person at the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE)  Compliance & Ethics Institute 2015, one day after the European Court ruled that the EU data privacy “Safe Harbor” was invalid in the Schrems case.  I am excited to bring you this interview with Jonathan as he was working round-the-clock updates to clients and the public on the impact of the Schrems case.  He also needed to re-write an excellent presentation on data privacy law that he gave at the conference early in the morning.  The law continues to develop.



Jonathan Armstrong

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