Author Archives: Sara Kropf

Defending Research Misconduct Cases (Part 3) – The Inquiry Stage

In Part 1 of this series, we described the various steps of the research misconduct life cycle. Today, we’re digging deeper into the early stage of a research misconduct case, so you know what to expect. More important, we’ll give … Continue reading

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Same Same, But Different: The Basics of Congressional Investigations

By  Dan Portnov[1] The swearing in of the 116th Congress last month brought with it promises of vigorous new investigations into the Trump administration – as well as other related public and private industry conduct.  Last week’s brief standoff between former … Continue reading

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SEC Investigations 101: Testimony

This post is the fifth in a series of posts for non-lawyers, or non-securities lawyers, who might suddenly find themselves on the wrong end of a Securities and Exchange Commission document request, subpoena or call from Enforcement division staff. By  … Continue reading

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Roger Stone’s Early-Morning Arrest: Stop the Perp Walk

If you read my Twitter feed, you may know that I am a bit left of center when it comes to politics. Ok, I’m a lot left of center. But, like so many criminal defense lawyers, I don’t judge my … Continue reading

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Decisions, Decisions: What Are the Potential Criminal Violations If President Trump Encouraged Michael Cohen to Lie to Congress?

On January 17, 2019, BuzzFeed reported that “President Donald Trump directed his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation … Continue reading

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Defending Research Misconduct Cases Part 2 – What is Research Misconduct?

When are you accused of a crime, you can look up the statute that defines the crime and then your lawyer can research court cases that interpret it. All of that information helps to defend against the charges. This information … Continue reading

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SEC Investigations 101: Cooperation?

This post is the fourth in a series of posts for non-lawyers, or non-securities lawyers, who might suddenly find themselves on the wrong end of a Securities and Exchange Commission document request, subpoena or call from Enforcement division staff. By Dan … Continue reading

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Happy New Year! Our Most-Read Blog Posts in 2018

Happy new year to our readers! This year, Dan Portnov began writing regularly for Grand Jury Target, particularly about SEC matters. We’d like to thank everyone for reading. There’s nothing I like better than meeting someone new who says “I … Continue reading

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Practical Insights from SEC’s Newest Enforcement Associate Directors

  By Y. Ramona Lin[1] Last week, I had the pleasure of [virtually] attending a lunch and discussion featuring two newest SEC Enforcement Associate Directors, Anita Bandy and Carolyn Welshhans.[2] The discussion was moderated by Kara Brockmeyer, a partner at … Continue reading

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Initial Coin Offerings and What the SEC Might Think About Them: An Update

By Daniel Portnov Earlier this week I attended the DC Bar’s Communities program “Crypto Update: Current Issues Relating to Blockchain, Digital Assets and ICOs” featuring two members of the Commission’s staff – Assistant Director Jennifer Leete from the Enforcement Division and … Continue reading

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