Jim Ambrosini, CFE, CRMA, CRISC, CISSP, CISA, Managing Director
CohnReznick Advisory

Jim Ambrosini, CFE, CRMA, CRISC, CISSP, CISA – Managing Director in Cohn Reznick’s Management and Technology Consulting Practice and leads the Cybersecurity &Technology Risk services. Jim has over 20 years working in technology and assisting clients with IT compliance efforts, as well as achieving a balanced IT control environment. He has worked on high profile breach investigations and has consulted on cybersecurity risk and strategy from middle market through to Fortune 500 companies. He is Past President of ISACA New York Metropolitan Chapter.

Richard Bistrong, CEO
Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC

In 2012, Richard was sentenced as part of his own Plea Agreement, and served fourteen-and-a-half months at a Federal Prison Camp. Richard was released in December of 2013.

Richard now consults, writes, and speaks about current front-line anti-bribery compliance and ethics issues. Richard shares his experience on anticorruption and ethical challenges from the field of international business, reflecting on his own perspective and practice as a former sales executive and law enforcement cooperator. 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 has shared his experience, via keynotes and panels, with the OECD, World Bank, International
Anti-Corruption Academy, as well as major multinationals and leading academic institutions.

Alfredo G. Fernández, Associate
Shipman & Goodwin LLP

Alfredo Fernandez focuses his practice on International Trade Compliance and Enforcement Issues. He counsels and represents clients on matters involving the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and other related U.S. laws, regulations and policies affecting international trade and business, including economic sanctions programs, multilateral trade agreements, anti-bribery programs, customs laws, and anti-boycott regulations.

As a member of the firm’s Real Estate, Environmental and Land Use Practice Group, Alfredo’s practice also involves regulatory compliance and transactional due diligence with respect to a wide range of federal, state and international environmental, health and safety laws. For example, Alfredo regularly counsels clients regarding new and existing chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), biocides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), “Superfund” liability under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), hazardous wastes under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), chemical crises under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and workplace safety under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

CohnReznick Advisory

Ken Fishkin, is a director in CohnReznick Advisory’s Cybersecurity Practice. As a cybersecurity / networking expert, he assists companies of all sizes develop sound, proactive security strategies. His industry exposure includes manufacturing, transportation, real estate, financial services, healthcare, and not-for-profit. Ken has more than 17 years of experience implementing and supporting secure, complex information technology infrastructures.

Ross H. Garber, Partner
Shipman & Goodwin LLP

Ross Garber is Co-Chair of the firm’s Government Investigations and White Collar Crime Group and he oversees the firm’s International Trade practice. Ross regularly conducts internal investigations into allegations of misconduct. His clients have included multi-national corporations, public agencies and non-profits.

In his International Trade practice, Ross oversees a team that helps U.S. exporters navigate the complex and challenging regulatory environment so that they can expand their sales abroad. In 2015, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce presented Ross and his team with the Presidential “E Award” for their work in growing U.S. exports.
Ross has also represented numerous corporations, executives, professionals, and public officials and agencies in connection with investigations by law enforcement, regulators and legislative bodies. Among his clients have been three governors facing impeachment proceedings: Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama, Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina and Gov. John Rowland of Connecticut.

Tahlia Townsend, Partner
Wiggin and Dana

A graduate of the Yale Law School, former federal law clerk, and co-chair of the International Trade Compliance practice, Tahlia is an experienced international trade compliance counsellor and federal civil litigator trusted by Fortune 50 defense contractors, major universities, and small businesses alike to litigate complex civil issues, interpret thorny portions of the ITAR, EAR, and U.S. sanctions regulations, implement compliance programs, conduct internal investigations, develop and drive corrective actions, draft voluntary disclosures, and defend against enforcement actions by the Departments of Commerce, Justice, State and Treasury.

Leading a team of seasoned associates with a sophisticated appreciation for the practical challenges of trade compliance learned first-hand through secondments to leading multi-national defense contractors, Tahlia has conducted hundreds of internal investigations into potential violations of U.S. export and sanctions laws, and teaches a class on International Trade Compliance at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Tahlia also assists U.S. and international clients in classifying products, analyzing regulatory requirements, obtaining export licenses, training employees, and conducting voluntary or directed site audits.

Gary Wilmarth, President
Wilmarth & Associates

Gary formed Wilmarth & Associates over 20 years ago. Prior to forming Wilmarth & Associates Gary served in senior government compliance positions in the metal products, computer, aerospace industries and directed the international trade consulting division of several major U.S. law firms.

Gary has published or been featured in many articles on trade policy appearing in several publications including the Connecticut Lawyer, the New England Law Journal, North American Trade, the Hartford Business Journal, the New England Business, The Boston Globe, USA Today, Computer World and the Hartford Courant.