Sharon Boothe
HB Litigation Conferences LLC
(484) 324-2755 x208

Michelle Rodgers
Senior Manager of Communications
Dickstein Shapiro LLP
Tel (202) 420-3428

NEW YORK – Nov. 2, 2009 – Ira Lee Sorkin will deliver the keynote presentation during the “Madoff Insurance Litigation Conference” taking place in New York on Dec. 2, 2009.

Sorkin, a partner in the New York office of Dickstein Shapiro LLP, is Co-Leader of the firm’s Litigation, Regulatory and Compliance; and White Collar Criminal Defense & Investigations Practices. While he has a long career in the areas of securities law and white-collar defense, including a long list of both public and private sector positions, and is a frequent writer and lecturer, today Sorkin is better known to many as the attorney who represented Bernard Madoff in the federal government’s case against him for securities fraud.

In the 1970s Sorkin was an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and then Deputy Chief, of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. In the mid-1980s he was Director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s New York office, where his team investigated and prosecuted numerous violations of the federal securities laws, including stock manipulation, insider trading, books and records, mutual funds fraud, sales of unregistered securities, fraud by investment advisors, and other violations. From 1995 to 1997 he served as the Chief Legal Officer and a member of the board of directors for Nomura Holding America, Inc. and Nomura Securities International, Inc., a member firm of the New York Stock Exchange.

Sorkin has lectured for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the American Bar Association, the Practising Law Institute, the Securities Industry Association, the FINRA, the North American State Securities Administrators, and the U.S. Department of Justice training seminar for Federal Prosecutors. He authored “Insider Trading Under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act,” “Civil RICO in Mail, Wire, Securities, and Commodities Fraud Cases,” and “Disciplinary Actions Before Self-Regulatory Organizations.” He co-authored “A Practical Guide to Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002,” “An Overview of SEC Investigations,” and “Thompson, Holder and Seaboard – Do They Frustrate the Prevention, Discovery and Punishment of Crime?”

The Dec. 2, 2009 program, “Madoff Insurance Litigation Conference,” is being chaired by Richard J. Bortnick and Kevin Mattessich of Cozen O’Connor and James R. Murray of Dickstein Shapiro. It will take place at The Concierge Conference Center in New York, within blocks of Grand Central Station.

For more information about the “Madoff Insurance Litigation Conference” or webcast, contact the producer of this fully accredited legal education event, HB Litigation Conferences, by phone at (484) 324-2755 x200, by email at, or by visiting the conferences section at HB’s website at

HB Litigation Conferences is a nationally certified provider of continuing legal education conferences, webinars, teleconferences and multi-media products in the areas of insurance, reinsurance, toxic torts, asbestos, construction, products liability and financial litigation. Tom Hagy, HB’s CEO, is former publisher of Mealey Publications and vice president at LexisNexis. Sharon Boothe, HB’s president, is former director of Mealey’s Conferences and director at LexisNexis.

Dickstein Shapiro LLP, founded in 1953, is a multiservice law firm with more than 400 attorneys in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, DC. The firm’s clients include more than 100 of the Fortune 500 companies, start-up ventures and entrepreneurs, multinational corporations, leading financial institutions, major motion picture studios, charitable organizations, and government officials. Dickstein Shapiro’s White Collar Criminal Defense & Investigations Practice represents corporations and individuals facing high-risk federal, state, or local criminal or regulatory investigations, as well as in congressional inquiries, and complex internal investigations. For additional information, please visit