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Potomac Officers Club Announces Michael Chertoff as Speaker for June 30th Luncheon

Mark your calendars for the members only Potomac Officers Club event featuring former Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff.  The luncheon will be on Tuesday, June 30th from 11:30 to 1:30 at the Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner, Salon 3.


Please note that this event is open ONLY to current POC members and their invited guests.  If you are not a member and wish to become a part of our organization, please contact Sheri Page at:  sheri@potomacofficersclub.com for a membership application.

Michael Chertoff is Founder and Chairman of the Chertoff Group, a security and risk management advisory firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and New York.  Judge Chertoff is alsosenior of counsel at Covington & Burling LLP’s Washington, DC office and a member of the White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group.

Most recently, Mr. Chertoff served as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.  As Secretary, he led a 218, 000 person department with a budget of $50 billion.  Mr. Chertoff developed and implemented border security and immigration policy; promulgated homeland security regulation; and spearheaded a national cyber security strategy.  He also served periodically on the National Security and Homeland Security Councils, and on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

Prior to his appointment to the Cabinet, Mr. Chertoff served from 2003 to 2005 on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  Before becoming a federal judge, Mr. Chertoff was the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  In that position, he oversaw the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and formed the Enron Task Force, which produced more than 20 convictions, including those of CEOs Jeffrey Skilling and Kenneth Lay.

Mr. Chertoff’s career includes more than a decade as a federal prosecutor, including service as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, and Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.  As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Chertoff investigated and personally prosecuted significant cases of political corruption, organized crime, and corporate fraud.

From 1994-2001, Mr. Chertoff represented major corporations and individuals in numerous white collar investigations and trials.  Among other matters, he successfully represented the nation’s largest hospital company in a four year, multi-jurisdictional criminal and civil investigation, represented major corporations in corruption scandals, and obtained acquittals at trial for individual criminal defendants.

Mr. Chertoff has received numerous awards including the Department of Justice Henry E. Petersen Memorial Award (2006); the Department of Justice John Marshall Award for Trial of litigation (1987); NAACP Benjamin Hooks Award for Distinguished Service (2007); European Institute Transatlantic Leadership Award (2008); and two honorary doctorates.  His trial experiences have been featured in over half a dozen books and many news articles.

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