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Mr. Shepherd

William Shepherd

Partner, Holland & Knight LLP

William Shepherd is a partner with Holland & Knight LLP and a former statewide prosecutor of Florida. He represents clients involved in civil and criminal government investigations and helps them create effective compliance plans.

Mr. Shepherd regularly meets with clients to update their compliance programs and to train global staff to assure that problems are avoided before they are created. He helps clients comply with federal anti-human trafficking regulations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), global anti-corruption laws, and healthcare fraud and anti-kickback regulations.

Given Mr. Shepherd's broad experience as a prosecutor directly handling and supervising hundreds of proactive investigations, he is regularly called upon by general counsel to handle and manage complex internal investigations. In the last several years, Mr. Shepherd has been retained by companies, their boards or special investigative boards, in both public and private settings, to handle investigations in the areas of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), cybercrime and data breaches, human trafficking and supply chain issues, theft and embezzlement, securities fraud insider trading, bank fraud and board self-dealing, university procurement and contracting, employee misconduct (including both financial misconduct and sexual misconduct, and sports industry investigations.

Mr. Shepherd is a former chair of the American Bar Association's 20,000 member Criminal Justice Section and is recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA as a top lawyer in the areas of White-Collar Criminal Defense and Government Investigations. He is headquartered in the firm's West Palm Beach office, but advises clients from around the world.

Mr. Shepherd can be contacted at 954-468-7902 or william.shepherd@hklaw.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.