Jennifer Freel and Edwin Buffmire to Speak at UT Law CLE’s Government Enforcement Institute

September 19, 2023 | Speaking Engagements

At the 9th Annual Government Enforcement Institute, Jackson Walker partners Jennifer S. Freel and Edwin Buffmire will present on recent enforcement trends by the U.S. Department of Justice and the expansion of criminal antitrust enforcement.

Presented by the University of Texas School of Law, the Government Enforcement Institute is the premier in-house counsel forum for protecting companies and executives in government investigations. The conference, which takes place on September 28-29, 2023, at Hotel ZaZa in Dallas, will bring together leading enforcement practitioners, in-house counsel, compliance professionals, and top agency personnel from the SEC, DOJ, and other key organizations.

Jackson Walker proudly serves as a sponsor of the conference, and Jennifer Freel is a member of the planning committee.

“DOJ Hot Topics and Recent Developments”

Jennifer will moderate this panel focusing on recent enforcement trends by the DOJ. The panel will also delve into how announced priorities are playing out in the real world and will provide valuable insights for attendees. Panelists include Hon. Gregg J. Costa (Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP), Tiffany Eggers (Northern District of Texas’ Criminal Division), Lisa Miller (U.S. Department of Justice), and Ephraim “Fry” Wernick (Vinson & Elkins LLP).

Jennifer FreelA former federal prosecutor, Jennifer Freel advises businesses and individuals under investigation by the government and conducts internal investigations for companies. As part of this practice, Jennifer helps clients defend their assets against government seizure. Drawing on her extensive courtroom experience, Jennifer also represents clients in civil disputes at the pre-trial, trial, and appellate levels in state and federal court.

She is a member of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society’s Board of Trustees, the Austin Chapter Leader of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA), a barrister in the Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court, a past chair of the Federal Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section, and a past president of the Federal Bar Association’s Austin Chapter.​​​​ She also serves on the Planning Committee of UT Law CLE’s Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals.

“​Exploring the Expansion of Criminal Antitrust Enforcement and What Recent Criminal Investigations and Trials Tell Us About the Government’s Tools, Tactics, and Targets”

Edwin will join Jennifer McCoy (Locke Lord LLP), Emma Burnham (U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division), and Richard A. Powers (Fried Frank) for a discussion about the expansion of criminal antitrust enforcement and recent investigations that delve into the government’s tools, tactics, and targets.

Edwin BuffmireEdwin Buffmire represents clients in antitrust, class action, trade secret, fraud, internal investigations, and other complex and sensitive disputes across the nation. He has established himself in the field of antitrust and was named to the Council for the Texas State Bar Association Antitrust and Business Litigation section. He also has written in the areas of evidence and e-discovery.

For more information about the 9th Annual Government Enforcement Institute, visit