Speaking Engagement

Conducting Effective Internal Investigations and the Board’s Role

Private Directors Association

Blank Rome LLP
130 North 18th St
Philadelphia, PA

Blank Rome partners Joseph G. Poluka and Yelena M. Barychev will serve as panelists for the Private Directors Association’s Conducting Effective Internal Investigations and the Board’s Role program, taking place Thursday, October 5, 2023, from 8:45 to11:00 a.m., at Blank Rome’s Philadelphia office.


If you are a corporate director, chances are good that you will be faced with the daunting task of initiating and overseeing an internal investigation. Traditional internal investigations are usually limited to issues of fraud, financial crime, harassment, or other violations of law; however, companies today also are investigating allegations of toxic workplace culture. In response, board members are using internal investigations as a valuable tool to investigate claims and address allegations of all sorts of misconduct within the companies they serve. Identifying qualified resources and administering sound investigative approaches are critical to the success of any investigation, but where should board members concentrate their efforts? In this one-hour presentation, attendees will develop an understanding of the board’s role and responsibilities, effective internal investigative strategies and techniques, and common schemes perpetrated against businesses, as well as the importance of data analytics, the forensic interview, and documenting the results of the investigation.


  • Joseph G Poluka, Partner, White Collar Defense & Investigations, Blank Rome
  • Frank Pina, CPA, CFF, CFE, CGMA, Managing Director at The Mercadien Group, Principal at Mercadien P.C., Certified Public Accountants
  • Yelena M. Barychev, Partner, Corporate, Blank Rome

To learn more and register, please visit the event webpage.