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Smith Debnam Receives 2014 International Compliance and Ethics Award

October 06, 2014

Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Honors Smith Debnam for Compliance Excellence

Smith Debnam received the 2014 International Compliance and Ethics Award, presented by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE). For 10 years running, the SCCE has presented the International Compliance and Ethics Award to individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions in the areas of compliance and ethics in business. The SCCE selected Smith Debnam for being the first law firm in the U.S. to implement a comprehensive compliance program under the guard of a full-time compliance officer.

In 2013, Smith Debnam took the lead in formalizing a compliance program amidst the growing complexity of information security and increasing regulatory scrutiny affecting many of the firm’s financial clients. The firm hired Jennifer Quillen, an experienced compliance professional, to fully develop and implement the firm’s compliance management system. Quillen monitors all activities across the firm in accordance with firm policies, client industry regulations, and state and federal regulatory agencies. She has 19 years of risk management and FDIC bank examiner experience, and has implemented numerous, highly successful internal auditing programs for a number of leading banks and financial services institutions.

The 10th Annual International Compliance and Ethics Awards were presented during the SCCE’s 2014 Compliance & Ethics Institute at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Other award recipients included Donna C. Boehme, principal at Compliance Strategists, LLC; Daniel R. Levinson, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and The Wall Street Journal’s Risk and Compliance Journal.

About Smith Debnam

Founded in 1972, Smith Debnam is a leading, full-service law firm credited with being the first law firm in the country to appoint a full-time compliance officer. Headquartered in Raleigh, NC, and with extensive experience in state and federal courts, Smith Debnam is the law firm of choice for clients in the Banking, Financial Services, Equipment Leasing, Construction, Mortgage Servicing, Manufacturing, and Professional Services industries. The firm’s practice includes Corporate and Business Law, Business Litigation, Commercial Bankruptcy and Reorganization, Foreclosures, Creditor Representation, Collections, Commercial & Residential Real Estate, Construction Law, Employment Law, Equipment Leasing & Finance, Family Law, Estate Planning & Administration, Immigration Law, and Professional Negligence.

About the SCCE

The Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics (SCCE), established in 2004, is headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. SCCE is a non-profit professional member association that serves more than 4,000 compliance and ethics professionals globally. The association provides resources and training to compliance professionals and champions ethical practices and compliance standards. Visit the SCCE website at

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