Managers & Regulators: Partners or Adversaries?

January 26, 2012
A panel of seven industry professionals and regulators will discuss their day-to-day involvement with business regulation across industries and geographical jurisdictions. “Managers & Regulators: Partners or Adversaries?” will bring to life common issues and challenges, as well as explore strategies for improving the relationship between regulators and the organizations they regulate.
Thursday, February 2, 2012, 5:00 pm
Georgetown University
McDonough School of Business
37th & O Streets, NW
Rafik B. Hariri Building
Washington, D.C.
Media interested in covering the event should contact Kat Song, acting director of media relations, at (202) 687-4080 or
Everyone, from individuals and civic groups to small businesses and corporations, is subject to some type of regulation. While we often hear about the issue of regulation from a macro perspective – what should be regulated and how much, there is a universal need to understand, comply, deal with, and sometimes challenge regulations or the regulators themselves. Much depends upon the human interaction between the regulator and the regulated.
Moderated by Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Adjunct Professor Morris A. Nunes, Esq., members of the panel include:
·         William Freedman, Deputy Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications
·         Eric Friedman, Director, Montgomery County, Maryland Consumer Affairs Department;
·         Dr. C. Lisa Kauffman, President of Georgetown Dermatology Associates, operates under D.C. regulation;
·         Barnes Lawson, Attorney, Lawson, Tarter & Charvet, provides counsel on Northern Virginia zoning and land use;
·         John Maxwell, President, John Marshall Bank, deals with significant and growing federal regulation; and
·         Sanford (Sandy) Saunders, Partner, Greenberg, Traurig, provides counsel on federal energy regulation.
By describing their day-to-day involvement with regulation across industries and geographical jurisdictions, panelists will highlight commonalities in the regulation of business and identify strategies for improving cooperation between the regulator and regulated. The regulatory burden on businesses in terms of costs, time and distraction from core missions, and, reciprocally, the budgetary burden and stresses that increased or frequently amended regulation produces for those charged with enforcing regulation will be addressed. Panelists also will discuss how manager and regulators might cooperate to revise or repeal regulation that fails to accomplish its intended purpose or produces unintended and serious negative consequences.
About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 1,200 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit