Members of The Dallas 40 believe it is imperative to learn more about important community issues by “drilling down” into a subject … listening to, learning from and interacting with those who are leading the way. Our speakers, all prominent in their own spheres of influence, address our meetings to educate our members on these issues and to enable them to influence the direction of our community based upon informed choice. By providing entree to circles of business, professional and community leaders, The Dallas 40 affords its members and invited guests the opportunity to engage the community’s best and brightest in a dialogue that makes a difference. The Dallas 40 is a nonpartisan organization, with membership open to men and women of all ages.

Next Meeting:

Monday, January 9th | RSVP

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | Embassy Suites by Hilton, Dallas Park Central Area
5:30 p.m. Appetizers and Cash Bar
6:00 p.m. Program

We’ve Moved!

If you missed our December program, you may not remember that we’ve moved our meeting location to The Embassy Suites hotel, located in the northwest quadrant of LBJ Freeway and North Central Expressway, on the southbound frontage road.
Directions | 2017 Membership Information.

As is our custom, we will provide appetizers beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the atrium (we will have comfortable lounge seating and our own section of the atrium) and a cash bar, and will move into our private spacious room at 6 p.m. to begin our program. The atrium has a couple of steps, so if that poses accessibility issues, please let us know in advance and the hotel will install a portable ramp.

Public Corruption in Dallas

Accusations of public corruption were widely tossed about during the last election cycle — everything from voter fraud, collusion by the media to favor a particular candidate, FBI actions thought to be timed for maximum effect, a “secret” meeting on a runway, misuse of charitable foundations, Russian hacking of candidates’ emails, etc.…..the list is endless. In many if not most cases, we may never know if public corruption actually occurred, but one thing is certain: public corruption is alive and well, and not just in New York City or Chicago, but right here in our hometown. Over the last couple of decades, several high-profile cases resulted in convictions of elected officials. And an FBI multi-year investigation of a local high-profile elected official, Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, is scheduled to go to trial in February 2017. So how common is public corruption in Dallas? Why does it matter? What is being done to address it? How is it uncovered? And who does the investigations? Our speaker, Attorney Paul Coggins, is uniquely qualified to discuss this important topic, having served as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas from 2001-2009. Please join us January 9 for the truth about public corruption in Dallas.

About the Speaker

Paul Coggins is the head of Locke Lord’s national White Collar Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations practice, and has represented numerous Fortune 500 clients in high-stakes litigation before federal courts and the SEC. Prior to his current position, he was the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, serving twice on the U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Council. He also is credited with the following accomplishments:

  • Prosecuting the first “three strikes and you’re out” case in the United States
  • Prosecuting the most complex case ever brought under the federal Economic Espionage Act
  • Stamping out one of the nation’s largest immigrant smuggling rings
  • Prosecuting some of the earliest “cybercrime” cases
  • Building one of the nation’s first healthcare fraud task forces
  • Prosecuting the first anthrax-hoax case in the nation
  • Representing the State of Texas in an investigation involving a redistricting scandal
  • Representing the State of Texas in a massive 20-year-old class-action lawsuit that he helped bring to settlement
  • Hired by Dallas County Commissioners to improve bid and procurement provisions for Dallas County

Paul has been recognized for professional excellence by a number of different entities, has served on local boards and commissions, and is very active in providing community leadership.

Guests are always welcome. We request a per-guest fee of $15. If a guest joins as a member on the day he/she attends a meeting, the $15 fee is credited against the dues fee. For 2017, membership is $100 per person. Please RSVP Here

Embassy Suites


Embassy Suites by Hilton, Dallas Park Central Area / 13131 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas, 75243 / Phone: 972-234-3300

Appetizers and cash bar in the atrium, followed by the program in a private spacious room. The atrium has a couple of steps, so if that poses accessibility issues, please let us know in advance and the hotel will install a portable ramp.