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Convicted in 1999 of securities fraud and money laundering, Jordan Belfort served 22 months in jail and was ordered to pay restitution for his crimes.

Law professor Thane Rosenbaum leads a legal analysis and discussion with defendant Jordan Belfort, former Asst. U.S. Attorney Daniel R. Alonso, one of the lead prosecutors in the case, and CNBC’s “Closing Bell” co-anchor Kelly Evans about the law, business and culture of Wall Street and what happens—or should happen—when laws governing the public market for securities are violated.

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Trials & Error presents serious legal analysis and discussion of high profile trials that have caught the imagination of the public and the media. Often, what turns a legal trial into a cultural phenomenon is the gnawing sense that justice was not served; questions linger in the public’s mind about whether these trials have resulted somehow in moral or ethical error. The series brings together key players from a range of perspectives—defendants, plaintiffs, lawyers and members of the press—to discuss a particular trial, specifically addressing the thorny legal and ethical dimensions of each case, how it was portrayed in the media and how it was, and still is, perceived by the general public. The series is produced by former longtime Assistant Manhattan District Attorney, Joel Seidemann. CLE credit is offered for New York State lawyers.

Co-produced with the Forum on Law, Culture & Society.


Jordan Belfort is a former Wall Street stockbroker, motivational speaker and author of two bestselling memoirs, The Wolf of Wall Street and Catching the Wolf of Wall Street. His books have been published in seventy-five countries and translated into twenty-five different languages. A film adaptation of The Wolf of Wall Street starring Leonardi DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese was released in 2013. Belfort travels globally as a motivational speaker and consultant on sales and wealth-building strategy. He is also frequent guest-commentator on various news outlets, including CNN, CNBC, Headlines News and BBC. For more information, visit


Daniel R. Alonso is Managing Director and General Counsel at Exiger LLC, where he works on integrity monitorships and internal investigations, and advises clients on solutions related to anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, governance, risk and compliance. Earlier this year, he stepped down as the Chief Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, where he began his career following graduation from law school in 1990. Immediately before rejoining the DA’s Office, Mr. Alonso was a litigation partner at Kaye Scholer LLP, where he focused on internal investigations, white-collar defense and civil litigation. Before joining Kaye Scholer, Mr. Alonso was the Chief of the Criminal Division in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

Mr. Alonso, who served for nine years in the United States Attorney’s Office, is a four-time recipient of the Justice Department’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and has received the Henry L. Stimson Medal, given by the New York City Bar Association to outstanding Assistant U.S. Attorneys. While in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Alonso was the first prosecutor to call “Wolf of Wall Street” Jordan Belfort as a cooperating witness for the United States, in the trial of Stratton Oakmont’s outside auditor, Dennis Gaito. He also represented the government in Belfort’s sentencing in 2003.

From 1995-96, Mr. Alonso served as law clerk to Judge Joseph W. Bellacosa of the New York Court of Appeals. He is a past member of the New York State Bar Association Committee to Review Judicial Nominations, the New York City Bar Association Judiciary Committee and the City Bar’s Judicial Selection Task Force. He is currently a member of the Advisory Group to the State-Federal Judicial Council. In 2009, Mr. Alonso received the John J. McCloy Award from the Fund for Modern Courts.

In addition to these professional activities, Mr. Alonso is also a past Chair of the City Bar’s Council on Criminal Justice and its Committee on Criminal Advocacy. He is a member of the Board of Editors of Business Crimes Bulletin, and currently serves as Co-Chair of the New York State White Collar Crime Task Force. Between 2007 and 2009, Mr. Alonso served by appointment of the Governor of New York as a member of the New York State Commission on Public Integrity.

Mr. Alonso is a graduate of Cornell University (B.A. 1987, with Distinction), and New York University School of Law (J.D. 1990).


Kelly Evans is co-anchor of CNBC's "Closing Bell." She joined the network in February 2012 as an on-air correspondent, reporting across CNBC's business day programming. Previously, Evans was co-anchor of CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" as well as co-anchor of CNBC's "Worldwide Exchange" based in London.

Prior to CNBC, Evans was a reporter and columnist for The Wall Street Journal, penning the influential "Ahead of the Tape" column and writing for "Heard on the Street." She also hosted the daily "News Hub" program on and was a frequent guest on television and radio networks, including CNBC. Evans joined the Journal in 2007 as a reporter covering real estate and economics.

Evans graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va., where she was a George Washington Honor Scholar, a four-time scholar-athlete and inducted into the national leadership society, Omicron Delta Kappa.


Thane Rosenbaum is a novelist and Senior Fellow at NYU School of Law, the author of numerous books of fiction and nonfiction along with essays in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Huffington Post and the Daily Beast, among other publications. He also directs the Forum on Law, Culture & Society (

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