Things haven't been quite the same for top company executives, directors, and even investors since Enron Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection 10 years ago this month. The collapse of the energy-trading company ushered in a new set of regulations from the federal Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

"Sarbanes-Oxley fundamentally changed life as we know it for public companies," said Karen McConnell, a securities attorney and partner at law firm Ballard Spahr in Phoenix. "All of a sudden, there was a whole new level of accountability."