Kimberly A. Parker


  • Vice Chair, Litigation/Controversy Department
  • Co-Chair, White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice

Kimberly A. Parker's practice focuses on white-collar criminal matters, internal corporate investigations, and compliance counseling. Ms. Parker is vice chair of the firm's Litigation/Controversy Department, co-chair of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice, and co-leads the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Anti-Corruption Practice. Ms. Parker is also co-chair of the firm's Pro Bono and Community Service Committee.


Ms. Parker represents clients in a range of criminal and enforcement matters and also provides compliance and governance advice. She has conducted internal investigations in the United States, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. She has represented companies and individuals in a variety of FCPA enforcement matters. She also regularly counsels clients facing difficult FCPA issues in a variety of business contexts, and assists clients in developing and implementing FCPA compliance programs and conducting FCPA training. She is a regular speaker at FCPA events.

Ms. Parker is a co-author, with Jay Holtmeier, Erin Sloane, Roger Witten and Lillian Potter, of the leading treatise in the field, Complying with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (Matthew Bender, 10th ed. 2021).


  • Ms. Parker represented a client in a multi-year FCPA investigation involving seven projects in China. The investigation was closed in 2014 with no enforcement action. 

  • Ms. Parker represented Armor Holdings, now a subsidiary of BAE Systems, Inc., in its July 2011 FCPA settlement with the DOJ and SEC relating to the actions of a former employee of the company who later went on to become the informant in the DOJ’s 22-defendant FCPA sting case.

  • Ms. Parker represented oil driller Helmerich & Payne in its July 2009 settlement with the DOJ and the SEC of FCPA matters involving payments to customs officials in Argentina and Venezuela.

  • Ms. Parker represented The Purdue Frederick Company in its May 2007 settlement of federal criminal charges related to its pain drug, OxyContin.

  • Ms. Parker represented the Titan Corporation in its March 2005 settlement with the Department of Justice and the SEC regarding charges that it violated the FCPA in connection with payments to the President of the Republic of Benin.

  • Ms. Parker has represented companies and individuals in numerous FCPA enforcement matters before the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission. 


  • Recognized in Who's Who Legal - Investigations 2024 guide.
  • Named a Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyer – independently rated and selected by clients.
  • Named to Global Investigations Review's shortlist for 2022 Investigations Professional of the Year.
  • Named to Global Investigations Review’s inaugural list of Top Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Practitioners in 2021. 
  • Recognized by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association as a 2019 Rainmaker, which honors a select group of attorneys from around the country who have achieved success through innovative and proactive business development.
  • Selected as a national FCPA leader in the 2012–2024 editions of Chambers USA Guide, and the 2014–2024 editions of Chambers Global.
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for her white-collar criminal defense practice 20202024.
  • Named to the 2016–2024 Washington DC Super Lawyers lists for her white-collar criminal defense practice.
  • In 2016, received the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists'  Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancement of women's health and the practice of obstetrics and gynecology.
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States for her corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense practice.
  • Recognized among the top Women in Investigations by Global Investigations Review (GIR) in 2015, a list honoring remarkable women in the field. 
  • In 2011, named to The American Lawyer's list of "45 Under 45," recognizing the top women lawyers under the age of 45.
  • Main Justice selected the firm's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Anti-Corruption Group as the recipient of its most prestigious honor, “Practice Group of the Year,” in 2012.
  • Selected by clients and peers as being among the world's leading investigations lawyers in the 2014–2018 editions of Global Investigations Review's Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Investigations Lawyers. Also named among the world's leading business crime defense lawyers in the 2019 and 2023 editions of Who's Who Legal: Business Crime Defence and recognized as a Global Elite Thought Leader in the 2022 edition of Who's Who Legal: Investigations.
  • Named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America list.

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  • Education

    • JD, Harvard Law School, 1996

      magna cum laude Articles Editor, Harvard Law Review
    • AB, Princeton University, 1992

      magna cum laude
  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • New York

    • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

  • Clerkships

    • The Hon. Alfred T. Goodwin, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1996 - 1997



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