Lillian Howard Potter


Lillian Howard Potter

Special Counsel

Lillian Howard Potter's practice focuses on government and internal corporate investigations. She has particular experience in matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and related laws.

Ms. Potter has extensive experience representing multinational corporations and individuals in complex government and internal investigations. She regularly represents clients in FCPA enforcement matters before the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as investigations by other US government agencies and other investigative bodies and commissions. Ms. Potter also represents clients in anti-corruption investigations by the World Bank, international organizations such as the United Nations, and foreign law enforcement authorities. She has represented clients in government and internal FCPA investigations across the globe, including in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

Ms. Potter also counsels clients in numerous industries on a variety of challenging FCPA issues, including advising on issues in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other cross-border business arrangements. She routinely leads internal global anti-corruption compliance risk assessments for multinational corporations and advises on the strength of their anti-corruption compliance programs and internal governance structures. Ms. Potter works with clients across geographies and industries to develop and implement effective global anti-corruption compliance programs and policies. She has provided anti-corruption training programs around the world, in both English and Spanish.

Ms. Potter maintains an active pro bono practice. She currently serves as a guardian ad litem for children in the Washington DC foster care system. Previously, she has represented immigrant crime victims in federal criminal proceedings, the United Farm Workers in their administrative challenge to federal farmworker regulations, domestic abuse victims in immigration proceedings, and the family of an Iraq war veteran in congressional testimony. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Potter was a Skadden Fellow at Southern Migrant Legal Services, where she represented migrant farmworkers in federal employment litigation.


    • Representation of companies and individuals in numerous FCPA enforcement matters before the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission
    • Representation of companies in anti-corruption investigations by the World Bank
    • Representation of a large foreign technology conglomerate in ongoing SEC and DOJ investigations into alleged FCPA violations at a US-based subsidiary
    • Representation of a major media and communications company in connection with the successful resolution of the US government's investigation into its Argentine joint venture's role in the FIFA soccer corruption scandal
    • Representation of a major financial institution in the SEC's first enforcement action involving the hiring of relatives of foreign officials
    • Representation of a large US multinational corporation in due diligence investigations of an acquisition target, ultimately resulting in non-public declinations from both the DOJ and SEC
    • Representation of 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
    • Participated in the representation of Boeing in an internal corporate investigation concerning the US Air Force KC-767 Tanker Program, and in related federal inquiries by the Defense Department and the Justice Department 

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  • Education

    • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 2000

      magna cum laude Articles Editor, Georgetown Law Journal
    • BA, Hollins College, 1997

      cum laude
  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • Maryland

  • Clerkships

    • The Hon. Stephanie K. Seymour, US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit