Margarita Botero represents clients in cross-border internal and government investigations, white-collar criminal matters and complex litigation, with a particular focus on Latin America.

She has conducted internal investigations into potential FCPA violations, and has worked on litigation matters involving topics as varied as subject matter jurisdiction, forum non conveniens, commercial contract disputes, fraud, liability under the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute, constitutional law, and employment law, among others. In 2022, Ms. Botero won a precedent-setting victory for client Davita in one of the first-ever criminal labor market allocation cases brought by the Department of Justice.

Ms. Botero has also litigated anti-discrimination matters including representing a class of African American and women employees in a lawsuit in Alabama federal court challenging Jefferson County's compliance with a consent decree after findings of discrimination in the hiring and promotion of firefighters, police and county employees.

Ms. Botero joined WilmerHale in 2020 after nearly four years as an associate at another large law firm in New York. She began her professional life as an emergency medical technician in the US Air Force, where she received the Outstanding Airman Award and the Diamond Sharp Award for her exceptional performance.


  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 20222024 editions of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in the area of white-collar criminal defense.

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  • Education

    • JD, Northwestern University, 2016

      Associate Editor, Northwestern Law Review
    • BS, Telecommunication, University of Florida, 2013

  • Admissions

    • Colorado

    • New York

    • US District Court for the Southern District of New York

    • US District Court for the Eastern District of New York

  • Languages

    • Spanish