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Kimberly A. Parker

Partner

Parker, Kimberly A.

Kimberly A. Parker's practice focuses on white-collar criminal matters, internal corporate investigations, and compliance counseling. Ms. Parker co-leads the firm's 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.

Practice

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 Roger Witten and Jay Holtmeier of the firm's New York office, of the leading treatise in the field, Complying with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (Matthew Bender, 8th ed. 2013). 

Honors & Awards

  • Selected as a national FCPA leader in the 2012-2016 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business, and the 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions of Chambers Global: World's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Named to the 2016 Washington DC Super Lawyers list for her criminal defense: white collar 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.
  • 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 2014-2017 editions of Global Investigations Review's Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Investigations Lawyers.

 

Publications & News

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February 7, 2017

Global Anti-Bribery Year-in-Review: 2016 Developments and Predictions for 2017

The past year was consequential for FCPA enforcement in numerous respects, including blockbuster penalties, new policy initiatives, and the SEC's first DPA with an individual for FCPA violations.

September 9, 2016

WilmerHale's FCPA Practice Lands GIR “Elite” Ranking

Global Investigations Review Just Anti-Corruption recently gave WilmerHale's Washington DC office an “elite” ranking for its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) practice, putting it among the top firms in the nation's capital.

May 27, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 47 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 82 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

May 24, 2016

Kimberly Parker Honored by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for Distinguished Service

For more than 15 years, Partner Kimberly Parker has led teams of WilmerHale lawyers representing the ACOG on a pro bono basis.

April 8, 2016

DOJ Launches FCPA Pilot Program to Encourage Corporate Voluntary Disclosure and Cooperation

On April 5, 2016, the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice's Criminal Division issued an enforcement plan and guidance laying out three steps it is taking to intensify Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement.

April 1, 2016

Busy 1st Quarter For FCPA Enforcement

An article by Jay Holtmeier, Kimberly Parker, Erin Sloane, Lillian Potter, Jeanne Gellman and Erin Kuhls, published in the March 31, 2016 issue of Law360, explores cases indicating that even as the DOJ has renewed its focus on individuals, it continues to pursue large cases with corporations—and that the SEC continues to broadly define a "thing of value" under the FCPA.

March 23, 2016

Chambers Global 2016 Ranks WilmerHale Lawyers, Practices

Chambers Global has named 27 WilmerHale lawyers among “The World's Leading Lawyers for Business” in its 2016 edition. Additionally, the firm is ranked in 15 practice areas that span five regions.

March 23, 2016

Busy Q1 Yields Several Significant FCPA Resolutions

Recent actions announced by the DOJ and SEC during the first quarter of 2016 suggest that this year may be a significant one for FCPA enforcement.

February 2, 2016

Global Anti-Bribery Year-in-Review: 2015 Developments and Predictions for 2016

Among other significant developments, 2015 saw the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ” or the “Department”) document a policy priority of holding individuals accountable for corporate wrongdoing. This policy was laid out in the “Yates Memorandum”—announced by Deputy Assistant Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates—and related changes the DOJ made to the U.S. Attorney’s Manual.

August 27, 2015

Federal Judge Rejects DOJ’s Theory of FCPA Accomplice Liability

On August 13, 2015, a US district judge dismissed a charge seeking to hold a defendant criminally liable for conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) if he is not a principal or agent of a US domestic concern and did not physically enter US territory.1 The judge reasoned that Congress’s intent regarding who should (and should not) be subject to the FCPA was clear and that the accomplice liability in the indictment would impermissibly extend the statute’s reach. This ruling may significantly limit US authorities’ ability to prosecute or obtain cooperation from non-resident foreign nationals.

Recent Highlights

  • 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. 

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Education

JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1996, Articles Editor, Harvard Law Review

AB, magna cum laude, Princeton University, 1992

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

New York

Clerkships

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

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