Kimberly A. Parker


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.


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 2012-2017 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business, and the 2014-2017 editions of Chambers Global: World's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Named to the 2016 and 2017 Washington DC Super Lawyers lists 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.
  • 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.

Publications & News


March 16, 2018

WilmerHale Recognized for Outstanding International Lawyers and Practices in Chambers Global 2018

In the 2018 edition of Chambers Global, 33 WilmerHale lawyers were named among “The World's Leading Lawyers for Business."

January 12, 2018

Global Anti-Bribery Year-in-Review: 2017 Developments and Predictions for 2018

This past year, which marked the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA"), demonstrated that the FCPA continues to be a powerful tool in combating corruption abroad and encouraging compliance at global companies.

December 22, 2017

Global Magnitsky Sanctions Target Human Rights Abusers and Government Corruption Around the World

This article also appeared on the New York University School of Law Compliance and Enforcement Blog.

November 29, 2017

DOJ Announces New FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy

Today, “[d]ue to the unique issues presented in FCPA matters,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced a new FCPA corporate enforcement policy published in a revision to the United States Attorneys' Manual.

October 16, 2017

DOJ Civil Rights Division Intensifies Efforts to Investigate Discrimination Against US Workers

On October 11, 2017, the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section and the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs announced a partnership aimed at protecting US workers from discrimination and combatting fraud by employers that misuse visas.

August 4, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Fortive in Acquisition of Industrial Scientific Corporation

On July 27, 2017, Fortive Corporation (NYSE: FTV) announced that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Industrial Scientific Corporation, a leading provider of portable gas detection equipment and a safety-as-a-service pioneer.

June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.

May 26, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2017 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

April 18, 2017

Evaluating FCPA Pilot Program: Lessons and Expectations

Kimberly A. Parker, Jay Holtmeier and Erin G.H. Sloane provided insights on the Department of Justice's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act pilot program in a recent article published as part of Law360's Expert Analysis series. The article assesses the program's goals, notable settlements and future.

March 21, 2017

WilmerHale Recognized for Outstanding International Lawyers and Practices in Chambers Global 2017

Chambers Global has named 27 WilmerHale lawyers among "The World's Leading Lawyers for Business" in its 2017 edition.

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

AB, magna cum laude, Princeton University, 1992

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New York


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

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