Amanda Aikman is a partner in the firm’s Investigations + White Collar Defense Group and FCPA + Global Anti-Corruption Practice. Ms. Aikman represents and advises companies and individuals with respect to criminal and civil enforcement actions, internal investigations, and global compliance matters.
As a former federal prosecutor, Ms. Aikman’s practice focuses on white collar criminal matters, including defending clients facing U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement proceedings and conducting internal investigations with and without parallel government investigations. Ms. Aikman also regularly advises clients on anti-corruption and other compliance issues, including the development of effective, risk-based compliance programs, global risk assessments, and due diligence.
Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Aikman was a prosecutor in the Fraud Section of DOJ’s Criminal Division. As a member of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Unit, Ms. Aikman focused primarily on enforcement of the FCPA, and was involved in a number of significant cases. Ms. Aikman, for example, was one of the lead FCPA prosecutors in United States v. Peterson, which resulted in the government declining to prosecute Morgan Stanley because of its effective compliance program. In addition to enforcement work, she was responsible for researching and preparing the first comprehensive draft of the document that ultimately became A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a landmark joint DOJ and SEC publication. Ms. Aikman also investigated and prosecuted other white collar crimes, including bank, mail, and wire fraud, and money laundering. She received the 2012 Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for assisting in the trial of Congressman William Jefferson, and in the appeal of his conviction. She has also argued before the United States Courts of Appeal for the Fifth and Seventh Circuits.
Ms. Aikman previously worked for the International Labor Organization (ILO), a specialized United Nations agency based in Geneva, Switzerland, on issues at the intersection of business, human rights, and labor rights. While at the ILO, Ms. Aikman was closely involved in the process to develop and adopt a new international treaty on forced labor and human trafficking. She also frequently spoke on these issues at conferences and trainings organized by governments and intergovernmental organizations around the world.
Ms. Aikman received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a notes editor of the Yale Law Journal, an articles editor of the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism, and an editor of the Yale Journal of International Law. She was a member of the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic (WIRAC) and also served on the Executive Board of Yale Law Women. Ms. Aikman received her B.A. in History with honors from Stanford University. She is admitted to practice in New York and Virginia.
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