Amanda Aikman is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group in the New York office.
Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Aikman worked as a prosecutor with the Department of Justice in the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division, joining the Department as a Trial Attorney through the Attorney General’s Honors Program in 2008. As a member of the Fraud Section’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) unit, Ms. Aikman’s practice focused primarily on enforcement of the FCPA, involving 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 groundbreaking declination of Morgan Stanley for having an effective compliance program. Besides enforcement work, she researched and prepared the first comprehensive draft of the document that ultimately became A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a landmark publication by the DOJ and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Ms. Aikman also conducted investigations and prosecutions throughout the United States of a variety of 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 also argued before the U.S. Courts of Appeals, Fifth and Seventh Circuits.
From 2012 through 2014, Ms. Aikman worked for the International Labor Organization, a specialized United Nations agency based in Geneva, Switzerland. During that period, she was closely involved in the development and adoption of a new international treaty on forced labor and human trafficking. She also frequently served as a speaker at seminars and trainings around the world organized by governments and intergovernmental organizations.
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 Woman. Ms. Aikman received her B.A. in History with honors from Stanford University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
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