Amanda represents and advises companies and individuals with respect to criminal and civil enforcement actions, internal investigations, and global compliance matters. A former federal prosecutor, her practice focuses on complex 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. Amanda also regularly advises clients on anti-corruption, supply chain and human rights, and other compliance issues, including global risk assessments, due diligence, and the development of effective, risk-based compliance programs.

Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Amanda worked in the Fraud Section of the U.S. DOJ’s Criminal Division.  As a member of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Unit, she was involved in a number of significant cases, including 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. Amanda 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.

Amanda 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, Amanda 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.

Representative Experience

  • Representing an individual in criminal SDNY investigation involving potential FARA violations.
  • Defending a former executive officer of an investment firm in high-profile criminal case and SEC enforcement action arising out of suspected violations of the Investment Advisers Act, FCPA, and other laws.
  • Representing a multinational pharmaceutical company in government-facing FCPA investigation.
  • Serving as a core member of the team working with the DOJ-appointed monitor in the criminal prosecution of a Brazilian company for violations of the FCPA.
  • Representing a transportation company in a civil suit brought by the New York State Attorney General’s Office and the City of New York alleging illegal transportation of untaxed cigarettes.
  • Assisting a construction chemical company in conducting anti-corruption risk assessment and with the development of its global compliance program, including developing policies and training.
  • Representing a leading cloud communications company with an assessment of its anti-corruption compliance program. 
  • Providing FCPA legal advice, anti-corruption counseling, and transactional due diligence to multinational companies in a wide range of industries.
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