Jessie K. Liu

Jessie K. Liu


Washington D.C., (202) 887-1558
Northern Virginia, (703) 760-7717


Harvard College (A.B., 1995)
Yale University (J.D., 1998)

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


Hon. Carolyn Dineen King, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (1998-1999)

Jessie K. Liu is a litigator in Morrison & Foerster's Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia offices and a member of the board of directors of Morrison & Foerster LLP. Ms. Liu focuses on advising and defending companies and individuals facing government investigations or enforcement actions, within the United States or around the world. Her clients rely on her extensive experience in managing all phases of a compliance issue from the internal investigation to the final resolution. She has represented clients in grand jury, congressional, and inspector general investigations and has substantial experience in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the False Claims Act. Ms. Liu also represents clients in a broad range of complex civil litigation in both state and federal courts. Her clients include sizable corporations in diverse fields, including the automotive, aerospace and defense, construction and real estate, energy, government contracting, and financial services industries, as well as high-profile individuals.

Ms. Liu has significant government experience. While an assistant United States attorney for the District of Columbia, she served as lead counsel in numerous trials and appeals on behalf of the government. As deputy chief of staff in the National Security Division of the Department of Justice and counsel to the deputy attorney general, she advised the Department’s leaders on a wide range of issues, including the national security implications of foreign investment, economic and trade sanctions, export controls, and national security–related civil litigation. She also served as deputy assistant attorney general in the Department’s Civil Rights Division, where she supervised approximately 100 attorneys in three litigating sections.

Ms. Liu is a member of the distinguished Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court, an invitation-only professional organization specializing in white-collar criminal prosecution and defense.

Representative Matters (Includes Prior Law Firm Experience)

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

  • A Fortune 100 corporation in a Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission inquiry into potential FCPA violations in Southeast Asia.

  • A subsidiary of a Fortune 100 corporation in an internal investigation of potential FCPA issues in Eastern Europe.

  • A global oil services firm in an internal investigation and post-acquisition due diligence regarding potential FCPA issues in West Africa.

  • A national professional services firm on FCPA compliance in China.

  • An international retailer on FCPA due diligence of third-party vendors in China and other countries.

  • A private equity firm on FCPA compliance in connection with investments in Southeast Asia and West Africa.

  • A senior executive of a global technology company in a FCPA investigation by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission.

False Claims Act and Procurement Fraud

  • An international aerospace company in a Department of Justice and Department of Defense investigation into potential false claims and fraud, including advising on mandatory disclosure and representing the company before the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Defense Contract Management Agency.

  • A major Navy contractor in a Department of Justice and Department of Defense investigation into procurement irregularities, including conducting an internal investigation and representing the company before the U.S. Attorney’s Office and defense criminal investigative agencies.

  • A global consulting firm in a Department of Defense investigation into potential violations of restrictions on post-government employment.

  • A real estate developer in a Department of Justice investigation into potential irregularities in the award of a contract by the District of Columbia.

  • A Fortune 100 defense and technology company in City of New York Department of Investigation inquiry into potential contracting irregularities.

National Security and Economic Sanctions

  • A U.S. private equity firm on Foreign Agent Registration Act requirements.

  • A Chinese private equity firm on Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) issues associated with acquisition of U.S. business.

  • A global rental company on overall U.S. sanctions compliance.

  • An international steel company on Ukraine- and Russia-related sanctions.

  • A Japanese manufacturer on Iran-related sanctions.

Other Matters

  • A major public university in a Department of Justice and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigation into potential sex discrimination in faculty pay.

  • A major public interest organization in a congressional inquiry into data breach.

  • A Fortune 100 defense contractor in Office of Congressional Ethics inquiry into campaign contributions.

Jessie Liu has received the following rankings and recognitions:

  • Chambers USA 2016: “Up & Coming” - Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • National Law Journal 2015: “Trailblazer – White Collar Crime”
  • Global Investigations Review 2015: 100 Women in Investigations

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