Karen Hewitt is a former United States Attorney and an experienced trial lawyer who has successfully litigated hundreds of cases in federal court for more than two decades. She currently represents companies nationwide in civil and criminal investigations and in complex business litigation. Karen's practice focuses on defending matters involving possible violations of federal law, including the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Taft-Hartley Act, and the False Claims Act.
For the past six years, Karen led the defense of an international retailer in a complex FCPA investigation conducted by the DOJ and SEC in four countries. She also has represented major public and private companies in internal investigations on highly sensitive topics, crisis management, compliance, contested proceedings before regulatory agencies, and "bet-the-company" litigation. In the matters Karen leads, she routinely reports to senior management, the board of directors, the audit committee or a special committee, and develops the comprehensive strategy for the company to protect and defend itself from a range of legal and regulatory risks.
Before joining Jones Day, Karen served as the Southern District of California's chief federal law enforcement officer, where she focused on national security, border security, cyber and intellectual property crime, white collar and financial crime, civil fraud, violent crime, and narcotics enforcement.
Karen is a director of the National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys. She is a Master in the Enright Inn of Court and a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of San Diego School of Law.
El Segundo Circuito Rechaza el Intento del Departamento de Justicia de Expandir el Alcance Extraterritorial del FCPA
- April 2018Anti-Corruption Regulation Survey of 41 Countries 2017–2018
- February 2018Peru and Argentina: New Bribe Regimes Put Companies at Risk
- January 2018Corporate Anticorruption Compliance Programs: Ten Questions Every Board Director Should Ask
- January 2018FCPA 2017 Year in Review
- November 2017DOJ's New FCPA Enforcement Policy Continues its "Carrot-and-Stick" Approach
- February 2017Department of Justice Fraud Section Provides Guidance on Evaluating Corporate Compliance Programs
- January 2017FCPA 2016 Year in Review
- July 2016Mexico Enacts New Anti-Corruption Laws
- April 2016Department of Justice FCPA Pilot Program Outlines Incentives for Corporate Self-Disclosure and Cooperation: What's New and Will It Matter?
- March 2016Amarin and FDA Agree to Landmark Settlement on Off-Label Promotion
- January 2016FCPA 2015 Year In Review
- September 2015U.S. Department of Justice Announces Updated Guidelines on Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing
- April 2015Defining the Bounds of the Public Disclosure Bar and the Scope of "News Media"
- March 2015Revisiting My Brother's Keeper: Latest Learning and Best Practices on Dealings with Third Parties under the FCPA
- February 2015FCPA Year in Review: 2014
- January 2015Expecting the Unexpected: How to Prepare for, Respond to, and Survive a Search Warrant
- July 2014In re: Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., et al.: D.C. Circuit Grants Petition for Mandamus and Protects Attorney–Client Privilege of Internal Investigation in False Claims Act Case
- May 2014Federal Appellate Court Rules that the FCPA Prohibits Corrupt Payments to Certain Foreign Government-Owned Businesses
- April 2014India’s New Corporate Social Responsibility Requirements – Beware of the Pitfalls
- April 2014Internal Investigations: Keys to Preparing an Effective Budget
- April 2014The Rise of Parallel Proceedings in Health Care Fraud Investigations: How to Tell When You’re a Target
- March 2014Recent Order from D.C. District Court Forces Defendants to Produce Results of Internal Investigations Finding Attorney-Client and Attorney Work Product Privileges Not Applicable
- July 2013False Claims Act Recent Developments
- March 2013District Court Rules FCPA Jurisdiction Has Limits
- January 2013Corporate Internal Investigations: Best Practices, Pitfalls to Avoid
- December 2012DOJ/SEC's Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Jones Day Summary and Analysis
- February 2012CMS Publishes Long-Awaited 60-Day Repayment Proposed Rule for Identified Overpayments
- April 2011Health Care Compliance and Enforcement Update
- June 20, 2017Current Issues in Internal and Government Investigations: What Companies Should Know
- March 2017ABA White Collar Institute Faculty and Panelist, The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
- June 9, 2015KKR General Counsel & Regulatory Affairs Conference
- March 2015ABA White Collar Institute Faculty and Panelist, The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act — Recent Developments and New Trends
- March 30, 2011Effective Federal Discovery Practice: Taking and Defending Depositions, Federal Bar Association Civil Practice Series
- December 1, 2010Cybersecurity Issues for Business, San Diego Policy Forum
- October 4, 2010Security, Data Protection and Privacy: U.S. and International Legal Considerations, National Defense Industrial Association, San Diego Fall Symposium
- University of San Diego (J.D. 1989); University of California, Berkeley (B.A. in Rhetoric 1986)
- California, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Federal Circuits, and U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Central, and Northern Districts of California
- Service with the United States Department of Justice (1992-2010), including Trial Attorney with the Civil Division, Constitutional and Specialized Torts Section in Washington, D.C. (1992-2000); Assistant U.S. Attorney (2000-2006); Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney (third-in-command in U.S. Attorney's Office, 2006-2007); Interim United States Attorney (2007); and United States Attorney (2007-2010)
Daily Journal "Top 100 Lawyers in California" (2012-2016) and "Top 100 Women Lawyers in California" (2013-2017)
Best Lawyers in America (2015-2017)
National Law Journal "Regulatory and Compliance Trailblazer" (2015)
National Diversity Council "Top 50 Women Lawyers in the United States" (2016)
Recipient of honors for exceptional legal work from the U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, State, and Health and Human Services