Heather Martin focuses her practice on global litigation and regulatory enforcement, with an emphasis on white collar criminal matters and other bet-the-company legal scenarios. Heather has more than nine years of practice at Am Law 50 firms, six years in-house at a state-owned fund, and extensive U.S. federal courtroom experience.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Heather headed litigation and regulatory affairs at Mubadala Investment Company in Abu Dhabi, UAE, where she coordinated the response to enforcement matters related to a multibillion dollar theft of bond proceeds from a Malaysian state-owned fund. These included asset forfeiture actions by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and criminal and civil matters alleging fraud, bribery, and money laundering.
She additionally supervised a docket of commercial disputes in more than 15 jurisdictions concerning matters at both the shareholder and portfolio company level. She oversaw groupwide sanctions compliance and submissions to the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS).
Heather's private practice experience has focused on federal trials, appeals, and investigations, including representing a former First Lady of Virginia in her successful defense against criminal charges of corruption and obstruction of a formal proceeding. Heather has been a core member of trial teams that prevailed against criminal and regulatory allegations of accounting fraud, front-running in public markets, and counterfeit pharmaceuticals. She has conducted numerous internal investigations and self-reporting to the DOJ and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including of potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
- The George Washington University (J.D. with honors 2003); Utah State University (B.A. in French cum laude 1997)
- District of Columbia
- Assistant Federal Defender, Federal Defenders of Western North Carolina (2011-2012)
- Law Clerk to Judge Marian Blank Horn, U.S. Court of Federal Claims (2003-2004)