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Nathaniel B. Edmonds

Partner, Litigation Department
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Nathaniel Edmonds is a partner in the Litigation Department of Paul Hastings based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. As a former Assistant Chief of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Unit of the Fraud Section in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), Mr. Edmonds assisted in the supervision of all FCPA cases in the United States and oversaw the investigation and prosecution of companies, business executives, and others for making improper payments to foreign officials in international business transactions. Mr. Edmonds also assisted in the drafting of A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, published in November 2012 by the DOJ and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), available at

Mr. Edmonds advises companies on regulatory compliance matters around the world, including FCPA and anticorruption investigations, risk assessments and due diligence, as well as developing and overseeing anticorruption compliance programs. Mr. Edmonds also assists companies in determining the scope of potential liability stemming from improper payments and how to best respond to potential enforcement actions by U.S. and foreign law enforcement authorities.

During his nearly ten years as a federal white collar prosecutor, Mr. Edmonds handled numerous complex economic criminal investigations and jury trials, including the FCPA and export control-related conviction of a major aerospace and defense contractor, the fraud and domestic corruption matters associated with lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and various accounting and securities fraud matters. During his tenure at the Department of Justice, Mr. Edmonds worked with prosecutors, law enforcement and regulators from six continents on corruption matters, including with the UK’s Serious Fraud Office and as a member of the U.S.-China Joint Liaison Group’s Anti-Corruption Working Group.

Recent Representations

  • Representing a Fortune 20 company before the DOJ and SEC in connection with an active FCPA investigation;
  • Counseling the Audit Committee of a Board of Directors of a major oil and gas company with respect to anti-corruption investigations by DOJ and SEC and law enforcement in Europe;
  • Leading a global fraud and anti-corruption risk assessment of a newly acquired subsidiary operating in over 70 countries for a multinational telecommunications and technology company;
  • Advising a life sciences company with regard to global compliance and FCPA issues associated with sales in several high-risk foreign markets and conducting an internal investigation into alleged improper payments;
  • Providing FCPA legal advice and anti-corruption compliance counseling to leading Fortune 100 and Global 500 multinational corporations, including financial services, consumer products, technology, real estate, life science, aerospace and defense companies; and
  • Conducting third-party and transactional due diligence on multiple continents for numerous private equity funds, financial institutions and companies.

Accolades and Recognitions

  • Recipient of the 2014 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing
  • Named by Ethisphere as one of the 2014 FCPA Attorneys that Matter ("Specialists - Private Practice") 
  • Named by Ethisphere as one of the 2012 FCPA Attorneys that Matter (“Government Stars”)
  • Recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice for his investigation and trial successes, including:
    • The 2011 Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service 
      related to the investigation and trial convictions in a fraud and domestic corruption matter.
    • The 2010 Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention for his leadership in the investigation and conviction of a major international defense contractor for FCPA-related offenses.

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • October 2014 (Miami, FL) ACI’s Anti-Corruption Boot Camp 
  • September 2014 (Chicago, IL) Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Annual Compliance & Ethics Institute  
  • September 2014 (Braselton, GA) ABA Criminal Justice Section’s Southeastern White Collar Crime Institute
  • August 2014 (Seattle, WA) Law Seminars International's Anti-Corruption Compliance in China
  • June 2014 (New York, NY) Corporate Counsel's Annual General Counsel Conference
  • April 2014 (New York, NY)  American Conference Institute's FCPA and Anti-Corruption for the Life Sciences Industry
  • April 2014 (Washington, D.C.) Dow Jones Global Compliance Symposium
  • March 2014 (Washington, DC) Momentum's Global Anti-Corruption Conference
  • January 2014 (New York, NY) Fordham Law/CBLA's China and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Challenges for the 21st Century
  • December 2013 (Singapore) American Conference Institute's Summit on Anti-Corruption Compliance and Risk Management
  • December 2013 (Hong Kong) Duxes Anti-Corruption Compliance Asia Pacific Summit
  • October 2013 (Washington, DC) Pharmaceutical Compliance Forum's 14th Annual Pharmaceutical Regulatory and Compliance Congress
  • October 2013 (Alexandria, VA) International Forum on Business Ethical Conduct (IFBEC)'s Annual Meeting, Operating in a Global Environment: Business Aspects
  • October 2013 (Washington, DC) International Law Institute's Governance and Anticorruption Methods
  • October 2013 (Washington, DC) Sandpiper Partners' Fraud, Anti-Corruption, FCPA & Whistleblowers: Latest Developments - Enforcement with Teeth
  • October 2013 (Atlanta, GA) State Bar of Georgia's 20th Annual Securities Litigation and Regulatory Seminar
  • September 2013 (Washington, DC) American Bar Association's FCPA National Institute
  • September 2013 (Washington, DC) U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's FCPA Boot Camp - Trends in International Corruption
  • September 2013 (Houston, TX) Momentum's Oil and Gas Anti-Corruption and Compliance Congress
  • June 2013 (Chicago, IL) American Conference Institute's FCPA Boot Camp
  • June 2013 (Atlanta, GA) Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, International Business Crimes: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Criminal Antitrust and Export Controls
  • June 2013 (Las Vegas, NV) SEC Hot Topics Institute
  • May 2013 (New York, NY) American Conference Institute's FCPA and Anti-Corruption for the Life Sciences Industry
  • May 2013 (Seoul, Korea) Asian Century Forum
  • April 2013 (Washington, DC) Moderator, Internal Investigations panel, ABA National Institute on Internal Corporate Investigations
  • April 2013 (Washington, DC) PwC’s Annual Securities Litigation & Enforcement 2013 Update
  • March 2013 (Washington, DC) “Representing Clients in Cross-Border Investigations,” (Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court)
  • February 2013 (Washington, DC) Foreign Bribery Training Conference for Prosecutors and Investigators, “Multi-Jurisdictional Enforcement” and conference moderator for U.S. government sponsored three-day seminar for 130 prosecutors, regulators and law enforcement from 30 countries
  • November 2012 (Washington, DC) National Conference on the FCPA “Friend or Foe?: A Dissection of a Monitorship from Start to Finish” (ACI)
  • June 2012 (Washington, DC) The DC Bar Association, “The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: A Statute Drawing Keen Interest”
  • May 2012 (Kazan, Russian Federation) Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Anti Corruption and Transparency Working Group, “Anticorruption Enforcement and Multijurisdictional Cooperation”
  • January 2012 (Houston, TX) FCPA Boot Camp, “Enforcement Highlights and What the Latest Cases Reveal About Compliance Risk Exposure” (ACI)
  • November 2011 (Washington, DC) National Conference on the FCPA, “FCPA CASE REVIEW: A Hands-on Look at the 2011 FCPA Cases and What to Take Away” (ACI)
  • November 2011 (Washington, DC) Twelfth Annual Pharmaceutical Regulatory and Compliance Congress and Best Practices Forum, “FCPA and UK Bribery Act Enforcement and Compliance Update” (The Pharmaceutical Compliance Forum)
  • June 2011 (Washington, DC), ViewPoints For the Audit Committee Leadership Summit, “Bribery and Corruption Risks” (Tapestry Networks)
  • May 2011 (Washington, DC), “Enforcement of The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: A Dialogue with Regulators” (Conference Board Webinar)
  • February 2011 (Washington, DC) American Bar Association International Law Spring 2011 Meeting “China's Litigation, Judiciary & Enforcement: Fact or Fiction Panel”
  • December 2010 (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) Abu Dhabi Summit on Anticorruption: Implementing Effective Corporate Governance, Anti-Bribery and FCPA Compliance Programs in the Middle East, “FCPA Enforcement Priorities and How Cases are Coordinated Abroad” (ACI)
  • November 2010 (Washington, DC) National Conference on the FCPA, “How to Represent Individuals in FCPA Investigations” (ACI)
  • September 2010 (Singapore) Anticorruption South and Southeast Asia Summit, “Keynote Address: Explaining the Priorities of the DOJ and SEC” (Beacon)
  • June 2010 (Shanghai, China), 3rd China Summit on Anti-Corruption, “FCPA Enforcement Priorities at U.S. DOJ” (ACI)
  • May 2010 (Beijing, China) “Briefing on the FCPA” (U.S.-China Business Council and the American Chamber of Commerce in China)

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Previous Assistant Chief of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Unit at the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section
    • Joined the Fraud Section in 2003 through the Attorney General's Honors Program and was promoted to Assistant Chief of the FCPA Unit in February 2010.
    • Member of the U.S. delegations to numerous international anti-corruption organizations, including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Working Group on Bribery.
    • Served as the legal expert on U.S. compliance with international anticorruption treaties and analyzed foreign countries anticorruption legislation.
    • Involved in the approval of FCPA opinion releases and spoke at conferences designed to raise awareness, encourage corporate compliance, and reduce foreign bribery.
  • Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center (Federal Fraud Prosecution: Theory and Practice)
  • Clerked for Judge Milton E. Shadur in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Mathcounts Foundation


  • University of Chicago, J.D. (cum laude); Order of the Coif 
  • Princeton University, A.B.