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 http://www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/fcpa/guide.pdf
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.