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Kwame J Manley

Partner, Litigation Department
Washington, D.C.
2050 M Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
United States

Fax: 1(202) 551-0462


Kwame J. Manley is Global Chair of the Investigations and White Collar Defense practice at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. He focuses his practice on white-collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations, and complex civil litigation.

A former federal prosecutor, Mr. Manley defends individuals and companies before various agencies, including the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and other entities. His experience includes defending matters involving alleged U.S. sanctions violations, bank fraud, money laundering, procurement fraud, financial irregularities, and investigations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the False Claims Act (FCA). Mr. Manley has particular experience representing corporations and senior executives in significant DOJ and OFAC matters.

Mr. Manley has worked with multinational companies on all facets of FCPA and OFAC compliance and enforcement, including internal investigations, third party due diligence, transactional due diligence, compliance audits, and corruption risk assessments.  He has performed complex, internal investigations in over 20 countries throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, North America, and South America. He has represented Foreign Sovereign Governments and individuals in matters involving the DOJ Kleptocracy and Anti-Money Laundering initiatives. Mr. Manley has defended two White House appointees in separate Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigations, both of which were dismissed without any criminal and civil referrals.

Before rejoining private practice, Mr. Manley served as an Assistant United States Attorney and Deputy Chief at the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland, where he prosecuted white-collar, money laundering, and violent crime cases. Mr. Manley conducted multiple grand jury investigations and personally prosecuted more than 150 criminal matters. Prior to government service, Mr. Manley practiced criminal law at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C. Mr. Manley has tried over 20 jury trials in federal courts and has represented multiple clients before the United States Courts of Appeal.

Among his professional recognitions, Mr. Manley was part of "Most Impressive Investigations Practice" - 2017 Award Winner, Global Investigations Review.  He has been listed in Super Lawyers, Washington, D.C., Criminal Defense: White Collar (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), and was given the Director's Award for Superior Performance by a Criminal Assistant United States Attorney.

He earned his J.D. in 2000 at Harvard Law School, where he was Notes Editor of the Harvard Law Review and also received a Master in Public Administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government the same year. He earned his B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, from Morehouse College in 1996.

Accolades and Recognitions

Ranked by Chambers USA for FCPA - Nationwide and White Collar Investigations - Washington, DC. Chambers noted Kwame Manley has impressive experience across a range of mandates, including matters relating to FCPA and sanctions violations, as well as representing individual clients in high-profile investigations. "He has excellent judgment, and a lot of credibility within the DC legal community." "In court I was very proud he was my attorney; he took control of the whole room, and it was really something to watch.

Chambers also noted Kwame Manley chairs the firm's global investigations and white-collar defense group, and is particularly noted for his experience as a DOJ-appointed monitor.

"He is very personable and has great client relationships." "He knows what questions need to be asked, and how to deal with regulators." "He's an excellent practitioner."

Among his other professional recognitions, Mr. Manley was profiled in DC Litigation Department of the Year - White Collar, National Law Journal, June 2020; Most Impressive Investigations Practice- 2017 Award Winner, Global Investigations Review; and Super Lawyers, Washington, D.C., Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2014-2021



  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2000 (Notes Editor, Harvard Law Review )

  • Harvard Kennedy School, M.P.A., 2000

  • Morehouse College, B.A., 1996, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

  • Court Admissions: U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fourth and Ninth Circuits, U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, District of Maryland, Eastern District of Michigan, Northern District of West Virginia

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, DOJ Monitorships and Effective Compliance Programs, Japan Institute for Overseas Investment (JOI), Tokyo, September 2019

  • Faculty Speaker, ACI Economic Sanctions Conference, "How leading companies are prioritizing sanctions compliance for current and future business opportunities," Washington DC, May 2019

  • Author, Something Familiar, Something New: OFAC's Compliance Program Framework, May 6, 2019

  • Author, Law360, "Sanctions Compliance Shortfalls Result in $1B Global Enforcement Action," April 2019

  • Speaker/Panelist, ACI Conference on Economic Sanctions Enforcement and Compliance, "Walkthrough of a Sanctions Investigation and Voluntary Disclosure Do's and Don'ts," April 2018, Washington, DC

  • Speaker/Panelist, Emerging Issues in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Enforcement, "How to Improve Efficiency and Control Costs in Internal Investigations," March 2018, Washington, DC

  • Lead Presenter, The Acquisition Due Diligence Process, June 2017, Washington, DC (broadcast nationwide)

  • Lead Presenter, Client CLE: Government Investigations - How to Protect Your Company, May 2017, Seoul, Korea

  • Speaker/Panelist, ABA Business Law Conference, "Government Investigations/Compliance:  How to Keep Your Company Out of the Government's Crosshairs," October 2015, Chicago, IL

  • Speaker/Faculty, National Institute on Internal Corporate Investigations, April 2016, Washington, DC

  • Speaker/Faculty, NACDL Annual White Collar Seminar, Defending the White Collar Case: In and Out of Court, October 2016, Washington, DC

  • Author, Law360, "U.S. Sanctions' Long Reach May Have Just Gotten Longer," October 2016

  • Author, Client Alert, HCP Roundtable Anyone?  South Korea's Ministry Of Health And Welfare Imposes A $48 Million Fine On Novartis Korea And Suspends Insurance Reimbursement

  • Moderator, DOJ and SEC Decision Makers: Enforcement Trends and Perspectives on the Transition to a New Administration, FCPA Conference, December 2020.

  • Moderator, Behind the Scenes of FCPA Prosecutions with DOJ, SEC, FBI, HIS, and IRS, FCPA Conference, December 2020


  • Member, American Bar Association; National Bar Association; Federal Bar Association

  • Member, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation National Selection Committee

  • Barrister, Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court (White Collar Defense - Washington, D.C.)

  • Clerked for the Honorable Henry H. Kennedy, Jr., United States District Judge for the District of Columbia

Recent Representations

  • Represent UAE financial institution in economic sanctions matter before OFAC, DOJ, DFS, and FCA

  • Represent the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union before the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Committee on Oversight and Reform.

  • Appointed by DOJ to be an Independent Compliance Monitor pursuant to DPA settlement.

  • Represent multinational technology company before DOJ and SEC in investigations related to allegations of FCPA violations.

  • Represent national health insurer in False Claims Act investigations

  • Counsel for European company in DOJ, OFAC, SEC matter involving alleged Iranian sanctions matters

  • Counsel for a UK financial institution before DOJ, OFAC, and other agencies involving alleged breaches of U.S. sanctions laws

  • Counsel for a Middle East financial institution regarding alleged violations of US sanctions

  • Counsel for a multinational corporation regarding FCPA investigations in Europe, Latin America, and Africa

  • Counsel for pharmaceutical company regarding FCPA monitoring activities in Asia

  • Counsel for a Fortune 500 company in an FCPA investigation in Mexico

  • Counsel for a Foreign Sovereign Government in a DOJ money laundering investigation

  • Counsel for Foreign Officials on separate money laundering claims

  • Counsel for a multi-state health care management and hospice corporation for alleged FCA violations

  • Counsel for a senior executive in an SBA internal investigation

  • Counsel for a corporation regarding alleged immigration and SEC violations

  • Counsel for a White House appointee in an Office of Inspector General investigation

Matters in Government

  • Prosecuted a $40 million dollar money laundering and wire fraud case involving electronic fencing operations in Maryland, New York, Texas, and Florida

  • Prosecuted a fraudulent Medicare billing scheme involving companies and pharmacies in the United States and Eastern Europe

  • Prosecuted businesses and individuals in an extensive mortgage fraud conspiracy in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia

  • Prosecuted individuals for a $28 million dollar tax evasion scheme

  • Prosecuted employees in a kickback scheme involving bank funds

Practice Areas

National Security Regulation and Investigations
Anti-corruption and FCPA
Life Sciences and Healthcare
Investigations and White Collar Defense
White Collar Defense




Maryland Bar
District of Columbia Bar
New York Bar


Harvard Kennedy School, M.P.A. 2000
Harvard Law School, J.D. 2000
Morehouse College, B.A. 1996