Timothy L. Dickinson is Senior Counsel in the Litigation practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. With over 35 years' experience in the field of anti-corruption law, Mr. Dickinson's practice encompasses a number of areas, including all aspects of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA"), U.S. export laws, economic sanctions, ITAR regulations (including enforcement actions), and political risk insurance.
Mr. Dickinson works with a wide range of industries on anti-corruption matters, including establishment and implementation of compliance programs, due diligence for third parties and acquisitions, and special investigations and defense before regulators in the U.S. as well as abroad, including the U.K.'s Serious Fraud Office. In 2005, he was appointed Independent Expert by Monsanto as part of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the Department of Justice and also served as Independent Monitor for another company from 2010-2013. Mr. Dickinson was also selected by the World Bank to assist with the development of their Voluntary Disclosure Program, and participated with Bank staff in evaluating and recommending improvements to a VDP participant's compliance program. He also has significant experience advocating for clients with multi-lateral development banks, including The World Bank and the African Development Bank. Chambers USA has recognized Mr. Dickinson as one of a very few top-tier FCPA experts, every year from 2009 through 2020; he was also named by Ethisphere at the top of their FCPA 2009 list of Attorneys Who Matter.
Mr. Dickinson was an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center from 1983 to 1993. He is currently a Professor from Practice at The University of Michigan Law School where he teaches Anti-Corruption Law and Practice, and International Commercial Transactions. He is also a founding faculty member of the International Transactions Clinic, which gives students practical experience in international law. Mr. Dickinson served as the chair of the ABA Section of International Law and Practice in 1997-1998, has served on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, and serves as a Director for the International Law Institute's Governance and Anti-Corruption Methods course. Mr. Dickinson also chairs the ABA's International Legal Resource Center, which provides global legal assistance in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme.
Mr. Dickinson graduated from The University of Michigan Law School in 1979 after completing his B.A. in 1975. He also studied at The Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands and L'Universite d'Aix-Marseille in France, and spent a brief period as an extern in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the Department of State. Following law school, Mr. Dickinson earned his LL.M. as a Jervey Fellow at Columbia University.
After finishing his LL.M., Mr. Dickinson worked in the Legal Service of the Commission of the European Communities in Brussels, Belgium. Mr. Dickinson then returned to Washington, D.C. where he practiced with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher for the next fifteen years, after which he co-founded Dickinson Landmeier, a boutique firm focusing on anti-corruption and political risk insurance matters. He has been a partner with Paul Hastings since 2006.
Accolades and Recognitions
Recognized by Chambers USA 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 , 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 among the very few attorneys ranked as top-tier FCPA experts
Named by Ethisphere at the top of their FCPA 2009 list of Attorneys Who Matter
Columbia University, L.L.M., 1980
University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1979
University of Michigan, B.A., 1975
April 2021, Panelist, "Cutting-Edge Issues of Corruption in International Business," Georgetown Law School, Center for Transnational Business and the Law
November 2020, "A Discussion on Transnational Corruption with Drago Kos, Chair of the OECD's Working Group on Bribery"
Co-author, July 2020, "The Growing Importance of ESG Due Diligence Post-COVID-19"
December 2019, "Inside a Recent Monitorship: What Every Organization Should Know - Whether Under the Enforcement Microscope (or Not)," 36th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
November 2018, Moderator: Interview with SBM Offshore NV, 35th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
May 2018, New York, NY, American Conference Institute's 20th Anniversary New York Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
General Counsel Interview with Eileen Akerson, KBR
Ask the Experts: Q&A with ACI's Global Anti-Corruption Advisory Board
November 2017, Washington, DC, American Conference Institute's 34th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, World Bank and IADB Enforcement
June 2017, Rome, Italy, The University of Michigan European Alumni Reunion, Corruption in Sports Law: The FIFA Affair and How Corruption Impacts Global Sports
November 2016, Washington, DC, American Conference Institute's 33rd International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Employees on Your Watch: Dealing with Employees under Suspicion: How to Fully Cooperate with the U.S. Government While Safeguarding Your Business, and Complying with Foreign Labor and Privacy Laws
September 2016, Washington, DC, International Bar Association Annual Conference, International Organisations and the Fight Against Corruption: Implementation and Policy Trends
May 2016, Washington, DC, International Judicial Conference
Rule of Law Initiatives Regarding the Judiciary
Transparency and Judicial Reasoning
June 2015, Paris, France, International Bar Association Anti-Corruption Conference supported by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation, An International Perspective on Corporate Monitorships
May 2015, Antalya, Turkey, International Judicial Conference
International Law in Domestic Legal Systems
Judicial Independence and Outside Influence
March 2015, Washington, DC, George Washington University, Drivers of Corruption and Institutional Responses: Are Current Anti-Corruption Instruments Effective?, Successful Anti-Corruption Campaigns
November 2014, Washington, DC, American Conference Institute's 31st International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Developing a Comprehensive FCPA Module for Internal Audit
October 2014, Tokyo, Japan, International Bar Association Annual Meeting, For a World with Global Rules and Standards: 50 Years of Experience of Japan at the OECD
June 2014, Valletta, Malta, International Judicial Conference, The Rule of Law in Diverse Cultures
June 2014, Paris, France, International Bar Association Anti-Corruption Conference supported by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation,New Legal Frontiers: How to Deal with Multilateral Development Banks in Corruption Cases?
May 2014, Washington, DC, The World Bank, Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development, Suspension and Debarment Colloquium
May 2014, New York, NY, The Practising Law Institute's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and International Anti-Corruption Developments 2014, Joint Ventures
April 2014, New York, NY, The American Bar Association Section of International Law Spring Meeting, Declinations: Is Cooperation Paying Off in Corruption Prosecutions?
November 2013, Washington, DC, American Conference Institute's 30th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Moot Court Program
October 2013, Boston, MA, International Bar Association Annual Conference, Due Diligence When Retaining Third Parties: When is Enough Enough?
June 2013, Paris, France, International Bar Association Anti-Corruption Conference supported by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation, Can We Talk About This: Voluntary Disclosure, Settlement and Plea Bargaining in Anti-Bribery Cases
May 2013, New York, NY, The Practising Law Institute's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 2013, The World Bank and MDBs
April 2013, New York, NY, American Conference Institute's National Conference on the FCPA, World Bank Enforcement for Anti-Corruption Violations: An Inside Look at How Investigations are Conducted and Sanctions Applied, and How they Differ from FCPA Investigations
April 2013, Jakarta, Indonesia, International Bar Association Anti-Corruption Conference
Corruption Challenges for Foreign Investors on M&A Transactions
Professor from Practice, University of Michigan Law School
Member of the Management Board, CEELI Institute, Prague, Czech Republic
Member of the Audit Committee, American Society of International Law
Co-chair, International Bar Association Anti-Corruption Committee, 2012-2013
Founding faculty member of the University of Michigan Law School's International Transactions Clinic, which gives students practical experience in international law
Director of the International Law Institute's course on government integrity and anti-corruption initiatives
Chairman of the ABA's International Legal Resource Center, which provides global legal assistance in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme
Chairman, ABA Section of International Law, 1997-8
Currently represent a Fortune 20 corporation in connection with a corruption-related enforcement action brought by a multinational development bank
Represented a Fortune 10 corporation in connection with a corruption-related DOJ and SEC investigation in Africa
Represented a Fortune 500 engineering and construction corporation in connection with corruption-related sanctions actions brought by the World Bank and the African Development Bank
Assisted a Fortune 500 manufacturing and retail corporation with the development of its anti-corruption compliance program and a global anticorruption risk assessment
Represented a Fortune 250 global conglomerate in connection with multiple corruption-related internal and DOJ and SEC investigations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa
Represented a Fortune 500 engineering, construction and services company in its investigations, negotiations, and settlement with the DOJ and SEC in a complex FCPA matter.
Advised a Fortune 500 engineering, construction and services company in all aspects of its adoption and implementation of a comprehensive compliance program, due diligence on its third party relationships, compliance training, and anti-corruption audits.