Derek Wetmore is an associate in the Litigation practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm's San Francisco office. He helps companies and individuals navigate a range of civil and criminal matters involving United States securities laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Bank Secrecy Act, the False Claims Act, and antitrust laws. His clients range from individuals and closely held private entities to Fortune 50 companies in the financial services, fintech, medical device, retail, oil & gas, and technology sectors. In addition to representing clients in litigation and regulatory enforcement actions, Derek has conducted dozens of internal investigations across the globe and has served on the Monitor Team for two SEC and DOJ Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Monitorships.


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2013, Order of the Coif
  • Emory University, B.A., History, 2007, Phi Beta Kappa


  • Represented a Fortune 50 financial services company in investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding alleged violations of the Bank Secrecy Act and securities laws
  • Served on the independent Monitor Team for a DOJ and SEC FCPA Monitorship of a fintech company
  • Served on the independent Compliance Consultant Team for an SEC FCPA Monitorship of a medical device company
  • Advised medical device and medical care companies through DOJ and SEC investigations of alleged FCPA violations and subsequent government-imposed compliance Monitorships
  • Achieved pretrial diversion resolution resulting in no charges in a False Claims Act DOJ investigation regarding a government contractor
  • Conducted dozens of investigations into potential bribery allegations and purported violations of internal financial controls for public and private clients in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas

Engagement & Publications

  • Participates in public panels on topics including anti-corruption and global investigations
  • Contributor to articles on compliance and international anti-corruption regimes


  • Board Member and Treasurer, Jewish Bar Association of San Francisco

Practice Areas

Anti-Corruption and FCPA

Data Privacy and Cybersecurity

Financial Services Litigation

Investigations and White Collar Defense


Securities Litigation




California Bar


University of Virginia, School of Law, J.D. 2013

Emory University, B.A. 2007

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