Laura N. Perkins is a partner in Hughes Hubbard’s Litigation practice, where her practice focuses on representing clients in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and white collar criminal investigations and related matters, including government enforcement actions and compliance counseling. Laura also advises clients on issues related to the FCPA, the federal securities laws, the False Claims Act, and other federal statutes.
Prior to joining the firm, Laura spent nearly ten years at the Department of Justice, where she served as an Assistant Chief in the Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section, FCPA unit; a Senior Counsel in the Criminal Division’s Office of the Assistant Attorney General; and a Senior Trial Attorney in the Fraud Section.
During her time in the FCPA unit, Laura supervised, investigated, and prosecuted hundreds of FCPA cases against individuals and corporations. She represented the United States on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Anti-bribery Working Group, worked closely with foreign law enforcement authorities on case related and policy matters, and supervised several compliance monitors. In addition, while at the Fraud Section, Laura successfully investigated and prosecuted complex securities fraud cases and healthcare fraud cases.
Laura has extensive experience as a trial lawyer – both at the DOJ and in private practice. At the DOJ alone, she handled nearly two dozen federal jury trials and bench trials.
As Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, Laura worked with and advised the Assistant Attorney General and other DOJ leaders on issues related to complex economic criminal prosecutions and assisted in developing policies for Criminal Division prosecutors with regard to economic criminal prosecution, and other areas relevant to the Criminal Division.
Moderator, "Challenges Maintaining Attorney-Client Privilege in Anti-Corruption Enforcement Actions," The George Washington University Law School, Emerging Issues in FCPA Enforcement Conference, March 2018
Co-Chair, ACI's 12th Houston Forum on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, January 2018
Speaker, "Taking Stock of FCPA Enforcement Priorities One Year into the New U.S. Administration," ACI's 12th Houston Forum on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, January 2018
“Hypothetical Scenario: Mock Whistleblower Complaint & Interview,” ACI’s Thirty-Fifth International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, November 2017
“Towards Global Corporate Criminal Liability?” International Bar Association Annual Meeting, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, October 2017
“No Longer Business as Usual: (What) a Year in Review,” C5’s 6th Annual Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery Conference, September 2017
“Does a defensible anti-corruption compliance program mean that it is understood in the field,” MetricStream GRC Summit, June 2017
Government Investigations & Civil Litigation Institute (GICLI) Annual Meeting, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, October 2016
Women, Influence & Policy in Law Conference, FCPA Spotlight: Department of Justice Pilot Program for Self-Disclosure, September 2016
“FBI and DOJ: Where We Are Today and the Road Ahead,” Protiviti, FCPA & Kleptocracy Conference, May 2016
“FCPA and U.S. DOJ Update: Inside the Role of the New U.S. Compliance Counsel, Impact of the Yates Memo and U.S.-Brazilian Investigation and Enforcement Cooperation,” American Conference Institute, 6th Brazil Summit on Anti-Corruption, May 2016
“FCPA Compliance Town Hall: The Latest FCPA Compliance Standards and How to Overcome Program Implementation Challenges,” American Conference Institute, FCPA & Anti-Corruption for the Life Sciences Industry, April 2016
“In the Crosshairs: Financial Institutions and the FCPA,” Financial Women’s Association, December 2015
“Data Privacy Case Studies: How to Manage the Risk of Foreign Data Privacy Violations in the Context of Internal and Government FCPA Investigations,” American Conference Institute, 32nd International Conference on the FCPA, November 2015
“Ask the Enforcers: The Most Significant Enforcement Trends and Greatest Risks in Global Commerce Today,” WESFACCA (The Association of Corporate Counsel for Westchester and Fairfield Counties), October 2015
“A New Look at FCPA Enforcement,” Compliance Week, May 2015