Kelly D. Newsome - White-Collar Defense & Anti-Corruption Lawyer McDermott Will & Emery


Kelly Newsome advises corporations and individuals in white-collar criminal and regulatory matters across the globe. Her practice focuses on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-corruption laws and regulations. She represents clients in a variety of industries, including oil and gas; hospitality and tourism; life sciences, medical device and pharmaceutical; and financial services.

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  • Served as counsel to the independent compliance monitors appointed by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to conduct a three-year FCPA compliance monitorship of a multinational petrochemical company*
  • Represented a multinational medical device company under a three-year DOJ and SEC-imposed FCPA compliance monitorship*
  • Conducted pre- and post-acquisition anti-corruption due diligence for a multinational oil and gas company in West Africa*

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  • New York Law Journal, Rising Star, 2022
  • National Bar Association, Top 40 Under 40 – Nation’s Best Advocates, 2023


  • The New York Landmarks Conservancy, board member
  • National Bar Association, member
  • New York City Bar Association, member


Georgetown University Law Center, JD, 2013
Institut d’Etudes Politiques – Paris, Master 2, 2013
University of Missouri – Kansas City, MPA, 2006
University of Missouri – Kansas City, BA, 2004

New York

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