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James Parkinson has built an extensive practice focusing on international anti-corruption and financial crimes (fincrimes) compliance counseling, corporate internal investigations, and enforcement defense litigation often involving multiple international jurisdictions. As the Partner in Residence in Buckley Sandler LLP’s London office, which he opened in 2014, he advises on compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the U.S. sanctions regimes administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and anti-money laundering (AML) regulations pursuant to the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), among other matters.

Mr. Parkinson represents clients in criminal and civil enforcement actions — both litigated and settled — involving FCPA, extradition, securities fraud, insider trading, false statements, and environmental issues, and he counsels companies in the financial services sector, as well as a broad spectrum of industries, including pharmaceutical, oil and gas, logistics, petrochemical, technology, retail food service, real estate, energy, manufacturing, and power generation. Mr. Parkinson has defended clients in a diverse range of criminal and civil enforcement defense matters, including two criminal and one civil environmental enforcement trials, and matters involving antitrust, accounting irregularities, wire fraud, mail fraud, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, and the “material support” statutes.

His noteworthy work includes:

  • Enforcement defense of senior executives on matters arising from the FCPA, environmental crimes and other matters. For example, Mr. Parkinson served on trial teams at the criminal defense cases of U.S. v. W.R. Grace, U.S. v. Koch Industries, U.S. v. McWane Cast Iron Pipe
     
  • Internal investigations involving the conduct of companies operating in India, China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Italy, Egypt, Korea, and numerous other non-U.S. jurisdictions
     
  • Compliance counseling for dozens of companies operating internationally on the U.S. legal requirements of the FCPA, economic sanctions, and BSA regimes

A prolific writer and speaker on fincrimes and international anti-corruption topics, Mr. Parkinson has made dozens of presentations internationally and throughout the U.S., and has served as a visiting lecturer at law schools in Mexico, Chile, and the United States. He is a member of the City of London Law Society, the Fraud Lawyer’s Association, the Anti-Corruption Committees of the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association, and the American Chamber of Commerce in India, and is an associate-at-large with the Edward Bennett Williams American Inn of Court.

Prior to joining Buckley Sandler, Mr. Parkinson was a partner in the Washington, DC office of Mayer Brown LLP, and was an Associate with Beveridge & Diamond PC. He received his J.D. from The American University, an M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. from Gettysburg College.

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