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Kate Berlitz Shrout is Counsel in the San Francisco office of Buckley Sandler LLP. Ms. Shrout represents financial services clients in a wide range of government investigations and enforcement matters, and represents corporate and individual clients in a variety of white collar matters. She also counsels clients on cultural compliance issues.

Ms. Shrout has significant experience conducting a broad range of internal investigations, both in response to government inquiries and in support of compliance efforts. She is particularly adept at structuring investigations to effectively target and precisely analyze key issues while minimizing disruptions to her clients’ business operations.

Ms. Shrout’s recent matters include:

  • DOJ and CFPB investigations of origination, servicing, and collection practices of banks and finance companies, and related FHFA-OIG and HUD-OIG audits
     
  • Internal investigation of loss mitigation practices of a financial institution
     
  • Cultural compliance counseling to address workplace issues related to sexual harassment, gender inequity, and lack of diversity
     
  • Compliance counseling related to sales and incentive compensation for employees at financial institutions, including developing and implementing related policies
     
  • Conducting a CMS assessment in response to a CFPB inquiry
     
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)-related litigation on behalf of a Japanese gaming company and related parallel matters
     
  • Southern District of New York investigation of Swiss banking practices

Prior to joining Buckley Sandler, Ms. Shrout was a litigation associate at an Am Law 100 firm, where she represented clients in various white collar matters and corresponding civil proceedings, including assisting a DOJ-appointed corporate monitor in evaluating a mid-sized corporation’s compliance with an FCPA-related Deferred Prosecution Agreement, and conducting internal antitrust investigations in the automotive, foaming, and food industries.

Ms. Shrout received her J.D. from Duke University (cum laude), where she served as a Staff Editor on the Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy, and her B.S. from Vanderbilt University (summa cum laude). She is a member of the Make-A-Wish Young Professional Advisory Council of Silicon Valley and serves as a Wish Granter.

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Education

  • J.D., Duke University, 2009 (cum laude)
  • B.S., Vanderbilt University, 2006 (summa cum laude)

Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia

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