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Katie Wawrzyniak


Katie Wawrzyniak (née Buchanan) is a counsel in O’Melveny’s San Francisco office and a member of the White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Practice. Her practice focuses on criminal and civil litigation in federal and state courts as well as internal investigations and regulatory compliance counseling.

Illustrative Professional Experience

  • Represents corporate and individual clients in government enforcement actions, internal investigations, and compliance reviews, including matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Federal False Claims Act 
  • Counsels and prepares clients for testimony before Congress, the SEC, and various other regulators
  • Defends a national health insurance company in connection with state and federal investigations into various marketing activities and contracting arrangements
  • Represented the Special Litigation Committee of a public company in connection with a multi-million dollar derivative action
  • Defended an executive in a high-profile FCPA prosecution
  • Represented a member of Congress in ethics probe and grand jury investigation
  • Assisted Independent Compliance Consultant engaged by Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (SSI) in conducting a top-to-bottom review of SSI’s anti-corruption compliance program
  • Defended a corporate executive in a high-profile matter involving misdated stock options

Professional Activities

Admitted to Practice, US District Court, Central and Northern Districts of California
Co-Author, In-House Counsel’s Guide to Conducting Internal Investigations (October 2010); "Implications of the U.K. Bribery Bill for Individuals and Corporations Already Subject to the FCPA" (April 2010, co-authored with Richard Grime); O’Melveny & Myers LLP Client Alerts: “New Incentives for Corporations to Maintain Effective Compliance and Ethics Programs” (May 21, 2010), “New Bribery Act Creates Additional Liability Risk for Corporations Doing Business in the U.K.” (April 22, 2010), "Money Laundering Indictment of Thai Government Official Underscores DOJ Efforts to Punish Recipients of Foreign Bribes and the Increasing Intersection Between Money Laundering and FCPA Charges" (February 17, 2010); "Siemens to Pay US$1.6 Billion in Global Bribery Investigation" (Feb. 2, 2009); "FCPA Trend: Derivative Actions Based on Alleged FCPA Violations the Latest Example of Enforcement Through Private Lawsuits" (June 17, 2008); "Chevron Pays $30 Million To Settle Charges Brought by SEC" (Nov. 14, 2007)

Harvard Law School, J.D.: cum laude; Executive Editor, Harvard International Law Journal

Stanford University, B.A., English with an Interdisciplinary Emphasis: Graduated with distinction, with departmental honors; Phi Beta Kappa; Cap and Gown Honor Society; President’s Award for Academic Excellence

District of Columbia; California