Ethan Kate

Ethan Kate

Senior Associate
Washington, D.C.

Email ethan.kate@​

Phone +1 202 637 6479

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Technology has changed the way companies do business. It has also changed the way companies handle compliance challenges and investigations. Ethan Kate is uniquely positioned to help clients face these challenges – often multijurisdictional – so they can meet their business goals.

Ethan has represented clients across five continents, helping them to act quickly on these international matters while managing the complexities of an investigation of a multinational company. Both legal and cultural differences require a nuanced strategy. During Ethan's recent two years in the firm's Tokyo office, he worked closely with Japanese and other Asian companies as they navigated these challenges, working with government investigators to protect the companies' interests.

Ethan has extensive experience advising clients confronting data privacy, state secret, export controls, and other regulations restricting the export of data, regularly liaising with counterparts in relevant jurisdictions as the demands of U.S. regulators conflict with overseas regulations. He also regularly works with clients to preserve privileges across jurisdictions. As companies amass larger volumes of data from wide varieties of sources, Ethan works with clients to leverage the latest analytics tools to identify relevant information in the most efficient manner possible.

Education and admissions


J.D., cum laude, Senior Research Honors, Northwestern University School of Law, 2011

B.A. Political Science, magna cum laude, University of Pittsburgh, 2007

B.S.B.A. Finance, magna cum laude, University of Pittsburgh, 2007


Member, Illinois Bar Association, 2011

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia


Representative experience

Counsel to a Japanese company related to allegations of violations of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

Counsel to Japanese executives in U.S. antitrust investigations.

Counsel to (and first outside counsel to arrive at) a client being raided by government agents under suspicion of violations of healthcare laws.

Counsel to pharmaceutical manufacturers in federal investigations involving various healthcare offenses, including off-label marketing and kickbacks.

Counsel to international bank challenging its designation by U.S. Treasury Department as financial institution of primary money-laundering concern.

Counsel to a concert and exhibition promotion company in an FCPA investigation in Egypt.

Counsel to a manufacturer in an internal investigation related to price-fixing concerns.

Counsel to an energy company investigating the possible payment of bribes out of Japan.

Counsel to a money transfer company in an investigation related to money laundering and other allegations arising under the Bank Secrecy Act.

Counsel to Korean subsidiary of European company seeking U.S. advice regarding possible FCPA violations.

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