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Kathryn (Katie) Hellings

Partner
Washington, D.C.

Kathryn (Katie) Hellings

After spending more than a decade handling international criminal investigations as a Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutor, Katie Hellings has developed a practice representing corporations and individuals in white collar criminal investigations, with a primary focus on international cartel and corruption investigations.

Katie understands the global risks clients face in these investigations, and she uses her vast experience to help clients successfully navigate investigations and reach satisfactory resolutions. In addition to her investigations work, she assists clients in spotting, addressing and, preventing potential problems and risks.

While at the DOJ, Katie investigated and prosecuted regional, domestic, and international cartel cases, including two of the Antitrust Division's largest international cartel investigations in history air transportation and auto parts. She also investigated and prosecuted foreign corrupt practices act (FCPA) violations, wire fraud, mail fraud, bribery, kickbacks, and obstruction. She served as lead prosecutor in the largest criminal investigation in Antitrust Division history, an investigation of price fixing, bid rigging, and market allocation in the automobile parts industry, which, prior to her departure from the Antitrust Division, resulted in charges against 23 corporations and nearly US$2 billion in criminal fines. In the air transportation investigation, Katie was a member of the team that prosecuted more than 20 airlines for price fixing, resulting in a then-record setting US$1.8 billion in criminal fines, as well as criminal charges against more than 20 individuals.

Katie has experience working with clients from many different industry sectors, including life sciences, financial institutions, transportation, and technology.

Named a Legal 500 "Leading Lawyer" for cartels, Katie is a regularly featured speaker and writer on issues in cartel law and, more generally, white collar crime.

Representative Experience

Lead prosecutor in investigation of price fixing, bid rigging, and market allocations in the automotive parts industry.

Lead prosecutor in criminal investigation of fraud in the defense industry, including the division's first case under the Anti-Kickback Act, 41 U.S.C.

Member of prosecution team investigating international price fixing cartel in the airline industry.

Represented corporations in investigations by the Department of Justice, SEC, and World Bank.

Counsel to one of the world's largest electric utility companies in an FCPA and anti-corruption investigation in Brazil and the United States.

Counsel to a French electrical utility equipment manufacturer in an investigation of corruption allegations by the World Bank.

Acting for life sciences companies in compliance reviews and investigations.

Education and admissions

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, George Washington University Law School, 2001
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociological Honor Society, Eugene M. Fitzmartin Award, LeMoyne College, 1998

Memberships

  • Co-Chair, ABA Antitrust Section’s Symposium on Sentencing Reform, 2015-2016
  • Member, ABA Antitrust Section, Cartel and Criminal Practice Committee, US Sentencing Guidelines Working Group, 2015
  • Member, ABA Antitrust Section, Compliance & Ethics Committee Advisory Board, 2015
  • Member, Antitrust Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Criminal Justice Section, American Bar Association
  • Vice-Chair, ABA Antitrust Section, Membership and Diversity Committee, 2015-2016

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

2015

Antitrust: Cartel, Leading Lawyer

Legal 500 US

2015

40 Under 40

Global Competition Review

2014

Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service

U.S. Department of Justice

2013

Arthur S. Flemming Award

2013

Assistant Attorney General Award of Distinction

U.S. Department of Justice

2009

Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency Award for Excellence

2009

Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service

U.S. Department of Justice

2008

Assistant Attorney General Award of Distinction

U.S. Department of Justice

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