Marilyn Batonga

Marilyn Batonga


A. Marilyn Batonga is a member of the Firm's Litigation & Government Enforcement Practice Group in Washington, DC. She has extensive experience in internal investigations, white collar defense, and anti-corruption due diligence. Marilyn is also a civil litigator and has handled matters before state and federal courts in New York.

Marilyn has been recognized for her pro bono work, which involves the representation of minors in immigration and family court proceedings.

Practice Focus

Marilyn represents both domestic and international corporate clients in a broad range of compliance and dispute resolution matters, including criminal investigations by the US Department of Justice, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, and other government agencies. She advises clients on compliance programs and performs due diligence on various business transactions.

Currently, she focuses her practice on representing companies in investigations related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the False Claims Act. She has recently spent time in South Africa conducting internal investigations for companies impacted by reports of state capture and #GuptaLeaks.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Managing and conducting a full-scale internal investigation on behalf of a provider of aviation services in connection with potential violations of procurement rules and anti-corruption laws in South Africa.

  • Advising a consulting firm in connection with allegations of misconduct and state capture in South Africa.

  • Managed and conducted an internal investigation into allegations regarding the use of prison labor by a Chinese sub-contractor for a major US retailer.

  • Assisted in an internal investigation on behalf of a multinational software company on potential violations of the FCPA in South Africa.

  • Conducted anti-corruption due diligence on target companies in crossborder mergers and acquisitions, and joint venture partners in international joint ventures.

  • Conducted internal investigations into allegations of off-label promotion and violations of internal policies for a large pharmaceutical company.

  • Conducted anti-corruption due diligence on third-parties in, among other jurisdictions, Egypt, Peru, Angola, Bangladesh and Nigeria.

  • Assisted in an internal investigation into allegations of money laundering in Argentina for a major car manufacturer.


  • District of Columbia~United States (2017)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York~United States (2014)
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York~United States (2014)
  • New York~United States (2013)


  • Columbia Law School (J.D. Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar) (2012)
  • Swarthmore College (B.A. Dean's Award) (2008)


  • English
  • French
  • Spanish



  • Faculty, TRACE Anti-Bribery Specialist Accreditation (TASA), Minimizing Bribery and Corruption Risks in Nigeria, Angola, and Kenya, April 2019

  • Speaker, Latest Trends in Diligencing and Monitoring Supply Chain Partners, Supply Chain in Emerging Markets Conference, Washington DC, March 2019