Aleesha Fowler is an associate in the Washington, DC office. She represents domestic and international corporate clients on a range of litigation and compliance matters, including criminal and civil investigations brought by the US Department of Justice and the US Securities and Exchange Commission. She regularly advises clients on white collar criminal matters, and has significant experience in handling investigations that raise issues under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the US False Claims Act.
Aleesha's pro bono practice is focused on providing legal advice and representation to incarcerated clients seeking parole and other available remedies.
Aleesha focuses her practice on white collar criminal defense, corporate compliance, and complex civil litigation that often arises from parallel regulatory investigations. She advises individuals and multinational companies on issues related to anti-corruption and fraud, and routinely assists companies in implementing compliance programs that align with regulatory standards.
Aleesha also has experience in advising multinational clients on supply chain compliance, and is an editor of the firm's Global Supply Chain Compliance Blog. She often writes and speaks on matters relating to supply chain due diligence and the risks to supply chains posed by third party business partners.
She also handles employment matters involving breach of contract issues and state-specific labor and employment laws.
Representative Legal Matters
Represented an individual defendant in a federal litigation that raised allegations of money laundering, wire fraud, and honest services fraud.
Assisted a multinational construction company in its efforts to redesign and implement a compliance program that aligns with DOJ guidance and regulatory standards.
Conducted an internal assessment of a multinational retail company's Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) program and advised the company on supply chain risks and compliance.
Conducted anti-corruption due diligence on a global pharmaceutical company's third party relationships in Türkiye and Hungary.
Advised a global pharmaceutical company in a multijurisdictional litigation involving allegations of off-label promotion and violations of internal company policy.
Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a global energy supply company arising from whistleblower allegations of improper payments made in Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela.
- Named, Top 40 Under 40, The National Black Lawyers, 2019
- District of Columbia~United States (2021)
- New York~United States (2015)
- Cornell Law School (JD, Honors Fellow, Dean's List, Black Law Students Association (President)) (2014)
- University of Virginia (BA, Distinguished Majors Graduate) (2009)
- New York
Publications & Presentations
- Co-author, "Revisiting Corporate Compliance Programs for the Post-Pandemic World," Ethisphere Magazine, February 2022
- Co-author, "The Slave-Free Business Certification Act: Bipartisanship Grows in Congress Around Aggressive Corporate Legal Obligations on Supply Chain Responsible Sourcing," Baker McKenzie Global Supply Chain Compliance Blog, July 2020
- Co-author, "Supreme Court Set to Revisit Decades-Old Question: Can Companies be Held Liable under the ATS for Human Rights Abuses Committed Overseas?," Baker McKenzie Global Supply Chain Compliance Blog, July 2020
- Author, "INSIGHT: DOJ Ramps Up Crypto, FCA Enforcement Efforts During Covid-19," Bloomberg, May 2020
- Co-author, "INSIGHT: DOJ Ramps Up Crypto, FCA Enforcement Efforts During Covid-19," Bloomberg, May 2020
- Co-author, "Child Labor in Corporate Supply Chains: Practical Steps to Mitigate Risk and Recent Lessons Learned from the Coffee Industry," Baker McKenzie Global Supply Chain Compliance Blog, May 2020