Kelly D. Newsome

Senior Associate

New York

Kelly D. Newsome is a Senior Associate in the White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance group. She advises individuals and corporations in white collar criminal and regulatory matters across the globe with a focus on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-corruption laws and regulations.

Kelly frequently advises clients on a wide range of anti-corruption compliance matters, including internal investigations, U.S. and foreign government investigations, M&A and joint venture due diligence, risk assessments, internal controls, and compliance program enhancements.  Kelly also has experience navigating FCPA monitorships as she has both served on a monitorship team and represented a multinational company under the review of an independent compliance monitor.  She has represented clients across various industries, including oil and gas, hospitality and tourism, medical device, pharmaceutical, and financial services. 

An active member of Orrick's Africa practice, Kelly also works on a variety of legal matters across several African jurisdictions in the areas of anti-corruption compliance, extractive industry transparency, illegal detention, and transitional justice.  

Kelly remains actively committed to advancing diversity and inclusion initiatives and currently serves as a leader of the Firm's Black Lawyers of Orrick (BLOO) affinity group. 

Prior to joining Orrick, Kelly was an associate in the New York office of another international law firm where her practice included FCPA compliance and investigations, complex commercial litigation, and securities litigation matters.  Prior to her legal career, Kelly was a fundraising and management consultant for faith-based and nonprofit organizations.  

    • Served as counsel to the Independent Compliance Monitors appointed by the DOJ and SEC to conduct a three-year FCPA compliance monitorship of a multinational petrochemical company.
    • Represented a multinational medical device company under a three-year DOJ and SEC-imposed FCPA compliance monitorship.
    • Conducted pre- and post-acquisition anti-corruption due diligence for a multinational oil and gas company in West Africa.
    • Conducted pre- and post-acquisition anti-corruption due diligence for multiple oil field services companies.
    • Conducted post-acquisition due diligence for a major cruise line in Europe.
    • Represented multinational oil and gas company in DOJ & SEC investigation alleging FCPA violations in Africa.
    • Represented multinational engineering company in DOJ & SEC investigation alleging FCPA violations in Africa and Asia.
    • Conducted internal investigation into allegations of FCPA violations for a multinational oil and gas company in Asia.
    • Conducted internal investigation into allegations of commercial bribery, conflicts of interest, and kickbacks between executives at multinational company.
    • Represented former banking executive in DOJ and SEC investigation into bank’s hiring practices in Asia.