James Parkinson


Washington, D.C.


Jamie Parkinson concentrates on enforcement defense, internal investigations and compliance counseling, primarily in an international context. Based in Washington, D.C. and London, Jamie frequently works on multi-jurisdictional matters, advising on compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the U.S. sanctions regimes administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and anti-money laundering (AML) regulations pursuant to the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), among other matters.

Over his career, he has represented clients in criminal and civil enforcement actions – both litigated and settled – involving FCPA, extradition, securities fraud, insider trading, false statements and environmental issues. He has also conducted internal investigations involving the conduct of companies operating in India, China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Italy, Egypt, Korea and numerous other jurisdictions.

A frequent writer and speaker on financial crimes and international anti-corruption topics, Jamie has made dozens of presentations internationally – including in Kiev, Tokyo, Seoul, Oxford, Paris and other locations – and throughout the U.S. He has served as a visiting lecturer at law schools in Mexico, Chile and the United States. He is a member of the UK chapter of Transparency International, the Fraud Lawyer’s Association, the Anti-Corruption Committees of the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association and is an associate-at-large with the Edward Bennett Williams American Inn of Court. He has been recognized by Legal 500 in Corporate Investigations and White-collar Criminal Defense, and in Who’s Who Legal: Investigations as a top practitioner in the UK.

Prior to joining Orrick, Jamie was a partner at Buckley LLP, where he was head of the firm’s London office.

  • Jamie's most recent work includes:

    • Corporate internal investigations related to potential FCPA matters in China, India and Latin America
    • Compliance counseling on FCPA, sanctions and AML matters for U.S. and non-U.S. entities in a variety of sectors, including banking (both U.S. and non-U.S. banks), fintech, heavy manufacturing, retail, and food service

    His representations of senior executives includes:

    • Global head (former) of foreign exchange trading for U.S. based international bank
    • Global head of algorithmic trading for Europe-based international bank
    • Numerous other individuals in foreign exchange-related investigations
    • Senior-level investment bankers in a multi-jurisdictional investigation related to an African country’s debt
    • CEO (former) of a mining concern in an investor-state arbitration matter
    • A CEO in U.S. civil litigation related to a bank fraud in a CIS jurisdiction