William Jacobson

Partner

Washington, D.C.

Billy is a highly experienced white collar lawyer and first chair trial litigator having tried many cases, including complex white collar matters.

He has served as general counsel, chief compliance officer, federal prosecutor and government-appointed monitor. His experience serving in different capacities for the Department of Justice (DOJ), particularly the Fraud Section’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement unit, allows him to provide clients significant insight into the processes and decision making of the DOJ. Billy, along with his partner Guy Singer, currently serves as an independent compliance monitor of a large multi-national petrochemical company, appointed by the DOJ and SEC. He regularly counsels clients facing sanctions proceedings brought by Multi-Lateral Development Banks such as the World Bank and African Development Bank. Billy is also considered a thought leader in the industry having spoken extensively on compliance and investigative topics.

Billy served for five and a half years as Senior Vice President, Co-General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Weatherford International Ltd., one of the world’s largest multinational oil and natural gas service companies. While there, he aided the company in establishing what is widely recognized as a best-in-class compliance program. Further, he supervised a litigation and regulatory docket of more than 1,000 cases around the world, including shareholder suits, complex commercial disputes, International Arbitration, employment matters, intellectual property, property damage and personal injury. This included guiding Weatherford through its response to the Deepwater Horizon incident in 2010 and various shareholder lawsuits.

  • Billy began his career as Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx, New York. In private practice, Billy has been a partner with Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. He has designed, led and/or managed hundreds of internal investigations related to publicly-traded and private companies across a broad spectrum of areas including FCPA, fraud, antitrust, health care fraud, securities fraud, health and safety, environmental and trade sanctions.

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